Eight-two percent of home buyers who have had broadband service over fiber all the way to the house rank it as the leading real estate amenity, the Fiber-to-the-Home Council said today. A national study of U.S. broadband consumers by RVA LLC Market Research and Consulting shows that fiber-to-the-home ranks higher than green spaces, a neighborhood patrol and a community pool when consumers are evaluating planned communities.
Even among broadband customers who cannot get fiber, nearly 70 percent want “very high-speed Internet from a direct fiber-optic line” at the next home they buy, the study showed. Although I’m a huge proponent of broadband access, and assume that it would be a critical factor in my choice of home, choosing broadband over a community pool or green spaces shows broadband to be more like an upper-middle class luxury rather than a deciding factor in choosing a home. Readers, tell us your thoughts.