My photo

Bill St. Arnaud is a consultant and research engineer who works with clients around the world on a variety of subjects such as next generation Internet networks and developing practical solutions to reduce CO2 emissions such as free broadband and dynamic charging of eVehicles. He is an author of many papers and articles on these topics and is a frequent guest speaker. For more details on my research interests see

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Burlington Telecom FTTH Case Study

[For any community that is looking to deploy a community fiber network, I highly recommend taking a look at this study on the Burlington project. Although the Burlington network bills itself as an "open access" network, its network architecture, like that in Amsterdam is built around home run fiber, terminating on GPON at the central office. GPON is used to reduce interface costs only, so at a future date if a customer wanted layer one connectivity to a given service provider and bypass the PON altogether then it would only require a simple fiber patch. This provides for a future proof architecture as new technologies and business model evolve. Thanks to Frank Culuccio and Tim Nulty for this pointer -- BSA]

Burlington Telecom Case Study
Christopher Mitchell, Director, Telecommunications as Commons Initiative | August 2007