Tuesday, April 28, 2009

USDA Rural Development Telecommunications Program Accepts CommScope's Fiber-to-the-Home Product 04/28/08 - CommScope (NYSE: CTV), the Hickory, NC based telecom equipment and cable manufacturer, announced yesterday that its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) product has been approved by the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Telecommunications Program.

This acceptance by the Program of the company's branded BrightPath® FTTH product line allows "service providers seeking funding from the Rural Utilities Service to propose the use of BrightPath products in business plans and applications they submit for RUS grants and loans," stated the company in a press release.

The release continues:

" The simple, effective BrightPath FTTH system from CommScope, a world leader in high-performance broadband infrastructure, works seamlessly with existing hybrid fiber coax (HFC) networks, employing a unique, tapped architecture that provides fiber connection from the head end/central office to the subscriber’s premises.

BrightPath provides all the benefits of a FTTH network without requiring changes to back-office, head end/central office or customer premises equipment. BrightPath is particularly effective in low-density housing and rural areas because of the low signal loss of optical fiber and the reduction or elimination of active devices in the network. In rural deployments, BrightPath can provide a competitive advantage with typically lower upfront costs and maintenance relative to traditional HFC networks.

“Acceptance of BrightPath by the Rural Development Telecommunications Program greatly benefits our customers,” said Carl Meyerhoefer, vice president of Marketing and Business Development for CommScope’s Broadband division. “Rural service providers now have an economical choice for an FTTH platform with which they can connect customers to high speed services, while at the same time supporting the broadband stimulus program.”
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