Broadband Communities

AUG-SEP 2013

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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WHY WE NEED MORE FIBER Kansas City Plans Software lending library KCMO residents will have free access to popular software programs over the Google Fiber network. The programs work as well remotely as they do on local PCs. By Joan Engebretson / Broadband Communities R esidents of Kansas City, Mo., who subscribe to Google Fiber's high-speed broadband service should soon have the ability to use their connections to borrow popular software programs from the local library. Tey will use remote desktop software to connect to a central server running software programs. "By giving people a certain period of time they can use [the programs], you can get [the programs] to a maximum number of people," explains David LaCrone, digital branch manager for the Kansas City Public Library. "It's analogous to what you do in a computer lab with public computers." Te software lending library will be part of the library's existing technology training and digital literacy program. LaCrone expects strong demand from people who need to use certain software programs only occasionally or who can't aford software. FIBER IS CRITICAl "Te service was designed to run on a fber network," observes LaCrone. "It won't work well with a standard Internet connection." If a resident doesn't have Google Fiber, however, there will be an option to use the software at a local library. As part of Google's deal with Kansas City, local libraries and other anchor institutions are getting gigabit connectivity. Te library hopes to begin ofering access to three popular programs – Microsoft Ofce, Adobe Photoshop and a video editing program (probably Adobe Premiere) – around the time schools reopen. Photoshop and Ofce were chosen because of their popularity. "Photoshop [isn't just] a productivity application; it's an entertainment application and can be good for workplace development," observes LaCrone. Te video editing program was chosen because it "will push the system to its limits," LaCrone notes. Te video editing program also will be part of an educational program that will send a local videographer to local schools to teach students how to use the software. According to LaCrone, the library's plans conform to the terms of its software license agreements because only one user will be able to use each copy of the software at a time. "If it works as well as we expect it to, we would want to expand signifcantly with more licenses for more products," comments LaCrone. Library card holders who want to use software from the lending library will reserve time slots online, using an interface currently under development that will link to the existing patron database for authorization. Te software lending library got its start earlier this year when the library Contribute to Why We Need More Fiber This column welcomes fresh, informative, eye-opening contributions from readers – anywhere from a paragraph to a page in length. To share your thoughts on why we need more fber, email 16 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | August/september 2013

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