At Spring eComm 2009 in California in March, I gave a presentation entitled: Structural Bypass - A Simple, Proven Path to "Real Broadband" that dealt with policy approaches for first mile fiber deployments. The video has just been posted here. Unfortunately, this is my face and the audio with my words. The slides are not shown in the video, instead you have to look at the slides here.
My arguments focused on urban areas only, as the economics are different between urban, suburban and rural deployments. You can't just lump together all areas in a country and draw reasonable conclusions. Also, the only data I have is for urban areas. And, as a simplification for this talk (I only had 15 minutes including Q&A), my metric of success was the consumer price for 100 Mbps symmetric Internet connectivity.
My points were:
- Structural separation produces better results than other approaches.
- Separation between dark fiber and everything else is more effective than separations at higher layers.
- There is a political path, which I call Structural Bypass, which has been used at least once (in Stockholm), to effectively achieve structural separation without explicitly fighting that battle.
If you are interested, I suggest you open the video in one browser tab merely for the purpose of listening to the audio. Then view the slides in another browser tab. The audio is of some interest, but my facial expressions are of questionable value.