SPOTLIGHT: Tenn. utility pursues FTTH


Clarksville, Tenn. may see one of the largest municipal fiber-to-the-home networks, courtesy of the Clarksville Department of Energy, which is planning an FTTH network to serve its 55,000 electricity customers in the area.

The agency is connecting fiber directly to its meters, and providing broadband is almost supplementary to the benefits the company gains by reading meters remotely rather than sending workers around on foot. Utilities have not been a tremendous broadband force thus far, but like telcos, they can leverage their rich residential market incumbency.

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