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Re: It doesn't have to be FREE
What's happening now with broadband is the same thing that happened with electricity and phones back in the day. Your modest plan will probably happen eventually. I would tweak it though. Personally I would do the build-out and have every CO manned after the build-out. Talk about the ultimate public works project. That kind of build-out would be a huge employment booster. Similar to when every home in the U.S was outfitted with telephone lines and power lines.
However I personally would NOT replace the telephone lines with fiber. The reason being is that in a power outage (yes they still happen in places) POTS lines still work as they are powered by the CO back-up generators right down the line to the end user. Fiber does not have that ability unless you have a back-up on the ONT or ran a twisted pair along the fiber jacket to provide that back up power. The backbone should be fiber but the connection to the house doesn't have to be for POTS.
For internet and cable you would need the fiber. Also if you are going to do that massive of a fiber build-out why not just re-do the backbone completely with the OC-768 lines in redundancy?
The other problem you are going to run into is network management. To manage an inter-connected network that size takes a lot of staff. Your best bet to be honest would be to keep all the current company staff and put them under the Fed umbrella as network managers.
One more thing. The cost of the content is going to be out of sight. You think you pay a lot now for CABLE? What are you going to do when you have to pay not only your $10 access fee to get hooked up but your $20 for phone service, $60 for the T.V you want, and an extra $20 in fees from the phone/cable company? At that rate I'd be better off just getting Internet, T.V, phone from the current system.
Ideally what should happen is you pay for connection fee and get internet...plain and simple. If you want things like cable, telephone, etc on top then you pick your company and their package and pay for it. For example lets say Comcast has a channel package I like that has everything I want except one channel but TWC has the same package with that channel...I can pick TWC over Comcast. The only difference the end-user sees is maybe a different logo when they turn on their set-top box.
Same for phone. Let's say verizon has a better package than AT&T. You call up verizon...tell them you want your service. They send a signal to the ONT to direct your phone traffic to their equipment (if its fiber...if its not then they switch it at the CO).
On the ISP end you would just contract someone to have a massive DNS network (eying you google) that could handle the load.
There is a reason I miss MA bell. At least with MA Bell it was regulated and everyone got everything at the same time. We wouldn't have this problem. Think about this. MA Bell before it broke up was getting ready to start deploying basic DSL and ISDN. I can almost guarantee that by now we'd all be on fiber lines or at the very least VDSL2 with complete fiber backbone or even FTTC/FTTP.