Corning Cable Systems launches FTTH program for community developers

May 19, 2004 Hickory, NC -- Pulte Homes has become the charter member of the Corning Connected Community Program, developed by Corning Cable Systems to bring the benefits of optical fiber to homeowners by assisting homebuilders and community developers in building fiber-optic infrastructure into their plans.

May 19th, 2004

May 19, 2004 Hickory, NC -- Pulte Homes has become the charter member of the Corning Connected Community Program, developed by Corning Cable Systems to bring the benefits of optical fiber to homeowners by assisting homebuilders and community developers in building fiber-optic infrastructure into their plans. As the first member of the Corning Connected Community Program, Pulte Homes--one of the largest homebuilders in the United States--illustrates its commitment to building truly state-of-the-art neighborhoods.

To qualify as a Corning Connected Community, each connected neighborhood must provide at least 5-Mbits/sec symmetrical service to all homes via fiber-optic connection to the home. Pulte has selected PAXIO Inc. to design, install, and service the fiber networks in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most of today's non-fiber broadband technologies, such as cable modem and DSL, offer asymmetrical service, meaning higher data rates downstream to the home and much slower speeds upstream from the home.

Corning Cable Systems will provide select new Pulte Home communities in the San Francisco Bay Area with its flexible FTTH products and services, ensuring that Pulte's home-buying customers have the most advanced, reliable technology infrastructure to their home and within their community. Pulte's partnership with PAXIO also includes construction of fiber to each community, providing virtually unlimited broadband today and into the future. In addition, Corning Cable Systems will help educate potential Pulte customers on the benefits of FTTH and the Corning Connected Community Program.

Through its Evolant Solutions for Access Networks, Corning Cable Systems offers specialized portfolios of products and services that enable customers to cost-effectively deploy fiber in the last mile. Evolant Solutions for Access Networks includes the company's products as well as network planning, system design, and deployment support.

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