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2016 on many fronts has been a year of turmoil. A year that has brought lots of uncertainty, lots of fear, lots of change.

As we enter the 2017, we are faced with a different landscape, one which will see changes in the economic rules of engagement with other European nations, and likely the United States. In this new era, in order to preserve competitiveness, it is vital that the leaders of nations recognise the importance of the next wave of digital infrastructure. Success or failure in the digital economy is what will make or break the economies of the future.

Are you getting the most out of your network today? What if I ask that question in five years? At the speed technology is currently progressing, the network you deployed last year, or are deploying now, will be out of date before your current class of freshmen graduate. What if there was a way to protect your investment, affording you the opportunity to upgrade as new technologies enter the marketplace and ensuring your network can handle the demands of 21st century learning?

With beginnings going back to antiquity, fencing is one of only a handful of sports which has been part of every modern Olympic Games. Conjuring up memories of The Three Musketeers and medieval knights, the sport of fencing is practiced by both young and old, with many colleges and universities fielding teams, along with many individuals practicing their craft.

This year’s Veterans (age 50+) World Championships were held from October 10-16 in Stralsund, Germany, hosting 700 participants and thousands of fans from around the world. As with every sporting event, fans expected to be able to share their experience while at the venue.

Have you ever heard the quote, “What got you here, won’t get you there”? With all the changes happening today, we should really be examining how and what this can mean to our businesses sooner than later. As humans, we can tend to view change with an air of concern or fear, rather than embracing it and looking at the opportunities and advantages that it can bring to our lives.

Brexit is a good example. Following the surprise vote for Britain to exit the European Union, I saw multitudes of news outlets and scores of tweeters announcing the end was coming. When did we get so fearful of change instead of embracing the value that it can potentially bring to our businesses?

One of the best things about education is getting to learn something new, whether it’s a technology, methodology, or figuring out a better way to do a common task.Of course, education doesn’t end when you leave school — we are all constantly learning and improving (or you should be) in our daily work and personal lives. This is certainly true for CIOs, network administrators, and other IT staff tasked with building, managing, and optimizing the networks that organizations rely on to run their businesses.

You rent cable, right? So why not your network?

A monthly business subscription holds a great deal of appeal. After all, it mirrors how we consume services in our personal lives. Whether you have a subscription to Netflix or are paying a monthly bill for cable TV, the idea of a recurring charge that includes equipment “rental” is a part of our culture. It provides the ability to remain flexible yet always have access to the latest generation of technology, or, in the case of Netflix, an early preview of the latest Star Wars film.

Mention central Maine, and the first things that pop to mind will probably be scenic and beautiful valleys and rivers, and lots of great outdoor activities. With these rustic images in mind, you may not expect to find high-speed and technologically advanced networks.

However, at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, that is exactly what you will find. Despite its small campus and small college vibe, Thomas is heavily invested in providing the best technology capabilities for its students and faculty.

Few things in IT can be as frustrating as managing a modern network — think about it. Today, most networks are predominantly wireless, which brings in a whole host of new complexities in security, coverage, bandwidth management, and access control. And, in any distributed enterprise and large campus, there’s the issue of having to provide strong connectivity across a large area, while being able to manage hundreds of access points.

New broadband technologies are constantly evolving and that’s a good thing. As consumers, we need innovation providing us both cost reduction and capability expansion to keep up with our demand for more bandwidth and support emerging residential and business services. Over the last few decades we have seen first generation wireless networks and cell phones go from supporting only voice to smart phones and 4G networks supporting voice, data and streaming video--amazing stuff that drives us to line up at the store every year for an iPhone or Android with better battery life, bigger screens, and more memory to support new applications.

Faster and faster broadband speeds have been a staple of industry talk for as long as I can remember. It’s defined the copper debate for years, and provided pretty much the entire context for FTTP demand. We can thank that energy for delivering Gigabit access to our communities.