FAST (Fiber Access Speed Technology), basically Fairpoint's equivalent of Verizon's FIOS for the areas of Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine can grow and work well.
One big issue is very weak expected profitability from distant customers to many of them being seasonal. This weighed against the cost of running in fiber that would be able to withstand winter snow, ice and cold. 1 possibility is twining steal cable around the fiber cable(s) with slack & reinforcing it to the poles.
Anyway.. the following is a brief example and should serve as an example for other smaller companies (such as Quest and Embarq), even AT&T & Verizon in areas difficult to turn a profit.
Here is the how it would could work in detail.. »Re: Fairpoint can do fiber in Vermont and here is how...
1. Request a franchise in at least 1 (or more) town(s) in Vermont, NH & Maine. --already done, see article, here..
»FairPoint Rebrands Service as Cutover Date Nears
2. Build a VHO (Video Head End) to distribute the video in the area.
3. Apply for franchises in other areas but to where Fairpoint wouldn't have to pay anything until they offer the video service in that given area.
4. Advertise that Fairpoint FAST technology is now available in different areas within New England and a new program can bring it to their neighborhood sooner, maybe called, the fiber enrichment program. A program where they would buy the fiber up front through Fairpoint, then exchange it to Fairpoint for free alternate months of service. The more services bought, the cheaper it would be. Customers would further be advised that they can sign up for an area to where Fairpoint dosen't have a video franchise but until they do, the customer would only get FAST phone and internet.
5. They would be directed to a website where they can sign up, as Fairpoint agrees to service an area. Signup can be done between the customer, the bank & Fairpoint either via mail or electronically, upon successful processing and Fairpoint getting the funds, they would install FAST service to that customer.
Fiber is the solution, with 2160p likely less than 10 years away and a growing hunger for speed & a series of new features not even thought of that will require a speedy network to implement, you have to start building tomarrow's network now. Please, please make this happen, thanks.