Loved this podcast. For many years I worked in the telecom business and one of my favorite programs was a significant build-out of AT&T’s fiber transmission “backbone”, as opposed to the “local loop”. That buildout , in fact, helped to enable the extraordinary growth of the internet. It was, as you both suggested in this podcast, designed and engineered centrally by a national AT&T organization and implemented by a national AT&T program office. The “Ps” are much the same and indeed the process one was the key to their success.

So there is an analog to what we are trying to accomplish here. The question is, as always, whether there is a financial incentive to make it happen. There certainly was for AT&T.

Anyway, it might be worth taking a look at how they did it. It was a very successful endeavor.

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This might be a dumb question, so forgive me if it is, but: is there a reason we don't use highway medians for transmission? It seems like highways already flow to a lot of the places we'd need to go, there'd probably still be a few last mile sorts of problems...but we have the right of way already, make the damn things nice to look at so people don't get annoyed at them while on the highway, put some bollards around them when you're building it so a truck can't run into it and destroy it and, well, seems like a lot less muss and fuss...(I'm sure there is a reason, but I'd love to know what it is ;) ) Thanks!

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