City, schools eye 15-year fiber-optic...

City, schools eye 15-year fiber-optic network contract

There are 6 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Dec 1, 2010, titled City, schools eye 15-year fiber-optic network contract. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:

The city of Gahanna is considering the addition of the Gahanna-Jefferson schools as part of its fiber-optic network.

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What is the cost

Westerville, OH

#1 Dec 3, 2010
What is the cost to the city? Us tax payers are footing the bill for this great generous act of kindness. It may be the right thing to do, but in the intrest of full discolsure, what did the taxpayer spend to lay that fiber? Our schools need to be strong and the city needs to support our schools as they can, but tell us what this kind gift cost the Gahanna taxpayer? Our elected leaders don't get it. Our dollars are not theirs to give away.

Columbus, OH

#2 Dec 3, 2010
How can you exclude one school? Aside from Gahanna's tendency to waste tax dollars of course.

Canal Winchester, OH

#3 Dec 4, 2010
Because it's better to for the city to have its own fiber than to actually buy it from a private company. Forget about the equipment and manpower costs involved in managing it, maintaining it, fixing it and upgrading it. Maybe the city should start its own insurance or landscaping business too. What exactly is the benchmark for a profitable return on this?

Galion, OH

#4 Dec 6, 2010
"SAVE"----did someone in the Gahanna School System say "SAVE"----just what are they saving, how much and for who------"SAVE"????? ??, i wonder if the Gahanna School System can define the word "SAVE"
will blacklick

Columbus, OH

#5 Dec 7, 2010
I guess they need somebody to help pay the costs of this high tech fiber system. Wonder how many customers COG has on this system ???? Or it is another Creekside money pit....
Bernard in Gahanna

Columbus, OH

#6 Dec 8, 2010
Signing a long term contract with a technology company--whether it be the city--or folks like XO Communications, or Time Warner-- is likely not a good idea... Technology is constantly changing. Who can possibly predict what might be mainstream in networking 10 years from now? Would any of us sign a 15 year contract with Time-Warner, WOW, DirecTV? Not likely.

But, as has been noted many times before, COG has a knack for wasteful spending

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