Broadband in Palo Alto. “It is the thrust of PA-Comnet to learn to use the power of this new technology for productive civic engagement, by tapping the creative energies of citizens and community groups in the Palo Alto area.”
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“It is the thrust of PA-Comnet to learn to use the power of this new technology for productive civic engagement, by tapping the creative energies of citizens and community groups in the Palo Alto area.”
“We hope to find and show a way to build a sustainable local infrastructure to support community dialogue, learning, and engagement that will lead to a revitalization of our community.”
Bundling – CPAU is advised to use bundling as a tactic, however, VoIP may be excluded as a service offering. What happens when ‘data’ gets competitive (recent Federal Court decision re: cable sharing data capacity)?
“Equal or better service at equal or less price, so long as long range capitalization and operations costs are met, even to the point that transfers to the General Fund would be zero in some years.
The current Palo Alto FTTH plan appears to be “cable on steroids”. The plan points to video as a ‘savior’, in order to “permit” data services.(e.g., Bob Moss: “Any system that can't provide lots of video capacity is DOA competitively”)
Assumptions don’t include forward risks (i.e., intense competition leading to price disruption, wireless developments, store-and-forward content models, consumer behavior, price elasticity of demand, etc.).
Makes a too-simple case for “better price and service” in a competitive sector that will require a utilities to act very differently than they currently do. In this sector, CPAU must learn to operate more like a private company. (“Novel governance?” – Craig McAllister)
Most immediate benefits accrue to Palo Alto’s higher-end demographic, and marginalizes others; this *doesn’t*, and *shouldn’t*, have to be the case.
Uptown’s research focuses on what people *say* they want to do, rather than what they *actually do*
Opportunity costs should be made clear in *any* municipal business case that requires spending public money. They are not in the plan.
Costs for limited development estimated at $9M-$12M. There is too much ‘slop’ in the plan (per Bob Moss). (i.e. $40M current projection). This indicates a lack of solid forward planning and fiscal discipline.
Ignores possibilities for scaled and/or hybrid deployment.
" The existing fiber ring cost about $2 million to add fiber to the existing loop. Another $3 to 4 million would provide enough added fiber and nodes to allow a contractor to start installing home connections at relatively low added cost. That is the best model for getting a FTTH system up and running.“
"Second, the $35 million estimate is for a full buildout with fiber to everyone. That also won't happen since some people just won't want the broadband connection. Actually connecting fiber to each home will cost $700 - $1100 more, depending in how far the home is from the node. I don't figure those costs because it's such a variable.“
"Incremental FTTH attachments…Put in fiber nodes for every 10 or 50 or 100 homes. Then make the last few feet connections when someone asks for the service. Charge a modest connection fee so that people won't ask for it if they really aren't interested."
“You buy what you need when you know why you need it, not because its said to be available, and you can replace it later when you know more…”
“…Just because something can be done doesn't always justify that it should be done. Otherwise its buying into a certain cost, but not a certain benefit. Its actually more practical as a general solution to meter the growth as a function of DEMAND (when enough is there, then open bids to competitive suppliers to obtain lower costs and faster breakevens for the users ---- let the suppliers bid a price on their internal economics, NOT what the market will bear).”
Municipal incentives that permit wireless deployment by private vendors.
Take advantage of what’s already here (i.e. LocalNet’s. Telophase, etc. model – or combination thereof).
Cooperative, creative funding with local (and/or other) stakeholders. Involve local corporations, schools, etc.
A straightforward municipal wireless build, from the center, out. Build a scaleable network, and learn how to use it. Simultaneously, or slowly follow with FTTC/FTTN/FTTH deployments.
When is the time right? When Palo Altans, made aware of what FTTH can deliver, with all opportunity costs and risks better understood, can *vote* on the proposition to have FTTH deployed. If presented at the right time, with low risk financing and a rational business case that can be sold, it will win.