Tale of Two Cities: Poplar Bluff and Danville, Virginia
Oh, Poplar Bluff…we could have had Ikea’s first U.S. Manufacturing plant. We could have been a meca for Technology-centric startup companies. Our city could be touted with sentences like “the city-owned open-access fiber network plays a key role in business attraction and retention.” Poplar Bluff, we could have been Danville…for a lack of vision, we starve.
|Network Started In||2001||2006|
|Is Network Open Access?||Was||Yes|
|Proudly Claims to be first Municipally Owned
Open Access Network in US?
|2012 Plans for Fiber-to-the-home?||No||500 Homes|
|Touted Nationally For Available Technology?||No||Yes|
|Attracting New Business like Ikea Plant From
Here’s a quote from an article released today on Danville’s Open Access network:
the city is attracting new industries and jobs, and nDanville, the city-owned open-access fiber network, plays a key role in business attraction and retention.
-nDanville is now operationally in the black; revenues exceed the cost of managing and maintaining the network. When nDanville first began operations, there was skepticism that an open-access network would be financially sustainable. Because of the financial success of the network, the city agreed to support the FTTH residential expansion, which sets the stage for realizing the longerterm vision of fiber to every home and business in the Danville Electric Utilities service area.
and from nDanville.net:
Won’t nDanville compete with the private sector?
No! nDanville does not sell services. Instead, the network will be made available to any and all qualified service providers, each of which will be free to sell their own services to any customer connected to the network. Customers will buy services directly from the private sector provider of their choice. The City of Danville will not sell services.
Read more about Danville’s Open Access network.