@Dana: How does one determine on which cities/rural area should get a boost in the internet speed? Is this decision taken on the population of the town or the economic conditions there? Or, are there any other factors?
Some of the cities cited aren't "tier 1s," though. They're much lower on the broadband food chain, yet they have enough infrastructure and potential to benefit greatly from the local fiber. So in a way, it is not a case of the big getting bigger, but of the midsized getting bigger.
How is this different from a normal ISP that is simply trying to expand its services? I've been seeing many government-funded projects to build networks in rural and not-so-well served areas and those have specific goals, related to universal service.
I definatly think there is a place for this type of competition in the broadband game, it will only help to raise the level of networks in these areas as more business develop and more people move there.
@abdlah, I could not agree more. if the end user (or customer) has no idea the service is even there or what it can do they will be very unlikely to take advantage of it.
Service providers have account exects and sales engineers that go out to customer locations and help them to figure out what services will best fit their needs. Its too early to know if Gigibit Squared and Gig.U are going to have people fill those roles, but I would imagine that would be one of the better ways develop the footprint once the network is in place.
They also have large marketing budgets to help make sure people know the service is there and ready to be used. Hopfully Gig.U and Gigibit Squared will put some effort into marketing their networks as well.
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