CABA Information Series
IS-2004-47: The Municipal Role in U.S. FTTH Market Growth
This white paper provided by the Communications Futures Program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discusses opportunities for municipalities to foster a market in fiber optics to homes. Municipalities accounted for 32% of FTTH installations in 2003. While telcos will be installing FTTH in some areas, municipalities will remain important market drivers for Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) deployment. Municipalities that operate utilities are likely candidates. State laws that burden municipal entry into communications are effective at discouraging it, suggesting that the March 2004 Supreme Court ruling (Nixon vs. Missouri Municipal League) will constrain growth in the FTTH market.