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Re: So why don't US citizens get this?
Jean-François Mezei wrote:
Does population density still REALLY matter ? Considering that fibre optic cables have a far longer reach than copper, and considering that the utility poles already exist in less densely populated areas, it would seem to me that fibre would be a superior alternative to copper, especially when you consider the costs of setting up remotes all over the place for copper.
My understanding is that for a rural area, in a completely new rollout or a forklift upgrade, fiber is cheaper than copper. However, because the majority of the copper that is currently deployed is still highly serviceable, it is very difficult to justify tearing out perfectly good copper and laying out fiber in it's place.