Brookley Needs More Fiber

Brookley Needs More Fiber

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MOBILE, Ala. -

Cars drive over what one day will probably house thousands of feet of fiber optic cable.  The cable hasn't been installed throughout the complex.  Right now a hodgepodge of service providers brings fiber optic service to businesses that want it, like the Occupational Health Center.  Star aviation is switching from T-1 service to fiber as well.

 

"The infrastructure they have in place right now is dated we're still on T-1's the fiber that's going to be provided is going to help, it will help us gain new customers as well," says Michael Brown with Star Aviation.  The infrastructure dates back to World War II.  Roads, drainage and technology services all need updates.  Mobile's mayor says they need to plan for fiber as other projects are underway.

 

"Even if we don't put the fiber optics in right now we might want to look at least putting the conduit to make sure it's there so we won't have to tear the road back up," says Mobile Mayor Sam Jones.  We don't know who'll foot the bill--taxpayers, industry or both.  Ideally private service providers would pay for most of it.  Right now the Airport Authority is conducting a study on how they address the tech needs at this complex.

 

"We're looking to the future and we want to make sure from a technology standpoint that we're ready for the kind of growth we will be getting here and that includes not only fiber but that includes wifi, it includes lighting, security cameras, an overall technology network," says Mobile Airport Authority Director Bill Sisson. 

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