Windstream, the local telco in this area, has just started running ads about their new "fiber-backed" internet service:
We've just built 100% fiber-backed high speed internet in Lexington
After one of the largest local network upgrades in recent company history, Windstream¹s High-Speed Internet service in Lexington is now 100% backed by fiber technology.
What does fiber tech mean for me?
"Fiber-backed" simply means a reliable high speed internet connection is now closer to you than ever before. Fiber technology sends light pulsing at ultra high speeds over glass fiber strands that can transmit high-quality and massive amounts of information over longer distances. Our Lexington network now fully supports this technology, and the result is an enhanced network that, even during the heaviest online traffic, provides a fast, uninterrupted connection.
I'm pretty sure their DSL customers still have copper running to their homes. They may have added more fiber somewhere in their backbone. "Closer to you than ever before" might mean they've run fiber to the neighborhoods.
Considering that almost any internet service is probably going to involve some fiber somewhere, when is it appropriate to call a service "fiber-backed"? And how much more fiber do you need to be "100% fiber-backed"? Does this statement mean anything specific? Or just that they've buried some more fiber?