Letters to the Editor


We brothers would like to thank the staff, and especially Nathan Stubbs, for its "Fiber 101" article (June 22) highlighting the input from our local area deans and professors. We enjoyed the perceptive comments from professors Paula Carson, Lewis Gale and John Meriwether's contributions most. Business Dean Gale's comment ' "What I would like to hear people talk more about are the services of tomorrow" ' is on the mark. This is for the technology community members to perform.

There are chiefly three revenue streams for our local households that this le grand referendum will permit in the global economy.

First, those who earn their living in the document-intensive professional groups (medical, legal, educational and law enforcement) will benefit by out-sourcing some of their data collection work to our homes.

Second, those who earn their income in the FIRE (financials, insurance and real estate) economic sector can derive additional income by doing outsource work from our major corporations.

Third, Gale's pertinent interest is the new services coming on-line from the knowledge economy. Just to give a sample flavor to the citizens of a few future sources of income: human software that stresses empathy and lifestyle requirements; business software that matches supply and demand chains' enterprises; agricultural software that matches local small farmers and city retail trade for organic food; law enforcement security software that alerts and protects our citizens from the outside world; entertainment software that produces content for the outside world; and data warehousing business intelligence software that extracts meaningful information for prudent decision-making.

This bold fiber initiative supplies the utility commodity mechanism (photons streaming through bundled thin glass wire) and pricing structure to assist local home and business needs to be truly competitive in the global economy. It has taken many men and women of talent, genius and savant minds in this beautiful land in the Deep South in order to have this brilliant opportunity by opening up economic space in the world economy for our local economy.