The news: AT&T says that supply-chain shortages will delay fiber construction to about 500,000 homes that it originally planned to wire up this year, per Ars Technica.
More on this: Similar to how the global semiconductor shortage has disrupted and delayed progress in various industries, the fiber shortage might cause US infrastructure expansion to grind to a halt, especially in rural areas that need it the most.
What's next? Various industries are starting to feel the squeeze of pandemic-related shortages. These are expected to continue well into the next year, and will result in delayed rollout and deployment of fiber-based broadband internet and 5G networks.
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