Re: Transact- optic fiber network throughout Canberra

Brian D Williams (
Wed, 30 Jun 1999 11:00:01 -0700 (PDT)

From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <>

>"Canberra"? As in, Pham Nuwen's medieval home planet?

>Oh, you mean Canberra, Australia.

>For those of you who can't click on the link directly from your
>email browsers, this is about 36 megabit/sec direct,
>fiber-to-the-curb Internet access, without any coaxial "hybrid"
>systems to slow things down. Also, it doesn't degrade when you
>get more subscribers, unlike current cable Internet providers.
>The way a planetary network *should* work, without legacy

>Sounds like a nice place to live, yep.

DISCLAIMER: I do not speak for Ameritech or it's alliance partners.

My .25 opinion is my own.

Read it, typical marketing fluff piece, it is a hybrid system, fiber to the curb then VDSL probably on CAT 5 or better. And its only a test, just 200 homes....

I liked the possibility of 36mbs (though they didn't claim they were running that) although a T-3 is 45mbs, and they pegged the consumer cost at $520 not counting the CO equipment and thats going to be a bitch, say a router $20,000 and $5000 a port for a max of 12 ports. now you've got to have a backbone faster that that (OC- 12) very big bucks, and thats just for 12 ports......

We had planned to bring fiber to the door about 8 years ago, then the consummer groups, the long distance companies, the cable companies, the FCC and everybody else and their mothers jumped in.

When they were done it wasn't worth building, they still whine and want to know why we haven't built it.... <SHEESH>

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