Won't FastRoads compete with the private sector?
No! The towns involved will NOT sell services. Instead, the network will be made available to any and all qualified service providers, each of which will be free to sell their own services to any customer connected to the network. Customers will buy services directly from the private sector provider of their choice. Local governments will not sell services.
What kind of services will be available on the network?
We are planning to support a wide variety of services, including Internet access packages for both residential and business use, voice telephony packages (VoIP) for business and residential use, IP-based television packages, movies on demand, business class videoconferencing services, virtual meeting services, health care services (e.g. in home monitoring), home and business security services, computer backup services over the network, public access television, Internet radio, local sports video services, and many other new and advanced services.
What kind of bandwidth will be available?
This will be primarily a fiber network so that any amount of bandwidth can be delivered between any two points on the network. We do not intend to have services be limited by the amount of bandwidth available. Some wireless may be used judiciously at the ends of some fiber routes to extend the reach of the network to homes and small businesses not yet passed by fiber.
How much will bandwidth cost?
Current network architecture design is for a 100 megabits/second connection as the minimum standard. The network will also be designed to support Gigabit, 10Gigabit, 40Gigabit, and DWDM circuits.
How will the network be supported financially?
Service providers will pay a fair potion of their revenue to the network in exchange for the use of the network. The percentage of revenue will be based on the type of service , QoS (Quality of Service) required for the service, time of day, and other factors. For example, a computer backup service that only uses the network between 2 AM and 5 AM each night might pay a different percentage of revenue than a VoIP service which requires special QoS and which uses the network heavily in the daytime.
Who will manage and maintain the network?
The network operations and NOC (Network Operations Center) will be outsourced to a qualified, private sector network management firm that can provide 24/7 network monitoring and operations. Similarly, maintenance of the physical plant will also be outsourced to a qualified private sector firm.
Will incumbent telephone and cable providers be able to use the network?
Companies like Fairpoint, Comcast, TDS, and other companies that currently offer services to the region will be invited to lower their costs and increase access to new customers by becoming a qualified service provider on the network.