Surprise ! Obviously theres boatloads of money to be made when there are already 2, or 3 independant ISP's in a major city. :rolleyes:
| |said by ITALIAN926:Stories like this are prime evidence for state legislators who want to put controls on municipalities looking to build their own broadband networks. City incompetence in managing broadband builds is a legitimate worry.
Obviously theres boatloads of money to be made when there are already 2, or 3 independant ISP's in a major city. :rolleyes:
Re: Surprise ! Why is this a story of city incompetence and not a story of the failure of the private market?
The city didn't fail. Gigabit square, a development corporation out of ohio, failed to come up with the needed financing.
The deal was that gigabit seattle(as the partnership with gigabit sqared in seattle was called) would own and operate the network. The city was not putting money into the project but the project was leasing the city's fiber network and then building out fiber to multi family dwellings and businesses in key neighborhoods, supplemented by a wireless cloud. The city's part was already done and done properly. It already had a fiber network with excess capacity that it was leasing to private interests. The city wasn't building out the network and the city wasn't funding it. This is more a story about how the fixation with privatizing everything has failed. We have a history, in this country, of taxpayer funded and publicly owned universally available infrastructure(water, roads, etc.) We get these public/private partnerships because, in this right wing age, we can't get public projects off the ground. It is not a failure of government. It is a destructive nihilistic ideology which forces increasingly byzantine approaches to getting anything done.
Little town of Mt. Vernon, WA suceeding where Big Seattle multi-fails I had a guy who worked on the Seattle Muni build (and the state highway traffic cam builds some 20 years ago) work under me on the last submarine project I did, and just today I find that the little town of Mt. Vernon WA (some 60+ miles north of Seattle between Everett and Bellingham), has a muni-fiber build, following the same basic idea behind the PUD fiber in central Washington (Chelan and other PUD's).
It's just starting up it's roll-out, and FTTH/FTTP is just geting started, but the basic plant it in place, and there are tons of feeder lines due to the wealth of Seattle to Vancouver BC fiber lines that go up I5 right through town (a lot of which I did some of the engineering on 10-15 years ago).
I'll be looking into this, as the COL is low there, and I'm itching still to lower my retirement costs for the next 20+ years of (supposed!) lifespan, without continuing to throw money at Comcast internet or moving to even higher cost neighborhoods that have Frontier FIOS.