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What is Fiber Broadband?

The superior technology to deliver Internet and network services is optical fiber that carries a communications signal from an operator’s equipment all the way to a home, business or enterprise. This technology has been found to be more robust and reliable than older technologies. Though relatively new, running fiber to homes (fiber-to-the-home) is a fast growing method of providing much greater bandwidth and speeds to consumers and businesses, for more robust video, internet and voice services. To see how fiber-to-the-home, business or endpoint are defined throughout the world, click here for the Global Reference of Terms and Definitions

Connecting homes, business and any endpoints -- including cellular towers or sites -- directly to fiber optic cable enables enormous improvements in what bandwidth devices are capable of delivering. Current fiber optic technology can provide two-way transmission speeds – upload and download -- of over a gigabit per second. And as older technologies stretch the limits of their performance or speed, constant improvements in fiber optic technology and equipment can improve how much bandwidth is available without having to deploy a new networks. That’s why fiber networks are said to be “futureproof."

Click here to see the Fiber Broadband Associations Fiber Guide [2018].

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Our Mission

The Fiber Broadband Association's mission is to accelerate the deployment of fiber broadband networks to ensure digital equity and enable every community to leverage economic and societal benefits that only fiber can deliver. 

Our Vision

The vision of the Fiber Broadband Association is a world where communications are limitless, advancing quality of life and digital equity anywhere and everywhere.