Gates Foundation considering nationwide fiber-optic rollout

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  1. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has estimated it would cost $5 billion to $10 billion to wire the nation's "anchor institutions" with fiber-optic cable.

    The Seattle-based charity filed an analysis to the Federal Communications Commission on Oct. 5, estimating how much it would cost to install fiber-optic lines at about 123,000 hospitals, public libraries, public schools and community colleges. The study focused on bringing high-speed Internet connections to urban, suburban and rural communities.

    On Thursday, the FCC released a public notice (PDF) asking for comment on the Gates Foundation's analysis.

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation submitted this chart estimating the cost of installing fiber-optic lines at 123,000 U.S. institutions. "In submitting this analysis, we seek to assist federal agencies in their efforts to deploy broadband technologies more broadly and to encourage others with greater expertise in this area to come forward with additional data and information," states the foundation's proposal, which is attached to the FCC notice.

    The analysis also claims that 80 percent of the nation's "anchor institutions" are without fiber-optic connections. That's one figure on which the FCC wanted further feedback.

    The estimates do not include the cost of managing a network once it is installed.

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/archives/181611.asp

    "The Gates Foundation has identified 123,000 "anchor institutions" in local communities that could make good use of fiber Internet connections. In addition to serving the community that comes to each institution, the idea is also to run fiber into the center of every community in the country, with the goal of making it easier to then expand Internet access to homes and businesses in the community."

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...-hopes-to-bring-fiber-to-school-hospitals.ars
     
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    This is what happens when good people have money[:
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Plus fine print:

    And it'll require installation of windows based system
    And your soul
     
  5. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    Never!
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  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I had no idea the prevalence of fiber at the level of these kinds of institutions was so low....
     
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    You mean you don't already have fiber? For shame! :mad:
     
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    So they submitted a cost estimate to the government so that they have a better understanding of how much it would cost to do. However, it doesn't necessarily mean that the Gates' are offering to fund the project, right?
     
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    Say what you will about Windows or Microsoft as a whole, I deeply respect Bill Gates for using his fortune to pursue philanthropic goals.
     
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    Agreed.
     
  12. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    $5-10 billion? Does that sound incredibly cheap to anyone else, given the magnitude of the work involved here?
     

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