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The Value of Fiber Is More Than Just Speed

Increasingly, consumers understand the benefits of a fiber-optic connection to their home as it relates to their Internet access. Faster download speeds, glitch-free gaming, and zero buffering of streaming services are just a few examples.
 
But there are other ancillary benefits to having your home connected via fiber optics, including adding property value. A 2015 white paper by the Fiber to the Home Council Americas goes even further, citing data from the University of Colorado at Boulder. According to the report, access to fiber may increase a home’s value by up to 3.1 percent. Specifically, the data showed a high correlation between physical real estate and digital real estate.
 
“High-speed fiber optic connections have become as critical a resource to homes as electricity,” said GoNetspeed President Larry Coleman. “With new streaming services, and more and more devices in your home connected to the Internet, consumers are demanding greater speeds and flexibility for their connectivity.”
 
Fiber to the home (FTTH) access is on the rise globally. In 2017, deployment in the U.S. hit a new record passing 35 million homes, a 4.4 million increase in homes marketed—the most-ever in a single year—and a 15% growth over 2016.  But compare those figures to China where according to Digitimes Research, the number of FTTH subscribers increased to 227.7 million homes at the end of 2016, and the U.S. still lags behind most developing nations.
 
Companies like GoNetspeed are helping to bridge the digital divide, and in turn increase property values, by offering consumers in select markets access to fiber optic connectivity with speeds up to 1 Gigabit. To learn more about GoNetspeed visit www.gonetspeed.com.
 
Posted: 2/23/2018 1:19:46 PM


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*Estimated cost savings based on average competitor pricing. Actual savings may vary by location. Assumes monthly YouTube TV subscription fee of $64.99 a month. YouTube TV-specific savings of up to $500/year calculated by annualizing mean reported monthly spending on pay-TV of $107 and subtracting the annualized $64.99 monthly base package costs of YouTube TV. Based on a study by the Leichtman Research Group, published Oct. 31, 2018. YouTube TV is a trademark of Google LLC.