By Ed Fielding
The Fiber Optic Revolution may affect us more forcefully than the Industrial Revolution affected our forefathers. Instead of drawing millions from the farms into the repressive factories of the dingy cities; this Revolution will be liberating; creating economies of wealth for all, substantially improving our quality of life.
With a high capacity fiber optic network for Southeast Florida providing a backbone connecting lo- cal governments, and regional anchors – schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and non-profit biomedical institutions – which will create the stimulus to promote total changes in lifestyle. The local governments will be interconnected for emergency management communications; coordinate cost savings for major capital spending, combining bids to leverage purchasing power, a sharing of expertise, and providing a concerted increase in citizen services.
Schools, colleges and universities with high capacity broadband will provide students and researchers with access to libraries and research data from all over the world; opening up the classroom to all those seeking to learn. Our entire educational system will be restructured; making self- selected superior quality lectures available 24 hours per day, at the user’s demand. Education will not be location specific nor financially restrictive to any who desire to learn.
Biomedical non-profits and hospitals participating in large scale research projects, can readily share data and analysis, and with interactive, virtual conferencing can conveniently discuss new research advances.
The local government network will open the flood- gate to a gusher of personal benefits from fiber; stimulating entrepreneurial efforts, sustaining telecommute jobs, restructuring our commerce and educational systems. The Fiber Optic Revolution will allow unimaginable flexibility in selecting where and how we want to live; unrestricted by the location of the facilities we need to use for employment, shopping, education, and social interaction.
But like the Industrial Revolution of past centuries where some areas of the world gained long term competitive advantages by early adoption of industrialization; so it will be today with the Fiber Optic Revolution. We must push to quickly install a regional fiber optic network or be consigned to the back eddies of economic vitality.