Executive Summary

One of the significant challenges facing network operators today is the high capital cost of deploying next generation broadband network to individual homes or schools. Fiber to the home only makes economic sense for a relatively small percentage of homes or schools. One solution is a novel new approach under development in several jurisdictions around the world is to bundle the cost of next generation broadband Internet with the deployment of solar panels on the owners roof or through the sale of renewable energy to the homeowner. Rather than charging customers directly for the costs of deployment of the high speed broadband network theses costs instead are amortized over several years as a small discount on the customer’s Feed in Tariff (FIT) or renewable energy bill. There are many companies such as Solar City that will fund the entire capital cost of deploying solar panels on the roofs of homes or schools, who in turn make their money from the long term sale of the power from the panels to the electrical grid. In addition there are no Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and Green Bond Funds that will underwrite the cost of larger installations.

For further information and detailed business analysis please contact Bill St. Arnaud at bill.st.arnaud@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Customer Owned Fiber Network in Durban South Africa

“@tim_poulus: Successful customer-owned network near Durban (SA): FTTH beating ADSL pricing, plans uncapped service. http://t.co/rIaSyCe”

Monday, August 8, 2011

Consortium of 30+ universities to build next generation community broadband

[Here is a great example of how universities and R&E networks can play a critical national leadership role in the deployment of national broadband and help break the current broadband duopoly which is constraining innovation and economic growth.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Quebec announces $900m for provincial broadband initiative

[Almost totally ignored in the English Canadian press was the recent announcement by the Quebec government to spend $900m to provide high speed next generation Internet to all of Quebec.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Broadband and Economic Development - a hard look at job creation from all angles

[A very timely and important issue – BSA]

Dear Colleagues,
Of the many great challenges that the United States faces today, none is more important or urgent than spurring robust economic development in our communities across America.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The answer to Network Neutrality, data caps and Usage Based Billing lies with Google, Amazon, Netflix, Apple

[There has been a lot of noise in the blogosphere recently about usage based billing (UBB) and price caps coming to the US. Something I warned would happen based on the Canadian experience.