Some 32 percent of U.S. commercial locations with twenty or more employees now are able to buy fiber access services, according to Vertical Systems Group. That is up from 28 percent in 2010, Vertical Systems Group says.

Buildings” are the key concept here. Lots of smaller businesses are located in bigger buildings, so “connected buildings” are not the same as “connected” or “potentially connectable” organizations and firms.

Still, one might conclude from the slow, gradual uptake that most buildings that offer enough revenue potential to serve with direct optical fiber connections already have that access. The issue now is how many of the less-desirable locations (in terms of payback potential) can be reached incrementally.

You might argue that about 70 percent of locations actually are not very good candidates for a payback.

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