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Letter: Is fiber optic network an untapped resource?

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

You can’t hardly turn on Bloomberg these days without hearing how Google is bringing unbelievable data speeds over fiber optic infrastructure in a growing number of municipalities across the country.

This high-quality Google Fiber service gives consumers new choices they don’t have currently. High quality, low-cost data access also is a proven draw for new business ventures.

Twenty-first century businesses, especially farms, run on data. My impression is that the current “DATA” network is primarily serving municipal resources. I guess the sort of hypothetical question I am asking is whether this infrastructure investment could bring additional value to consumers, and possibly revenue to the county?

My guess is that the utilized bandwidth is fairly low.

Joseph Bassett

Sycamore

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