Change the state laws to allow public utility fiber builds.
Change federal, state, and local laws that make it very difficult for public utilities or municipalities to do their own FTTH builds. Then Buffalo and other cities could build their own networks. The private sector is concerned only with short term profits. The public sector needs to be free to take care of the entire public's basic infrastructure needs.
said by davidhoffman:With what money? They can't even keep the potholes patched in Buffalo or control their crime problem. Where do you suppose the money for a city wide fiber build is going to come from?
Then Buffalo and other cities could build their own networks.
I advocate mainly for electric company FTTH builds like EPB Fiber »epbfi.com/ in Chattanooga, TN, LUS Fiber »lusfiber.com/ in Lafayette, LA, Greelight »www.greenlightnc.com/ in Wilson, NC, and CDE Lightband »www.clarksvillede.com/HighSpeedInternet.asp in Clarksville, TN. They can use electric utility rights of way to go FTTH by basing the fiber on smart grid present and future uses.
Contrary to the City of Chattanooga's PR department EPB and VW are not the saviors of Chattanooga. They have spent 300+ million dollars on trying to put large and small businesses out of businesses.
Muni projects should be treated just like public roads. ANYONE who wants to buy access to the network should be allowed to do so. There are several small providers in Chattanooga that have made attempts to buy retail services from EPB and they have flat out refused to sell them service because they offer similar services to EPB.
I have a HUGE problem with any public agency that is out to destroy private businesses. Fair and friendly competition is fine but underhanded back room deals are not.
Interesting. I would like to research these small providers. Would you state who they are? I would be interested in why the decision would be made to cause trouble for private providers potentially capable of offering symmetrical data rates at or above 10Mbps to everyone in Chattanooga, TN. If that was done, than maybe EPB Fiber is a mistaken expenditure.
There are none anymore that can do residential. They were all forced out of the residential business because you can't compete with someone who gets 300+ million dollars of grant and bond money.
Try and string fiber on any pole owned by the city. It's one delay after another that takes months and months to get done.
Yes, Google pointed that out recently as one reason why they went with Kansas City, Kansas. Very little of that excessive pole guarding behavior. I think that was one thing Kansas City, Missouri changed after they found out they had lost. They significantly reduced the pole guarding restrictions, access fees, paperwork, etc. The Google Gigabit build could nudge other cities and power companies to change their behavior in this area.
It won't happen when the Power company and the phone company are one in the same.