Also known as FTTN (Fiber-To-The-Node) A hybrid broadband local loop configuration that involves optical fiber from the edge of the telco or CATV network to an intelligent node at the curb, with one node serving perhaps many residences or small businesses.The few hundred meters or so of the local loop from the node to the premises generally is either unshielded twisted pair (UTP) in a telco application or coaxial cable (coax) in a CATV application, although some form of wireless technology is also possible. The fiber portion of a contemporary FTTC configuration generally conforms to one of the passive optical network (PON) standards. See also broadband, CATV, local loop, node, optical fiber, PON, telco, and UTP.
(Fiber To The Curb) The installation of optical fiber to a junction box (node) in a neighborhood that serves customers typically within a thousand foot radius. At that point, the optics are converted into electronics for delivery to the premises. Also called "fiber to the neighborhood" if the customer radius is larger (see FTTN). See FTTP and FTTx.