What is FirstNet; simply put FirstNet is the first nationwide, high-speed broadband network dedicated to public safety – our First Responders Network. This initiative grew out of the public safety community’s commitment to, and advocacy for, a dedicated network to address the communication challenges faced during 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Consider the importance communication has in public safety. When an emergency arises, instincts kick in and you depend on the ability to contact the folks you need and depend on; that’s where the FirstNet infrastructure comes in.
Rural agricultural communities are demanding high-capacity, low-latency network services to support bandwidth-intensive applications used in various operations, including water supply management, precision agriculture and food production.
Major metropolitan areas across the country are turning to cutting-edge technologies and solutions for advanced connectivity to satisfy the demands of increased data traffic and bandwidth-intensive content. Small cells have afforded these Tier I markets the ability to increase network capacity and available frequencies throughout a given area, and with 5G technology waiting in the wings, companies and end-users located in these cities find themselves in an optimal position to enjoy continuous, high-quality connectivity services. However, take a step outside of these major metro areas and you’ll see an entirely different picture.
Extreme weather, seismic events, and even rodents have compromised the physical security of cloud servers and other data center infrastructure. Selecting an underground colocation facility with above industry standards provides the solution to these and other threats.
One of the most significant thing about having a data center buried eight and half stories below ground is that it produces a degree of invisibility. When you have that much rock above your computer operations, satellites can’t see you. Plus, since the facility is on private streets with on-site security 24/7, people can’t come and just drive down to the facility and there is no Google street view. Tying in to this visibility aspect come the technology and equipment needed to run the facility. All of our equipment to guarantee operations is located underground. This means it’s not only out of sight, but also out of the way of inclement weather. The equipment will still operate in inclement weather if it were above ground, but putting it deep underground adds an extra layer of protection and maintains the promise of 100% uptime guaranteed.
Four years have passed and the 2016 Olympic Games have begun in Rio, Brazil. With over 40 sports and 306 individual events spread out over 19 days, the world will get to immerse themselves in technology while watching thousands of athletes from all over the world compete for gold. With so many events it may be difficult to keep track of everything going on, but with the help of some technology innovations since the last summer Olympics, athletes and fans can be reassured that the results will be accurate.
When a medical patient in a rural area needs to consult with a specialist, this may cost the individual thousands of dollars in travel expenses, days missed from work and medical bills. But what if there was a way to tremendously reduce the expenses of this much needed treatment. Well now there is, and it’s all done through the power of telemedicine. Although it is a relatively new term, telemedicine has quickly become a highly talked about area in the broadband industry. Telemedicine introduces new opportunities for individuals and could become a key factor when it comes to lowering healthcare costs. Patients will be able to consult with doctors and specialist in real time and give them instantaneous access to medical records. In order for telemedicine to save lives, it must be supported by a broadband infrastructure.