Business Week

Business Week:  Verizon's big bet.  Fiber to the home. NICE!  Amazing, it looks like it is finally on its way.  With fiber connections in place, the technological advances in optical technology that are rapidly reducing price/performance ratios of bandwidth at the core of the Internet, will be extended to individual users (starting with connections at 10 Mb per second and going up from there).  This will allow Verizon and their customers to ride a wave similar to Moore's Law. As one of those customers, I am very happy about this…

Verizon plans to roll out fiber-optic connections to every home and business in its 29-state territory over the next 10 to 15 years, a project that might reasonably be compared with the construction of the Roman aqueducts. It will cost $20 billion to $40 billion, depending on how fast equipment prices fall, and allow the lightning-fast transmission of everything from regular old phone service to high-definition TV….  At the same time, the price of rolling out fiber to homes and offices has dropped by 50% over the past five years, and it will likely decline another 50% over the next few. “This is not a trial. It's a deployment,” says Bruce S. Gordon, president of Verizon's consumer division. “The decision has been made, and it will happen. There's no going back.”

[John Robb's Weblog]

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