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srufolo1
srufolo1
5/13/2018 1:37:20 PM
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Gigamaster
Has SF Lost Its Heart for Operators?
It would seem $1.8 billion in one-time construction costs is a huge outlay of money for San Francisco, but if the city can save over the long run, as it says it can, by deploying its own fiber-based gig broadband network, then it's a solid plan. Telehealth, the prison system and other government entities could benefit, ostensibly saving taxpayer dollars. 

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Ariella
Ariella
5/14/2018 10:14:36 AM
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Gigamaster
Re: Has SF Lost Its Heart for Operators?
@srulof1 Good point, I think there are benefits that even go beyond the financial for expanding telehealth options. For some people, it may be the only way they are likely to get qualified medical advice for their conditions.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
5/14/2018 10:40:19 AM
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Gigamaster
Re: Has SF Lost Its Heart for Operators?
@Ariella Correct. In my opinion, telehealth is one of the most useful technologies today. It gets people qualified medical advice and prevents repeated trips to the hospital, which saves the patient money. And it's more convenient than physically going to a doctor's office.

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frnkblk
frnkblk
5/16/2018 10:55:15 PM
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Narrowbander
Re: Has SF Lost Its Heart for Operators?
The numbers don't pencil out in SF's favor ....

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
5/18/2018 3:54:03 PM
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Gigamaster
Re: Has SF Lost Its Heart for Operators?
My guess is that SF and other municipalities who attempt such plans will either be blocked or give up under the significant difficulties in not only getting the infrastructure built but my consensus built against the idea of the citizenry as private interests make their arguments against it.

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afwriter
afwriter
5/14/2018 3:17:54 PM
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Gigamaster
Continuing Down the Road
San Francisco seems to be a political experiment as they continue down a road that sets them apart from any other city in the country. I know that I wouldn't want to live in a city that was going to tax me like crazy in order to build an infrastructure that I would eventually have to pay to use, but I am interested to see how far this goes and the benefits and drawbacks involved here. 

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freehe
freehe
5/14/2018 7:58:31 PM
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San Francisco
The $1.2 - $1.8 billion cost seems pretty expensive. I wonder is it worth it. How will the city pay for the annual maintenance costs?

 

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batye
batye
5/14/2018 10:27:06 PM
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Gigamaster
Re: San Francisco
@freehe this day everything cost more but I would look at the end result after few years we will see if money well spend... 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
5/19/2018 9:57:57 AM
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Gigamaster
Re: San Francisco
@batye  I agree. If the Return on Investment is good, then SF's plan can work. However, how long is this project going to take exactly? And not sure who is actually paying for it.

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freehe
freehe
5/14/2018 8:00:03 PM
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Smarty City
San Francisco is a good candidate for a smart city. Converted to a smart city has several benefits for businesses and residents. Smart cities can provide more efficient city services to residents such as emergency services, medical services and public services. Issues can be detected sooner and resolved quicker.

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