The future is online. Actually, the present is online, and the future more so. The COVID-19 pandemic, and the constant refrain about the “new normal” prove that not only is internet access vital to 21st century life; high-speed access is a necessity. It is no longer enough to just have internet access; one must have quality access. And that is going to depend on open access fiber.
A true open access network (also known as a wholesale network) is an entity that does not sell broadband services, but rather offers the wires that enable anyone else to sell broadband services, along with other data applications. In other words, a truly open access network is one of infrastructure. And then, anyone else can build on that existing infrastructure to become a broadband service provider.
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