FIBER FROMTHE HOME
a paradigm shifting story, by Marc Duchesne, green ﬁber evangelist
“Our intuition is that an innovative model holds unrealized promise:
household investments in ﬁber. Consumers may one day purchase
and own ﬁber connections that run from their homes.”
“Homes with Tails” ,
Tim Wu, Columbia University, and Derek Slater, Google inc.,
Diverse Business ModelsDiverse Business Models
a business model describes the value an organization offers to
various customers and portrays the capabilities and partners
required for creating, marketing, and delivering this value and
relationship capital with the goal of generating profitable andrelationship capital with the goal of generating profitable and
sustainable revenue streams
Alex Osterwalder / arvetica
Me aka “The Customer” is NOT the center
of the traditional business model
the modernized barn-
raising of old approach
to build ﬁber-
in rural areas
A barn raising is an event during which a community comes
together to assemble a barn for one of its households.
Born in 18th century in Rural North America, the practice
continues as is in the country.
The Barn raising approach is now adopted in the UK for Rural
“DigYour Own Fibre” is the motto there.
the barn-raising model :
build your own community network
the Web 2.0 startup’ s
applied to Rural Next
The term ‘Web 2.0’ is used to describe web applications that offer
interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered
design, user-generated content and collaboration.
New methods to interact with the End-User appeared with the
Web 2.0 startups : alpha version, private release, beta testing, etc.
Twitter, founded in march 2006 in San Francisco, CA, is the world-
largest social networking and micro-blogging service. It attracts
190 million visitors per month, generating 65 million tweets a day.
Twitter was launched without any business model, and shows no
revenues as of today.Yet it has largely replaced traditional medias
in Information broadcasting and sharing worldwide.
the web 2.0 model :
start small, with no business model
the sharing of
operation costs across
Broadband and Smart
Grid networks, and
the bundling of
services across the
A smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers
using digital technology with two-way communications to control
appliances at consumers' homes to save energy, reduce cost and
increase reliability and transparency.
In the US, several utilities have deployed muni ﬁber networks to
deliver both smart meters connectivity and tripleplay services to
residential and enterprise customers.
The city of Chattanooga,Tennessee, has installed its own ﬁber-to-
the-premises infrastructure, through its electric utility EPB.
This network offers two-way communications at the smart meter
on every home and business and all along the grid, together with
residential high speed Internet, video and telephone services.
the smartgrid model :
share costs, infrastructures, services,
ﬁber from the home :
turning the traditional model