This looks like an exciting new way to get folks forking out for fibre to the home instead of the roadside cabinet model that drops half the speed. http://www.p2pnet.net/story/17754
Just as the CRTC announces it’s effectively giving the green light to Bell Canada to continue shackling the accounts of its customers, Tim Wu, a Canadian who’s now a Columbia Law School professor, and Google policy analyst Derek Slater, suggest home owners might one day buy their own fiber connections which would not only have universal applications, but would also be faster.
Users would be able to, “connect to a variety of service providers, including today’s Internet, television, and telephone services, as well as ultra-bandwidth intensive services of the future,” they say in their paper, Homes with Tails.
They’d also, “benefit from greater competition and lower prices in the retail service market”.
The suggested model acts in two ways firstly through the use of collective bargaining to deliver a lower priced initial cost and secondly by tiering the electricity consumption to the rate to be paid for the service, using less electricity will drop the cost of the service thus giving the model its "green" credentials, sounds like a win-win situation if your a committed internet user who wishes to enjoy a faster net connection.