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Chattanooga Gets Their FTTH
City council votes 8-0 to build fiber network...
by Karl Bode 08:46AM Thursday Sep 27 2007 Tipped by JTRockville See Profile
User JTRockville writes in: "The Electric Power Board's board of directors voted unanimously last Friday, and the Chattanooga City Council voted 8-0 on Tuesday in favor of the Electric Power Board's FTTH proposal. The vote came amidst protests from the incumbent cable provider and a lawsuit filed by the Tennessee Cable Telecommunications Association. Background on EPB's project can be found here. Roy Exum's opinion in the Chattanoogan is here." The EPB website also explains the $200 million project.

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karlmarx

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Good for them

It's high time that internet access is finally treated like it really is, a UTILITY. Having the state/county provide a REQUIRED service (like phone, water, electricity, roads, fire trucks), is a GOOD thing for the communities. It's good that at least SOME parts of the country recognize the greedy megacorps for what they are. They don't want to provide high speed service, but they also don't want anyone else too. Too bad for the evil empire, but the citizens have spoken.

A quote from the article.
"the true purpose of government was to do what is best for the people it serves" and "What I relish is the idea that I will now have a choice. That is the most wonderful tool a consumer can have when dealing with a monopoly because it enables you to tell “Mrs. Rude” or “Charlie I-Don’t Care” what they can do with their wire."

The more the megacorps try to tighten their grip, the more communities will slip through their grasp.
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Re: Good for them

I doubt the citizens will feel so approving of government when their hard earned tax dollars are spent on the usual graft and waste of local government and the fiber installed costs more than any private business would incur.
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Re: Good for them

said by FFH:

I doubt the citizens will feel so approving of government when their hard earned tax dollars are spent on the usual graft and waste of local government and the fiber installed costs more than any private business would incur.
Ummm....FIOS? Last time I checked VZ was a public company, but they are definitely a business and very much looking to make an eventual profit. They obviously believe in GPON/FTTH as an effective delivery method for VVD.

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Re: Good for them

said by odog:

Ummm....FIOS? Last time I checked VZ was a public company, but they are definitely a business and very much looking to make an eventual profit. They obviously believe in GPON/FTTH as an effective delivery method for VVD.
FiOS?
Where do you see Verizon in this?
»www01.epb.net/index.php?page=new···s&id=136

»www.epb.net/

There is more to fiber than just Verizon's FiOS.
From what I can see, this will be a EPB project - not Verizon.
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Re: Good for them

said by dadkins:

said by odog:

Ummm....FIOS? Last time I checked VZ was a public company, but they are definitely a business and very much looking to make an eventual profit. They obviously believe in GPON/FTTH as an effective delivery method for VVD.
FiOS?
Where do you see Verizon in this?
»www01.epb.net/index.php?page=new···s&id=136

»www.epb.net/

There is more to fiber than just Verizon's FiOS.
From what I can see, this will be a EPB project - not Verizon.
He was trying to make a point that no private business would do this because of the money it costs. I wasn't inferring that VZ was involved just pointing out that the second largest phone company in America is doing the same exactly thing on a much larger scale. If anything the costs would be the same if not cheaper than VZ as they have caused the cost of GPON gear to go down in price dramatically.

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Re: Good for them

No, he was making the point that no private company has yet wanted to do this in the region because of the cost. If private industry sees this as an inviable option, turning it into a government project doesn't suddenly make it fiscally responsible.

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said by yock:

No, he was making the point that no private company has yet wanted to do this in the region because of the cost. If private industry sees this as an inviable option, turning it into a government project doesn't suddenly make it fiscally responsible.
If Chattanooga was part of VZ's territory they probably would have started building at least part of it already. All the private enterprises care about is ROI, median income, homes per mile. The metrics a private enterprise uses are more tight, but Chat has the homes per mile and income that would have justified doing FIOS there. It probably would only hit the burbs, and not the low income sections but the metrics are there so they would build it.

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Re: Good for them

I suspect you're right. My own city has three broadband providers, but none of which have any plans to offer FTTH service just yet because Verizon has zero infrastructure here. No doubt Chattanooga is in a similar boat.

karlmarx

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How do you get that? Their TAX dollars will flow right back into the community. Most likely, all the installers and employees will be citizens of the county, so, dollar for dollar, they are pumping it right back into their local economy. Vs. Comcast, who outsources all their work overseas, that means when people pay their comcast bill, the money is gone forever.

