FCCs RFC for the Definition of Broadband

David Barak thegameiam at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 28 08:25:08 CDT 2009

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From: James Downs <egon at egon.cc>

Except this is exactly what happened.  The players with vested interests were allowed a sort of "first refusal" on projects.  In areas where they had lots of customers, they passed on the projects.  So, we find that in urban areas, you can't get fiber in the home, but there are countless rural farms and homes that have fiber just lying around.  I have an acquaintance 60 miles from the closest commercial airport in TN, telling me about the fiber internet he has.

As an example of the above, Verizon has until 2017 to get FIOS to all of the neighborhoods of Washington DC (http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2008/11/24/daily8.html).  I am envious of many of my suburban-dwelling coworkers and friends who already have it.

 David Barak
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