Replacing the copper-based last mile network with Fiber to the Home (FTTH) will be an ongoing process for years to come, but the work of aggressive large incumbents (Verizon) and smaller independent service providers drove up the amount of homes passed and connected with FTTH. According to joint research conducted by the FTTH Council and RVA Market Research and Consulting, FTTH networks currently pass over 18.2 million North American residences, with over 5.8 million receiving FTTH service.
While those numbers illustrate a 3 million and 1.4 million increase respectively since RVA put out its 2009 annual report, Verizon's decision to not bring FTTH to new communities will likely make a dent in the amount of new homes passed and connected with FTTH. RVA confirmed in its yearly Fiber to the Home: North American Market Update that FTTH growth will "slow somewhat in the next couple of years before turning upward again."
- Connected Planet has this article