I've deleted the email I was going to respond to... damn. Anyway,
regarding LLU, the PDF pointed to makes a good point. Really people
should be trying to get access to the ground so they can lay fibre.
There is some sort of ruling in NY that makes it compulsory for all
utility companies to co-operate on all ditch digging activities. If one
company wants to lay a cable all other companies must also lay cable in
the same ditch. If they don't they can't dig up the same part of the
street for some long period of time. I believe this bylaw was put in
place because NY city residents were complaining bitterly about the near
constant road works and such due to cable/telecoms companies.