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Wednesday, March 24, 2004


Michigan: Muskegon County governments and schools to benefit from the Shoreline Fiber Network

From the Muskegon [Michigan] Chronicle:
"More than half of city and township halls in Muskegon County will be able to join a fiber-optic network, linking 14 more sites with 87 already set to get the technology. So far, 12 school districts plus Muskegon Catholic Schools and Muskegon Technical Academy, both colleges, Muskegon County offices, 911 Central Dispatch and a nonprofit Internet service provider have signed on to the $2.5 million project. The partners are calling themselves the Shoreline Fiber Network.

Those include 14 township and city halls -- 60 percent of the county total. Everyone on the network will be able to link up with each other, sharing services such as Internet and information such as tax records at very high transmission speeds. Work on the project, instigated by the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, is in high gear with 3,500 power poles identified for stringing over 120 miles of fiber.

While the project will provide enhanced technology, it also will bring significant cost savings over the long term to users, who currently have to rent cable lines for hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Bedoya predicted savings to the county to be $6 million over the next 10 years."


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