Today, the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas filed comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Technology Transitions proceeding. The following statement may be attributed to Heather Burnett Gold, President and CEO of the FTTH Council Americas:
For over a decade, the federal government has sought to accelerate the deployment of all-fiber networks, because fiber is more reliable and performs better than other technologies. These networks drive economic growth, social interaction, and civic participation. But rebuilding our communications infrastructure with fiber is time-consuming and expensive. It requires communities, governments, and the private sector to all pull in the same direction.
Thus, the FTTH Council and its members are troubled by any move that would make building these networks more expensive. The record shows that all-fiber service providers and their vendors are behaving responsibly, providing sufficient customer notice and capabilities -- and consumers are not reporting any adverse effects. As the proceeding progresses, we look forward to working with Chairman Wheeler, his colleagues and other leaders at the Commission to continue to promote the deployment of fast, all-fiber networks throughout the United States.