Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks by Timothy Schoechle, PhD
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 to the Premises” (rather than 4G/5G antennas) Strengthens U.S. Communications, National Security, and the Economy
- Speed of Internet Access
- Neutrality of Internet Access
- Quality of Voice Communication
- 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