Fiber to the home is finally becoming a reality.
For many years the average household (endpoint) broadband connection to the public Internet in the United States was about 7Mbps (download).
As fiber to the home becomes more common, the average connection will be 1Gbps (download).
7 million bps to 1 billion bps is a MAJOR jump.
We will start seeing all kinds of new Internet applications as fiber to the home becomes more commonplace.
Wikipedia has a very good article on how fiber fits into the “last mile” broadband endpoint connection technology.