Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Do we need a State Wide Fiber network in MI.

Every day that goes by are Internet bandwidth requirements increase. We at Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools (USA Schools) put in a 56K circuit to the Internet in 1994. Since this time are bandwidth requirement have jump higher over and over every month and every year. Why is this? as we find more application in education the usage increase with the educational demands. Also there has been a continuing development of new application for the Internet. Some of the more notable application are streaming audio/video, Google earth and many more multimedia applications. We currently have 5.0 to 6.0 Mbps available to are school and I am afraid this will not be enough in just a Short while as I watch the analysis from the network traffic flow. We can not wait for are state government to come to are rescue we need to take this on and move the ball forward. One organization that could be helpful to the process is Merit the University of Michigan. They have currently installed fiber between many of the State colleges. Are job if we take on this project is to look at cost effective ways to partner with an organization like Merit or are local Health system and government agency to build fiber condominiums to are local communities. So Tech what are your thoughts on this subject?


James said...

I agree Fred. However, my concern is whether or not there are any state-wide fiber networks currently in operation. What are the pros, con, etc.? Do they ever talk about this at conferences that you attend? I'd like to learn more about it. Thanks for the topic.

Fred Sharpsteen said...

There are state fiber networks in parts of the state. One of the biggest networks is Merit and they are all the major affiliated colleges and the fiscal agent is the University of Michigan. Now we need to organize the K-12 and bring all of the disconected k-12 networks together.

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