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Last-mile strategy for growing ISP
Hi all - Please forgive my naivity, I've been in the IT industry for several years but have made the transition to IT networks (ISPs) very recently. I attended a networking conference recently and one of the key note speakers (from a large ISP) mentioned in passing the difficulties in delivering IP services to their customers over their last mile infrastructure. As one of the network managers for a growing ISP (our customer being primarily government services) looking to provide more IP services and get more government agencies on to our network, what would be some of the challenges we might encounter in delivering such services to current and new government bodies over our last mile infrastructure ? What should be some of our considerations ? What are some viable / cost-effective strategies ? Where is the industry heading in terms of last-mile offerings ? Are wireless technologies (with some of the current security limitations) viable as a solution -- given the confidential nature of governement data -- in the near future ? Any recommendations or thoughts would be most welcome. Thank you for your time and patience. J. H.