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Sonic Expanding Fiber Build
Sebastopol Deployment to Expand
by Karl Bode 08:31AM Tuesday Mar 06 2012
California independent ISP Sonic.net has been getting some much deserved love lately from several different tech news outlets for being one of the only independent landline ISP to not only survive incumbents, but build their own network. The company this week is giving an update on their fiber to the home plans in Sebastopol, California -- noting that the first wave of their installation is complete and that they're moving on to expand the project. The company has offered a map of the city highlighting the different phases of their project. "We are prioritizing our Fiber build-out efforts on communities where we see very high uptake of our Fusion Broadband+Phone service," says the company. Upgraded markets are seeing speeds between 100 Mbps ($40) and 1 Gbps ($70).

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cooldude9919

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Good for them!

Nice!

tshirt
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On the map..

... what do the various yellow areas represent?

FFH5
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Sonic redlining?

quote:
"We are prioritizing our Fiber build-out efforts on communities where we see very high uptake of our Fusion Broadband+Phone service
If this was Verizon & Fios or AT&T & Uverse, they would be accused of redlining for doing what Sonic is doing. Of course, I don't believe that any of the three is redlining and that Sonic and the others are just rolling out where the economic return is greatest.
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tonyp

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Re: Sonic redlining?

One big difference (I may be wrong) is that they are explaining what they are doing. ATT especially made it seem they where going to set it up everywhere and never did. I know a lot of people still waiting for Uverse. I laugh at them and tell them it will never come. The good thing about Sonic is it appears they will eventually get to the other areas. In my opinion as long as they get to the other areas it is ok . As long as they are not like ATT and have to wait for several years and then never come...
25139889

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Toledo, OH

Re: Sonic redlining?

and the same thing will happen with Sonic.net you really think they're going to wire EVERYONE that wants the service? HELL NO! And at the rate Sonic.net is building out and does NOT want to take on any debt- yes it will be several years for them to actually expand to where people can get the service. Especially since they're still busy spending money on a DSL network that is going NO WHERE.
Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO

Re: Sonic redlining?

Maybe, maybe not. At least they are doing it and AT&T could pay cash to build out their entire network and have it done in 3 years without an ounce of debt. Of course their shareholders will be bitching and moaning the entire time.
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Re: Sonic redlining?

and they should be- the up take on the network would be slim to nothing on people switching over. Look at VZ people said they'd blow the numbers away over cable and yet their quarterly returns show other wise. People do NOT like change and Sonic.net will be no different. People do not care how the service is delivered they just want it to work and they want it cheap. They don't care of its DSL, Wireless, or cable.
25139889

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Toledo, OH
very true they would be considered redlining and people would be all over it. The only thing is though Sonic.net can only take on so much. And like we've agreed on before- the time will come when they will be a nothing more than a large ISP out to get that ROI.
chex383

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Of course, one would only believe this if one happens to live in a area that gets said service.

- Stefan in Montreal, Canada

said by FFH5:

Of course, I don't believe that any of the three is redlining and that Sonic and the others are just rolling out where the economic return is greatest.


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Fiber at a snail's pace?

The maps shows one long block, of less than 50 parcels.
That's the "first wave" completed that warrants a press release?

Sonic is the most fantastic company left on the scene, but they are irrelevant in the scheme of things if this is the scale and speed of deployment we can expect.

mackey
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Re: Fiber at a snail's pace?

said by elray:

The maps shows one long block, of less than 50 parcels.
That's the "first wave" completed that warrants a press release?

Sonic is the most fantastic company left on the scene, but they are irrelevant in the scheme of things if this is the scale and speed of deployment we can expect.

While it may just be marketing BS, the release hints that they were receiving inquiries due to people seeing their trucks in other locations. Perhaps they just wanted to say something so people stopped asking?

As for the speed of deployment,
said by December 15, 2011 – 4:59 pm :

Sonic.net today announced it has filed a permit application to build a Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) network in San Francisco. The application encompasses an initial pilot region of two thousand homes in the Sunset District, and describes a five-year build-out plan which would reach most San Francisco premises.

/M
25139889

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Toledo, OH

Re: Fiber at a snail's pace?

"most" means what they feel they want to service.

And of course people are going to ask what they're doing. It's human nature.
dragonman300

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Sonic

Sonic, y u no bring fiber in LA/OC????
25139889

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Toledo, OH

Re: Sonic

cause the uptake is VERY low up take on customers and Sonic.net does NOT have the $$$$ to do anything.