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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.

With the E-rate season winding down, many schools are facing the question of how to take advantage of some of the new E-rate rules and eligible services.

Last year, for the first time, schools were able to fund managed Wi-Fi and switching services through E-rate. This presented a new opportunity for resources-strapped school districts, which lack the necessary staff to manage the growing mobile device population on their network. For other districts, it makes better sense to keep all IT management in-house, given their expertise or systems they have in place to handle network burdens.

You have probably heard by now that enterprise grade 802.11ac chipsets from the chipset manufacturers such as Qualcomm and Broadcom are arriving in what has been dubbed “waves” or phases. Enterprise wave 1 11ac access points started shipping in the second half of 2013 and the majority of the 11ac access points on the market today can be considered wave 1. Wave 2 11ac access points were expected to start shipping in the second half of 2015 (and have begun) but full featured versions aren’t expected until the first half of 2016.

Last week the ITU working group developing the XGS-PON standard (ITU-T Q2/15) approved the document to be forwarded for consent. What exactly does that mean? The XGS-PON standardization effort that kicked off last summer has moved to the next step toward standardization with final comments being solicited. Once all comments have been resolved, XGS-PON will be an official new broadband standard.

The effort lead by ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, BT, China Telecom, Huawei, and Orange will see next generation 10Gbps broadband technologies double the useable life span of a fiber network regardless of how fast the market's broadband traffic usage grows.