fiber glut

fiber glut

An excessive amount of fiber. It generally refers to the large amount of long distance fiber trunks that were created in the U.S. in the late 1990s, but never used after the dot-com bust. The universe goes in cycles. In time, the "fiber glut" is expected to turn into the "fiber drought."
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First, utilities are understandably shy when it comes to forays into telecommunications--many were badly burned in the fiber glut of the 1990s.
"Wildly Optimistic Data Drove Telecoms to Build Fiber Glut." Wall Street Journal, 26 September, B1.
And while the telecom industry in the Lower 48 has taken a hit in recent years, (a combination of over building, the fiber glut and a recessive economy), Alaska's telecom suppliers are holding their own.