October 11, 2004

The New York Times > Technology > Phone Line Alchemy: Copper Into Fiber

This article is simplistic, but obviously meant for consumers. What it fails to mention is the regulatory regime at the federal level that needs to be unwound in order for fiber deployment to expand. At this point, the fiber deployment is only in locations that are part of the old GTE franchise areas, not subject to the Bell System breakup constraints.

The writer has also made a booboo: Unlike copper cables, glass fibers do not rust... Copper cables do not rust!!
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