Day-Long Session on Potential of All-Fiber Networks is Open to Non-Members

WASHINGTON — The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council, a national organization dedicated to expanding the deployment of high speed all-fiber networks, will convene a workshop in Phoenix on December 8 on next-generation, all-fiber broadband and the opportunities that exist for telecommunications service providers to help advance the nation’s Smart Grid network.

The latest in the FTTH Council’s series of “hot topic” workshops, to take place at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, will include a full day of presentations, panel discussions and audience participation focusing on “The Future of Video, Telco’s and Smart Grid: Going for the Gigabit.”

The event is open to anyone with an interest in next-generation broadband. An agenda and registration information can be found on the FTTH Council’s website, www.ftthcouncil.org.

The all-day session will include a presentation on the future of video services over all-fiber networks from the consulting firm BIA/Kelsey and a look at Smart Grid networks from the Utility Telecom Council, which recently released a landmark study showing that utilities on their own will not be able to build all the communications networks they need to make Smart Grid happen, and that best of breed communications service providers will be essential to their success.

Also offering their perspectives will be representatives of Arizona municipalities that have applied to be part of Google’s fiber to the home pilot project, which aims to bring next-generation broadband services to a select number of communities. In addition, the workshop will feature a session on the legislative and regulatory outlook for all-fiber networks, as well as a panel of successful FTTH service providers who are operating in the southwestern United States.

Now available to more than 20 million North American households, fiber to the home is fast becoming the technology of choice for next-generation, high-speed access to Internet, video and emerging applications. A recent survey of small telephone companies commissioned by the FTTH Council found that three-quarters of them say they are likely to expand or upgrade their networks with end-to-end fiber in the near future.

“America’s fiber to the home providers are laying the groundwork for the next generation of superfast networks and the advanced video and Internet applications these networks will make possible,” said Daniel O’Connell, President of the FTTH Council. “This workshop will be an outstanding opportunity for anyone interested in our broadband future to learn more about how fiber is transforming the nation’s telecommunications networks and its electrical grid.”

Following the workshop, on December 9 and 10, the FTTH Council will be joining with its partner The Light Brigade in conducting its second two-day exam preparatory course for the Certified Fiber to the Home Professionals Program (CFHP) at the Arizona Biltmore. The course is structured to certify competence in overall FTTH theory, terminology, topology, equipment and system cost estimation. More information about the program can be found on the FTTH Council’s website.

About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council
Now in its tenth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections – as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Its mission is to educate the public and government officials about FTTH solutions and to promote and accelerate deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible. The Council organizes North America’s largest annual FTTH event, the FTTH Conference & Expo, which will be held September 26 – 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

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