Muni Fiber and Politics

Doug Barton dougb at
Wed Jul 23 02:27:21 UTC 2014

On 07/22/2014 06:36 PM, Jay Ashworth wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Keenan Tims" <ktims at>
>> If we assume that a residential deployment pulls one strand (or perhaps
>> a pair) to each prem, similar to current practice for POTS, there's a
>> resource allocation problem if I want to buy TV services from provider
>> A and Internet services from provider B (or maybe I want to provision a
>> private WAN to my place of work). This could be done with WDM equipment
>> by the muni in the L1 model, or at L2, but it isn't something that's
>> often mentioned. I suspect L2 wins here, at least on cost.
>> Or are we going forward under the assumption that all of this will be
>> rolled into "the Internets" and delivery that way and competition in
>> that space will be sufficient?
> I was planning AE, and to deploy 3 pair per drop, except on multiunit
> building, where my overbuild ratio would be between 1.6 and 1.2 or so.

Heh, great minds think alike, as I was contemplating the same issue that 
Keenan raised. My number of pairs was 5 though ... 1 each for TV, Phone, 
and Internet providers, 1 as a spare in case something breaks, and 1 for 
the thing that hasn't been invented yet. The thinking being that strands 
of dark fiber are cheaper then retrenching, etc.


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