Clearly the final 10% is getting left even further behind. We need some technology that targets these locations.
I absolutely agree! Something really needs to be done to ensure they aren't left even further behind.
But FTTdp seems to be a small cabinet targetted at 8-20 end-users. It aims at having "reverse power", fed from those end-users (ie no mains power supply required).
Indeed, this does sound like a feasible method of provisioning these services to the final 10% of UK.
However, as stated previously it will be interesting to see how the "reverse power feeds
" is calculated
Power draw Vs. Actual internet usages
per end-user between the various parties involved.
I can see end-users concerns surrounding this issue for fair charges etc.
I do believe this is also something which can be designed out or at least minimized either by incorporating the use of
renewable into the equation.
A great example of how energy needs are catered for in the community can be found in some of the developing nations community-driven projects. In parts of Asia/Africa we have seen some very clever ideas and thinking.
One case I remember reading about involved providing clean and safe drinking water to villagers in remote parts of Africa.
A water treatment plant in the village used solar power to pump and clean the water through various processes,
this was used to benefit all the villagers and all had a equal stake in the project.
This is probably not the best example of this kind of thing in action but you get the idea.
The UK needs to learn some lessons from rural cooperative telephone and electricity systems in the US and elsewhere
I also think its a good idea to look at how others have achieved similar results. We need to look at examples from other parts of the world where innovative solutions have been found to overcome initial barriers.
The standard solution to universal provision in utilities is to run the core network as a common carrier. Investors can earn a reasonable return on their assets and the costs of building the network are spread over a much larger user base. Muddled policies plus lobbying by incumbent telecoms operators has ensured that this has not happened. Governments want to finance networks as commercial services rather than as regulated utilities.
This has been the case since the The times of the Ragan & Thatcher administrations who's economic policies emphasised deregulation (particularly of the financial sector) and the privatisation of state-owned companies. Deregulation was (and still is) believed to be the way to go for those in power.
Everything now seems to be in the hands of private interests in some shape of form, which is NOT always a bad thing.
However until this way of working / thinking has changed its will be an up-hill battle to reverse the deregulation policy's for ex-state owned companies, infrastructure and services In certain situations..
FreeServe @ 56Kbs -> BT Business (ADSL) @ 512kbps -> AOL 2Mbps -> TalkTalk upto 24Meg (19Mbps) -> SkyBB upto 10Meg (8.4Mbps) :: Now, Patiently waiting for FTTC then upgrade to FTTPoD