The Fiber Broadband Association advocates for policies to encourage the deployment of all-fiber networks in rural areas. People living in rural communities deserve the same broadband performance received by urban consumers so they have robust access to all economic, educational, and healthcare resources. As such, we support requiring that Universal Service Funds be used to deploy all-fiber networks to the premises. By pursuing such an approach, the government will avoid duplicate or wasteful government investment as the bandwidth necessary to ensure comparable levels of services increases.
The following statement can be attributed to Heather Burnett Gold, President & CEO of the Fiber to the Home Council Americas.
The FCC’s program to provide Connect America support to bring broadband service to unserved areas provides a great opportunity to give rural residents the same high performance broadband service that urban residents are getting. It is for that reason that the FTTH Council urges the Commission to construct a methodology for weighing bids in the competitive bidding process that is based on consumer preference for broadband service. Only by using such an approach can the Commission ensure our rural residents and communities get the broadband so essential for their social, economic, and political needs.
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