I’ve started to analyze our latest data from a few rural regions in the
I was thinking about this in light of all the press that came out last week around Verizon’s FiOS service, its high speed fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service that is creeping across some cities these days (New York City being one of the latest service areas). The company is spending $23 billion (yes, billion) on the infrastructure upgrade, and it is the most fundamental infrastructure investment any telecom company has made in some time. FiOS is readying its network for faster delivery of television; its network offers speeds of around 50 mpbs, compared to a “normal” cable service speed of 6-12 mbps.
Fiber-based services will be reliable, fast, and no doubt useful, and many of us rejoice that there will be solid competition to cable companies in the Internet domain. But ubiquity – that’s not FiOS. It’s broadband with a gold star, but it’s (relatively) expensive, and will only be in cities for the near term. Ubiquity doesn’t seem to be on anyone’s list of network goals for the near term.
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