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MaynardKrebs
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What if it happened here?

This article »www.theverge.com/2012/11/17/3655···ne-sandy
discusses the effect of Hurricane Sandy on Verizon (mostly in NYC), and how Verizon is ripping out salt-water damaged copper and replacing in with fiber.

Naturally CLEC's are affected by any downtime this causes.

But the question I have is related to Canadian indie ISP's and their lack of access to fiber by the incumbents. Currently indies can't get access to FTTP, and many indie customers are still fed by CO-ADSL. Say Sandy had really dumped on Toronto, causing all kinds of damage to Bell's copper, and Bell decided to replace the damaged copper with fiber. Fiber access is not tariffed.

Would incumbents deny indies access to the fiber?
Would the CRTC act in time, if at all, to prevent the demise of indies?
Are indies SOL if this happens?


creed3020
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That was an excellent lunchtime read. The Verge is a must daily stop.

Verizon is using this change over to Fiber to their advantage clearly, how that will play out with all the CLECs that are still out of service is yet to be seen.


Gone
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said by MaynardKrebs:

Would incumbents deny indies access to the fiber?
Would the CRTC act in time, if at all, to prevent the demise of indies?
Are indies SOL if this happens?

I'd be willing to bet that were a situation like this to occur, it would end up in federal court - either by bell crying that they shouldn't have to give access to their fibre and should instead be allowed to get a return on their investment on their own, or by whatever organizations who previously utilized copper but were denied fibre crying that Bell has been able to put themselves back into a monopoly situation by what is ultimately infrastructure repair rather than replacement/renewal.

It would be interesting to watch, to say the least.

HeadSpinning
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If that sort of event happened, you would most likely see the CRTC force wholesale of fibre services on the basis that competition advances the public interest.
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MNSi Internet - »www.mnsi.net


Gone
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said by HeadSpinning:

If that sort of event happened, you would most likely see the CRTC force wholesale of fibre services on the basis that competition advances the public interest.

To which, Bell will cry to cabinet, federal court and anywhere else they can to try and keep fibre theirs and theirs alone.


ChuckcZar

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Bell Aliant realized that ages ago as the salt water and air on the east coast corrodes copper right down to the core. They've moved to fiber from copper. One of the very few companies to offer true fiber optic connections at least for now with no caps.


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said by ChuckcZar :

Bell Aliant realized that ages ago as the salt water and air on the east coast corrodes copper right down to the core. They've moved to fiber from copper. One of the very few companies to offer true fiber optic connections at least for now with no caps.

There's a lot of direct fibre to the home that's been deployed by cable companies in Ontario, it's just that most people don't know it because it's converted to coax inside the home and uses all the exact same equipment and delivers the same service as regular coax does. It's only just now that Rogers alone are starting to differentiate their fibre offerings.

MaynardKrebs
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said by ChuckcZar :

Bell Aliant realized that ages ago as the salt water and air on the east coast corrodes copper right down to the core. They've moved to fiber from copper. One of the very few companies to offer true fiber optic connections at least for now with no caps.

Yeah......but can you get a Teksavvy or Electronic Box (just picking names out of the air) all fiber FTTP connection in Sydney, Nova Scotia if you don't want to deal with Bell Aliant?