Fiber to the Home: The New Empowerment details optical fiber technology and the factors that are driving and enabling it, covering the “last mile” from the fiber network backbone to home and office premises, along with potential social and economic benefits of deployment. The 156-page resource is presented in a tutorial style, with the aim of reaching a broad range of people affected by the technology, including telecommunications network planners and technicians, craftsmen and engineers involved in installing fiber systems. Part of the Wiley Survival Guides in Engineering and Science series, it addresses specific end-user application needs; broadband, Gigabit and Ethernet passive optical networks; and deployment of the technology in various countries. Charts, diagrams, references and an index are included. Paul E. Green; John Wiley & Sons Inc., Hoboken, N.J., 2006; $49.95.