It's time for your Gigabites roundup. In this edition, Connecticut pushes forward with the CT Gig Project, another Kansas town lines up for gigabit broadband and more.
The state of Connecticut made news this week with an ongoing fight between municipal leaders and local broadband providers. The battle is over an initiative called the CT Gig Project, which aims to bring gigabit Internet to communities throughout the region.
While the project has been underway for about a year, politicians in New Haven only recently pushed the plan forward with a resolution submitted to the city services committee. The resolution proposes a feasibility study for network deployment and includes a request to sign interconnection agreements with other cities and towns that want to participate in the project.
Local ISPs, however, are vehemently again the entire CT Gig Project. The New England Cable and Telecommunications Association, like other opponents before it, notes that there is already private investment taking place, and that a government-backed initiative is both risky and unnecessary. (See also FCC Clears Way for Muni Network Expansion.)
The proposal before the New Haven government could come to a vote as early as this month.
Infrastructure provider Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN) is marking yet another gigabit milestone with the news that the town of Twin Valley in Kansas is joining its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives campaign. Twin Valley is using the Adtran gigabit broadband platform and plans to start offering gigabit service to local residents and commercial businesses in the fall. Adtran recently announced that it has already helped more than 200 communities deploy gigabit Internet. (See Gigabites: 200 Gig Communities & Counting.)
TDS Telecom is expanding its gigabit footprint to the town of Winsted, Minnesota, west of Minneapolis. The telco said this week that not only will it offer gigabit Internet speeds, but also TDS TV, an IP-based TV service riding on top of its fiber network. The service is expected to launch in October.
Not to be outdone by their urban counterparts, several rural communities are now jumping on the gigabit bandwagon. The Rural Broadband Association has announced that nine small service providers have now been certified as Gig-Capable Providers.
To achieve that certification, the providers had to show "gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% of one or more exchanges within their serving territory and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities." The nine providers are receiving national recognition and tools from the NTCA for promotion in the communities they serve.
Why is this such a challenge? As I was reading this, I could not help but wonder why this is such a struggle. It makes sense to create a conducive atmosphere for business. It is true that it will siphon off money away from ISP's.--but they have to figure out a way to add value.