The results of the latest annual study of network operators and consumers conducted by Mike Render, CEO of RVA LLC, for the Fiber Broadband Association, found that small Internet service providers played a key role in expanding access to fiber-based services. These companies were responsible for 88% of the total capital expenditure. In addition, he says about 54 million U.S. homes are currently passed by fiber-optic connections. When it comes to availability, fiber-optic providers are only surpassed by the cable television industry. However, fiber deployment rates were still down in 2020, partially due to large companies delaying projects after reaching deployment goals. Render believes a major investment cycle will soon launch for fiber-to-the-home projects.
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