Friday Fiber US News Roundup

Us_dp Clearly, if my stats are to be trusted, no one reads me on a Friday. Still, a few interesting things came up stateside this week (which was actually made last week but I only picked it up today…) which I thought were worth sharing:

A long AP article entitled Verizon Winds Down Expensive FiOS Expansion hints at the fact that the further deployment of FiOS beyond areas in which it is already deployed or in deployment is unlikely. One of the reasons, it seems, is that the crisis has hit Verizon's business revenues hard and therefore the cash might no longer be there to deploy much further. This leaves a number of pretty big communities like Baltimore with limited hope of seeing FTTH in the foreseeable future.

In order to accelerate the penetration of MDUs in large cities where Verizon (just like about everybody else) is struggling, Verizon has launched a service aimed at landlords and tenants called Verizon Concierge. DSL Reports has some info, that's something I'll need to dig into.

Google is closing applications for its Experimental FTTH network tonight. According to a blog post by James Kelly on the Official Google Blog, over 600 communities applied. Google will announce where it has chosen to deploy at the end of 2010, quite a bit later than what I was expecting. Still, a landmark is passed tonight, and Google has already achieved one thing: put the issue of NGA in America firmly on the map.

Ironic announcement from Qwest, they intend to apply for RUS stimulus money in order to upgrade their network to FTTC. And not just a little money: $350m. Qwest will generously fund the remaining 25% of the investment out of their own pockets. See Qwest wants $350million from Uncle Sam to deploy VDSL. I've said it before and I will say it again: public money should go to projects that will power broadband growth for the next 50 years, not the next 5 years (if that).