Muncipally owned fiber-to-the-curb in Denver?

Installation Art at Two Fisted Mario'sSo I tend to poke around the magical Internet, and I keep coming back to this iProvo thing. I look at my phone bill once a month, and finally it irked me enough that I pay twice as much as I need to just to get high speed internet at home, so I finally cancelled the home phone and became cellular-only. Then I cancelled the cell phone and got Vonage and became VoIP-Phone only. I’m sure plenty of other budget-conscious tech-nerds like myself have gone through a similar process. So my question is, if a city the size of Provo can build that kind of infrastructure to grow local business, why not Denver?

5 Comments so far

  1. Jon (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 9:36 pm

    Digging up Denver to trench fiber must be more expensive, that’s what comes to mind.

  2. dvd (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 9:39 pm

    I did think of that, but with a competitive bid process between Qwest and ICG and whoever else does fiber locally, it seems like costs could remain pretty low. Plus think of the property value increase for *everyone*.

  3. Kath (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 6:24 pm

    How happy are you really with VOIP? My company switched to VOIP about a year ago and it SUCKS on a daily basis. I started working out of my home in Denver this past Jan and all my calls are routed thru my company’s VOIP…sucks worse than it did when I lived in FL.

    What has your experience been so far?

    My specific complaints are horrendously poor call quality and numerous dropped calls.

  4. Susan (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

    In my household, we have been on VOIP for almost a year, or a little over now… love it, we haven’t had any issues that I’m aware of and we wouldn’t let it go, unless we went total cell usage.

  5. dvd (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 4:00 pm

    For me, the VoIP thing wasn’t as important as the mobile office concept. Vonage lets me ring up to 5 other phones from one number, so I don’t actually end up using the VoIP part of it so much as the call forwarding bit. I’ve been thinking of trying the WiFi cell-phone style deal that they offer, but Skype seems to work well enough in a pinch.

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