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Thursday, September 11, 2003


SBC Ratchets Up PON Politics

"If you're looking to wager on the outcome of the RBOC fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) initiative, you might want to first check on who's giving you the odds. In the latest development, Edward Whitacre Jr., CEO of SBC Communications Inc., this week appeared to backpedal on SBC's support of a closely watched RBOC FTTP initiative."

The article goes on to get multiple consultants, carriers and vendors views (or official statements) on just how serious the Bells might be about FTTP. The bottom line seems to be that there's no consensus as to what the Bells really will do.

In the meantime, we'll be working, one street at a time, to get broadband to people in areas that don't care to wait. As I've said before, for everybody's sake, I hope Fiber Planners doesn't end up installing more FTTP in 2004-2005 than the Bells -- that would say a lot (none of it positive) about the Bells' role in the U.S.


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