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nasadude

join:2001-10-05
Rockville, MD
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS

1 recommendation

who cares?

It's too bad this area has people too ignorant to understand the situation. Having a municipal fiber system is the best thing to have. With any of the incumbents it's going to be an unregulated duopoly/monopoly.

Yes, I would like fiber.

Yes, I think these companies should get franchises.

Yes, I think it sucks that AT&T (in Illinous) and Verizon (in montgomery county, MD) are pouting and taking their ball home because the cities won't change their rules.

without competition, it's all going to suck in the end, with either crappy support or high prices or both. Not to mention it will take a very long time before 100M symmetrical is provided by incumbents (unless it's at an outrageous price).

our gov't fiddles as broadband in the U.S. burns



cbrigante2
Cubs 20??
Premium
join:2002-11-22
North Aurora, IL

Amen to all of your points nasadude. I really think this is the biggest problem (voters not knowing the real issues on the table).


campinfool

join:2006-02-24
Austin, TX

ROW

The thing about the ROW is mute. Lightspeed areas already have existing plant in the ROW. I doubt the city can say "hey you can't can't lash a new fiber on your existing strand or pull one through an existing duct". Those people are morons.


TheGhost
Premium
join:2003-01-03
Lake Forest, IL

said by campinfool:

The thing about the ROW is mute. Lightspeed areas already have existing plant in the ROW. I doubt the city can say "hey you can't can't lash a new fiber on your existing strand or pull one through an existing duct". Those people are morons.
I actually heard that at&t needed to put more/additional equipment out in the field to get the fibre close enough to the homes. There is still the issue of use though. Aren't at&t and the Cablecos paying some form of rent to the cites for the ROWs (poles, etc). If at&t tries to string additional wires along the poles, aren't they using more of the cities property than they paid for? Kind of like paying to rent one storage locker, but then taking a second for free. Just another point of view on the situation.

campinfool

join:2006-02-24
Austin, TX

Most aerial placements are usually on joint use poles owned by the power companies. If additional lines need to be run in the air, multiple cables can be lashed to a single strand. To the cities involved I don't see much difference in at&t running a new fiber in the ROW for lightspeed versus running a 50pr cable to feed a new strip center.



Octopussy2
Premium
join:2003-03-30
Batavia, IL

Actually, the ROWs are all owned by cities. If we are talking about pole attachments...Batavia, Geneva, and STC, IL all own their own poles as they all have their own electric and/or water utilities as well - for over 100 years.