BellSouth, Bill Oliver and the Sock Puppets are working hard to convince folks that fiber to the premises is somehow an outdated technology.
Like the pitches of snake oil salesmen of a century ago, these lies might have been able to gain some traction but for the fact that we live in the information age and accurate information is but a click or two away.
Fiber IS the future.
Says who? LUS? Well, yes they do. But, so, too, does Verizon Communications. In fact, Verizon is so firmly convinced that fiber is the future that the company is spending billions to deliver fiber to the premises to customers in nine states, including Texas. You can track their progress on deployments here.
Verizon also provides a handy fact sheet that explains the advantages of fiber to the premises that might help Big Bill & His Band of Sock Puppets get their minds around this issue that appears to befuddle them so.
You see, the problem is not that fiber to the premises is obsolete, it's just that BellSouth's ability to pay for it is.
Instead, BellSouth (like their parent-to-be SBC) have embarked on the path of embracing half-measures like fiber to the neighborhood (which Big Bill insists on calling "fiber to the curb") which, while a significant step up from the fiber to the central office approach they now have deployed over much of South Louisiana, will be obsolete before it's actually deployed. Here's why.
The poor Sock Puppets can only repeat what Big Bill tells them. As a result, they parrot what is truly an argument based on BellSouth's economic capacity and dress it up as though it is an argument about technology.
Verizon's commitment to fiber to the premises (at least in some of their markets) demolishes Big Bill's "functional equivalent" plea. What Big Bill means is that fiber to the neighborhood is what BellSouth can afford in some communities these days and that customers in those communities who get that will have to be satisfied with that impaired service for the next 15 years or so.
Why is it impaired? Well, Verizon says it will be able to deliver 60 megabits per second speeds over its network. In a the plea/proposal/ruse he tossed to Joey Durel a few weeks ago, Big Bill said that for a few million dollars of subsidy each year by Consolidated Government, BellSouth might be able to deliver 24 megabits per second speeds over the network Oliver's still trying to convince BellSouth's Atlanta honchos to build.
Yep! Big Bill wants Consolidated Government to subsidize the build-out of an obsolete network! And, he wants Consolidated Government to do this out of General Fund revenues! Sure! And eliminate which programs to do so?
The career of Senator Joseph McCarthy came to an end when someone had the courage to ask him if he had no shame. It's abundantly clear now that this tactic will not work on Bill, the Bells, or even the Sock Puppets.
Why? Because at the same time Bill is proposing that local government subsidize his multi-billion-dollar company, the Bells are working to elude the franchise fees that cable companies pay municipal governments to deliver video services. The way things are working in Washington these days, if the Bells can get out of paying the franchise fees, the cable companies will be screaming for 'parity' shortly — and get it!
Subsidize corporations while taking away revenue streams from the same government! Brazen does not come close to doing the man justice!
Of course, when all you're about is the manufacturing of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD), anything goes. Even discrediting a technology that you secretly covet! Or, in the case of the Sock Puppets, being party to an attempt to deceive the community you live in.