Tulsa Citywide Fiber-Optic Infrastructure Project
In 1993, TCI (now AT& Amp;T Cable Services) approached the city of Tulsa,Okla., about its plan to rebuild the cable TV network with fiber-optic media.TCI wanted the city to grant it a new operating ordinance for 25 years beforethe company made such a large capital expendit As part of the negotiation,TCI agreed to provide fiber-optic connections to city agencies for a fractionof the cost of installing the city's media.
Tulsa was thus able to have 150 locations connected without having topay for construction. The city has transferred police and public works sitesfrom leased services to its own network for a savings of $6,500 per month.The connection speed has increased more than 100 times, from T-1 (1.544megabits/sec) to OC-3 (155 megabits/sec). The Tulsa fire department migratedfrom digital services, for 800 times the speed and an additional monthlysavings of $3,000. Employees at those sites have high-speed access to citycomputer systems, e-mail, the Internet and the city's intranet.
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