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Why an Open-Access Fiber Network?

An open-access fiber network leverages the unlimited capacity of a fiber optic network (there is plenty of room for all).

“Open” to many service providers who each compete to provide a wide variety of services to you on the same network, leveraging a very high capacity FiberPaloAlto™ network that offers you super high-speed, rock solid reliability, and likely lower prices.

“Open” to innovation, the lifeblood of Palo Alto and Silicon Valley. Innovation is encouraged, enhanced, rewarded. When a “killer application” is developed anywhere on the planet, it can immediately be offered on the proposed open-access FiberPaloAlto network. What a terrific test bed for businesses, both big and small; as well as individual entrepreneurs, both young and old, with ideas they want to try. Palo Alto is loaded with homes and businesses filled with adults and children who are bright, innovative and entrepreneurial…we try things, we manage things, we like lots of quality choices.

“Open” to light speed. An open-access fiber network eliminates the barriers so you can try things at both-way very high speeds (like interactive HD video) others only dream about, person to person, house to house, home to office, home to school.

One of the Consortium members, Axia NetMedia, proposed to be the 100% owner of the Palo Alto FTTP network, but has subsequently withdrawn from negotiations with the City. Axia is an experienced open-access fiber network manager; read what Axia has to say about open-access. The Alberta SuperNet is one of Axia’s management responsibilities; the SuperNet serves 429 communities with about 6,800 miles of optical fiber and 1,300 miles of wireless networks covering an area of 255,500 square miles. Palo Alto covers 26 square miles. An Axia partnership was the winning bidder to serve twelve French communities with open-access networks.

Open-access may be compared and contrasted to a closed network the other guys use…one provider, one set of services, suffocating slow up-links at ever-increasing duopoly prices.

A growing number of Scandinavian cities have experienced open-access fiber networks for the past six to ten years. The open-access fiber network model is now sweeping Europe. A typical open-access fiber network in Europe serving a community like Palo Alto may have dozens of service providers, many offering multiple applications that will never be available from the other guys. Singapore and Australia are committed to open FTTP networks. Economies of scale dictate that the services available from every provider utilizing an open-access fiber network should easily beat those from “the other guys” in price, reliability, features, security, and speed.

“Open” is a very big deal. Once you subscribe to any service from an open fiber network, you can change providers and/or services with the click of a mouse. So “open” gives you all kinds of choices immediately, with a mouse click. PacketFront, a member of the Consortium, made that mouse-click-to-chose-from-a-menu-of-service-offerings capability a winner, first in Vasteras, Sweden. Be inspired by their ingenious community website, MalarNetCity.

AT&T’s U-verse, a “closed” network of course, is proving to be very disappointing. Typical telco thinking: “Let’s make it sound like a fiber network with carefully worded ads, the bigger, the better. We can fool a lot of folks, we always have. ‘Up to’ speeds will be in there, of course; that’s been a good one for us. But we’ll really just continue to serve Palo Alto with our old-style closed copper network where the closest fiber is blocks away. We’ll segregate the PEG channels ‘in the back of the bus,’ cram them all on one channel, and destroy PEG picture quality. Sure, we know California communities are outraged; several including Los Angeles and San Diego are preparing to sue us. But we’re AT&T, our strategy is to stall for time, even if our stalling tactics require our lawyers to go to work here and there. In the meantime, you are still our customer; for us, time is money, your money. We’ll raise prices, claiming we just spent millions. Of course, we mean we spent millions running our deceptive ads and beefing up our legal defense teams, and about a buck 98 each to install an ugly refrigerator-size cabinet in about fifty front yards. We’re servicing you, Palo Alto. We’ll make another fortune off you before you catch on. Suckers.”

 

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