Writer William Gibson said that the future is already here, it's just not
very well distributed yet. Well this my friends is what the future looks
like. This is a telephone pole in a residential neighborhood in Malaysia
and this is fiber optic to the home. Broadband Internet is now defined as
fiber optic to the premises. Cable and DSL Internet is no longer
considered to be broadband.
Fiber optic cable is the essential infrastructure of the twenty-first
century. Fiber optic cable is light streamed through strands of glass and
by using different colors of light, many different channels of data can be
transmitted over the same strand.
In our vision of the way this should go, all providers have equal access
to the neighborhood fiber optic pod with no one provider controlling the
access. Local networks peer together, which means very low bandwidth
costs amongst the peers and faster, lower latency access.
Highspeed network traffic from North America to Europe passes through
Halifax so we are perfectly situated to take maximum advantage of this.
It's like the 1800s again when Nova Scotia prospered by being at the heart
of the Atlantic shipping routes. Now it's pulses of light going back and
forth across the ocean instead of trade goods.
Information loves fast network speeds and low latency and it's going to go
where it can find them. Fiber optic cable installed now will still be used
for access decades from now.
Give people this kind of access to this sort of information pipe and they
will astonish you with the things they will think up to use it. Business,
culture, education, all benefit dramatically with highspeed access. Ask
the Valley Community Fibre Network:
They're doing this right now in the Annapolis Valley.
Highspeed access throughout the city and province will generate new
businesses and industries and help us keep younger people from having to
Public support is going to be essential to setting this future up. Leaving
such important matters to blind market forces and happenstance is not
going to be the best for us in the long run. We should be rolling out
fiber optic cable everywhere we can, much as electricity lines were rolled
out everywhere in the early twentieth century.
Some members of the public will need support to help them use technology
and this should not be forgotten as well.
Make sure your local politician is aware of these issues. It's your voice
that needs to be heard. Your voice, letting your representative know that
you think this is important. Enough voices may be able to start things
Thank you for your time, and good night.