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Fiber for Breakfast 2024 Week 2 – Broadband First: Access to Fiber Internet Surpasses 50% of U.S. Households

Fiber-optic cables are the gold standard for broadband infrastructure. The backbone of the internet utilizes fiber, and without it, the internet as we know it today would not be possible. With their unparalleled data transmission speed and reliability, the technology poised to become even more critical. They will not only cater to escalating data consumption but also enable innovations in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and smart cities, fundamentally reshaping our interaction with technology and each other. As such, tracking fiber penetration across the U.S. broadband market provides valuable insights into technological adoption and accessibility. Tracking penetration is difficult, however, because data on adoption of specific technology types is often not publicly available.

Our presentation highlights an innovative approach to address this gap. We have developed a machine learning algorithm capable of analyzing vast amounts of raw speed test data to identify which tests were conducted over fiber connections. This is based on the unique performance benchmarks of fiber technology. Preliminary results are promising, showing an accuracy rate of approximately 95%. Join us as we uncover the potential of this technology in enhancing our understanding of broadband infrastructure’s evolution.

Guest Presenter: Tyler Cooper, Editor-In-Chief, BroadbandNow