We live in a truly glorious world. A world where consumers can get a symmetric gigabit of fiber optic in their homes for a completely reasonable price. There are a number of competing providers out there, and I will happily hand my money to the first one offering service in my area (looking at you Google Fiber). While excited, I’ve also been extremely curious about the implications for prosumer and business class services. This new wave of broadband fiber plans are offered for literally a fraction of the cost of an equivalent T1/Dedicated connection.
After walking through a painful, multi day debugging process with AT&T’s “Small Business” fiber solution at work, I realized what this new class of service really can do, and what it really cannot.