New broadband offerings could change everything

Between the US Government’s National Broadband Plan, and Google’s upcoming ultra high-speed broadband test, incredible changes in how we share information, work and live may be just around the corner.

Among the goals listed for the National Broadband Plan, are providing every American with affordable access to broadband service, and at least 100 million homes should have speeds of 100 megabits per second download and 50 megabits per second upload.

Google is taking it a step further and plans to test residential fiber that would provide 1 gigabit per second download and upload. At that speed, you could download an entire HD movie in less than 5 minutes. Based on the energy behind these initiatives, I think it’s safe to say that there will be some pretty impressive improvements over the next few years to America’s existing broadband networks.

In the near future, it will become increasingly important for businesses to plan around these new offerings. As these new broadband speeds begin to be implemented and become commonly available, the potential for new IT strategies and business models is huge.

Having a solid understanding of your existing data networks will enable you to more effectively plan for this tremendous opportunity to rethink your infrastructure. A proven Telecom Expense Management solution is a sure fire way to get there – and Valicom is just the company to provide that solution. With 20 years of experience helping companies understand and optimize their data networks, Valicom can give you the edge when it comes to preparing for the next generation of data networking.

About the Author: Jeff Poirior

Jeff brings 25 years of telecommunications and information technology management experience in voice and data networking, server support, and telephony and security; with a significant emphasis on customer service. Prior to joining Valicom, he was chief of the infrastructure support section for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Jeff was the vice president of operations for CC&N, overseeing telecommunications, help desk, data and desk side support services. Prior to that, he served as the associate director of technical resources for Covance, responsible for managing systems and network operations supporting 1700 users in Wisconsin and Virginia. He has also led data center operations at Magnetek Electric, supporting mainframe systems, client/server applications, telephony systems, and computer-aided design. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University and a master’s degree in business administration from University of Phoenix. In addition, Jeff is a past board member of the Wisconsin Telecommunication Association.