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Monday, February 02, 2004


Wisconsin: SBC's FTTP trial at the Pabst Farms development in Oconomowoc

Last month, SBC announced it would conduct a trial FTTP (fiber to the premises) deployment at the Pabst Farms planned residential community in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. When completed, the 1500-acre Pabst Farms will ultimately have 2,000 residential units in the form of condos, apartments and single family homes, along with office buildings and retail stores.

This stems from SBC's selection by the developer as Pabst Farm's "preferred communications provider for the development".

Some headlines made this out to be a big deal. Significantly, SBC only promised to trial FTTP at just a few units; further FTTP deployments there would depend on a variety of vaguely-described factors such as internal SBC studies, market demand, etc. The lucky few homeowners in the trial would get voice plus "high speed data" (3 MBps) -- no mention of video.

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