Earlier this month, I took a look at one of the more exotic broadband stimulus applications - XO's proposed Northern Lights from Washington to Illinois. As it turns out, 360Networks isn't too pleased with this concept, as detailed in an open letter to Congress. Their own network covers a largely similar route, which derives from the old Touch America build back in the bubble that many may have forgotten about. Just how similar is it? Here is a 360Network's map of the overlap:
Hmmm, very similar actually, diverging only for parts of Washington and Minnesota and then on the final approach to Chicago.
360's complaint of course is that XO would be using federal dollars to overbuild existing capacity, and not just of an ILEC's. Any opinions out there? Does 360Networks have a point here?
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