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November 15, 2012


speakersSteve Belter from Indiana Dataline, Oliver Beers from Wintek and Steve Biggerstaff from Cinergy MetroNet (pictured left to right) told GLITS members about fiber to the home (FTTH), fiber to the premises (FTTP) and fiber to the whatever (FTTx) at the November meeting at Puccini's. You can download their PowerPoint presentations: Belter .ppt 292k/.pdf 3.2M, Beers .ppt 3.3M /.pdf 1.3M, and Biggerstaff.pptx 1.7M/.pdf 1.8M. Belter covered terminology, Beers told about the high-speed fiber installed at 20 homes west of West Lafayette and other local installations, and Biggerstaff had information on the proposal to run fiber throughout West Lafayette and Lafayette, which is still in the financing stages.

Thomas Davis of Oscar Winski Corporation explained Winski's computer recycling. Drop off old computers for free, pay if you want hard drives degaussed, drilled or smashed. He passed out a brochure (.pdf) with prices on the last page.

Here is the report by Bob Verplank:

The GLITS program of November 16th, 2011 at Puccini’s started with a presentation by Thomas Davis of the Oscar Winski corp telling us about Winski’s recycling program. They will take virtually any electronic waste and dispose of it for free. You must take it there. There is a fee for pickup and a variety of fees concerning data destruction or removal from hard drives. If you want details you may contact them at

Fiber to the home

Presented by Steve Belter of Indiana Dataline. The following is a summary of his slides.

  1. GLITS Agenda: Fiber to the Home
  2. Broadband Technology Overview Steve Belter, President
  3. Broadband Technologies
  4. Acronyms: Fiber to where?
  5. Broadband Quality Measures
  6. Terminology
  7. Cable Modems – Architecture
  8. Cable Modems - DOCSIS
  9. Cable Modems – Summary
  10. FTTx Direct Connection
  11. Active Ethernet – Architecture
  12. Active Ethernet – Summary
  13. Passive Optical Networks
  14. GPON – Architecture (Gigabit PON)
  15. GPON – Summary
  16. Future Fiber Technology: WDM-PON
  17. Future Fiber Technology: WDM-PON

A map of fiber locations may be found here.

Fiber to the Premise

Presented by Oliver Beers of Wintek Corp. Here is a summary of his slides.

Why Fiber??
bandwidth comparison
Note the extremely increased capacity of fiber over other methods.


“The Network” Why Active Ethernet? fiber box FTTH (Fiber to the Home) FTTH-What We Learned FTTB (Fiber to the Building/Business)
Picture of business data flow on fiber optic
business data flow
FTTB-What We Learned What’s coming......

In response to some other questions Oliver gave the following answers: It is very hard to set static prices for fiber to home (FFTH) or fiber to the building/business (FFTB). There are a lot of variables that play into these costs; distance from nearest cable, level of service that the end customer wants, etc. If you wanted to put a number on cost of the FFTH I would use a ballpark range of $1,000 to $6,000 per home, depending on how far the nearest cable is. Obviously as the number of subscribers at once in a specific area increases (before we actually build), the cost per home will likely go down. Our charge is anywhere from $50-$1540/month on the residential side dependent on data flow. For FFTB, the cost range is much larger; we have had projects in the $1000 range and there are those that have been $80,000 and higher. It all depends on the proximity of the nearest cable and whether or not we are building underground or aerial. On the business side, costs are very fluid as there are a lot of factors that would play into this.

Cinergy Metronet

GPON is a service provided by a cooperative originally started by Cinergy now known as Metronet and was presented by Steve Biggerstaff. About Cinergy MetroNet head end
Picture of Evansville Head End. Noted by speaker as being very expensive and could be shared with others.
installing fiber
CMN crew installing fiber underground
map Area of coverage
Now covers 11 communities built under the USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) loan and loan guarantee program, with more being built outside that program.


Pictures are in the PowerPoints of stores and storefronts and contents as well as their community involvement. They are still working on enlarging their presence in the Lafayette Community.

All of the talks were excellent and the presentations were very detailed. One thing that stood out was the fiber is certainly faster and once connected there is very little to go wrong. Repairs were nil, and problems were few.