The LUS Fiber system, a municipally-owned fiber project started taking customers in early 2009. Over the last three months, the books have tipped to cash-positive. That is, revenue exceeds bond payments and operating expenses. That means they can either lower prices, or accelerate bond payments. It is a validation of the model of public ownership of communications infrastructure that incumbent carriers, such as the cable and phone franchisees, would rather you never, ever heard about. It is well past time for Portlanders to seriously consider how we get there as well. Ask your candidates where they stand on the issue. Point them at the model we prefer.
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Hi, has there been any movement toward a public municipal fiber Internet? How did the city vote on the broadband plan?
Please tell me that this horrendous monopoly situation in Portland won’t be forever… they just doubled my monthly fee for crappy 25mbit cable Internet.
Is this thing still alive? What are ways to support a Portland fiber initiative?
Just wanted to check in to see if this blog is still active. I work for a local telco that is actively negotiating with the city to begin a large-scale fiber deployment on the Eastside. Love to chat with you about the project and potential challenges.