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What is Telecom Planning?

Background:
Time Magazine's 4/12/93 cover story, The Info Highway, stated:

A new world of video entertainment and interactive services is coming to your home -- sooner than you think . . . imagine a medium that combines the switching and routing capabilities of phones with the video and information offerings of the most advanced cable systems and data banks. Instead of settling for whatever happens to be on at a particular time, you could select any item from an encyclopedic menu of offerings and have it routed directly to your television set or computer screen.

Thirteen years later, this new world with all its technologic promise is here.

TeleDimensions’ clients address public asset management questions:

Is your town realizing the benefits of advanced technology?
How can you take advantage of technologic innovations?
What can your town do to create jobs in a 21st Century world economy?
How does local government integrate technologic advances into public safety, emergency management and homeland security operations?
What kinds of training programs do we need for workers in the future?

Telecom Planning

Governments charge some private telecom carriers to locate broadband networks in public right-of-way (ROW) which is nine feet of land on each side of every road in the U.S.
ROW is a public asset, paid for and maintained by local taxpayers to house essential utility services such as water, sewer, gas, electric, telephone and cable.
Cities can develop telecom plans that integrate the elements of ROW asset management, technology, education and economic development.
During cable franchise renewals, local governments have a unique opportunity to initiate a comprehensive telecom planning process.

Public Safety, Emergency Management, Homeland Security

The biggest user of telecom infrastructure is local government’s E911 data base which includes every home and business in the community.
Public safety networks are comprised of voice, data and video applications delivered over fragmented radio, telephone, broadband and wireless technologies, which often are not interconnected or even owned by government.
Emergency management plans coordinate government and social agency operations such as police, fire, water, sanitation, hospitals and education service providers, who often use disparate communications infrastructure systems that aren’t interconnected—radio, telephone, cable and broadcast television.
Telecom infrastructure planning incorporates the technical integration needed to effectively deliver public safety and emergency management services.

Telecom and Economic Development

In the 21st Century, telecom has joined the ranks or surpassed transportation, water, sewers and land as critical infrastructure needed to sustain local economies.
Ranking fifteenth in the world with Internet speeds of 1.5-3 Mbps available in only metro areas, the U.S. lags behind most of Europe and Asia where, for the same price, 25-100 Mbps Internet speeds are available to homes and businesses.
Wireless broadband / FTTP networks carry an Internet that by eliminating land boundaries, allows communities to remain economically viable, no matter their size or location.
TeleDimensions helps local governments acquire the telecom infrastructure needed to compete in the global information age economy.
Telecom infrastructure is the critical element community’s need to upgrade education and job development programs needed to train the future workforce.

Integrating Technology, Regulation & Planning

Telecom planning projects help regions and cities, large and small, use technology to implement economic development initiatives.
Cities manage outcomes by creating regulatory structures such as public/private partnerships and commissions.
Towns attract new business with regional solutions that integrate telecom into the public safety and service infrastructure.

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