On October 11, the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas called on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a community fiber density index. In a letter submitted to NTIA, the FTTH Council built on its earlier recommendations to the Broadband Opportunities Council by proposing that NTIA and the NSF develop a “Community Fiber Density Index,” which would serve as a basic research tool.
According to a press release, the following statement can be attributed to Heather Burnett Gold, president and CEO of the FTTH Council:
"The Council believes the federal government should track all-fiber connectivity to connection points in a community — e.g. residential, commercial, institutional, and wireless transceivers (the numerator) — in relation to the total number of connection points in a community (the denominator). In effect, this density ratio – the CFDI – would indicate a community’s access to critical all-fiber infrastructure, and then researchers could use this information to analyze and determine (and compare) its value in relation to important outcomes, e.g. economic growth, jobs, investment and educational levels."
Access the FTTH Council's full letter here.
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