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Friday, October 10, 2003


Vendors under pressure to back Bells in pushing FCC to treat FTTC like FTTH?

The FCC ruled that the Bells don't have to share FTTH services (other than basic phone service) with competitors. This was with the understanding that they would finally begin rolling out fiber to homes in the U.S. after more than a decade of promises. Now there are reports that BellSouth is pressuring Alcatel and Corning join it in lobbying the FCC to treat FTTC (fiber to the curb) the same as FTTH (fiber to the home).

"Fiber to the curb" sounds good, doesn't it? The name implies fiber to the curb in front of your house with twisted pair the rest of the way -- perhaps 50 feet. But that's not really FTTC as it's deployed by the Bells. FTTC is really fraudband -- fiber to a curb 500 feet away and shared with perhaps several dozen homes.

"FTTH Dispute Boils Up"

"Conference shows FTTH grassroots support"


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