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Monday, August 04, 2003


Alabama: Long article on the City of Fairhope's proposed FTTH system

Alabama: Long article on the City of Fairhope's proposed FTTH system

This is a good article that includes many of the numbers from Fairhope's business plan, which seems a bit optimistic. (The city's consultants assumed 60% of potential subscribers would take the service; existing cable provider Mediacom is insisting <30% would sign up).

A more conservative assumption I've seen used in other consultants' studies is 40%, which is a very attainable, beatable goal for most cities.

The article also talks about two other cities' fiber networks, Tacoma, WA (very successful) and Marietta, GA (a big money-loser). The Marietta comparison is not very useful however since Marietta is in a very different, more competitive business acting as a CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier) to local businesses.



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