Google to offer fiber to end users
aegal at cisco.com
Wed Feb 10 22:52:40 UTC 2010
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On 2/10/10 2:18 PM, "Jared Mauch" <jared at puck.nether.net> wrote:
> On Feb 10, 2010, at 4:57 PM, Charles N Wyble wrote:
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>> Jared Mauch wrote:
>>> I think it's great!
>>> I've been preparing to float a similar idea locally.
>>> If this is how they use their market cap, I would love for them to do it in
>>> my local market, which does seem to hold a near-and-dear place in the heart
>>> of some google C* types.
>>> - Jared
>>> * Local details/breakdown: http://puck.nether.net/~jared/blog/?p=84
>> Awesome write up.
>> Has anyone in the NANOG community been approached by google? I mean
>> presumably this would require a massive coordination effort with
>> existing exchange points etc. Or is google going to simply build an
>> entire long haul network as well? Perhaps combine this with the containers?
> Thanks. I want to codify it to something more (average) human-readable before
> I socialize it in the local community.
> This sort of investment could have some immediate payback, esp if you have
> local utility (water, power) buy-in. The challenge I see is having the
> political will to undertake the project. If you adjust rates up over the
> first few years until the principal is paid off, the payoff could happen in
> short-order and remain competitive.
> Deploying microcell/picocell technology would be easy and could save people
> like AT&T Mobility/Cingular part of their billions they look to pay for
> network upgrades. A large scale project here could possibly be done
> (on-poles) for as low as $44m, and possibly lower as economies of scale come
> in to play.
> I'm hoping someone here reading from GOOG will suggest to any local Ann Arbor
> Alum (eg: Larry Page) that this would be a chump-change investment that would
> revolutionize telecommunication in the US.
> I scaled my model up to Michigan-size (for fun) and came up with a cost
> somewhere around 1 Billion to run fiber down every public roadway. Taking the
> GOOG market cap of ~170Bln, and if I consider Michigan average (don't know,
> but please stick with me), this could be done for a small part of their market
> cap, and ROI could be at a reasonable speed. GE and 10GE optics that can do
> 70km are cheap, sometimes lower cost than that HDTV you just bought, this
> would make life very interesting...
> - Jared
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