We Need to Stop Thinking “Not in My Backyard”

Erik-Gronvall-Photo_blog Erik Gronvall July 28, 2017

This blog post is part of our blog series—Fiber Friday. Our subject matter experts will provide you with some insight into the world of fiber optics, covering various industry topics.

We want to be connected. We want the latest technology. We want everything to run smoothly; however, when a fiber project comes to our town, we don’t want it messing with our daily lives.

There’s an old saying, “Not in my backyard.” This has been referenced to many different things, but we need to stop thinking this way when it comes to fiber-to-the-home (FTTH). Today, we want unlimited bandwidth. There is no better solution for providing bandwidth than by deploying FTTH, and yes, sometimes service provides might have to come into our yard to deploy it.

In this vlog, I explain why we need to end the “not in my backyard” syndrome that plagues us.

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About the Author


Erik Gronvall

Erik Gronvall is Vice President of Service Provider Strategy and Network Architecture for the Americas for CommScope. Erik joined CommScope through the acquisition of TE Connectivity’s Broadband Network Solutions (BNS) businesses in August of 2015. Collectively, Erik has served TE and ADC for more than 10 years - leading product strategy, design and development for inside and outside plant connectivity solutions. Erik holds multiple patents on network architectures and product designs and provides regular consultation to customers on outside plant connectivity requirements. Erik holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA at the University of St. Thomas.