Peter Kaiser and Paul W. Shumate

Bringing "Fiber-to-the-Home" has recently captivated the imagination and business instinct of the telecommunications industry and equipment manufacturers. With the prospect of fiber being widely deployed in the "last mile" of the telephone network, and with customers having access to nearly unlimited bandwidth, some see an opportunity for a large variety of novel broadband services with ensuing new revenue possibilities. Others see an opportunity for the mass-fabrication of optical communication equipment and new consumer electronics. In fact, by providing end-to-end fiber connectivity, Fiber-to-the-Home (FFTH, including business and commercial customers), is providing nothing less than the physical infrastructure for the broadband telecommunications network of the much-heralded "Information Age" of tomorrow.

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