Fiber Optic cables installed to every home can provide 1,000 Mbps Internet download speeds for $40 a month — for everyone in a city with no data caps, no data throttling and no RF Microwave radiation hazard. Fiber is by far the fastest, most secure, most reliable and most energy-efficient way to stream Internet and 4k video data — many thousands of times more energy-efficient than streaming video data Wirelessly through the air, from the curb, as Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and others intend to do:
Undergounded fiber is the best, but fiber can be strung on PG&E Utility Poles — Sonic does it all the time. FTTP can leverage the many miles of fiber optic cable that have already been installed by AT&T California, our Title-II regulated State Telecommunications Utility — an installation of fiber that Santa Rosa residents already paid for with charges on Wireline AT&T landline phone bills over the last 25 years. The best solution would be one set of shared Title-II regulated fiber-optic cables to every home, which would create an efficient playing field on which every Internet Service Provider (including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint) can compete for your dollars, by offering Wireline Television/Video services — a better Wireline television video service than Comcast offers today. That's real competition and a solution that preserves the residential character of residential neighborhoods.
It's a No Brainer: California cities can claim ownership over the many miles of fiber optic cable installed with public utility money within the city limits — lines that have been fully-depreciated and ignored by AT&T California. This smart action by cities can thwart the devious plan that is being aided and abetted by the FCC and the CPUC: a plan for private Wireless companies to steal this fiber, charge themselves virtually nothing to use it, while charging completitors (like Sonic) very high rates. Cities can stop this fraud and earn revenue to boot. Lots of it. Municipal Wireline broadband over fiber optic cables is much, much better than going through the expense, heartache and legal battles it will take to install four competing Wireless broadband networks in our neighborhoods that will require many thousands, if not millions of ugly, hazardous 4G/5G so-called "Small Cell" cell towers in residential zones.
Bruce Kushnick Bruce Kushnick, Executive Director of New Networks. has been a telecom analyst for over 30 years. Kushnick’s 2015 book, The Book Of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal, is the third in a trilogy spanning 18 years, was placed in the FCC’s public record in 2017, is a must read and is a free downloadhere.