FTTH Means ‘Fiber to the Horse’ in Vermont

Vermont using draft horse to deploy fiber optic cable in rural areas for Fiber to the Home (FTTH) program. He works 12-hour days, 7-days a week and is paid in hay and apples... what a deal!

Fred the horse can do the work of 15 men. Photo credit: Reuters
Jason Knott · July 11, 2011

Vermont is using an aging Belgian draft horse to run fiber-optic cable in the rural Northeast Kingdom portion of the state.

According to Reuters, a 14-year-old named Fred works 12-hour days, seven days a week all year hauling the cable for a telecom company called Fairpoint Communications.

Reuters says he can do the work of 15 men and pull 5,000 feet of the heavy spools of cable per day “no sweat.”

Fred is outfitted with a harness and a device called an iron whippletree to pull the cable as a man climbs the utility poles and connects the line.

I wonder if Fred can crawl through attics?

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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at

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