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Re: Grant Funding
From: Jared Mauch <jared () puck nether net>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 19:01:01 -0500
On Jan 19, 2010, at 4:26 PM, Fletcher Kittredge wrote:
What do you want to know? We were the first NTIA grant announced. $32 million project to build rural *dark*
fiber networks. The model was to form a new company which would be carrier neutral and just build and maintain
rural dark fiber. A carrier's carrier; structural separation; prices based on cost plus margin, not what the
market would bear, open access, non-discrimination.... This model seemed to resonate with the Feds. The local
incumbents still seem to have a hard time believing we would get a government subsidy and then immediately give it
away. A model where any carrier, including them, could have access to dark fiber on equal terms is beyond their ken.
This is similar to what I have been doing research on. I wonder if the cellular coverage outside the I-95 corridor
will get better as a result of your efforts...
I really should have gotten fed up with my local [ineffective] incumbents with enough time to develop a similar
I do wonder if the upcoming FCC broadband work will result in a similar policy being adopted. "We're all just overlay
networks of the fiber" is a nice approach.