Fiber to the Home Council

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Fiber to the Home Council (FTTH Council) has a mission of working to "educate, promote and accelerate fiber-to-the-home and the resulting quality of life enhancements." [1] It frequently issues press statements, releases studies and other activities jointly with the Telecommunications Industry Association. [2]


FTTH Council often describes its membership as including "municipalities, utilities, developers, and traditional and non-traditional service providers." [1] However, it also describes its membership as "approximately 800 company member delegates and a nine-member Board of Directors which serves a two-year term." [3]

Most of the FTTH Council members listed on its website are companies that provide equipment and/or services related to fiber optic systems.[4]

The "Membership" section of the FTTH Council website states, "Membership to the FTTH Council is open to companies interested in leading the FTTH revolution!" Membership options include a "Service Provider Level," with "General Industry Member Companies" being able to join at the "Platinum" ($6,000), "Gold" ($4,000) or "Silver" ($1,000) levels. The "Silver" level was "created especially for NOT-FOR-PROFIT institutions, certified educational or government institutions like universities, or a second division of an existing Platinum Member company," according to the website. "Silver"-level members can not serve on the Board of Directors, can not vote on Council issues, and can not nominate themselves for speaking opportunities. In addition, applications for "Silver"-level membership must be approved by the Board.[5]

Political stances

Legislative and regulatory issues that FTTH Council lobbies on include:[6]

  • In favor of federal policy "aimed at ensuring that next-generation broadband connections are universally available by 2015";
  • In favor of state-level policies to "streamline the video franchising process so that fiber-to-the-home providers are not discouraged from entering new markets and bringing competitive choices to consumers with regard to video, voice and data services";
  • In favor of municipalities deploying "next-generation, high-bandwidth telecommunications networks"; and
  • Against all net neutrality policies, which the FTTH Council feels would "respond to a problem that doesn’t presently exist with regulation that would inhibit investment in and harm further development of the Internet."[7]

Pushing statewide video franchising in Wisconsin

On August 1, 2007, FTTH Council organized a press conference in favor of state Senate Bill 107 / Assembly Bill 207, called the "Video Competition Act." Also speaking at the press conference were the Wisconsin Merchants Federation, Wisconsin Technology Council and Competitive Wisconsin. "Although the proposed legislation promises to increase the level of competition in the video entertainment business in Wisconsin, the thrust of the press conference was focused on the economic development aspects of the bill," states the Wisconsin Merchants Federation's report on the event.[8]

Wisconsin bill SB 107 / AB 207 was based on model legislation drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council and has been strongly supported by AT&T, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. [9] [10] Industry groups helped craft the bill before it was introduced to the state legislature, reported The Capital Times.[11]

Financial information

FTTH Council is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(6) organization, which is used for business leagues. In its 2005 filing with the IRS, FTTH Council reported $516,298 in assets and $806,674 in income. [12] In 2006, FTTH Council reported $824,665 in income from membership dues, $2,068,834 in total revenue, $355,597 in net assets, and $113,085 in "government" (presumably lobbying) expenses.[13]

Public relations and lobbying

The FTTH Council's media contact is David St. John of the New York-based public relations firm St. John Communications.[14] [15]

The PR firm's website states, with regards to the FTTH Council, "St. John Communications has designed the corporate media plan -- and is implementing it through communications, media relations and public outreach programs -- for this national non-profit industry council that promotes expansion of very high-bandwidth, next generation networks."[16] David St. John previously worked at Burson-Marsteller, in the Clinton administration, and with the AFL-CIO.[17]

FTTH Council retains the lobbying firm Kelley Drye Collier Shannon, according to the online subscription-only database The lobbyist heading the FTTH account is Thomas Cohen.[18]


Joe Savage - President

Board of Directors

The 2007 Board, from the group's website: [3]

Contact information


Fiber to the Home Council
PO Box 21071
Spokane, WA 99201

Phone: 503-635-3114

SourceWatch resources

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 "About Us: Overview," FTTH Council website, accessed October 2007.
  2. "Search: "Fiber to the Home Council" "Telecommunications Industry Association",", (Results: 1,070 hits on October 24, 2007).
  3. 3.0 3.1 "About Us: Governance," FTTH Council website, accessed October 2007.
  4. "Membership: Directory," FTTH Council website, accessed October 2007.
  5. "Membership: Information," FTTH Council website, accessed October 2007.
  6. "Legislative Regulatory," FTTH Council website, accessed October 2007.
  7. Press release, "No Need for 'Network Neutrality' Regulation, FTTH Council Tells Commission," FTTH Council, June 15, 2007.
  8. "The Past Week in Review (PDF file)," Wisconsin Merchants Federation, August 3, 2007.
  9. Hadrian, "Phone Friends," Big Money Blog, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, March 29, 2007.
  10. "Bills and Rules Lobbied by AT&T," Wisconsin Ethics Board website, accessed October 2007.
  11. Judith Davidoff, "Industry Role Decried, But Cable Bill Endorsed," The Capital Times, (Madison, Wis.), April 17, 2007.
  12. "Report Page: Fiber to the Home Council,", accessed October 2007.
  13. "FTTH Council 2006 form 990," via, accessed October 2007.
  14. "Contact Us," FTTH Council website, accessed October 2007.
  15. "Participants List, June 2007 FTTH Council quarterly meeting (PDF)," FTTH Council website, accessed October 2007.
  16. "Clients," St. John Communications website, accessed October 2007.
  17. "About," St. John Communications website, accessed October 2007.
  18. "Fiber-to-the-Home Council," (sub req'd), accessed October 2007.


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