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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Proposed Broadband Would Cover 15 Counties

Fiber optic network will cost $2.8 million

Courier Express
A six-county fiber optic telecommunication system will have a price tag of $2.8 million.

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission Executive Board voted Wednesday to submit a request to the Economic Development Administration for a $2.24 million grant to build the fiber optic system.

The remaining $560,000 will come from the Department of Community and Economic Development.

The network will provide ultra high speed Internet, point-to-point optical data connection, PBX, corporate data backup/storage and ample growth capacity for industry, hospitals, government and institutions. Management agreement being negotiated with Zito Media...

13 comments :

Anonymous said...

The BIG question...Will it offer high speed internet to rural communities in Potter County???

Anonymous said...

A fiber optic ring to nowhere is worthless. What kind of connectivity to the net is this thing going to have? Who is going to provide that? Is this what I think it is? So basically the counties taxpayers are going to provide a pipe for Zito to make money selling Internet access on?

Anonymous said...

Didn't Zito Media get a $1.1 million grant for a fiber optic network a couple years ago?

The 3.9 million is only to establish local connectivity. Are there plans from Level 3 to run additional fiber into the area to offer companies on this ring bandwidth out to the world/internet?

This is a last mile solution. There will be hundreds of gig in bandwidth but Zito media only has a ~500 meg connection to the internet that I believe is leased from Level 3.

Level 3 has limited capacity into the area, maybe they should be given a portion of this grant to upgrade it?

Anonymous said...

Maybe you people should research the actual infrastructure of the "internet" before you go talking all crazy.

Anonymous said...

I think poster #4 is confused as to the use of the word "internet". A fiber optic network certainly is not the internet as much as the pipes in your house are a part of the allegany river. You have to plug the fiber rings into the "internet" somewhere.

I think most businesses may use this for site to site connectivity rather than connections to the interwebs (er I mean internet).

kudos to zitomedia for sneaking back into the High tech market (legitimately) w/o the Government going bonkers.

Anonymous said...

It's a series of tubes, not rings

Anonymous said...

1:15.......Maybe you should research "Internet" (yes there is a capital "I" infrastruture. The "Internet is a collection of Large WANs which makes a virtual large WAN. This may bring connectivity to the local communities, but, if the Ring it to go anywhere it will require connectivity to the larger WANs. That is what the other posters are refering too. The Ring can be 100G in bandwidth (for example) but it will do no good for Internet connectivity if the outbound connection is limited by a T1 (1.544M) connection.

Anonymous said...

"Maybe you people should research the actual infrastructure of the "internet" before you go talking all crazy."

LOL There is no crazy talk here. The Internet is global not regional. To be part of the Internet you need to be connected to it. Zito probably doesn't peer with anyone. All their traffic is probably paid transit through other companies so they probably don't have a big pipe to the Internet. I would imagine that most of the real players connected to this ring would be concerned with how they are going to get out to the rest of the world. From what I have seen most of the hospitals aren't sending things to be looked at to other local hospitals. They are sending stuff long distances to places that are contracted to look at stuff; over the Internet.

Anonymous said...

"LOL There is no crazy talk here. The Internet is global not regional. To be part of the Internet you need to be connected to it. Zito probably doesn't peer with anyone. All their traffic is probably paid transit through other companies so they probably don't have a big pipe to the Internet. I would imagine that most of the real players connected to this ring would be concerned with how they are going to get out to the rest of the world. From what I have seen most of the hospitals aren't sending things to be looked at to other local hospitals. They are sending stuff long distances to places that are contracted to look at stuff; over the Internet."

No crazy talk? lmao :)

You're going on about "rings" and such. The WAN's you speak of are wide area networks, the "internet" is a scale-free-network, and like any network (b/c that's what the internet is), it can be made up of several other networks, which in turn could be comprised of other networks etc.

Regardless, the question remains, what the heck does this mean for YOU?

Do you think Zito is now going to provide you, the customer, with more bandwidth b/c their infrastructure has been upgraded? I think not.

Most of you probably don't even know that Coudersport and other nearby towns already have a ton of fiber optic lines.

Anonymous said...

CALL BEFORE YOU DIG--HEHEHEHEHEHE

Anonymous said...

"No crazy talk? lmao :)"

You just don't get it. The local part of the network is going to be made into a ring using optical transport gear. That is what they want the money to build. The local traffic gets onto this ring. From there it needs somewhere to go. Sure there may be a couple cases where local site to site has benefits but overall I am betting most places will be concerned with connecting further out as well.

Here maybe some of this will help you understand; but probably not:

Ring Topologies

Anonymous said...

Go Zito Media! I hope James builds the business back up....he deserves it!

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's the fault of the reporting media, maybe it's just people's understanding, but most fiber optic networks are not intended to provide residential Internet access. Many large businesses, the ones who purchase parts from Truck-Lite and/or the various powdered metal shops in the area prefer to do business electronically. Businesses operating at multiple locations want to transfer large volumes of data between locations, much larger than would be feasible with cable or dial-up. And yes, rural health care facilities that cannot afford or attract specialists can transmit data to partners anywhere in the country. And by utilizing grants, this type of service can be built and offered at reasonable prices.

What does that mean to you? Businesses can stay here employing you, and expand here, letting you advance to a higher paying job. You can have better health care without traveling hours to see a specialist. Hopefully this contributes more to your quality of life than a faster way to get to your Myspace page.