Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) refers to the reach of fiber within a home, e.g., a box on the outside wall of a house. FTTH comes from the family of “fiber to the x” terms that describe various types of broadband network architecture that use optical fiber to replace some or all of a metal local loop used for last mile telecommunications.

FTTH, like FTTB, is a form of fiber to the premise. More specifically, FTTH is a form of fiber optic communication delivery wherein the fiber reaches from a central office location to a subscriber’s working or living area. Once in the subscriber’s home, this signal can be conveyed in any number of ways including wireless, coaxial cable, power line communication, twisted pair, or optical fiber. FTTB, on the other hand, refers to a fiber optic communication delivery that terminates before reaching the workspace itself and is used to provide access to an entire building. FTTH technology allows users to access faster speeds than cable and DSL.



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AT&T sues Louisville, Ky. to block Google Fiber from gaining pole access

AT&T is suing the city of Louisville, Ky., arguing that the city does not have the right to dictate how its utility poles can be used, reflecting a move to thwart Google Fiber from bringing its service to the city.

Consolidated makes 100 Mbps, greater speeds available to 42% of customer base

Consolidated Communications is staying on pace with cable in the broadband race. Speaking to investors during its fourth quarter earnings call, Bob Udell, president and CEO, said that 89 percent of its customers have access to 20 Mbps, while another 42 percent can get 100 Mbps or higher.

Sonic one-ups Google Fiber in San Francisco with 1 Gbps service for $40

Sonic, a competitive residential and business service provider, is challenging Google Fiber's entry into the San Francisco broadband market with a $40 a month, 1 Gbps service called Fusion.

Google Fiber contractors generate hundreds of complaints from Austin residents

Google Fiber may have caught the hearts of consumers wanting cheaply priced broadband services, but in Austin the service provider is raising the ire of local residents as contractors cause damage and traffic congestion.

Frontier to deliver IPTV to 7M customers across 40 of its markets

Frontier has set a high bar for its IPTV service, with plans to leverage its existing fiber-to-the-node network to bring service ultimately to 7 million customers across the network territory it will have when it completes the acquisition of Verizon's wireline properties this year.

Cincinnati Bell’s FTTH costs dictated by density, aerial and underground deployment strategies

Cincinnati Bell has made considerable progress in rolling out FTTH services in its network territory, but says the factor of network costs lies in whether it installs fiber on existing utility poles or underground.

AT&T enhances 1 Gig presence in Nashville, raises stakes against Comcast, Google Fiber

AT&T will begin offering its 1 Gbps GigaPower service in three Nashville-area cities, setting a further challenge to local cable incumbent Comcast and up-and-coming provider Google Fiber.

TDS to deploy fiber to 25 percent of homes in territory by mid-2016

TDS continues to progress with bringing fiber to the home to its Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets, and it plans to continue that trend by equipping about 25 percent of customers in its wireline territory with fiber by the middle of the year.

Cincinnati Bell to slow FTTH expansion in 2017

Cincinnati Bell continues to find success with its FTTH-based Fioptics service, but the service provider said that in 2017 it will start winding down its network build as it reaches greater penetration in its wireline market.

GVTC reduces 1 Gbps pricing in San Antonio, increases number of tiers

Texas-based phone cooperative and Internet service provider GVTC has quietly reduced the prices of its broadband speeds in select areas of its service footprint, offering residents in the cities of San Antonio and Gonzales, Texas, 1 Gbps download speeds for $160 per month.