Broadband Communities

JAN-FEB 2017

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 | | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 51 crime and better health. However, being able to get to a fire or crime scene faster (because there are more sensors throughout an area) and with more information may yield immediate economic benefit or loss avoidance. "Cheaper" is the easiest sell. An FTTH network may allow government agencies to move service delivery from "in line" to "online," saving time, money and trouble for the agencies and their clients. For example, when Illinois migrated from a paper-based system of establishing welfare availability to a digital system, the cost of creating, distributing, receiving and analyzing the required forms dropped by a significant amount. A fraction of that cost reduction could have been made available to repay network construction debt and other costs of converting to a digital system, such as computers and software. Telemedicine offers opportunities for all three: Service delivery is faster because medical records and images can be transmitted electronically, better because the time of rare specialists can be leveraged across more patients, and cheaper because patients and health workers can spend less time moving to each other. New and better systems aren't always cheaper. Governments often use networks to improve quality or quantity of services rather than cut costs to deliver existing services. In that case, they fail to see any cost reductions and free up no cash for loan repayment. Still, cost reduction financing can be helpful even if a borrower never adopts a formal scheme. Trying to account for costs focuses a potential borrower on what it and the citizens it serves will do with the network and how they will benefit. ose benefits become reasons for the entity and its citizens to finance the network, whether based on calculated cost reductions or not. v Rollie Cole is a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research. You can reach him at rolliecole@gmail. com. InvisiLight ® 80x80 Adapter Module Compact FTTx module for installation in the living unit Now 70% Smaller than our popular InvisiLight adapter module With a fiber network, government can deliver services faster, better or cheaper – and sometimes all three.

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