A few thoughts and comments - As a consumer/homeowner I don’t like the condominium model for fiber ownership. I would prefer to personally own and be responsible for what I own. The idea of someone else requiring me to pay a monthly condominium maintenance fee on the fiber on the pole when there are no apparent problems doesn’t sit well with me. Is there a way to reduce the cost of running the "last mile"? How can homeowners do more of the work so as to reduce his cost?It is misleading to create the idea of the customer running the cable, since as it was proposed it is actually a third party (not selected by him) that would run the cable. Instead, could the customer could be responsible for the last hundred yards or so of fiber, not the last (few) miles or so?Regarding the "Who builds": The Real Estate Developers and Fiber Contractors seem to have more incentive to do the job for the lowest price than the Carriers or the government. An attractive solution would be to develop a technology that would allow the homeowner to be a DIY type of guy.Another attractive scenario to the homeowner would be if the homeowner could select a subcontractor of his own choosing to run the fiber from his house to the first public utility pole. Then the Homeowner would really own that segment of the fiber. Let a subcontractor put the “ends” on the cable so the company that owns the wires on the poles has to make a simple connection to “connect” the homeowner. If you want this idea to be widely accepted by the homeowner then think of ways to save the consumer money in the short run and the long run.Right now the country’s new leadership is talking about putting millions of people to work to stimulate the economy. This could be a win/win situation for the development of our broadband infrastructure. Is this part of Obama’s plan to resuscitate our economy? There are three pieces of the network that need to be funded and work together: 1) The homeowner’s piece of fiber from the pole to the house. 2) The few miles of fiber from that pole to the interconnection facility. 3) The participation of the service providers in that interconnection facility. The national and state governments can provide a partial tax incentive to help the early adopter homeowners that are willing to be one of the first ones to commit. The new political leadership can help in two ways: subsidize the laying of fiber from on the existing utility poles by providing jobs to build this infrastructure. Take steps to increase competition among ALL service providers to get them to offer their service at all interconnection facilities.
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