|reply to iansltx |
Re: All doom and gloom...
I think they key thing is preventing legislation from disallowing private operators to do these kind of builds themselves. A lot of people don't realize that while Google might have success in one market, a different city/state will be a completely different ballgame. Between existing infrastructure (privately-owned fiber, I'd imagine Google has contracted with private operators for dark fiber access rather then bury their own along side, with exception to the last mile), existing municipal constraints, etc. There's a lot of work towards putting fiber in the ground or getting right of ways for aerial.
There are some great options out there for residential symmetrical fiber access, problem is its isolated, but not as isolated as Google fiber. You just don't hear much about these other companies because they are not "Google".
I'd imagine most people would be happy even with 50mbps/50mbps at a reasonable price (sub $60/mo). Very few people will get use of 1gbps, not that we should make excuses, but for most companies 1gbps will need to be priced above $100/mo (just due to middle-mile constraints more than anything) and very few are willing to pay more than $100/mo for internet access.
There's a sweet spot of high speed and reasonable costs. Getting fiber in the ground certainly paves the way for future expansion, and that's what matters most.