Frisco Fiber Fight, Part II

As the $7 billion broadband portion of the The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 becomes law, there's still much to learn about how and when money earmarked for broadband buildouts will find its way to carrier coffers. (See Broadband Stimulus: How Much?)

Of course, not all parts of the country are underserved by broadband providers. (See Verizon Plants FiOS in AT&T's Backyard.) Light Reading, just a few miles from the location of our previous slideshow -- Frisco Fiber Fight -- once again finds a Frisco, Texas, neighborhood where AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV), Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH), HughesNet, and more, all converge on a suburban enclave.

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Power Alleys

— Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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fgoldstein 12/5/2012 | 4:11:31 PM
re: Frisco Fiber Fight, Part II I think you're missing one more provider in Frisco. Grande Communications has cable in much of the town, with DSL in other areas. This comes from their 2003 acquisition of Advantex, originally CoServ. That was started by the Denton-Collin Electric Cooperative and installed both HFC and copper loops (DSL+POTS) in much of the area. Of course it went bankrupt, which is how Grande ended up getting it for a fraction of its original, gold-plated boom-era cost.
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:11:30 PM
re: Frisco Fiber Fight, Part II I didn't see any Grande-marked equipment, but they could very well be in those same neighborhoods.

So that's two cable MSOs, two telcos, two satellite providers, and plus any number of competitive carriers that lease facilities, like Earthlink.

Who do you think will end up making a profit on a market that crowded?

fgoldstein 12/5/2012 | 4:11:28 PM
re: Frisco Fiber Fight, Part II > Who do you think will end up making a profit on a market that crowded?

Backhoe-leasing companies?

Bankruptcy attorneys?
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:11:26 PM
re: Frisco Fiber Fight, Part II I talked to someone who lives in the neighborhood and asked, given the choice, what provider would he pick. He said: "The one with the best deal."

Drop your pants everyone. The residents Preston Vineyards are ready to welcome you to Frisco.
Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:11:24 PM
re: Frisco Fiber Fight, Part II Given the state of the economy i suppose it's not a big surprise that some will churn at the drop of a hat and defect to another service provider if they can save some money without losing much value in the services they are used to receiving. It'll obviously put price pressure on all the combatants in the market, but I'd look for them to really push service bundles and packages that lock in the customer for multiple years. Otherwise, those operators don't stand to make a return on the investment for servicing those customers if they can switch after a short period of time without having to pay a penalty for doing so. Jeff
"Ill" Duce 12/5/2012 | 4:11:24 PM
re: Frisco Fiber Fight, Part II I live near Hedgcoxe and Ohio and I switched from Comcast to AT&T mainly due to lousy service and infrastructure from Comcast.
Verizon laid fiber in my neighborhood at least two years ago, so if they turn it up, I'll probably switch.
Menotomy 12/5/2012 | 4:11:22 PM
re: Frisco Fiber Fight, Part II "The one with the best deal."

Does that mean the one with 8Mbp/s for $45/m, or the one with 20Mbp/s for $55/m?

It's a simple scenario because there is also TV and double/triple plays, but "best deal" doesn't always mean lowest price.

Note: I don't know the specific speeds and cost points for the different services, just an example.
Mark Sebastyn 12/5/2012 | 4:11:21 PM
re: Frisco Fiber Fight, Part II With all this snooping about I am surprised you weren't taken out by homeland security and sent to Egypt for questioning.
jcadler 12/5/2012 | 4:11:19 PM
re: Frisco Fiber Fight, Part II Grande also has contract with the Frisco mall development and other commercial projects in North Texas.

Meanwhile, over in the Allen / Fairview area where all this started, VZ is running fiber thru Lucas to get to Allen customers. Fairview is 2/3rds open for its first cable provider. Why not start there?
fiber_r_us 12/5/2012 | 4:11:18 PM
re: Frisco Fiber Fight, Part II Yes, please!! Fairview is dying for some real broadband!
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