reply to CRTC
Re: Beat them at their own game! The biggest problem with this is the couple billion dollars required to get started on a reasonably large scale and paying interest on that loan.
The second biggest problem is red tape... neighborhood (NIMBY), municipal, provincial, federal, regulatory, legal, incumbents, taxes, trade unions, etc.
The third is you would need a small armada of fiber professionals and civil/construction/electrical engineers to build the outside plant and this is a full-time job if you want to get any remotely serious progress done, not a part-time volunteer thing. Same goes for most other jobs in billion+ dollars organization.
If professionals give some of their time to the co-op or accept a significant wage downgrade for service, they will end up paying far more than "cost+5%" for their internet, so this wouldn't be their real motivation for accepting the job.
Also, "cost+5%" may end up pretty costly as a 3rd-wire even if you tried to use as many interns as possible for tax credits and saving on wages.