It would be surprising if the city could hold onto its minimum number of clients for long - certainly not 30 years. Wireless internet is being rolled out in some cities - the technology is new and not perfected or widespread, but it won't be too long for improvements that will make wireless broadband the popular choice for internet users.
There are plenty of reasons for municipalities to not compete with private markets to sell services to its citizens, and putting out a poor product with a potential money-losing contract and a newbie provider are big ones. Perhaps the City Council will exercise its last ditch option to abandon this fiber wire deal and not sign the contract with this unproven firm in April.
Lake Oswego Review.
February 4, 2016
Laters to the Editor
Wait For Wireless
Fiber-to-the-home networks certainly sound enticing: amazingly fast speeds at a reasonable price point. But they are quickly becoming obsolete, and I'd hate to see the City of Lake Oswego invest any money in one.
New wireless 5G networks coming within a couple of years will provide speeds comparable to Google Fiber, and wireless networks don't have to invest in all that expensive fiber
In the meantime, current 20-50 Mbps offerings over the existing coax cable network (Comcast, etc.) will tide us over nicely.
January 27, 2016 By Joshua Brustein
Aereo Founder Aims Wireless Broadband Service At Cord-Cutters
Chet Kanojia is taking on entrenched players such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Technical challenges abound.
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