I wrote my first article on fiber-to-the-home back in 1987, courtesy of the late Richard K. Snelling, BellSouth's fiber guru and a wonderful source of information. I saw the technology in action in 1988, delivering HDTV images between two Atlanta buildings as part of the Democratic National Convention. Over the next 18 years, I mostly saw FTTH in PowerPoint presentations and trade show demos until, in 2006, I got to ride along on a Verizon installation of its then-new FiOS network. Two years later, my younger sister's family got FiOS and I think I was more excited than she was.
Today, I get my chance. I am finally becoming a consumer of this technology, as one of the first in my neighborhood to get AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s GigaPower. As I write this, my husband and I are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our AT&T installation crew. I already know the technician's name -- Dave -- because I met him yesterday while walking my dog. He was in the alley behind my house, climbing the utility pole that serves me and my neighbor to the south, checking to make sure everything is ready for today's installation.
So am I getting a little bit excited? Nope, I'm totally geeking out. After years of seeing this technology evolve, I finally get my shot at using it. As importantly, I'm not just getting any old service via my FTTH, I'm getting GigaPower. Having convinced my husband that we need the very top tier service -- not sure for what just yet, other than my curiosity -- we are going for the gig.
Will I be writing about it? Damn straight. Stay tuned as Light Reading's old lady editor gets the fastest Internet service fiber can deliver today.
And the adventure begins.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading