A Connected Cambridge

Maker World - Submitted by mcsorg on Jan 23 2014

Another vision for Cambridge is for it to be a connected city. Everywhere you go, there is wifi. It wouldn't have to be really fast but at least you'd be connected everywhere to the internet at a reasonable speed, which is more than the mobile networks provide, 4G included. And it would be free.

But wifi is only part of the connected vision - the other half is superfast broadband provided by fibre-optic serving every building in the city. See this interesting article http://www.policymic.com/articles/66891/57-cities-now-have-free-wi-fi-but-they-re-not-thinking-big-enough

The article says that although wifi is important in municipalities, a "2011 study demonstrated that doubling the broadband speed for an economy increases GDP by 0.3%. Furthermore, businesses are enticed to locate to a city based on internet speed, not the mere presence of Wi-Fi. In a 2012 survey 90% of professionals in economic development organizations agreed that a broadband speed of at least 25-50 Mbps is needed to attract new business to a city, with over a quarter concurring that 1,000 Mbps would be needed".

So as a connected 'synchonicity'. Cambridge would not just make life better for workers and inhabitants but it would help attract more businesses to the region.

Cambridge is famous for its high tech 'cluster' - it's got a 'digital' image. But in the comms area it provides an 'analogue' service and this isn't good enough for a city that should aspire to be the greatest small city in the world.

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Air Maker
Jan 29 2014
8:31 PM
chicken and egg problem, no? won't be better infrastructure until there are services, won't be services until infrastructure.
Jan 29 2014
8:33 PM
can city help subsidize? is there a way to share connections for bizs that don't need super fast?
Captain Maker
Jan 29 2014
8:35 PM
Makers need to demonstrate what a fiber-connected building could do, build the first applications
Logistics( 2 )
What resources would you need to mobilize to make this future real?
Air Maker
Jan 29 2014
8:30 PM
MCS have you seen http://www.milemesh.com/? I think a way for makers to get involved in building digital connections
Jan 29 2014
8:32 PM
also example of google fiber—doesn't just have to come from top-down http://edckc.com/hacking-the-gigabit-city-weekend-wrap-up/
Roadblocks( 1 )
What could get in the way of this future?
Jan 29 2014
8:34 PM
is wifi easier than fiber?