Andy Kessler mostly talks sense in the Wall Street Journal about the slow pace of fiber adoption. His solution attacks a well guarded door, national telecom policy. It’s clash of the titans over at the FCC and the lobbying money is flying in all directions. But there’s a much less guarded door. Setting up a fiber advocacy kit in a box in every municipality that is lacking high speed access. In traditional politics, that’s a prohibitively expensive proposition, completely impractical on a widespread basis. In a world with Citizen Intelligence deployed, the cost to do such a thing drops a great deal, perhaps to the point where it would become more practical than marching on Washington and dictating a right-of-way policy via the federal government.
Once the boring bits of Citizen Intelligence are developed and the reports deployed, pulling together a national operation like Google fiber with a home grown front end in a co-op becomes less daunting. Think of it as the Ace Hardware business model moved over to telecom. People don’t generally think in these terms because all of these governments are opaque to everybody except for locals and there’s no easy way to get insight into all of them quickly and inexpensively. Creating and making available conduits to get access to information that’s already published and seek answers inexpensively is a game changer.