If you are a Muni looking for efficient ways to deploy your own Fiber-To-The-Premises network, there are a couple of examples to follow on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In Europe, Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Pau in France. In the US, there is Chattanooga, Tennessee.
This video highlights the numerous obstacles faced by EPB, Chattanooga's Muni Power Utility, against the Cable TV operators. Provided that EPB is currently offering 1Gbit/s access to Residential customers simply because they can do it, there's plenty of lessons to be learned from this part of the beautiful land of Tennessee.
Among many others, the way the Municipality succeeded in mixing Energy and Communications services onto a single network is a perfect example of how the Smart Grid can facilitate ultra-broadband infrastructures' deployments.
Also, the responses EPB and the city of Chattanooga gave to opponents, CATV operators first, might be part of 'The Perfect Open Neutral Access Network Salesman Guide'. Watch those answers starting at 2'02" time tag.
Post-Scriptum : I already published a video about Chattanooga, back in September 2007 (yes, 3.5 years ago). To avoid you a boring search, you'll find the post here.