On Sat, 27 Dec 2003 23:40:08 +1300 (NZDT), Simon Lyall wrote
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 else.
Rich said 10 people... he didn't say they have to be in the same block...
Let's start a list and see where we go.
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.
Seems like a good place to start.
Charge people $20 per month to connect and offer them
and 100Mb/s most of the time. They can then buy their Internet off
whoever and their who off whoever else (see vonage.com
Now you're talking my language! :) Thanks for the link.
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).
So we need a plan to motivate councils?
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.
I'm glad I live in Christchurch... that's not as hard here as it is up in your
end of the woods. :)
Wellington wouldn't be that easy either - ea Rich :)
How do others see it happening? (I suspect what
I've written above
has several holes and big cost underestimates).
Bits of it sound like the making of a plan to me...
Big thanks to all those who've taken part in this discussion this weekend...
I've learnt lots about what's going on in NZ (having spent 6 years over the
The technology exists to give every home 10mbits per second for $10 per month!
Ask not what your telephone company should do for you...
...but what you can do for your broadband community!