Friday, December 22, 2006

Zurich votes for fiber

A Platinum Club mega-uber value reader alerts me to a Zurich city council vote on Wednesday night 95 - 22 in favor of a CHF200m investment in an open FTTH network. The plan, as I understand it, is for municipal power company EWZ to deploy fiber in its existing rights of way to 13,124 households and 4,020 businesses in the first phase, with a second phase yet to be determined. The plan is subject to a citizens' referendum to be held in March, and while one politician quoted in the Heise piece states that the plan is a "competition hostile solution," the Green Party's view (if my translation tool is correct) is "Let the single mistake of the model be that it was not brought in already five years earlier."

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