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FAQ for Towns

They use fiber, but not all the way to the home.  Generally, the last 1,000 to 5,000 feet from the fiber’s endpoint to the home is copper-coaxial cable in cable networks, plain copper wire in telephone networks. That limits bandwidth, reliability and versatility.

(2015, Fall). What Fiber Broadband Can Do For Your Community. Broadband Communities, 16-18. 

Yes, by all means.   Link to our website, promote and publicize it.  OpenCape is looking to gather as much participation as possible so we can come back to towns with data on demand and locations.

For starters, towns need to know their municipal assets and access policies. Towns should also be coming to the discussion already knowing that Fiber based Internet is a thing they need in order to keep pace; Providers don't want to spend a lot of time convincing people that symmetrical gigabit Internet is important infrastructure.

The good news is that OpenCape has the open access fiber that can be available to Internet Service providers.

Educate residents about the value of FTTH and encourage residents to participate in OpenCape’s CrowdFiber campaign so you can document the extent of subscriber interest in fiber broadband.  If you are not already, you should be promoting the OpenCape campaign on your website and throughout Town. 

Read our news story on planning a fiber buildout for your community.  Click here  also read more about other communities that have forged ahead.  Read more

There’s growing evidence that fiber connectivity encourages businesses to stay, helps businesses grow and become more productive, and attracts new businesses particularly in high-tech industries.

It makes the community a more attractive place to live-especially for young people - which can stem the population loss that many small communities experience.

FTTH is only one component of an overall economic development strategy – but it’s a vitally important one.

(2015, Fall). What Fiber Broadband Can Do For Your Community. Broadband Communities, 16-18.

In new construction, fiber costs about the same as copper to build, and it costs much less to operate and maintain.  Building fiber to the home is expensive only when compared with not building a new network – that is, with making minor tweaks to an existing copper network.  The problem is that these less-expensive solutions don’t meet users’ needs.  In the last few years, the flood of video content has outrun he ability of older copper technologies to handle bandwidth demands.

 (2015, Fall). What Fiber Can Do For Your Community. Broadband Communities, 7-10.

Different communities have utilized different methods.  Some communities utilized their bonding authority to use a General Obligation Bond which allows the town to borrow funds for the build out, but has tax implications for the residents.   Depending on the demographics of he community some communities have been able to attract outside ISP's ( Internet Service Providers) who front the coat of the build and collect their fees over the course of time.  You can read more about funding options here.

The equipment used to send light signals over glass fiber keeps getting better.   So equipping an existing fiber network with new electronics and with lasers that pulse light faster, or lasers that use different wavelengths of light, can vastly increase available bandwidth without changing the fiber itself.  New electronics are very cheap compared with the original cost of laying the fiber.  At the customer end, the system can be designed so that customers themselves can simply pull the old unit out and plug the new one in.  Therefore, once fiber has been deployed, network operators can keep increasing bandwidth as needed at very little cost.

 (2015, Fall). What Fiber Can Do For Your Community. Broadband Communities, 7-10.

In a network, bandwidth (what engineers call bitrate) is the ability to carry information.  The more bandwidth a network has, the more information it can carry in a given amount of time.  Networks with high bandwidth also tend to be more reliable because fewer bottlenecks disturb the flow of information.

DSL is a last-generation technology that is already inadequate, and would hobble the future economic development of our region.  Verizon has expressed no interest in expanding their wired services anywhere, is discontinuing DSL in other markets, and is focused instead on wireless cellular business.

Fixed wireless using directional antennas can provide very high speed service.  But there are significant engineering challenges to create a robust repeater system mounted on hundreds of buildings, poles or towers to ensure sufficient access for everyone.  Wireless operates within limited radio frequencies so congestion and interference are a frequent problem.

Wireless services are important public amenities, but they are not substitutes or replacements for FTTH.  Rather, they complement and extend existing fixed fiber networks. Many wireless access points and cell sites are already fiber-connected, and most of them will be soon.  Wireless service can thus be considered an application on a fiber network rather than a separate type of network.

Wireless along cannot attract new businesses to a community or enable businesses to grow. Wireless networks that cover wide areas are not reliable enough to deliver video and other emerging broadband services with hi quality of service.  Wi-Fi is highly desirable in targeted areas such as commercial shopping streets and common areas, but no-one has developed a compelling business case for a municipality wide Wi-Fi network.

(2015, Fall). What Fiber Broadband Can Do For Your Community. Broadband Communities, 16-18.


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