Monday, July 11, 2005

Verizon Says Fiber IS the Future (Follow the money!)

BellSouth, Bill Oliver and the Sock Puppets are working hard to convince folks that fiber to the premises is somehow an outdated technology.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You see, the problem is not that fiber to the premises is obsolete, it's just that BellSouth's ability to pay for it is.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.


GumboFilé said...

Since we're following money, who is Howell Communications and what reason might they have to have donated $10,000 to Lafayette Coming Together?

David Hays

Larry Amy said...

With regard to wireless, it is not about technology, it's about portability of services. People will continue to move toward portability. The profiber stand is to confuse the real issue with technology comparisons. How about having a discussion on what people are going to be buying in 5-10 years?

Larry Amy said...


Jon Fitzgerald said...

Where do you think the connectivity for your wireless comes from. FIBER. Your confusion about this issue is in line with the rest of the disinformation obstructionist like yourselfs are putting out.

For our childrens future. Vote Yes on July 16. Make a move to take our telcom back from the Bells.

GumboFilé said...

Follow the money

The Howell Group does business as
Telecommunications Consulting Associates out of Waynesville, NC. The lead principal is James Howell. According to the their website,, the firm engages in a number of activities, including municipal system management, but also lobbying and PR. Adrian Herbst is listed under the staff link. Herbst is a principal of Baller Herbst LLC, the law firm representing LUS and a great majority of the other municipal broadband systems around the country. It also deserves mention that Baller Herbst also supports the efforts of CCG Consulting -- Baller writes articles for CCG's customer newsletters. Five of CCG's six clients are Baller Herbst clients.

There is a fairly tight-knit mafia of consultants out there fueling this whole muni FTTH thing. You don't have to look far to see the same names on "advisory boards," "partner lists," and
"affiliates" as you go from firm to firm. They present themselves as tireless social advocates while attacking anyone who disagrees with them as a "sock puppet" of the industry.

David Hays

Larry Amy said...

Jon, I have complete clarity on the issue of wireless. I'm afraid you are the confused one. Wireless services ultimately connect back to fiber backbones, but not fiber that is connected to your house. You are the one spreading disinformation. Do I need to draw you a picture?

Larry Amy said...

In addition, you completely side stepped the issue of services. Do you disagree that people will prefer portability of services over fixed connections? As far as transparent movement of connectivity between wireless and fixed broadband, LUS is surely not in as good as a position to offer that over the private providers.

deadzone said...

Wireless will NEVER EVER take the place of a fixed connection. Not in the home or the business. It's just not gonna happen.

People will get wireless with Wireless routers on a SOHO level and businesses may do wireless at the business level but it will be from a fixed connection and it will NEVER be a primary connection, especially for business! Hello, can you say SECURITY? I know you can. Guess which form of broadband is going to have the more robust security? Hint - it's not wireless. It's anything that's fixed. Coax-Fiber-Phone lines-Network Cabling...

Jon Fitzgerald said...

What ever dude.

With the distributed bandwidth, that the LUS plan will provide, we are going to have wireless everywhere. You should evolve your thinking.

The real question is one of effective wireless. The portability you speak of will only be possible with effective roaming infrastructure. Interoperability of many wireless ISP's (free to the user or pay for play) is the secret to bringing Commerce down to the local level. Take a look at non-infrastructure WISP's, like They provide access (security, authentication, and billing) to many different private WISP's to offer their customers more access. They provide a central point to ‘clear’ wireless internet traffic. How does that traffic flow? Thru the internet. How do the get to the internet the fastest? FIBER. Without distributed ‘big pipes’ that LUS fiber can provide, you will continue to get access where the signal is owned by some one else and you have to pay a premium for it. Distributed, inexpensive bandwidth is the only way to the wireless dream you speak of. I guess you guys think we should pay for wireless over a proprietary frequency, for it to be free must be wrong. Wireless is an extension of the fiber backbone that will only hit critical mass when the access is open and commerce can be tracked, taxed, and secure.

I have wireless connected to my house. Don't you?

The coffee shop I frequent has wireless. The McDonalds and the Sonics I bring my kids to have wireless. I use wireless at the Airport. Take a walk down a Street in NYC and you will find open access wireless everywhere.

Effective wireless will be a product of interoperability and wide spread cheap access.

VOTE YES July 16 FOR FIBER and for the evolution of open wireless services.

Jon Fitzgerald said...

My comments were directed at the half baked thinking of Larry Amy.

Larry Amy said...
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Larry Amy said...

deadzone: We run our business over the internet and I've replaced our fixed connections with wireless in Houston, Austin and Dallas. I'm not sure what else to say in that regard, other than, I'm sure there are other businesses that have done the same. Remember, its about convenience of services.

Jon: I would like to address your logic but since you can't seem to comment without calling me names or insulting me I'll just call it a day.

Over and out

Anonymous said...

Still waiting on the response to the question about Howell Comm. and the $10,000 donation. Do you think citzens have a right to know if they have any relationship to LUS or LCG? If not, just say so and we will drop it. Tim