With a compound annual growth rate of 23 percent through 2005, fiber optic cabling is a technology with a bright future, according to Cahners In-Stat Group. Says Lauri Vickers with In-Stat: "Fiber to the desktop is still an expensive proposition, however; its costs and benefits, relative to the proposed available copper upgrade options, make it the far wiser choice when the time comes for an organization to pull new cable."