Here’s what you do, just surf on over to ipnetwork4sf.att.com to see what AT&T has in store for San Francisco. They want to bring fiber optics closer to your house so that you can join the 21st century, access-to-data-wise. They call it U-verse and a couple thousand people in town already use it for high speed internet and wireless and television and phone and whatnot.
The thing is that AT&T needs to put “street cabinetry” all over the 415 to make it all work and they only put in 14 boxes before giving up the effort in 2008. But they’re back now for another try. They told me all about it over turkey samwiches the other day at that building they share with the Twitter in the SoMA. But everything they talked about is on the new website, they’ve even got a blog.
The site allows recent arrivals to SF to vent:
We’ll do whatever it takes to get U-Verse to our neighborhood here in the Outer Sunset. Every single night, we shake our fists at our current Comcast DVR and yell, “WE MISS OUR U-VERSE!”
O.K. then. Anyway, AT&T’s Marc Blakeman is standing by to hear what you have to say or schedule a meeting about where to put the boxes or whatever. He’s already met with 45 groups this go-around, so why not you or your group too?
(Oh, and don’t ask about what it takes to bury these things – you don’t want to know. The hole they have to dig and air-condition and whatnot is bigger than your apartment.)
We were supposed to be the first city to get this stuff and now we’re one of the last. Oh well.
Get all the deets at the special AT&T site.
And here’s the FAQ to get you started:
Tags: at&t, Blakeman, board, box, boxes, cabinet, CEQA, color, Comcast, dpw, eir, eis, environmental impact, fiber, internet, ip, Marc, Marc Blakeman, network, nimby, optic, phone, report, review, sidewalk, street, supervisors, TV, u-verse, uverse, wireless