|reply to patcat88 |
Re: Verizon going to FTTN-like those they deride in commercials
Fiber is ~4 times cheaper in cost than the same line in copper. I'm actually surprised that the telco's don't look at ripping their aerial copper out and selling it and replacing it with glass as the cost of the copper is so outrageous right now and fiber just keeps getting cheaper.
But the copper is already there, and USF pays for it. Fiber has installation labor costs and no USF support.
Fiber has significantly less maintenance. It's not susceptible to EM interference, water or heat related issues. It has almost no value as "scrap". As you say the USF is preventing innovation, that's a reason to do away with the USF so the companies aren't inclined to keep making bad business decisions in the interest of government mandated fees.