An anonymous reader writes: Background:
1. Neighborhood of about 500 homes. Assume 100 will sign up initially.
2. Running optical fiber over the existing electric poles adds up to 10km or so. Let's say 10 independent 'loops' that converge to a central location that has space for a full-size rack + supporting power equipment.
Let's assume that there are no regulatory impediments. What we are thinking of is laying down a full optical fiber network with splices for each subscriber. We'll get a leased-line connection from a Tier-1 BW supplier for 10+Gbps, and share it out evenly as per the total load on the switch in real-time (i.e., no artificial upper limit. If only 10 homes are 'active' at a time, they all get 1Gbps at that time, etc.).
My questions are:
1. Has something like this been done before? Online references much appreciated; especially the kind that goes into technical details like what kind of gear, terminology, etc were utilized.
2. What kind of Bill of Material should we expect? Rough estimates in USD are acceptable.
3. One alternative idea is to not buy bulk bandwidth on our own and just leave the central switch open to external ISPs to supply their plans to our residents. This way we foster competition and minimize a whole universe of headaches. How easy is this technically speaking?
4. Can it be run in a plug-n-forget manner, with minimal running maintenance? We assume that the contractors we use for laying the fiber and equipment will provide support for fixed annual payment.