Tonight the City Council will be considering the request of Cross River Fiber LLC to use the right-of-way for installation of "dark fiber."
The request made Plaintalker wonder whatever became of other fiber installations in the city and whether anyone in City Hall has an overview of this topic. According to this WiseGeek article, there is a lot of dark fiber available already. Besides the downtown installation, I believe there was one on the East End's North Avenue industrial corridor that was meant to attract "back office" operations.
This is one of those topics where some industry expertise would help the discussion. Being a person who is old enough to remember party lines, Plaintalker is not really up on modern telecom stuff. How many fiber optic lines can the poles or underground conduits actually hold? Is this new request a plus for the city or just a routine thing nowadays? Answers, anyone?