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From the FTTP Front Lines, Part II

The Philter
The Philter
The Philter
11/18/2004

9:00 AM -- Once again, I've heard from my top secret source in the field... a Verizon Communications Inc. field technician who's working in the trenches (really) bringing fiber to the premises (FTTP) to a neighborhood (or state) near you. And, as ever, I have let him talk, unedited, so you can get a feel for his enthusiastic syntax:

I can remember when FAX lines just about broke the bank as far as cable fills go. Talk about blowing 5 year forecasts. You would have thought the world was coming to an end, but it really spurred the growth in Subscriber Line Carrier.

FTTP is the one takes the cake as far as I am concerned. Verizon is having us overlash to existing cable whenever possible rather then place new strand. This is speeding up the installation process by a factor of about 4. And I can’t blame them. As far as I am concerned the CLEC’s have had 8 years of a free ride without investing a nickel in their own facilities. They are now going to get a lesson in what it really takes to run a telecommunications company. And I really don’t want to hear any more whining out of them. I heard about this technology 3 years ago. They could have done this even in the urban environments where they could have taken advantage of the densities. Now they are shut out of this and they have no one to blame but themselves.

I am a firm believer in the dinosaur theory. Either you adapt to the environment or perish. I can not wait to see how SBC and Bellsouth who are going ahead with plans for Fiber to the Node and Fiber to the Curb. I think it all hangs on their pulling down the Video end of it. The next couple of years are going to be REALLY interesting years.


— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

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