President Obama, as you formulate plans to stimulate the economy please do not forget the telecommunications infrastructure. As you know, we were a world leader during the 20th century but now we are falling seriously behind. Telecom technologies represent the heart of the digital age; therefore we must invest for the future.
The Internet backbone and access points are always going so my suggestion is to focus on improving the infrastructure around the "local loop." The local loop in telephone terminology is the part of the network that extends from your home or business to the nearest switching facility. It is the portion of the infrastructure that dictates whether a high-speed connection is possible or not at each end point
There is more than one way to improve the infrastructure. A private business may come along and deliver the service or government can take action. One such example of government action lies directly across the lake where, for the past decade, the city of Burlington has slowly built a city-wide fiber-optic network in controlled phases. Last summer, the Burlington Free Press reported late June as the break-even point for Burlington Telecom so the investment has certainly paid off for Burlington.
Did you know we have a large scale effort here in the tri-county area? The effort, called CBN Connect, is a consortium being developed by the TAC at State University of New York at Plattsburgh. CBN's vision is "To create a platform for innovation and economic growth in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties." Where Burlington Telecom built a network for a city, CBN Connect wants to build a network to serve a region - our region. Visit them at: cbnconnect.com.
Mr. President, the current funding of CBN Connect is about $1,044,807, which perhaps is a little short. Can you help us out sir?
Ron Poland is a professor in the Computer Information Systems AAS program at Clinton Community College. Poland is certified in company repair and networking by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). He is also a Cisco certified network assistant. Questions may be sent to him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.