12 June 2006

Costs for Verizon's optical fiber upgrade

While stories on the optical network that Verizon is building (and its relationship to competitors) have become commonplace, I found this article useful in that it includes cost figures that aren't usually published. It is exactly this kind of facilities-based competition between telephone companies, cable companies, and other providers that was envisioned in the mid-1990s when the Telecom Act of 1996 was passed into law. It took about 10 years longer to develop than was envisioned at the time. For me, the lesson is that these costly, technically complex vetures take longer than we imagine to play out.

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