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The national broadband investment plan recently announced by the minister of communications has brought optimism to the market and society. However, it brought also some skepticism since there is a series of practical issues that need to be carefully addressed for the project to come off. Some of my concerns are 1) Project’s execution period & financing, 2) Investment Incentives, 3) Industry’s capacity to perform, 4) Inclusion of smaller cities, 5) Universal Service Obligation.
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From Monday October 20 untill Wednesday October 22, the City of Trikala, Greece will be hosting a community of practitioners from worldwide broadband projects. Representatives from United States, South Africa, Malaysia and various European cities will gather to present and discuss state of art applications, best and next practices as well as their plans for sustainable Broadband Cities of the future.
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Yesterday, Minister of Communications, Mr. Chatzidakis announced the long awaited national strategy for fiber access networks (see FTTH).
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Yes, it’s finally true! Summer has finally arrived for me too. I will be refilling my batteries for the next couple of weeks and consequently I won’t be posting here for a while.
I was browsing my (annoyingly huge) pile of Google alerts on fiber* issues when I spotted this article: Telecom sues Monticello over city’s plan to build its own high-speed network.
In summary, TDS Telecom, the chief phone and cable provider of Monticello sued the city over its planned fiber access network. For almost a year, both parties have been fiercely deploying FTTH and the city, of roughly 11,000 inhabitants, is about to become one of a few, if not a unique locale (at least as of present day), where public and private sector are competing so directly over paying subscribers.
In the law sue, TDS questions whether Monticello can use revenue bonds to create fiber-optic networks, something that the city did to finance network deployment. Essentially, TDS questions the compliance of a public project’s financing rules with the project’s objectives and social necessity.
What’s important in the story is that publicly funded fiber projects are very susceptible to interpretations of their funding mandates. In Europe (i.e. Greece, Ireland, Spain) many municipal broadband networks are financed by EU Structural Funds under rules for fairness, openness and other principles. Cities might want to be cautious when crafting business models and strategy since failure to comply with these rules may result in unpleasant arrangements especially if competing interests emerge in their locale.
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