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Fiber: It’s good for your digestion and your home value!

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Here at Gigaom, we already know fiber to the home broadband connections are awesome. I don’t know what I will do with a gigabit connection when Google finally gets its FTTH service in Austin, but I know I need it. And aside from the faster broadband connections, a survey released Wednesday from the FTTH Council (it obviously really likes fiber) says that homes with fiber connections come with a $5,000 premium in terms of home value.

The survey also notes that there are 58 fiber-to-the-home providers in the U.S. offering gigabit speeds and that the total number of fiber-to-the-home connections is at 10.4 million. I’m actually pretty disappointed in the overall growth of FTTH connections, which grew only by about 700,000 homes or 7 percent from a year ago.

But if you have FTTH service you are apparently happier and more fulfilled as an internet customer, spending less time waiting for content to load. The survey puts that time saved as 49 hours per year, but I have no idea what the comparison is. I hope I’m not spending that kind of time waiting for sites to load. That’s more time than I spend brushing my teeth in a year.

And with people spending over 5 hours a day at home online and those 35-and-under streaming half their video content from the internet, the divide between those with fiber to the home and those without will only continue to grow. So let’s see if we can get those connections up. I volunteer my home as a proving ground.

One Response to “Fiber: It’s good for your digestion and your home value!”

  1. quiviran

    There is a price premium for homes on paved roads over those on dirt roads too. Broadband connectivity is infrastructure, just like paved roads. It needs to be treated as such, with system level design being a Government function, access being paid for in your tax bill and the physical installation being accomplished through contracts. Just like paved roads. The “Free Market” will sit around until Hell freezes over, waiting for a monopoly situation with guaranteed profitability for themselves before they will offer anything resembling a public good. Witness current provider attempts to throttle, charge premium prices, etc, etc, etc.