As the Primary Flight Control, it seemed to be newsworthy to a few people.
The techonology is "old", but new compared to mechanical linkage (as old as the Wright Brothers) or FBW (which is now about what, 20 years old?) it seems to be gaining research funds as a replacement due to weight, maintenance and control issues. They said that unlike Fly by Wire, Fiber Optic is resistant to uncommanded Electrical Impluses and Electromagnetic Fields and has a much wider transmission range over older systems. It is being tested in Germany for installation on their helicopters.