Archive for Tuesday, December 18, 2012

City agrees to seek consultant to look at high-speed broadband options

December 18, 2012


Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday unanimously agreed to begin advertising for a consultant to explore how the city can best use its miles of fiber optic cable that it currently owns.

The city has significant amounts of buried fiber optic cable that connects traffic signals and other pieces of city infrastructure. The cable has excess capacity, and the city wants a consultant to help it determine whether the cable could be used to help spur more high-speed broadband access in the city.

“There is clearly a need for more capacity and more competition, because with all the research I have done, it appears Lawrence suffers from both a speed standpoint and a cost standpoint,” City Commissioner Mike Dever said.

Commissioners don’t yet have a timeline for hiring a consultant, or a firm estimate of how much the study may cost. The city has seen other similar studies cost anywhere from $30,000 to $75,000. Commissioners expressed an interest in asking Kansas University to partner on the project.


riverdrifter 5 years, 6 months ago

Go to Google and beg. Their KC experiment is in the ditch.

Lee Eldridge 5 years, 6 months ago

Lawrence suffers from a speed standpoint? I'm getting about 25 Mbps download speeds from Knology. The avg US high speed broadband is about 6 Mbps.

Though some competition would be nice.

MattressMan 5 years, 6 months ago

"Though some competition would be nice"

You got that right, also some competition in the cable tv market would be nice too.

kuhusker 5 years, 6 months ago

25 is "OK" but the upload speed isn't that great, and they have the annoying bandwidth caps making it impossible to use their service for anything fun or interesting

chootspa 5 years, 6 months ago

They throttle uploads, which is annoying as hell when you're trying to do actual business work on the Internet.

Hooligan_016 5 years, 6 months ago

^^ This so much. Knology uploads are very weak and bandwidth caps are ridiculous.

lawrencedad 5 years, 6 months ago

Call Verizon tell them we're ready for FIOS

kuhusker 5 years, 6 months ago

Verizon only is deploying FIOS on the East Coast and they are no longer expanding. Sad

Hooligan_016 5 years, 6 months ago

Can we get rid of the absolutely ridiculous bandwidth/data caps then?

Lathrup 5 years, 6 months ago

Lee_go_hawks At home I get a consistant 50MBS, while down at the Pig (coffee shop) I get 30MPS. Roomie and I just have to kick up a bit more for the extra bandwidth. It's worth it if you stream movies to yout computer or have a Ruko on the TV.

Kontum1972 5 years, 6 months ago

hmmmm cant wait to see the final bill on this city hall investigation...LoL...! what a bunch of crooks!

paperjam 5 years, 6 months ago

I think this will be an excellent case study that will hopefully lead to Next Generation speed and cost for the entire community. In addition, network infrastructure upgrades could act to incentivize existing businesses or new startups to setup shop in Lawrence.

In 10 years, our kids will look at DSL and Cable the same way we look at dial-up. Let's get ahead of the curve and imagine the possibilities.

Kerri Johnson 5 years, 6 months ago

A litte competition is what "WoW" needs. Not feeling too WOW about them these days which is unfortunate.

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