Fiber OpticsIn a sign of the times, the Seattle 1000 hotel in Seattle, Washington now has a 100 Mbps broadband link. For those of us who are frequent business travelers, this is welcome news. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been stuck at a hotel sharing a single T1 line … but I digress.

“Essentially, we’ve increased our connectivity from the size of a garden hose to that of a fire hose,” said Matt Hagerman, hotel manager, Hotel 1000 to the Hotels website. Seattle 1000 claims to be the first hotel on the west coast to have the robust connectivity.

This Hotel 1000 example demonstrates the fundamental shift happening for both the SMB and enterprise sectors. The demand for fiber based Ethernet connectivity to the enterprise, as opposed to traditional T-carrier, is a growing opportunity for all involved, telco and cable.

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