|I wasn't aware that Google fiber roll out had restarted after stopping years ago. IMO there is a basic flaw in how we handle broad band distribution in the USA. |
I recall reading about the Verizon FIOS initial roll out over ten years ago. The article stated a cost per house they pasted down the street to be north of $900. Even if they were to sign up every home that has broad band the recovery costs are huge.
IMO what should happen is that somehow all providers should form a holding company that would install fiber cable with more than enough capacity to serve ALL present and future needs. This company would then lease bandwidth to any and all providers that wished to use that cable. The cost of installing fiber optic cable is mostly in labor and materials to bury cable including boring under streets, drives, walks, etc. The cost difference of a larger cable is probably not significant when factored into the total cost. Fees would be static based on capacity and no one could be denied access. The transmission company would not be allowed to sell to end users or own any channels, providers, etc.
Fiber is currently underutilized. My understanding is that if capacity needs to increase in the future that different wavelengths can be transmitted simultaneously, thereby increasing capacity without adding more fiber.
Unfortunately, I doubt this will ever happen without government intervention because the big players that have advantages in the marketplace, will not default to a level playing field willingly.
Kind of silly to have multiple sets of transmission cables in front of every house and business. I have Comcast cable, Wow cable, and ATT uverse all passing across the front of my house.