The Fiber Broadband Association believes that by reducing regulation, we can propel investment in all-fiber infrastructure. In the past, the Fiber Broadband Association has urged regulators to: not mandate unbundling of fiber facilities; not impose onerous open internet requirements on broadband providers; not require battery back up in all-fiber networks; and not regulate the prices for business data services provided over all-fiber facilities. In addition, the Fiber Broadband Association advocates for the removal of public and private barriers to investment, such as unreasonable fees for access to poles and rights of way and unreasonable franchise requirements.
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).