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FTTN, the wrong direction

Hi all, 

I know that it is been a while since I last updated this petition. Thank you for signing, and showing your support for Fiber. 

There is a proposal in front of the council that implements FTTN, fiber to the node, a dangerous distraction from FTTP, further delaying the prospect of change, and also allowing incumbents like AT&T and Verizon to abuse their monopoly power. 

Copy and paste this email, and send it to city.council@cityofpaloalto.com

Today at the meeting, the staff will try to convince you to vote for FTTN. They will try to convince you that it is a step in the right direction that will be used to decide the viability of FTTP.

But make no mistake, this is a step forward on the surface, that takes two steps backward. Look no further than the efforts by staff.
If they truly cared about the viability of the plan, they would not scrap the CAC, and instead dump the responsibility of fiber to the UAC, where it is more likely to be placed in the back burner. FTTN does not and is not engineered to offer FTTP. Meaning that even if FTTP is indeed found as viable under the current plan, the foundation that it is built on just won’t be able to support it.

Bringing fiber to the people is a must.

This would involve rejecting staff’s proposal to implement FTTN, reimplementing the CAC that advises the council, instead of the staff.

288 residents have signed to petition for these changes (tinyurl.com/fiberpetition).
Just look at the reviews for the incumbents: Comcast and AT&T. Residents are fed up with what is being done by the cable companies, and more specifically what is not done.

It is FTTP or bust. Choose wisely.

Thanks,
William

Offices of Palo Alto Councilmember Greg Tanaka
2 years ago