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Study Finds that Fiber Cities Have More Smart City Activity

Washington, D.C. (March 16, 2018) — Yesterday, new research was released from RVA, LLC, showing that cities with fiber —especially those with widespread residential fiber—have more small cells and smart city applications than cities without, putting them ahead in the race for 5G.

 The research found that cities with fiber have, on average, 37% more deployed small cells and just over 35% more smart city applications. This confirms the findings of a paper recently released by the Fiber Broadband Association, “The Road to 5G is Paved with Fiber”.  

“This research confirms what those of us in the fiber industry and in fiber-connected communities already know: fiber broadband will accelerate the connected future including the next generation of 5G wireless,” said Heather Burnett Gold, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “We will continue working to bring the benefits of fiber broadband to more cities, businesses, and families across the country.”


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



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