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Fiber to the curb can also backfire. I bought a new house in 1998 in Northern Virginia, not too far from Dulles International. When Bell Atlantic (Verizon?) put in the local infrastructure, they ran fiber to the pedestals, then some sort of interface card there to convert to POTS. The problem was, they couldn't run DSL over that circuit. And they dropped plans for fiber to the house. So it was several years later, just before I moved, that they installed new curbside equipment boxes that had the right equipment to do DSL.

Of course, we also got screwed by the cable company. They had a download only system in place that used a phone line for the uplink. They were about to upgrade all their equipment for bidirectional service when they got bought out. And all that equipment went somewhere else. So here it is in 2003 or so and I basically had NO options for broadband in a brand-new development right outside Washington DC. That really sucked.

Of course, both DSL and true broadband cable both became available at about the same time, maybe 6 months before we sold that place and moved.
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