Today, the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas called on NTIA and NSF to develop a community fiber density index. In a letter submitted to NTIA, the FTTH Council built on its earlier recommendations to the Broadband Opportunities Council by proposing that NTIA and the National Science Foundation (“NSF”) develop a “Community Fiber Density Index,” which would serve as a basic research tool.
The following statement can be attributed to Heather Burnett Gold, President and CEO of the FTTH Council:
The Council believes the federal government should track all-fiber connectivity to connection points in a community — e.g. residential, commercial, institutional, and wireless transceivers (the numerator) — in relation to the total number of connection points in a community (the denominator). In effect, this density ratio – the CFDI – would indicate a community’s access to critical all-fiber infrastructure, and then researchers could use this information to analyze and determine (and compare) its value in relation to important outcomes, e.g. economic growth, jobs, investment and educational levels.