I wish I coud l have attended the Rural Assembly since it was in my own backyard. Unfortunately I was out of town. I was glad to see the Daily Yonder cover it. Specifically Bill Bishop shares Mark Erickson’s (from Sibley County MN) view on the barriers to community FTTH…
But Erickson and others are running into difficulties and opposition on multiple fronts:
* Local non-fiber providers are resistant of new competition, and FTTH will be hands-down faster than older technologies.
* It’s hard to get right-of-way to lay down fiber networks. This process often involves dealing with city and state governments, who may not be immediately cooperative.
* It’s not easy to get local community support.
Erickson also points out that you need a local champion. Part of the problem underlying the specifics above is money – but part is education and persuasion – and that takes a local champion.