Cable operators say they don't need to run fiber to the home, but competitive telecommunications companies are starting to jump on the all-fiber bandwagon. Fiber-to-the-home equipment manufacturer Optical Solutions Inc. has won yet another contract from a regional telecom company. This time, it's Baldwin Telecom Inc. of western Wisconsin that plans to deliver voice, video and data services to homes in new housing developments located within Baldwin's 135-square mile service area there.
BTI will become the first independent telephone company in the state of Wisconsin to deploy FTTH technology. This is also the first FTTH deployment in Wisconsin to be funded by USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS).
The first development to receive fiber-optic services will be the "Prairie View" addition of nearby Woodville, which is being designed by Humphrey Engineering of Woodville and developed by French Homes of Hammond, Wis. Baldwin is installing Optical Solutions' FiberPath 400 system, which delivers multiple phone lines, high-speed data, and hundreds of analog or digital entertainment television options to each subscriber's home.
Optical Solutions' gear incorporates a passive optical network to deliver voice, video and high-speed data to the home.