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06-12-12, 10:30 PM
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/4839068022_c132c69cfa_b-640x426.jpg The City of Palo Alto seems to be set to reject FTTP.


Last week, a Palo Alto city commission voted (http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=25673) to recommend the abandonment of the city's years-old effort to bring fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) high-speed Internet connectivity to its residents.

In a 4-3 vote on June 6, the Utilities Advisory Commission recommended to the City Council that the city stop analysis of expanding the city‚??s existing dark-fiber network to all residents. The recommendation came on the heels of a feasibility study that did not have promising conclusions.

Despite test markets, lots of hype (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2010/03/how-well-get-1gbps-to-every-us-hospital-library-and-college/), economic stimulus (http://arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2008/12/telecoms-and-advocacy-groups-issue-joint-call-to-action-on-broadband-policy/), and lots of hope by bandwidth-hungry Americans, gigabit FTTP (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2011/06/1gbps-fiber-for-70in-america-yup/) still hasn‚??t quite caught on across the country¬*and is only even available in certain areas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiber_to_the_premises_in_the_United_States). Even the City of Alameda, 32 miles northeast of Palo Alto, tried to run its independent fiber network for 10 years before being forced to sell it to Comcast (http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/alameda-p-t-sell-cable-assets-comcast/2008-11-14) in 2008.¬*As of March 2011, industry estimates found (http://www.ospmag.com/issue/article/The-Last-Mile-Challenge-Continues) that only about 7 million homes (out of about 125 million total American homes) have fiber connections, and most of those are Verizon‚??s FiOS (http://arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2004/07/4007-2/)¬*offering.

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