Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks by Timothy Schoechle, PhD

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Central Conclusions from “Re-Inventing Wires”

  • Internet access in the United States has been hijacked by commercial interests and motivations that constrain its availability, quality, content, and media.
  • High-speed optical fiber-based Internet access network should be available to every community with a direct hard-wired connection to every household and workplace.
  • The Internet has become a basic public good vital to our society, and it should be available to all in a safe, reliable, fair, affordable, and energy efficient manner.
  • Wireless access service is not an adequate substitute for wires, and should be considered adjunct to wired.
  • So-called public-private partnerships inevitably tend to introduce inherent conflicts of interest between the public and private for-profit investors. Thus, in principle, community networks should be financed, constructed, and managed in a manner analogous to such public infrastructure as municipal water systems, sewers, streets, or libraries—keeping local governments in the driver’s seat.

13 Ways “Fiber [in]to the Premises” (rather than 4G/5G wireless antennas) Strengthens U.S. Communications, National Security, and the Economy

  • Speed of Internet Access
  • Neutrality of Internet Access
  • Quality of Voice Communication
  • Reliability
  • Energy Usage and Efficiency
  • Resiliency in Extreme Weather Events
  • Value for the Money to All Users
  • Safety and Cybersecurity
  • Personal Privacy
  • Public Health
  • The Biological Ecosystem
  • Landline Phone Access When the Power Goes Out
  • The Integrity of the Communications System as a Whole, which has become hijacked by commercial motivations and riddled with planned obsolescence and unnecessary future costs for us all

Audio Presentation on “Re-Inventing Wires”

Recorded at the Commonwealth Club on February 5, 2018

Video Presentations on “Re-Inventing Wires”

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