The Dream of Fiber to the Home
If the current internet access providers that dominate the American telecommunications landscape could get away with it, they???d sell nothing but specialized services and turn internet access into a dirt road.
But the key barrier to competition ??? the incumbents??? not-so-secret weapon ??? is the high up-front costs of building fiber networks. That???s why the new 1-gigabit-per-second network planned by Google for residences in Kansas City was cited as an example of a ???positive recent development??? in the FCC chairman???s speech. Google was welcomed with open arms by Kansas City because the company offered a wildly better product than anything the cable distributors can provide: gigabit symmetric fiber access. The company has the commercial strength to finance this build itself, and it has driven down costs in every part of its product to make its Kansas City experiment commercially viable.
We need more investments in our high-speed internet infrastructure like Google is doing in Kansas City.