Residents will get a gateway provided by the city. When they hook it up and try to surf the Web, they will be taken to the portal where they can select an ISP—very much like using the Internet in a hotel.
From that point, residents will scan the available Internet offers, purchase one, and get hooked up immediately.
"You can switch [ISPs] as quickly as you could uninstall and reinstall an app; it literally takes about five seconds,"
The gateways do let residents establish private connections between their homes using an empty port.
"We create a virtual connection that acts like a network cable," Patterson said. Two users of the network could thus transfer files at gigabit speed, or residents of a few houses could set up a private gaming network.
Would be nice if our LFCs copy this and not make you wait a month to activate an intact ONT.