Why is it that a few people obsessed with getting the city help them get a hyper-speed internet connection can force their agenda onto an overburdened council year-after-year? (Web Link).
The city has studied Fiber to the Home (FTTH) to death for over a decade. Every analysis leads to the same conclusion: FTTH isn't economically viable as the potential subscriber base is unsustainably small, and is at great risk of competition from technological advances.
Most people in town are worried about how the city is going to pay for its ongoing services and upgrade our crumbling infrastructure.
What's the City Council's response? Even when their most recent request for proposals on FTTH yields only one response from a flaky company, they forge ahead. Even when the city manager says doing so will force the city to postpone or eliminate other projects, they forge ahead.
The plain fact is that if FTTH were an economically doable project, we'd have greedy private companies beating down our doors to let them install it. We wouldn't have to coax shady operators into bidding. We wouldn't have to have another committee to "study" FTTH again and again.
As the article in the link points out, no other city has been able to figure out a way to successfully operate a high speed internet service. Why would any sane person think that a city that can't pave its streets, can't keep homeless people from bothering restaurant patrons in its business district and can't maintain a functional library system can run a fiber business???