Fiber Broadband Association Releases Industry Update
Current State of Fiber Broadband Numbers in North America Released and Explained in Webinar
WASHINGTON, D.C. — DECEMBER 19, 2017 — This afternoon, the Fiber Broadband Association and RVA, LLC released the latest numbers on the fiber broadband industry in North America in a webinar led by Mike Render, President of RVA, LLC. The webinar highlights Canada’s leading fiber growth—45% growth in homes marketed in 2017—as well as the record growth in fiber deployment in the United States: annual U.S. Deployment hit a new record in 2017 passing 35 million homes, a whopping 4.4 million increase in homes marketed—the most-ever in a single year—and a 15% growth over the 2016. 15.4 million American households now take all fiber.
The rapid growth of fiber networks in North America is due in large part to the increased participation of smaller FTTH providers as well as increased consumer demand, reflected in FTTH’s continued progress despite a general lack of specific government funding. Deployment growth from the largest providers grew at a rate of 14.1%, while the smaller providers had 16.5% deployment growth.
The webinar and research also delved into new consumer data regarding broadband use, priorities, and satisfaction along several metrics. These consumer insights cast a spotlight on how exactly fiber broadband is perceived and needed, as an individual technology and in comparison to other technologies.
“Across the board, fiber is meeting consumer and business needs and connecting people to a uniquely satisfying broadband experience, said Heather Burnett Gold, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “Commissioning such key research is one of the many ways that the Fiber Broadband Association serves the fiber industry, keeping us all informed about where this exciting technology is and where it is going.”
About the Fiber Broadband Association
The Fiber Broadband Association—formerly the Fiber to the Home Council Americas—is the largest and only trade association in the Americas dedicated to the pursuit of all fiber optic network infrastructure to the home, to the business and to everywhere. The Fiber Broadband Association helps providers make informed decisions about how, where, and why to build better broadband networks with fiber optics while counting on its members to lead the organization forward, collaborate with industry allies and propel fiber optic deployment forward. Since 2001, these companies, organizations and people have worked with our communities and consumers in mind to build a better broadband future here and around the world. Learn more at fiberbroadband.org.