Om Malik reports some of the vendors showing up at the FTTP Conference in Florida today will introduce gear that makes deploying fiber-to-the-home cheaper. He says Corning will roll out a product line based on ultra-bendable fiber that resists signal degradation if twisted or bent too much like typical fiber.
Another company, Neuphonetics, will roll out GPON transceivers that will reduce the price of fiber interfaces at the central office and subscribers' homes. One of Om's readers, possibly from GarrettCom, wrote that Garrett.com will show hardened fiber switches for drops of four 10/100 Mbps ports.
Fiber is the present. As of March, 1.34 million homes were connected to the 'Net via fiber; and 7.9 million homes were passé by fiber, the FTTH Conference propaganda says.