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.
During prepared comments to a conservative group in Maine, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outlined his concerns with several states' independent moves to reinstate the 2015 laws governing the Internet.
Under a partnership announced today, Deutsche Telekom and United Smart Cities will help metro leaders with smart-city projects, ultimately leading to integrated solutions and a shareable database equipped with analytics tools for deep dives.
The MSO has pivoted from being a traditional cable operator into a connectivity provider, said Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York this week.
AT&T is closer to deploying AirGig, following successful trials, and now seeks vendor partners to work on technologies that it believes will bring broadband closer to rural customers across power lines.
Fast, reliable broadband is essential to how we live, work and play today – and the upcoming arrival of 5G will only further increase demand and reliance on fiber infrastructure. Already viewed by consumers as intolerable, delays, outages or the regular maintenance difficulties associated with operating a network will become further exacerbated when residential subscribers further rely on connected devices for day-to-day life. Just as providers deploy network automation tools to reduce operational issues, they must take similar care to manage consumer expectations when they roll out fiber or new services. This webinar features leaders who will discuss how to manage marketing and consumer expectations at every stage of the network lifecycle. Marketing professionals, c-level executives and policymakers interested in drumming up fiber envy should attend.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.