While WildBlue Communications is looking to attract the government’s attention (story here), CommScope already has it.
The company said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept proposals to use CommScope’s BrightPath fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) system under its Rural Utilities Service (RUS) program.
That means that service providers that want to extend broadband services can propose the use of BrightPath in business plans and applications they submit for RUS grants and loans.
BrightPath works with existing hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) networks, employing a tapped architecture that provides fiber connection from the headend/central office to the subscriber’s premises. BrightPath does not require any changes to back office, headend/central office or customer premises equipment, according to the company.
CommScope says BrightPath is particularly effective in low-density housing and rural areas because of the low signal.