Rural FTTH Clarity through RFOG

The year was 1995 and, after poring over real world maps and comparing architectures, I discovered that fiber to the home (FTTH) was less expensive than hybrid fiber coax for delivering video to extremely rural areas. The problem was that, although it was cheaper, it was still too expensive to justify; and, it did not support interactive services. Fast-forward 14 years and everything has changed for the positive for rural carriers. Dawn Emms, who I worked with at a partner company back in those days, recently co-authored, with Frank Park of Bresnan Communications, an excellent article in CED as to how cable operators can extend their cable plant to rural homes using RFOG (RF over Glass); a form of FTTH.

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