I'm willing to wager that every dollar they spend will provide much more LOCAL economic activity than ANY return they get spending money on comcast. I don't mind if my taxes go to pay LOCAL people, who spend their money LOCALLY.
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Yauch

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Re: Good for them

Sure the installers and employees will live in the county. That's $12/hour flowing right back into the community. Too bad they have to spend $200 million up front before the citizens start seeing their taxes come back $12 at a time.

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Excuse me the problem is no wealth is being generated. All you are doing is transferring dollars from one person to another. This is the classic broken window fallacy. You are telling the baker yes it huts that government takes his share of the 200,000,000 but the installers will buy more bread from him (not always true). The problem is you are not factoring in the baker out of x amount of dollars. In turn he will pass the cost on to the consumer in the way of higher prices and he is out of dollars that he could had use to better himself or his business like hire help or invest in new equipment. It ends up as a net loss for those involved.
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Re: Good for them

But that's what karlmarx's wealth redistribution is all about. It doesn't matter if everyone loses, so long as everyone is on the same playing field and has the same thing. Ok in theory, but in practice, it suffers horribly.
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What about all the people getting access to fast broadband service than they would have gotten otherwise? That sounds like a form of wealth to me. Government pays for other things like voting machines that don't create wealth, but we still want them

Yauch

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Re: Good for them

Even with that awesome wifi connection I've got in my cardboard box in the alley, for some reason I still feel poor.
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said by FFH:

.... on the usual graft and waste of local government...
unlike our national government, not all local governments are run by people that don't believe in government. Lots of government employees believe in government and try hard to make it work.

do you have specific information that tells you the local or state government is corrupt?

or is your statement a generalization of your belief that government is automatically dysfunctional and that all functions could be better handled by the private market?

ieolus
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Re: Good for them

Its a reflexive action he has towards any type of activity that doesn't spawn from his beloved monopolies.
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Sure it will cost more, fiber never installed costs $0.

It's telling that the incumbents start suing every time a municipality tries to give its citizens what they want.
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Too bad EPB does not behave like a utility. They are taking tax payer dollars to compete with Private Businesses. It would be one thing if Private business was not supplying HSI but there is very good coverage in Chattanooga from multiple providers.

Between Fiber, Wireless, DSL, and Cable just about every address in Chattanooga has at least 2 of these options. EPB Claims that we do not, and that the fastest speed in town is a 1.5Mb T1. EPB claims that Comcast is the only choice for "Cable Tv" They have never heard of Direct TV or Dish Network, and yes they both carry locals.

It should also be noted that it will cost around $1,500 per EPB customer (not served customer) to install the network. If the network fails it will become a 2% rate hike for all EPB customers.

The city fails to understand that this will not hurt Comcast or AT&T, it will only hurt the local providers in Chattanooga. Comcast and AT&T make billions each year. They have the resources and very deep pockets to level EPB.

Yauch

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Re: Good for them

said by battleop:

Too bad EPB does not behave like a utility. They are taking tax payer dollars to compete with Private Businesses. It would be one thing if Private business was not supplying HSI but there is very good coverage in Chattanooga from multiple providers.
That's outdated thinking. Networks should be public owned like roads. Sure they're forcing your to buy the cars to drive on the roads too, but that's beside the point.

battleop

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Re: Good for them

"Sure they're forcing your to buy the cars to drive on the roads too, but that's beside the point"

That's the whole point. Maybe if they allowed ISPs access to the network (not free access) like they promised with MetroNet. The city originally tired to offer Metronet as a Fiber Transport. ISPs would have bought into Metronet to reach businesses in Chattanooga. None of the ISPs really bought into it because it had a poor technical design.
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said by Yauch:

That's outdated thinking. Networks should be public owned like roads. Sure they're forcing your to buy the cars to drive on the roads too, but that's beside the point.
That sounds great, but the problem is that EPB is taking taxpayer money, building their network to provide their services. Does EPB plan to open the network up for anyone to connect to and sell services? After all, if a publicly owned network, the public should be able to do business on the network...including AT&T, Comcast, etc.

karlmarx

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Re: Good for them

But you just answered your own question. "TAXPAYER MONEY". Why should comcast/at&t or any other company be allowed to ride on TAXPAYER MONEY.

The TAXPAYERS think this is a good idea. Comcast and AT&T don't. Suprised? I'm not. What's good for the taxpayer isn't good for the megacorps. That's what this is all about, a network FOR THE PEOPLE.
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Re: Good for them

Where have you been? Haven't read your "down with government, free everything for everyone" viewpoint for a while.
said by karlmarx:

But you just answered your own question. "TAXPAYER MONEY". Why should comcast/at&t or any other company be allowed to ride on TAXPAYER MONEY.
Because if a corporation is doing business, they're paying taxes...often times, a lot more than you or I do.
said by karlmarx:

The TAXPAYERS think this is a good idea. Comcast and AT&T don't. Suprised? I'm not. What's good for the taxpayer isn't good for the megacorps. That's what this is all about, a network FOR THE PEOPLE.
Great, but my original comment/point is still valid and should be addressed before you can have a network "for the people".

