Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Kentucky middle mile telecom infrastructure project needs solid last mile solution

 


Kentucky.gov: - Governor Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers Launch Statewide Broadband Initiative, Beginning in Eastern Kentucky: The first stage of the project is to build the main broadband fiber lines across the state. These major fiber lines are called the “middle mile.” The “open access” network will allow the private sector to use the fiber to deliver services into communities. Once complete, other Internet service provider companies, cities, partnerships, or other groups may then tap into those “middle mile” lines to complete the “last mile” – the lines that run to individual homes or businesses.

This last sentence is key and delineates between what's actually planned to be built and what's theoretically hoped to be. Without those last mile ISPs, Kentucky will end up with an incomplete network, condemning many of its residents to continued subpar Internet service. It would be like building an expressway and having gravel or dirt roads at the exits and on ramps. As the news release from Gov. Beshear's office notes, Kentucky rates poorly compared to other states on Internet access. That sad statistic is unlikely to improve without a solid plan to build fiber to the premise infrastructure to serve the last mile.

Historically, middle mile projects like this one do a good job getting anchor institutions like schools, libraries and government offices connected. But that doesn't automatically mean nearby homes and small businesses will get connections and can even hinder their getting service as network expert Andrew Cohill has noted since the network operators tend to concentrate their efforts on serving anchor institutions and figure someone else can solve the last mile problem. That someone else has typically proven to be nonexistent. It's essentially a funding problem since there tends to be insufficient and/or uncertain future revenues to attract those interested in investing in the needed infrastructure to bridge the last mile to homes and small businesses.

In Utah, the private funding partner of the Kentucky initiative, Macquarie Capital Group, is working with the Utah Open Telecommunications Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) on an open access fiber to the premise project serving 11 cities. That project solves the last mile funding problem by treating the fiber to the premise infrastructure as public works, funded in part by fees assessed on property owners. Which makes sense since these properties collectively benefit by being able to access the various economic, educational, health care and other services made possible with fiber connections. Kentucky would be wise to draw upon the Macquarie/UTOPIA partnership to plan and construct a complete fiber telecommunications network that will serve all its residents in the 21st century.

1 comment:

Mike said...

In regards to the P3 project for Kentucky. The State and Macquarie are attempting to steal my Intellectual Property for their program to build out broadband to the entire State. I have already started to course of legal action. I have requested the State compensate me for my work and the material I provided to them of which they gave and instructed MacQuarie to use. If not fairly compensated for my Intellectual Property I will sue and take this to a Grand Jury.

You can check out my blog at advancingtelecom.blogspot.com to find the more than 12 years of published material I put into this model and all the material they are trying to use without payment. I am just a single American Citizen and run a Veteran with Disability Small Business out of my home purely for the sake of selling my Intellectual Property -- the same property the State and Macquarie stole. Why would the State and such a large corporation such as Macquarie take advantage of someone like myself?

I am more than willing to make a statement if you wish.

Signed,

Dr Michael Myers

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