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.
In a filing before the Federal Communications Commission, the Fiber-to-the-Home Council reiterated its support for the National Broadband Plan’s “Connect American Fund” (CAF), but also urged the FCC to reconsider its recommendations to reform the Universal Service Fund by ending a program that supports the efforts of rural telecoms to upgrade to high-bandwidth networks. In its filing, the Council expressed concern that ending the “High-Cost” component of the USF and depending on the CAF to replace it will end up “stranding users in high cost areas” and making it more difficult to meet the Plan’s goal of providing 100 megabit broadband service to 100 million U.S. homes by 2020.