On Sat, 27 Dec 2003, Richard Naylor wrote:
At 05:28 p.m. 27/12/2003 +1200, somebody wrote:
Are there any rules now about putting a bit of
cable up along the back fence?
What can I do if I want to run around my block but one neighbour doesn't want
to be connected?
well get 10 homes and you write to Frank March asking for a Network
Operators Licence (sorry Frank). Then use Section 13 (in the old act) which
basically says "fess up or come see the Judge".
Nope - Frank doesn't charge. But try to buy him a
lunch from time to time.
Two folks that I know have achieved Operator Status this year. It is
NOT hard. Except of course that I want personal status so I can get my
cat-5 a bit further down the street and Frank won't do that. Maybe its time
I bought you lunch Frank......
I'm sure somebody would be happy to start the "Suburban Wire Trust" or
something which could gain the status and do it on behalf of every body
On a practical level, we had a walk around my block and counted 89
houses/flats in my block and 36 and 40 in nearby ones. At say 20-30%
takeup it should be too hard to dig some little tranches down the back
boundary and have a L2 ring ( anyone know the cheapest switch model that
handles trucks? ) for say $200 each setup.
The main problem is that I've now got to hook my little block into the
rest of the country. I'm inner suburbs Auckland ( Near Dominion Rd,
between Mt Roskill and Balmoral Roads) but Tangent is at least 3kms from
where I am. Even assuming I can convince them to extend their Network and
plug me in I'm told their minimum port cost is now around $1000 per
month ( I think this might the the telco mentality that other mentioned).
Quick website checks say that Micro trenching gets down to just $US 10 per
foot so if I wired up Dominion Rd I'd be looking at a good $100k. Of
course I'd be able to service around 80 blocks on the wires and probably
close to 10,000 houses. Double this for luck since I've got no experience
in this technology. Repeat about 20 times and I'd probably have Fibre to
the block for around 400,000 people for 4-5 million dollars. When I get
more than 10 people on each block interested I charge them $100 each and
do a cat 5 loop though the back boundaries.
Charge people $20 per month to connect and offer them 10Mb/s g'tee and
100Mb/s most of the time. They can then buy their Internet off whoever and
their who off whoever else (see vonage.com
for that model).
At least thats the model that you can adopt if you have a few million
spare or are some far thinking council (which seem to be thin on the
ground in NZ).
If I'm just a geek I can probably get the block wired up and then maybe
spread to nearby blocks slowly but getting to the other side of town would
seem to b the problem.
How do others see it happening? (I suspect what I've written above has
several holes and big cost underestimates).
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