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.



About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth.

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