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Pub Talk

"The Promise of Cost-effective Broadband: Breakthroughs at the Fiber Internet Center"
By Mr. Bob Evans, Co-Founder, Fiber Internet Center &
Mr. Les Laky, Co-Founder, Fiber Internet Center
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Open to the Public. The Pub Talk begins at 6:00 p.m.

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Everybody wants broadband at higher speeds than today's DSL and cable modem. Although many are hooked on high speed, both businesses and consumers are thwarted by high initial costs of building out fiber infrastructures. Roughly 10% of the City of Palo Alto's dark fiber network is currently being used. A good 90% goes un-used due to the expense of the buildout. Wireless solutions have made it possible to fulfill the promise of cost-effective broadband.

At this Pub Talk, come hear as Bob Evans and Les Laky, Founders of the Fiber Internet Center, discuss this important issue of cost versus access in our local community. They will share examples of current projects that are allowing cost-effective broadband services to be deployed to both businesses and residences.

Making the connection to the Fiber Internet Center's gigabit ethernet can approach the monthly cost of a T1. The hurdle is the cost to build out the drop cable from the nearest splice point. To scale this hurdle, the Fiber Internet Center utilizes wireless technologies to extend the reach at a lower cost. Come join us for this discussion on March 6th at 6:00 p.m.


Bob L. Evans (, Co-Founder of the Fiber Internet Center, is also the founder of MediaCity World, Palo Alto's first ISP. Mr. Evans also created a broadband bleeding edge cable modem service called ISP Channel, which became the third largest turnkey provider of cable modem service in the U.S. This broadband service availability helped to double the value of Palo Alto's Cable-Coop - as it did for over 130 cable networks. The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Internet Inventions, Mr. Evans is a true Silicon Valley entrepreneur, raconteur, and original. He has combined his technical ingenuity, entrepreneurial ability, and team building skills to found successful companies for the past 20 years.


Les Laky (, Co-Founder of the Fiber Internet Center, is a telecom and Nortel veteran, a pioneer in cable modem technology. Mr. Laky was one of the founders of MediaCity, a successfully Palo Alto ISP acquired by SoftNet in 1996. He has more than 30 years of high-tech experience - from start-ups to large multi-national corporations. Mr. Laky is a Co-Founder and General Partner of Internet Inventions, one of a new breed of start-up venture companies headquartered in Palo Alto, California. He is an active participant and advisor to several start-up Internet ventures, Chief Executive Officer of Wireless IP Networks, and the Keeper of DomainKeep, a private domain name registration service.


For further information, visit ( or contact:

Fiber Internet Center
2635 Park Boulevard
Palo Alto, CA 94306
T: 650.330.0428