Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The need for speed

The Ketchum City Council thinks the town may have a need for speed.

It’s trying to find a consultant to determine if individuals and businesses have high enough Internet speeds to keep them happy and competitive in a digitally connected world. It wants a consultant to put together an inventory of existing telephone, cable, mobile-wireless and fixed-wireless service providers and to identify gaps in service. It wants a report on the State of Broadband in Ketchum.

For this, the council has allocated $20,000—a small amount of money relative to its overall budget.

Beyond determining the state of broadband, however, the city needs to move cautiously. While residents and businesses will appreciate the city’s desire to ensure that it has a digital infrastructure that’s strong and healthy enough to keep its economy ticking, the city should avoid throwing itself onto the bleeding edge of technology where the ink is red and the heaps of discarded equipment are high.

As a small community, Ketchum simply cannot afford pricey misadventures in technology. It needs not just high tech, but real tech.

The city’s first foray into community connectivity—its wireless program—failed miserably. Instead of heeding local tech experts who testified at public hearings, it trotted off with tech cheerleaders who touted technology that was untested in cold mountain climates. It ended up with a useless, broken system.

Done well, the review will be worth every cent. But the public needs to watchdog what happens following the review to ensure that the city doesn’t fall prey to the temptation to go chasing digital rainbows.

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