Muni Fiber and Politics

Scott Helms khelms at zcorum.com
Mon Jul 21 17:28:22 UTC 2014


In an organization as large as Verizon there are many reasons why a policy
gets changed.  I'm certain that there are product guys who were saying our
customers want this.  I'm sure there were marketing folks saying we can
build a marketing campaign around it.  I am equally certain that some there
were some folks, perhaps lawyers, who said this gives us a better position
to argue from if we need to against Netflix.

I'll be watching to see how well this roll out goes.  If they didn't
re-engineer their splits (or plan for symmetrical from the beginning) they
could run into some problems because the total speed on a GPON port is
asymmetrical, about 2.5 gbps down to 1.25 gbps up.


Scott Helms
Vice President of Technology
ZCorum
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On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Jay Ashworth <jra at baylink.com> wrote:

> Is anyone else cynical enough to say FiOS going symmetrical is an attempt
> to blunt the pro-NetFlix argument on that point?
> - jra
>
>
> On July 21, 2014 12:46:27 PM EDT, Jason Iannone <jason.iannone at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >There was a muni case in my neck of the woods a couple of years ago.
> >Comcast spent an order of magnitude more than the municipality but
> >still lost.
> >
> >Anyway, follow the money.  "Blackburn’s largest career donors are ..
> >PACs affiliated with AT&T ... ($66,750) and Comcast ... ($36,600). ...
> >Blackburn has also taken $56,000 from the National Cable &
> >Telecommunications Association."
> >
> >
> http://www.muninetworks.org/content/media-roundup-blackburn-amendment-lights-newswires
> >
> >In other news, FIOS has gone symmetrical.
> >
> http://newscenter.verizon.com/corporate/news-articles/2014/07-21-fios-upload-speed-upgrade/
> >
> >On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 8:20 AM, Jay Ashworth <jra at baylink.com> wrote:
> >> Over the last decade, 19 states have made it illegal for
> >municipalities
> >> to own fiber networks -- encouraged largely, I am told, by Verizon
> >and
> >> other cable companies/MSOs[1].
> >>
> >> Verizon, of course, isn't doing any new FiOS deployments, per a 2010
> >> press release[2].
> >>
> >> FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has been making noises lately that he wants the
> >FCC
> >> to preempt the field on this topic, making such deployments legal.
> >>
> >> Congressional Republicans think that's a bad idea:
> >>
> >>
> >
> http://www.vox.com/2014/7/20/5913363/house-republicans-and-obamas-fcc-are-at-war-over-city-owned-internet
> >>
> >> [ and here's the backgrounder on the amendment:
> >>
> >>
> >
> http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/blackburn-bill-would-block-fcc-preemption/132468
> >]
> >>
> >> While I generally try to avoid bringing up topics on NANOG that are
> >political;
> >> this one seems to be directly in our wheelhouse, and unavoidably
> >political.
> >> My apologies in advance; let's all try to be grownups, shall we?
> >>
> >> Cheers,
> >> -- jra
> >>
> >> [1]
> >
> http://motherboard.vice.com/read/hundreds-of-cities-are-wired-with-fiberbut-telecom-lobbying-keeps-it-unused
> >> [2]
> >
> https://secure.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizon-Again-Confirms-FiOS-Expansion-is-Over-118949
> >> --
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