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.
Reducing transport costs would encourage more rural last-mile services at affordable costs, but transport companies have not responded to the need because linking into a fiber route typically costs $100,000 to provide a but with appropriate electronic equipment and power. Recovering this expenditure drives up cost to service providers and makes last-mile service expensive.