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RE: [RFI] wideband service availability

To: <jimjarvis@comcast.net>, <rfi@contesting.com>
Subject: RE: [RFI] wideband service availability
From: "Dave Bernstein" <dave.bernstein@comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 00:04:16 -0400
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Jim, are those BPL economics studies publicly accessible? If so, a URL would
be appreciated.



       Dave, AA6YQ

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Sent: Sunday, September 12, 2004 7:23 PM
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Subject: [RFI] wideband service availability

Ed, K0IL wrote:
snip>Sure, some small percentage of customers today now have cable 
snip>modems, DSL, and the like, but not ALL of them.  Not even most of them.
Most of them have no reliable or easily accessed data link into the
Sorry, Ed...not even close.   In 1996, the cable industry announced that
they had fiber to the curb in 88% of the standard metropolitan statistical
areas...and would be at 97% within two years.   They estimated that was 80%
of the US population at that time.   The remainder is in largely rural
areas.   Of the major metro areas, most are served by both cable and dsl,
and many have multiple cable providers.
The reality is, if someone doesn't have wideband service today, there are
only three reasons.  1) they live in an area which cannot be economically
serviced by either phone or cable systems, or 2) they don't want it, or 3)
they can't afford it.
Studies of the economics of BPL service have shown that there must be 5
homes served by a wifi link across the residential drop transformer, in
order for service to be provided for under $40 a month.   Try and find that
in the middle of Iowa corn country!    
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