Report from Cisco, 2012
Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois, had become increasingly concerned with the costs of its unreliable network spread across 52 different buildings within 46 square miles. The network was disjointed, resulting in high fluctuations and variance in service from building to building. Aurora began to look at ways to use fiber optics — an advanced, innovative technology, to replace its older, traditional copper network.
"Aurora’s network upgrade has resulted in a range of successes and improvements across the municipality. The consolidation of equipment and providers and integration of Cisco’s fiber network has provided an annual savings of $485,000 for the city."
These savings resonate in the current economic climate, as affirmed by Mayor Weisner, “With local governments increasingly facing limited resources, you have to be able to find efficiencies in operations.” Although the cost savings are gratifying, Beck notes that that was just the beginning: “The priority for the fiber optic network was initially cost savings; however we’re realizing that the benefits don’t end there. We’ve had some super wins with this technology, and we’re going to keep leveraging the infrastructure.”
“Cisco’s fiber network has helped us become the 21st century version of the City of Lights: the city of light speed.”
— Mayor Tom Weisner, Mayor, City of Aurora
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