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All New Homes In China Must Have Fiber Optic Internet Connections 202

redletterdave writes "Only a small number of U.S. cities can boast fiber optic connections, but in China, it's either fiber or bust. China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has now ordered all newly built residences to install fiber optic connections in any city or county 'where a public fiber optic telecom network is available.' The new standards will take effect starting on April 1, 2013, and residents will be able to choose their own ISP with equal connections to services. The Chinese government reportedly hopes to have 40 million families connected to fiber networks by 2015."
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All New Homes In China Must Have Fiber Optic Internet Connections

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  • Sounds good (Score:5, Insightful)

    by crazyjj ( 2598719 ) * on Friday January 11, 2013 @02:51PM (#42560299)

    in any city or county 'where a public fiber optic telecom network is available.'

    Any how many of these houses will meet that rather essential qualification?

    Hell, I could install a fiber network in my house and run it out to the curb. But that isn't going to make any difference if there is nothing to connect it to, now is it?

  • by ButchDeLoria ( 2772751 ) on Friday January 11, 2013 @02:53PM (#42560315)
    Of course it's too good to be true, just look at the deployment date of the standards.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 11, 2013 @02:56PM (#42560345)

    I agree with your skepticism. I think the bigger question is what's the politburo is trying to accomplish as a whole--not just with the internet. I think what people have to understand is that every company in China is owned by the communist government--whether covertly or overtly, just look at who founded Huawei for an example ( China is slowly taking over the general aviation businesses in the US either by buying them out or requiring that that a China-based company be a partner to sell aircraft in China--just look at Cessna's LSA plan for example (

  • meaningless (Score:5, Insightful)

    by 1u3hr ( 530656 ) on Friday January 11, 2013 @03:04PM (#42560441)
    "ll newly built residences to install fiber optic connections in any city or county 'where a public fiber optic telecom network is available"

    Duh. if the network IS AVAILABLE of course it will be installed. The cost is negligible if you do it with the other services.

    This is just some bureaucrats trying to take credit for something that's already happening.

  • by DigiShaman ( 671371 ) on Friday January 11, 2013 @03:06PM (#42560467) Homepage

    Just about all residential buildings are poured concrete. This includes the walls which carry the load. Most AC wiring is done externally. Fuck up an internal wiring run, and you might not be able to fish it out. This leaves installing external conduit as your only form of repair. The idea of running glass is a smart move as it doesn't suffer from corrosion, attenuation, and interference like twisted pair or coax would.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 11, 2013 @03:25PM (#42560693)

    The big joke though, is that even if you get fiber to the home, you only get 20 Mbits down, and ... tadaaaa ... 512 Kbits up! For that kind of connectivity, using fiber is overly stupid. ADSL is enough.

    And in ten years when you want to upgrade you would have to install fiber in every house. By install fiber in the houses you only need to upgrade the connection to the house later.
    Going for ADSL directly only makes sense if you plan to tear the house down within ten years.

  • by Synerg1y ( 2169962 ) on Friday January 11, 2013 @03:34PM (#42560811)
    It's a lot easier & cheaper to deploy infrastructure where there is none rather than replace existing infrastructure. It'll add cost to building the homes & laying the fiber, but it'll ultimately be a lot cheaper than doing it later. I'd like to see more countries follow suite actually minus the human rights problems that China always seems to be at the epicenter of.
  • Re:Too bad (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Sique ( 173459 ) on Friday January 11, 2013 @03:38PM (#42560865) Homepage
    Governments are the most miserable owners of infrastructure -- except all others. I don't know of any case of a public infrastructure going over to private owners and then improving with better services, more complete coverage and lower prices. Even privatizing telecommunication infrastructures in Europa was no privatization of a public infrastructure, it was just allowing private companies to compete either on the shared infrastructure still owned by a company whose majority owner in turn was the government, or with their own infrastructure they had to built themselves.
  • by MickyTheIdiot ( 1032226 ) on Friday January 11, 2013 @03:46PM (#42560985) Homepage Journal

    Sorry. Manipulation of the government is not capitalism.

  • by Yomers ( 863527 ) on Saturday January 12, 2013 @04:18AM (#42566031) Journal

    Sure, famous Chinese gulags! Thats why they have 121 prisoners per 100 000 population, while in truly democratic US... Wait, OH SHI.. []

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