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Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Putting a lean on your house

In the States and in other countries (such as Sweden), the funding for fibre networks is being raised by putting a 'lean' on the house or by raising a community mortgage. I was cynical to say the least that this could possibly work in the UK, and mentioned it at the colloquium. However, what have the UK just announced? The same, but for energy... See today's Working Lunch.

Right, if the government are supporting this for energy and believe it can work, then let's think it through for FTTH. There is no reason whatsoever to NOT apply this to FTTH, particularly because it does far more than just make your house more cost-efficient as far as your energy bills go.

Other countries have done it, so why can't the UK? This could be implemented immediately and get FTTH happening. No levy required.

1 comment:

MB94128 said...

From Webster's Seventh New Coll. Dict.:
lien [MF, tie, band, fr. L ligamen ...] 1:a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of some debt or duty ordinarily arising by operation of law

The link below is a paper from November of 2008 that discusses a home-owner centric funding model for FttH.
"Homes With Tails"