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1G fiber coming to 'nooga

2010-09-13 14:23:28.267226+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

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#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-14 22:17:59.495226+00 by: meuon

They are stringing fiber on my street now.. might have to find out what their restrictions are. Hey Dan, got any content that would be controversial to host/consume in Chattanooga? Heck, what about bittorrents?

let's go back to the question we always got asked at COL: What is the total upstream capacity of EPB? 170k+ potential very very fast connections is going to suck some bandwidth.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-14 14:12:02.443226+00 by: Dan Lyke

Meuon, remembering the hoops we jumped through to try to convince people that those 50 lines going into an office building were residential, is there anything stopping you from running servers in a residential office?

Re bandwidth: 1 gigabit/second is, what, a CD every six seconds? I'd have to reconfigure hardware to try to saturate that.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-14 10:41:06.255226+00 by: meuon [edit history]

While I contend that the city owned dark fiber would be a good idea, if they allowed other service providers to access it and sell services over it. I'm also frustrated by cities becoming service providers and effectively halting future competition. The issue is the service providers do not trust the cities to not change their rules after they invest in connecting.

While Chattanooga is rolling out its high speed fiber to the home, it's business customers are paying 200 times their new rate. A 3mbps up and down connection is approx $350 per month.

Side note: Chattanooga Online had a 1gbps dark fiber connection to Cogent circa November 2002. We could barely generate enough bandwidth to test it, even with outside NANOG help.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-14 04:34:31.583226+00 by: ebradway

I like to point out to Asha, when we visit city parks in other parts of Longmont, that the people in that neighborhood don't have an extra HOA fee beyond there taxes like we do. In fact, the first house we contracted on had no "real" HOA but there was a community pool, skate park and bike paths which we still pay for even though we don't live there.

And I guess I'm a little more pragmatic in that I'm just frustrated that Qwest and Comcast have kept their bi-opoly and, to this day, I can only get 1.5Mbps DSL and my cable is copper. The city-owned, dark fiber probably runs about 500 ft from my house.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-13 20:44:42.823226+00 by: Dan Lyke

Ya know, I just wanna grab some people and scream "the local government is just an HOA set up by a developer who had a monopoly"[1]. Especially since most of California (and Colorado, for that matter), was given to the railroads to sell anyway, so what we basically have with local governments is a fairly permissive HOA.

[1] Because that is, in fact, one of the two arguments that eventually turned me away from being a Rand quoting Objectivist.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-13 17:57:29.287226+00 by: ebradway

As I've mentioned before, my new hometown, Longmont, CO, would have been doing this a decade ago if it weren't for the right wingers worried about the city competing with Comcast and Qwest. Longmont's been sitting on dark fiber for almost a decade and a half.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-09-13 14:43:41.895226+00 by: Dan Lyke

Thanks, Larry for the NY Times version of the story.