The City of San Francisco is considering deploying its own fiber-based gigabit broadband network to replace existing contracts with service providers to eventually reduce costs and improve its ability to become a smart city.
Earlier this week, Mayor Mark Farrell released a report that estimated it would cost between $1.2 billion and $1.8 billion in one-time construction costs and between $69 million and $121 million annually to maintain a fiber optic network throughout the city. San Francisco would own the network, but contract network services out to the private sector, according to the estimate.
By implementing its own broadband infrastructure, the city could defray up to $154 million in anticipated planned and aspirational costs through fiscal year 2020-21, the report said. In the current fiscal year, San Francisco would save approximately $450,000, with up to about $1.2 million in cost savings in three years, it added.
Several government divisions weighed in on how they could use government-owned gigabit broadband network infrastructure to enhance services and/or reduce expenses. The Department of Health, for example, could use telehealth to reduce and eliminate hospital readmissions -- thereby meeting federal criteria for Medicare and Medicaid payments and increasing its funding. DPH, which monitors the prison population, could similarly use telemedicine to cut costs and would avoid deploying its own planned fiber optic cable, the report said.
Likewise, the Metropolitan Transit Authority could ramp up its use of smart traffic controls, such as lights and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it said.
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
In addition to delivering gigabit broadband to homes and business, millimeter wave (mmWave) fixed wireless has emerged as a key fiber extension technology and enabler of 5G backhaul and access. Most of the mmWave discussion centers on licensed spectrum, but there also exists a promising unlicensed band in the 60 GHz range.
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