Muni network ownership and the Fourth

Jay Ashworth jra at
Thu Jan 31 02:02:58 UTC 2013

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jean-Francois Mezei" <jfmezei_nanog at>

> On 13-01-29 22:03, Leo Bicknell wrote:
> > The _muni_ should not run any equipment colo of any kind. The muni
> > MMR should be fiber only, and not even require so much as a generator
> > to work. It should not need to be staffed 24x7, have anything that
> > requires PM, etc.
> This is not possible in a GPON system. The OLT has to be carrier neutral
> so that different carriers can connect to it. It is the last point of
> aggregation before reaching homes.

Just another reason I wouldn't touch GPON with a 10 meter pole.

> Otherwise, you would need to run multiple strands to each splitter box
> and inside run as many splitters as there are ISPs so that one home an
> be connect to the splitter used by ISP-1 while the next home's strand
> is connected to another splitter associated with ISP-2. This gets
> complicated.

Yeah, no, 3-pair home-run from each prem to the frame.

> Just because it is a municipal system does not mean that it has to be
> municipal employees who run the OLT and do the maintenance of the fibre
> plant. It can very well be a private company comtracted by the city to
> provide carrier neutral services to any ISP who wants to connect.

Correct, and it likely would.

-- jra
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