@Dane is there an official process where end customers can initiate interest for native Sonic glass deployment or are those decisions purely internal to Sonic? Also do you partner with communities (by partner I mean money) to elevate the priority of certain markets, in other words make the deal sweeter for Sonic to jump on the deployment?
We're primarily driven by two factors: demand, and build cost. The community can help with both of these items.
We gauge demand based upon expressions of interest where people leave contact information in areas we cannot serve, as well as the interim products we provide, Fusion over copper and IP Broadband via the AT&T network. When you spread the word about Sonic in your community, this process occurs and we measure the demand and weigh that information in our decisions.
The second is cost. Again, local communities can affect this. Primary policy areas that are important are permitting and inspection processes and costs, dig-once policies, and trenchless underground construction standards. So for example, a community that requires an on-site inspector at all times at our expense would be a region where it's not likely to be feasible to build. Encroachment permit costs and processes (online versus over-the-counter in person) can also influence costs. Dig once policies that allow for sharing of city-owned conduits can be positive if a reasonable stock of footage has been placed. And finally, trenchless standards for both directional boring and microtrenching are key for serving any homes with underground utilities.
So if you'd like to see Sonic or any other new carrier build fiber to your home, you can do two things: first, spread the word, and second, encourage your City leadership to adopt policies that encourage deployment. That is how a community can encourage investment in local infrastructure, which provides a wide array of benefits in the local economy, education, and quality of life.