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Idiom
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Incept: 2015-02-20

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In New Zealand the government went and built **** tonnes of last mile fibre and put it in the hands of tiny local regulated utilities. Now we all get Gb access to the ISP of your choice and switching to whomever has the class of backhaul you want is easy.

Handing out geographic monopolies to cable companies is simultaneously the least American and most American thing I have heard of.
Tickerguy
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Yep.

On the other hand we have a locality right near my home that has a city-run cable and internet service (and no alternative from Cox, who services the rest of the towns bounding it.)

Their prices are higher and service levels lower.

One has to wonder how much of those fees are funding "other things"; that's the problem, in general, is that corruption can quite-easily take what's good and turn it into REALLY bad.

What I suspect is the "better model" is that local government units install glass to each ped and drop, with it all terminating back at neutral points. Any provider (TV, Internet or both) that wishes to sell in that municipality can pull a circuit there (located to make access from multiple carriers reasonable) and rent rack space, power and A/C at the exact same price. Provide a neutral interchange functionality (e.g. 1Gbps ethernet terminating transceivers) so it's completely agnostic, no fear or favor in terms of one company over another.

You pay for a drop and the transceiver rental on a monthly basis if you buy service from any of these firms but the drop charge is the same and billed by the government, perhaps on your water or sewer bill (so there's not another bill to collect and process.) If you subscribe to NO such service then you don't pay said drop charge. The ISPs all can then charge whatever they want, and you can move whenever you want between those offering service in that municipality.

THAT would lead to a ****-ton of competition and various pricing models immediately. The drop charge would be pretty modest, probably under $10/month -- glass, other than through being dug up (which the municipalities can hammer people for if they don't call the Dig hotline in advance; they do that now) lasts damn near forever and as tech improves the 1Gbps (totally reasonable today) drops can trivially be upgraded to 10Gbps and beyond.

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Winding it down.

Cfskellvt
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Incept: 2008-04-08

North Underhill, Vermont
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With the amount of capacity required for 5G someone has to PAY for the upgrade to the current capacity. The current model doesn't work. You have to go free market at some point.
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