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Batavia Blocks Lightspeed
Defeated muni-city turns the tables
by Karl Bode 12:05PM Tuesday May 02 2006
AT&T waged public relations war on three Illinois cities when they attempted to deploy fiber to local residents. Now two of the three cities involved in that fight have issued 180 day moratoriums, preventing AT&T from deploying "Project Lightspeed", the company's VDSL2/fiber and IPTV network upgrade. Last week we discussed the city of Geneva's decision. Now, according to the Daily Herald, the city of Batavia has followed their lead.

Last week Peter Collins, Information Technologies Manager for Geneva, explained in our forums that the city of Geneva was less concerned with fees, and more concerned with being able to negotiate the placement of utility boxes, and ensuring even deployment of services. As it stands, AT&T is claiming that it does not need to adhere to any franchise agreements, as the video-services it offers are not being provided via traditional coax.

In Batavia, Alderman Alan Wolff is criticizing AT&T for supporting fiber now that they're doing it, when execs called it an "unproven technology" before local leaders when Batavia was proposing it (see video). "Now when it’s their plan, they decide that they don’t have to follow the rules on a level playing field with every other competitor on the market," says Adlerman.

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Re: Who exactly wins here?

said by cbrigante2:

How have they usurped anything yet? If anything, they are upholding what the voters asked for.
The voters rejected municipal broadband when it was put on the ballot.

I think this city should drop the pissing contest with AT&T and let them implement their service. Today its the citizens that are losing out on a great new technology. Tomorrow it will be the town itself when more people decide to leave or not move in because this service isn't available there.
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