Gigabites: Connecticut Fights the Gig Fight
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.
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.
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.
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading