Thursday, September 09, 2004

Adversity into Advantage

As a survivor of numerous hurricanes, I can attest to the fact that those storms are not fun — particularly the cleanup. However, this story from eWeek shows that hurricanes — even devastating ones — can have an upside.

Homestead, Florida, flattened by the same Hurricane Andrew which struck Louisiana in 1992, used the near total destruction of that community to take a forward-looking approach to rebuilding itself. Using community development block grants (CDBGs), Homestead built a fiber optic system that is delivering 100 megabit Ethernet based voice, data and video services to residents there.

And, they're looking well beyond the "triple play" concept. It's a great story!

It also reaffirms the fact that not all companies feel threatened by such fiber projects.

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