August 1999 Economic Readiness Assessment Report

Original assessment of schools, university, non-profits, hospital, businesses, and arts & entertainment. At the time of the assessment, construction of the new system – the Ashland Fiber Network (AFN) – was just beginning. The City was worried that there would not be sufficient demand for the network to generate the necessary revenues to meet its goals.
The assessment revealed that the infrastructure was good, and when the Ashland Fiber Network came on-line, the infrastructure would be exceptional. But the use of the network was lagging.

Amid telecom ruins, a fortune is buried

Forget dot-coms. The truly excessive over investment of the technology boom was in the Internet’s pipeline, the hair-thin strands of glass that snake across the state and nation, carrying pulses of light that translate into huge volumes of e-mail messages, Web pages and online video


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