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UK service providers Sky and TalkTalk and fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure company CityFibre say they will create a new company that will deliver 1-Gbps broadband services in the City of York, as well as two other locations that they will reveal later.
The joint venture will leverage CityFibre’s existing metro fiber infrastructure in York and systems from Fujitsu (see“CityFibre, Fujitsu form UK FTTH engineering alliance”). Once FTTH extensions are in place, Sky and TalkTalk will retail competing broadband services over the fiber-optic network. The partners expect to begin connecting customers to the FTTH network in 2015.
April 20, 2014
English: Point Piños Light near Pacific Grove, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
SiFi Networks says it has signed an agreement to build an open access fiber to the home (FTTH) network in Pacific Grove, CA. The proposed network will be capable of delivering 1-Gbps services.
The UK-based SiFi Networks builds FTTH networks based on its Fiber Optic Cable Ubiquitous Solution (FOCUS) to create a “FiberCity.” The approach leverages the company’s patented Wastewater Fiber Technology (WFT), in which fiber-optic cable is deployed in sanitary and storm wastewater conduit.
Another job for consultants without any appreciable results all at taxpayer expense. If the community feels a need for better broadband services, then they probably do need better broadband services. The consultants will spend the money to produce a nice report without any increase in broadband penetration. Data are readily available for a county staff person to draft a high-level report outlining the issues and challenges then they could draft and RFI and provide it to several communications suppliers so they can provide their input as to how to improve broadband services in the county. A wise commission would proceed down this path and save the money. $6 million could serve approximately 10,000 homes which could easily eliminate a percent of those homes not currently served by any broadband access. Municipalities and counties need to be wise on how they spend their money.
Surprising as it might seem, there are areas of Shawnee County that don’t have adequate access to the Internet.
“We have students, families and patrons of 372 who are currently underserved or unable to access quality and affordable broadband,” said Tim Hallacy, superintendent of Silver Lake Unified School District 372. This, he said, at a time when teaching and learning — not to mention business interests — rely heavily on quality Internet access.
AT&T isn’t letting Google Fiber’s expansion plans go unanswered. The telecom giant hasannounced that it’s looking at bringing its GigaPower internet service to as many as 21 additional big cities and their nearby municipalities. There’s some potential for direct competition with Google, as both companies are looking into gigabit access for key urban areas like Atlanta, San Antonio and San Jose. However, it’s clear that AT&T is taking some initiative here — it’s also exploring rollouts in Chicago, Los Angeles and other hubs that aren’t currently on its rival’s roadmap.
/ APRIL 18, 2014
The battle between local governments and telecommunications providers over the right to establish community broadband networks heated up over the last several months, as a number of bills were introduced that could have significant impact on municipalities in five states.
Kansas, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Utah and Tennessee were all in the spotlight earlier this year regarding everything from de-facto bans on community networks to funding and development issues. Some of the bills were pulled off the table, while others have continued through their respective states’ legislative processes.
Lauren K. Ohnesorge
Staff Writer-Triangle Business Journal
The City of Raleigh officially put its stamp of approval on AT&T’s (NYSE: T) plan to bring its “GigaPower” fiber-based internet service here.
Gail Roper, Raleigh’s chief information officer, says the timing is still up in the air. “That would be dependent upon when we finish out all the legal negotiations,” she says, adding that the hope is that things get rolling before the end of the year.
And no, this will have no impact on the city’s ongoing plan to entice Google and its Google Fiber service.
Editorial: There is no question that opening up spectrum for rural access will help create more broadband access competition. The problem is that they are still working within the current duopoly business models and regulatory structures. Rural access will benefit from economies of scale. If towns and counties build a common fiber infrastructure and lease it to the communications providers, then the economics of building rural wireline networks greatly improves.
Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:00 am
By Jim Krencik email@example.com
Mark Meyerhofer, the director of government relations for Time Warner Cable’s Western New York office, delivers testimony during the rural broadband field hearing. Meyerhofer testified that geographic isolation and topographic issues make it economically infeasible for Internet service providers to reach many rural areas.
ALBION — Congress came to Orleans County Thursday, as a field hearing called by Rep. Chris Collins drew testimony on rural broadband from national, regional and community-level telecommunications firms.
The House Small Business Subcommittee hearing held in the Orleans County Legislative Chambers lacked the scale of a full Congressional panel, but not in importance.
Representatives of Time Warner Cable, Frontier Communications and Rural Broadband Association offered testimony on FCC regulations, service expansion challenges and the industry’s future opportunities.