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Dont know about Ringgold GA, but my parents live in East Brainard (actually in Chattanooga), and its Comcast or dial up...thats it. So forgive me but your first assumption that affordable high speed broadband provides choice is wrong...incorrect, a lie. Do your research before you make comments like that. I asked my parents WHO RESIDE IN CHATTANOOGA what they thought...and they are thrilled with having a choice. They have had rotten service with Comcast. Appointments where no one shows up, outages, incorrect billing, wrong equipment sent out, etc. I say if the people who reside there want it...it does not matter what we think

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Re: Good for them

Your parents are uneducated about their situation. I live in E Brainerd, almost to the furthest extreme point of E Brainerd before the road crosses into GA, and I have at least 2 options for DSL, one option for Cable. I can't believe there is a physical address anywhere in E Brainerd that does not qualify for DSL service. And as pointed out, this is a local government competing against private business. Let's see, they own a hotel, a power company, a telecom, tried to buy the water company.... yeah, I'm thrilled that my city government is spending my tax dollars this way.

battleop

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Re: Good for them

If you are that far out in EB then you won't get EPB FTTH. It's only in the City Limits of Chattanooga. Not East Ridge or Red Bank or Harrison Ooltewah or North Georgia or any other place where EPB's Power monopoly exists. So if you live out side of the city limits there is a chance you will pay %2 for something you could have never had to begin with.

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There are more than 2 that can do DSL in Chattanooga. America Internet, Chattanooga Online, Networks Inc, and VPNtranet all have pipes that peer into the AT&T DSL ATM Cloud. There are some other national ISPs like Earthlink that also peer into the ATM network.

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...and those options are? Funny how people throw out lines like fact with no back up...who are they??? My parents are also on the GA line. They are too far away from the nearest CO for dsl...examples lets see examples. FYI...just because you "qualify" according to the teleco...does not mean you can get service. They often tell customers they qualify only to inform them on the install date that they are in fact too far from the co. They have told me for years I qualify...when I know that I am too far to receive service. I'd say you are the one not so educated

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PM me what neighborhood they are in and I will tell you what choices they really have.

And BTW Ringgold borders East Brainnerd.
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Re: Good for them

said by Kearnstd:

why do incumbents even have a right to sue cities that want to deploy their own broadband networks?
Because in the US anyone can sue anyone over anything.
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said by FFH:

Because in the US anyone can sue anyone over anything.
Don't forget the whole unfair competition thing funded by a bottomless pit of taxpayer money.

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Like any location in the US where a municipal utility has entered the communication space - if the Incumbent had provided a reasonable service with an eye towards the future with decent customer service then the muni would have never gone down the road.

Chattanooga is no back woods community. Their BOD and City Council are sophisticated business men and women. They all voted unanimously to go forward with the project. Therefore, they must feel the Incumbent has failed and the community would be better served by the muni (much like electricity was brought to much of this country).

Could it be because Comcast has a 450 MHz plant in Chattanooga (worst in the US)? Could it be because Comcast was rated as one of the 10 worst customer service companies at MSN? Could it be because the community wants to have access to next-generation broadband similar to FiOS, Japan, Korea, and other fiber focused countries? The answer is probably yes to all. Comcast can sue all day long but they made their bed of feces and now they will have to lay in it.
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Let's hope Chattanooga has more luck with their fiber venture than we did here in Memphis.

MLGW eats loss in sale of Networx

»www.commercialappeal.com/news/20···inter=1/

geter done

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Chattanooga FTTH

Congratulations to EPB and Chattanooga. FTTH (fiber) is strategic to the U.S. Get it installed and get it in the public domain any way you can. I don't care who installs the end equipment and runs the network. One of the best models I've seen is to competitively bid network operation with performance guarantees built in. Don't perform, get fired.

»www.dynamiccity.com/projects/current.php

»money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/art···07-1.htm

BTW - Alcatel fired all of their good U.S. Lucent engineers. Now they can't get the AT&T U-Verse crap to work correctly. End result? Now they want to buy Dish Network. Comcast is nothing but garbage service and the DOCSIS 3.0 technology will soon (hopefully) be obsoleted by fiber.