Kansas City finished a project with partner Google Fiber to bring gigabit internet speeds to the area. While that is quite the accomplishment, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) hopes it is just the beginning and created the “Gigabit Challenge” in an effort to have at least one city in each of the 50 states involved by the year 2015.
“American economic history teaches a clear lesson about infrastructure. If we build it, innovation will come,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a press statement. “The U.S. needs a critical mass of gigabit communities nationwide so that innovators can develop next-generation applications and services that will drive economic growth and global competitiveness.”
While there is a bit of cheese in the “if we build it,” line, the logic is there. If enterprise-level companies, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and forward thinking individuals are suddenly given access to high-speed, fiber-based internet, there is no telling what kind of innovations could be on the horizon in the next five to 10 years.
Companies of all sizes will be able to benefit from access to higher quality internet. IT departments are constantly pushing the limits of what can be done with current technology and improve what can be done in the future. A tool like gigabit speeds can break through a number of barriers and bring the bring innovative technologies into daily operations sooner.
If this comes to pass, IT Principals will see the potential in systems like cloud services, disaster recovery and a number of other small business solutions. IT departments that have partnered with trusted VARs and MSPs will have a better chance to take advantage of these evolving systems.