One of them told me he was only going to bid on ten and that has since doubled because the states have approached him.
This is to the point where he needs more people to write the proposals make the calls do the work, so he asked if I wanted to get involved.
Since I had volunteered already, I did not want to. Some of the states he is applying for I know of other proposals. Hmmn, I wonder if unserved can go to overserved in a year.
Standard thought is that when three competitors exist real competition exists.
I have never understood if they would count a comprehensive view of data, video, voice as a single competitor or not.
After a long delay the stimulus may be having the desired effect. even if it is just on paper so far. I expect the monies for CAPex are going to be 2010 2Q.
On paper most of these proposals make a lot of sense to me, One of our speakers is augmenting a state I work in with some localized NAPs to connect regional fiber rings that are too isolated and do not support the communities connnectivity. A few states made deals in the buildout era for fiber by the highway that is not supporting the local communities. An analogy would be a highway with no off ramps. (Is I66 a good example?)
Lets see how the process continues, but I have to say after waiting for Washington to get the act (bill?) together, this is coming along nicely.
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