Muni Fiber and Politics

Mikael Abrahamsson swmike at
Tue Jul 22 19:29:04 UTC 2014

On Tue, 22 Jul 2014, Scott Helms wrote:

> The chances that a muni network in North America has both 10-20k 
> apartments and needs to build its own fiber are pretty much 
> non-existent.  We don't have the population density that exists in much 
> of Europe and our cities are much less dense.

I don't get it. Single mode fiber can easily go 10-20km with low cost 
optics that do single-strand. You're saying it's rare in the US to have 
10-20k households within 10-20km radius from an aggregation place?

Yes, I'm sure there are places where this is the case, but then you 
aggregate hundreds instead (this works even in sparsely populated areas 
I'd say) and you're going to have less competition, but you still have the 
possibility to get competition. In these cases I though agree that L2 
backhaul by the fiber operator might make sense.

Mikael Abrahamsson    email: swmike at

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