Posted in the Amherst Forum
#1 Jul 26, 2012
Leverett is installing a city fiber network.
Monticello Minnesota installed a fiber network and it FAILED..
Monticello is now using profits from its municipal booze store to fund the fiber network. The booze store profits were to be used to pay for road improvement. Roads are now NOT being maintained.
Because of the failure of the network and default on bonds the town bond rating has been downgraded further costing residents.
The Monticello network failed because the project was planned to have a majority of residents switch to the fiber network from existing services. However once installed the existing DSL and cable ISPs simply lowered their rates which the fiber network was not able to do because the entire fiber project was bonded for and costs rolled up into the cost to users.
Leverett MAY be in for a project failure just like Monticello Minnesota.
#2 Dec 22, 2012
Leverett only has 56k dialup and bad satellite service, what issues do you project? Haves and haves nots? We're good at bubble-living, it'll be fine. seems like spin?
#3 Sep 29, 2015
Fiber is obsolete in Minnesota. Everyone I know uses a smartphone with wall to wall coverage, thousands of apps, GPS, mobile, voice recognition, audio response, fits in a pocket, includes phone and camera, surf the net anywhere, all for the cost of a Leverett fiber solution, Leverett project is being payed for over 20 years does anyone THINK anything wired will be around in 20 years? About 20 years ago there was no smart phone and look now.
Suspect in 20 years the smart phone will be like a watch with display on glasses and no keyboard voice driven. Leverett should use their fiber 24X7 to get their moneys worth before they will be using a wireless solution.
IMHO, Leverett users would have been better off pooling their cash and paying a wireless provider to build out needed towers etc to serve the town with the latest xG service.
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