There is a prevalent tendency among the U.S policymakers to view high-capacity communications as a luxury. Such a concept has paved the way for a wide digital divide between urban and rural America. Isn’t a better fiber policy the need of the hour?
FREMONT, CA: Massive changes with respect to government’s fiber policies are a requisite for the contemporary U.S digital sector. Several countries in the European Region and Asia are making considerable investments in fiber policy. However, the U.S government seems to have a different approach.
China will be a good example here; the country continues to take its fiber optics very seriously and is willing to invest in them.
Advanced communication technologies will drive the future of communication in the imminent years. 5G is the current buzzword. To successfully deploy advanced 5G lines across the nation, omnipresent fiber-optic lines need to be everywhere. However, the current U.S government faces a lack of such fiber-optic lines.
In spite of the awareness and economic urgency for fiber deployment, the U.S access networks lack fiber density for supporting bandwidth advancements that are necessary to enhance the speed at which innovation and economic development are taking place. Enhanced capacity expected through 5G will depend upon increased radio frequencies and wider network densification.
Due to heavy reliance of 5G on fiber, its impending lack will likely make the 5G technology fall short of its impending potential until and unless the U.S enhances its fiber investments.
Yet another motivation for deep fiber deployment will be to extend business and residential customers with enhanced broadband service options. Deep fiber is a critical tool for the country’s infrastructure, imperative of extending high-speed broadband connections irrespective of their location. Further, these services can be extended at a much reasonable rate.
The time, now, is apt for the U.S. government to have a future-oriented approach towards devising new policies.