National Broadband Plan
The FTTH Council submitted a wealth of information to the Federal Communications Commission during its consideration of a National Broadband Plan. These include two studies by the telecommunications strategy consultant CSMG -- one outlining the projected cost of wiring up the country with FTTH, and the other exploring the range of next-generation digital services and applications that will likely come about as a result of the proliferation of all-fiber networks in the U.S.
The Fiber to the Home Council Americas submits testimony in opposition to House Bill 1221. To put it most starkly, this legislation, by unnecessarily preventing the retirement of outdated copper landline facilities, throws a major roadblock in the way of the deployment of allfiber networks. As such, it would deprive Maryland residents, businesses, and institutions from getting access to essential infrastructure that is vital to their full participation in the 21st century economy and society. As countless policymakers and communities across the country already understand, residents that have all-fiber network infrastructure will thrive as they can
instantaneously and constantly access the internet, their families and friends, and all the institutions that are part of their lives. Those without access to all-fiber networks will be stranded.