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May 16, 2014

Jefferson City Expands Fiber Infrastructure, Along With A Few Other Things



By Miguel Leiva-Gomez
TMCnet Contributor



The lack of a proper fiber infrastructure in the United States is a big issue within and outside its borders. While most of Europe is enjoying a wealth of bandwidth due to a sprawling fiber network, the U.S. has slowed down by its dependency on copper. Government isn't necessarily faring any better, but that should be no surprise, considering the fact that it has the reputation of falling behind on the adoption of innovations.

Jefferson City, however, doesn't want to be left behind. It all started with a traffic signal project. The city has planned to rewire some traffic lights when engineers for the project came up with a plan to connect the eight signals in question through fiber optic cable. As a result, the city can hit two birds with one stone, improving various facilities' data connections.

The project will be managed by On Trac, a fiber optic connectivity provider that had previously completed a project in the Tennessee city. The company has offered to do this at an asking price of $150,000.

In a world where fiber optic connectivity is growing at a rate of 29 percent, it's about time we see a developed nation like the U.S. get serious. Companies like Google (News - Alert) Fiber are helping make this a possibility for consumers, and it won't be long before most of the country has access to 1 Gbit connections. In the meantime, it is entirely possible that we'll see aggressive government investment in fiber technology in an attempt to up the ante on its internal communications network.

Needless to say, It’s a long road before the United States has a fully fiber network. Meanwhile, countries like Singapore, Romania, the UK, Sweden, and many others have speeds that far exceed most of what the U.S. can offer. The question now is, “How long are they going to keep running circles around the U.S.?”




Edited by Maurice Nagle
 
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