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Sonic.Net Wants to Wire You

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Sonic announced on Wednesday it has applied for permits to build the San Francisco network, which would start with a pilot area of 2,000 homes in the largely residential Sunset District. Sonic's ambitious plan would wire the Sunset with fiber-optic cable direct to subscribers, unlike the AT&T proposal which involves hundreds of fan-cooled switching stations in sidewalk boxes to connect their fiber to existing the existing copper wire in homes. AT&T's been trying to get this done since 2007, but their boxy installations were hobbled again by a judge's ruling last month. Sonic says they'll need to put in 188 sidewalk boxes while AT&T's number is hovering vaguely above 900. [Computerworld, and previously at Curbed SF]