Has anyone found the use of cletop stick to clean optical ports to be ineffective? In that all it does is move the dust/dirt particles around? What is a recommended cleaning solution?

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What will make Fiber deployments financially successful?

While rambling around the Internet early last month I came across the article below that stated Fiber services like Google Fiber and Verizon FiOS must reach a 30% to 40% (2 in 5 homes passed) subscriber base to be viable from the business perspective. That thought kept gnawing at me. (Does this take into account the reduced Operating Expense due to the increased reliability?) While there are many clamoring for truly high-speed Internet access, I feel certain that this small though vocal minority that does not approach this number.

With the addition of video to the service, companies can compete with the cable providers, who generally only garner 60% of market share, though there is some opportunity in Fiber with the 35% who subscribe to satellite simply because they are NOT the cable company.

But these services are ME TOO copies. What must the Fiber companies do to distinguish themselves, to WOW and delight customers? Offering Network DVR (Digital Video Recording) would be a start but the cable companies will soon offer the same. Another thing the Fiber Cos could do is offer the last few days or weeks of every channel subscribed On Demand without having scheduled it prior. (Yes, there is a rights issue to be resolved, i.e. $.) But it won’t be long before that is copied!

Or it could be better customer service? What will it take for Fiber companies to win? Share your thoughts.

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+Michael Parekh shared on Twitter FCC Chair Genachowski's Faster, Sooner: Why The U.S. Needs Gigabit Communities" http://onforb.es/XhHJJv Which got me thinking. What will it take for some provider to earnestly begin building out Fiber-To-The-Home & Small to Medium-sized Businesses? Is is a CapEx (Capital Expense) issue? Is it a ROI (Return On Investment) problem? Is it a customer demand failure? Surely it is not risky, is it? Are service providers approaching this product the right way? Your thoughts?

I doubt that any non-government organization can effectively build a FTTH comprehensive network. RoW access is difficult, and expensive, in the private domain. Telecom Co-ops worked for broadcast TV access and resulted in today's cable systems, but with active opposition from existing telcos and cablecos a FTTH effort needs some political clout.

INTRODUCTION: I firmly believe there are no impediments to deploying Fiber-To-The-Home & Small to Medium-sized Businesses. The restrictions are self-imposed. I invite each of you to enter into discussions as we search for a sustainable business model that all communities can use to bring the capability and reliability of FttH&SMBs to their residents. 

This community is not an attempt to compete with Google Fiber, Sonic.Net, UTOPIA or Chattanooga's (TN) Electric Power Board Fiber initiatives. It is a place to learn the best practices from each of these and other projects and document them for everyone who isn't gifted with Fiber. If the incumbents won't implement FttH&SMBs, then armed with knowledge, perhaps we can lead the effort in our own cities and towns. 12/08/2012 - eJ

The first topic I want to open is this. Can Telecommunication Co-operatives be the instrument by which cities and towns deploy FttH&SMB on their own. Telco Co-ops are typically used in rural areas where costs per user are very high. How do they get started? Who funds them? Can they be used by citizen groups to deliver the FttP&SMBs the incumbents will not?
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