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Proposed Illinois broadband act falls short

Last week, I was sent an announcement of pending Illinois broadband legislation (20 ILCS 3921/10), which was announced on Jan. 25. Here's its synopsis:
Creates the Universal Access to Broadband Services Act. Requires the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to create and maintain a map of broadband infrastructure in the state. Sets forth that all publicly held broadband ......

Full article >>> nd initiative without spending what's really needed. The key phrase in it is "necessary to provide broadband services that are owned by, leased by, controlled by, paid for in whole or in part by or accessible to the Illinois Century Network, the Illinois Department of Transportation"

Another way to look at it is that "paid for in whole or in part by" means that any money received from the......

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Mapping? Networking infrastructure reliability?

While having a map of the network infrastructure is good, having easy access to it isn't. One of the biggest issues on network infrastructure is that you don't want the entire map of communication resources available to anyone who can Google "Illinois total network infrastructure" from their home PC.

In today's ter......

Full article >>> twork. Though the concept of putting in many small regional or area networks sounds appealing, the reality is that you have to interconnect to everything else and be backward compatible.

With the mix of systems and manufacturers of equipment, how do you maintain a constant reliability level that's acceptable to those with mission-critical applications? From a troubleshooting standpoint, w......

Full article >>> >: Network infrastructures are like icebergs. You only see 5 percent of the issues and responsibilities on the surface.

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