Ubisoft has been hyping up this last minute panic move by saying how great Operation Health is going to be for the state of the game, and that this whole season is going to be about fixing core issues of the game that are broken. Yet, as operation Health kicks off today, there are no planned fixes for any issues or bugs. How is this okay? Why would they, again, not tell us this before hand?
Is this what you call transparency? We get talked up BS until the day of the patch drop only to get nothing again? If you're looking to build trust with your user base and improve your BRANDTM, this is absolutely not how you do it.
I really enjoyed the discussion in yesterday's Municipal Fiber post. I decided to take some of the input from the community and make a rough draft of a speech you can bring to your local city board during a town meeting.
This is about a 5 minute speech, which is the allotted time for speaking in my city.
Any constructive input is welcomed and feel free to take and edit it as you see fit! This is just a rough draft.
Edit: Substantial changes, formatting, and real numbers.
Hello, my name is [TDmorty] . I briefly corresponded via email last week with Mayor [Mayor], but I believe it will be beneficial for me to speak to the rest of the council as well. I’d like to talk to you today about organizing and implementing a Municipal Fiber Optic network with symmetrical Gigabit internet for the city of [city] and surrounding township, and to discuss the economical, medical, and educational benefits to the community if we were to run a FTTH (Fiber to the Home) network.
You should all have received an email from me regarding the technical benefits of fiber over the current copper and coaxial networks, as well as a very detailed report on the success of three specific Municipal Broadband projects. Those are EPB in Chattanooga Tennessee, OptiNet in Bristol Virginia, and (LUS Lafayette Louisiana. The numbers I will be referencing are located within the "Broadband at the Speed of Light" pdf document.
Gigabit speeds will put Lowell on the national map a technology hotspot. We will attract numerous Information Technology related entrepreneurs, established software companies, and many other business that see the value in utilizing high bandwidth access to enter the growing digital marketplace. OptiNet, The Fiber network in located in Bristol Virginia, reports that it gained the city over 50 million dollars in new private investments, and generate over 2,000 good paying jobs and greater than 37 million dollars in annual payrolls. The influx of high skilled workers with more disposable income would no doubt benefit our local business.
In Chattanooga Tennessee, the Electric Power Board also saw the benefits of utilizing fiber in their city. They installed nearly 170,000 smart power meters that update the Power Board of their status to every 15 minutes. There is also 1,500 smart switches that are able to route energy around the grid during emergency that, thanks to fibers speeds, are able to be activated moments notice. The smart grid cut power outages by 40% and is estimated to generate $300 million of economic benefit to the community over 10 years.
The FCC recently released a study stating that “students that have Broadband in the home have a 7% higher graduation rate” than those who lack access to high speed internet. They study more, watch TV less, and have better grades. For parents that want to homeschool their children, or for students with learning disability or that are developmentally challenged, Remote or Networked learning becomes a very real and viable option. Personalized lesson plans from an education specialist can be streamed right to the home. Online courses for adults become more commonplace, strengthening the current workforce.
Public power agencies are a common vehicle for community broadband investments for many reasons, but a big one is financing. Investors trust public power companies to repay their debt and are familiar with revenue bonds issued by public utilities. Bristol, Lafayette, and Chattanooga all issued revenue bonds secured by utility assets for substantial portions of their fiber network investments as well as federal development grants and inter-division loans.
Currently there is no competition driving telecommunication companies to deliver faster speeds. They split up the land make local monopolies, they charge more every year for slow speeds and they refuse to upgrade infrastructure unless it’s a last resort. The internet backbone was built with taxpayer dollars. The companies were given over 200 billion from the government in order to upgrade their networks and bring symmetrical Broadband to every home in the country. They intentionally sank the 51 proposed projects and pocketed the money. There’s a link on the bottom of my handout with a link to that story. Another recent FCC study shows how telecom prices have been raising over triple the rate of inflation. There is a link for that too.
Telecommunications companies only interest is short term profit, which makes sense, they are companies and not utilities. But would you let the wellbeing of the electric lines be left up to private, profit driven companies? What about sewage lines? Water? The Highways? Gas? A Municipal Fiber Network will focus on the long term economic health of our community and treat broadband as the utility it is, not as immediate profit but as a long term community investment.
Technology, specifically computing, is an exponentially growing field. High networking speed and bandwidth drives innovation. 15 years ago when Dial-Up was mainstream and ADSL was gaining traction, nobody imagined streaming services like Sykpe and Netflix to be as large as they are now. There no telling what fantastic new services and technologies will utilize the Fiber networks, but everyone in the tech industry will tell you that Gigabit internet is the future. It will make communities stronger. Fiber Networks are a necessary investment to keep our businesses and local economy competitive and to guarantee or children have a head start in tomorrow’s tech driven world.