Open Public Local Access Network
"The communications world that grew up around the telephone was shaped by a business model based upon managing and allocating 'scarcity' - scarcity of network capacity, scarcity of customer equipment and scarcity of central-office switching facilities. But the three seminal technological developments of the latter half of the 20th century have completely turned this world upside down.
(i) the digital computer
(ii) optical fibre transmission media
(iii) software controlled spread spectrum radio.
It is now a world of abundance. OPLANS are the natural final link in the chain to make this abundance freely available to everyone. OPLANs can transform the socio-economic life of all communities in the 21st century and turn the dreams of the information revolutions into reality." (http://www.oplan.org/concept/what.html)
"there are some distinctive defining characteristics of OPLANs that link them all together, and differentiate them from today's telecommunications networks. OPLANs, to a greater or lesser degree, have the following characteristics:
- they only serve a local geographic community or location, ranging from a street or business park through a rural community to an entire city
- they provide "open access" and are for use by any party located within the community - they serve both the public and private sectors, corporate and residential citizens, service and content creators as well as consumers
- they are owned and controlled totally independently of any service or content that runs over them
- they are structured, financed and owned so as to serve the common good; the value and benefit of the technology remains with the users
- they are not owned by a PTO/ licensed telecommunications operator
- they deploy modern digital technology and offer true broadband (symmetrical) connectivity"
The OPLAN Foundation