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Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) is the Best Solution for Broadband Internet and Video

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What

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:

  • Verizon Fixed Wireless = television
  • AT&T Fixed Wireless = 10 Mbps down
  • Google Fiber is still expanding
California cities strive to be green cities. Fiber optic, not Wireless, delivers a much, much greener broadband solution.

Where

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.

Why

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.


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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 download here.

  • Link to Book Introduction
  • Link to Lack of Broadband Competition
  • Link to What About Wireless?
  • Link to The public can reclaim the Wireline assets
  • Link to Conclusion: Audits and Contract Enforcement
  • Link to 2/26/18 Report on How to Best Fix Net Neutrality: FTTP

Press Coverage

Recent articles in local and national press.

  • Link to 3/14/18 CBS Report: "Verizon Wants To Build Cellphone Towers Inside Church Steeples"
  • Link to 3/8/18 Medium article: “4G/5G Wireless Is the New Fiber" Bait-and-Switch Scandal
  • Link to 3/7/18 Press Democrat article: "Santa Rosa puts Verizon wireless network upgrade on hold amid blowback from residents"
  • Link to 3/6/18 Press Democrat article: "Verizon looks to Santa Rosa churches to boost wireless coverage"
  • Link to 2/26/18 Medium article: "We Solved Net Neutrality: “$400 Billion Broadband Scandal” Is the Evidence"
  • Link to 2/26/18 Report on How to Best Fix Net Neutrality: FTTP
  • Link to 2/24/18 Press Democrat article: "Verizon’s 4G rollout paused in Santa Rosa amid public concerns"
  • Link to 2/25/18 response to 2/24/18 Press Democrat article
  • Link to 1/12/18 Press Democrat article: "New Verizon antennas generate unwelcome buzz in Santa Rosa"
  • Link to Verizon 4G/5G Cell Towers' installation status
  • Link to Verizon 4G/5G Cell Towers' specifications

Downloads

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  • Link to 3/12/18 Hardell Comments: National Toxicology Program Final Results
  • Link to 3/12/18 Environmental Working Group Comments: National Toxicology Program Final Results
  • Link to 3/08/18 Letter: from Attorney Harry Lehmann to US Senators
  • Link to 3/08/18 Medium Article: adapted for US Senators
  • Link to 7/19/18 Letter: from Attorney Harry Lehmann to CA Assembly Appropriations Committee re: "Liability Exposure from installation of 4G/5G so-called "Small Cell" cell towers in California"
  • Link to 2/14/18 OpEd article: from Tom Sawyer: "No Cell Towers in Santa Rosa's Residential Neighborhoods"
  • Link to Tom Sawyer's 2/18/18 Review of "Santa Rosa City Council Policy 300-04"
  • Link to a flyer one can place on Santa Rosa Utility Light poles or hand out to other residents
  • Link to Max Krohn's pdf flyer for Santa Rosa (large, print-resolution file; please print on bright yellow paper)
  • Link to Max Krohn's pdf flyer one can edit for your community (please print on bright yellow paper)
  • Link to Max Krohn's CAUTION! Cell Tower Microwave Radiation Hazard jpg image for flyers for your community (please print on bright yellow paper)
  • Link to 3/3/18 Santa Rosa Flyer (please print on bright yellow paper)
  • Link to 3/3/18 Sebastopol Flyer (please print on bright yellow paper)
  • Link to 3/10/18 My Street, My Choice! Color Flyer (please print color on white paper)
  • Link to 4/20/18 My Street, My Choice! Palo Alto Flyer (with Generation Zapped Errata)