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From the FTTP Front Lines

The Philter
The Philter
The Philter
11/4/2004

3:15 PM -- The following note came from an actual Outside Plant Engineer at Verizon regarding whether customers are really looking forward to FTTP. He was responding to the latest issue of the Light Reading Insider, which covers FTTP.

Believe me... I can assure you sir, that we have people stopping us wanting to know when the system will be available.

They want to dump... the CATV company so fast it will make heads swim. It is all the same reason “Service.” The customer is no longer and idiot about this stuff and realize that the company giving them dial tone DOES service it’s customer with a quiet reliability. This coupled with the bundling so that they can write one check for all and getting discounts for multiple services is going to have people signing up in droves.

I am basing this on the fact that if we engineer a 200 unit subdivision, we will have a least 6 people stop us to ask if we are doing the survey to get them the service. That is 3% who are dying to get it as soon as it is up and running and Lord knows how many other people that they are telling that will sign up.

I have been in the business for almost 34 years and I have never seen anything like this.

— Phil [sic] Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

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sigint
sigint
12/5/2012 | 1:04:55 AM
re: From the FTTP Front Lines
Maybe we should all listen to field folks more often. This sort of enthusiasm and optimism is infectious.

I hope and pray that every bit of what this engineer said comes out to be true. Indeed, unimpeded access would be the shot in the arm that the industry needs.
dwdm2
dwdm2
12/5/2012 | 1:04:53 AM
re: From the FTTP Front Lines
To say that this is just an optimism, is probably not the best way to indicate the urge and the need as expressed by the Verizon engineer. FTTP is a need, it will happen. Lets read the message again:

"Believe me... I can assure you sir, that we have people stopping us wanting to know when the system will be available.

They want to dump... the CATV company so fast it will make heads swim. It is all the same reason GÇ£Service.GÇ¥ The customer is no longer and idiot about this stuff and realize that the company giving them dial tone DOES service itGÇÖs customer with a quiet reliability. This coupled with the bundling so that they can write one check for all and getting discounts for multiple services is going to have people signing up in droves.

I am basing this on the fact that if we engineer a 200 unit subdivision, we will have a least 6 people stop us to ask if we are doing the survey to get them the service. That is 3% who are dying to get it as soon as it is up and running and Lord knows how many other people that they are telling that will sign up.

I have been in the business for almost 34 years and I have never seen anything like this."

Regards
rjmcmahon
rjmcmahon
12/5/2012 | 1:04:53 AM
re: From the FTTP Front Lines
The need is for high speed and symmetric internet access to homes and businesses at a reasonable cost. The VZ engineer advertising a CATV option seems to miss the mark.
rjmcmahon
rjmcmahon
12/5/2012 | 1:04:52 AM
re: From the FTTP Front Lines
For Verizon, however, [symmetric high speed internet access] will be too broad of a goal.

Why do you think it is too broad of a goal for VZ?
dwdm2
dwdm2
12/5/2012 | 1:04:52 AM
re: From the FTTP Front Lines
"The need is for high speed and symmetric internet access to homes and businesses at a reasonable cost. The VZ engineer advertising a CATV option seems to miss the mark."

I agree that "the need is for high speed and symmetric internet access to homes and businesses at a reasonable cost." For Verizon, however, that'll be too broad of a goal. That's why their engineer's expression, even in the context of CATV alone, is appreciable.

Cheers
Road Trip
Road Trip
12/5/2012 | 1:04:50 AM
re: From the FTTP Front Lines
I'm optimistic that FTTP will happen.
big daddy
big daddy
12/5/2012 | 1:04:50 AM
re: From the FTTP Front Lines
I agree with Trip. Oh, it's on!
dwdm2
dwdm2
12/5/2012 | 1:04:48 AM
re: From the FTTP Front Lines
"Why do you think it is too broad of a goal for VZ?"

I am not sure; its my assumption. You may be right that VZ is in a position to actually take on a broader implementation of FTTP, at least in the territories they serve; and frankly, lot of people will be happy to see that happening sooner. However, as you know, things are way complicated in big companies... god knows who writes their biz plan and how they go about implementing... As an outsider I'd speculate that if the congress enacted a policy that'd at least set a near term goal, that'd probably help VZ, SBC, etc. to be motivated to revise their biz plan and implementation policy... Alternatively and/or complimentally, FTC could do something in this regard, but looks like they don't bother much about this issue...

I'm interested in your and other's thoughts on how to precipitate the FTTP...?
lastmile
lastmile
12/5/2012 | 1:04:45 AM
re: From the FTTP Front Lines
Road Trip:
Once upon a time I was also convinced that FTTP will happen and I invested like crazy in fiber stocks and lost almost 90% of my portfolio.
No regrets as of now because FTTP will happen but it will take the world another 100 years to rewire Copper to fiber.
In the US it will be slower. Bits and pieces of fiber news will keep us active with many more messages in the LR board.
Sincerely,
LM
rjmcmahon
rjmcmahon
12/5/2012 | 1:04:45 AM
re: From the FTTP Front Lines
I'm interested in your and other's thoughts on how to precipitate the FTTP...?

This is a question without a simple answer. There seems to have been many lessons in the last decade or so about what hasn't precipitated open access, bandwidth abundant, advanced communications networks. Unfortunately, I'm not sure these lessons have led us closer to a path that leads to the best our technology and our society can offer.

When asked a tough question, I'll turn around and ask it back ;-) What to you and others think will precipitate advanced fiber networks?
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