The growth of municipal broadband networks

Owen DeLong owen at
Sun Mar 27 00:53:16 CDT 2011

On Mar 25, 2011, at 6:46 PM, Jay Ashworth wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Leo Bicknell" <bicknell at>
>> Having looked around the world I personally believe most communities
>> would be best served if the government provided layer-1 distribution,
>> possibly with some layer 2 switching, but then allowed any commercial
>> entity to come in and offer layer 3 services. For simplicity of
>> argument I like people to envision the local government fiber agency
>> (like your water authority) dropping off a 1 port fiber 4 port
>> copper switch in your basement. On that device they can create a
>> layer 2 VLAN/VPN/Tunnel from any of the copper ports to any provider
>> in the town CO. You could buy video from one, voice from one, and
>> internet from another, on three different ports. You could buy
>> everything from one provider.
> +5
> Cheers,
> -- jra



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