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Thoughtful post about why other broadband companies are not installing fiber
March 29, 2010, 11:01 am
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Cost is only part of the equation, as Dave Troy over in Baltimore explains in his post, “Fiber Economics.”

What are the real economics of broadband infrastructure? It’s not so simple as market opportunity, investment, and subscribers; Verizon and Comcast have different regulatory histories and see the world differently. Google, as a potential new entrant, has completely different motivations.

Let’s take a look at the regulatory background, and then get a sense of what’s really motivating Verizon, Comcast, and Google.

He goes on from there – hit this link to read the whole post.

You can also check out, “Why is Google building a fiber network now,” as posted here several days ago. The two posts illustrate the same theme, but with slightly different perspectives.

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Thanks for the link to Dave Troy’s post. It’s a tidy little review of what happened since the breakup of Ma Bell, and how Verizon has painted us into a corner. Thank goodness for Google’s initiative — they need us just as much as we need them.

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