Community Investment Incentives
Communities want and need high performance, future-proof all-fiber networks. Many are working with the Fiber Broadband Association, state broadband agencies, providers, consultants and other entities to drive investments by potential network operators — be they the local incumbent, a competitive entrant or even the community itself. Communities are creating a compendium of best practices which the Fiber Broadband Association will track and make available.
The FBA commends the Commission for seeking to propel wireline broadband infrastructure investment. Demand for higher-performance broadband services by consumers, businesses, and institutions is skyrocketing, and there is every indication this trend will continue. In response, broadband service providers are accelerating their deployment of all-fiber (including fiber-to-the-home (“FTTH”)) networks across the country. These providers and consumers recognize that all-fiber networks provide the performance and scalability necessary to meet bandwidth demands far into the future.
 See Sean Buckley, “U.S. FTTH deployment rose 13 percent in 2015, says FTTH Council,” FierceTelecom (Nov. 16, 2015), available at http://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/u-s-ftth-deployment-rose-13-percent-2015-says-ftth-council (citing FTTH Council/RVA, LLC research regarding the availability of FTTH services in the United States). In 2016, the growth rate for homes marketed with FTTH services rose even faster, at approximately 16 percent. See Michael Render, RVA LLC, “North American FTTH: The Latest Research” (presentation at 2016 Fiber Connect, Nov. 27, 2016).