Thursday, August 30, 2007

Telecom Transformation and Cost-savings

Today the Mayor held a CapStat session on the state of telecommunications in the District. The DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) was cited for restructuring its fiber optic telecommunications network (DC-Net) and making the program solvent, enabling continued growth without additional capital investment. Since May 2007, DC-Net has added 5100 telephone lines, 183 data circuits, and connected 51 schools citywide.

OCTO also pooled minutes across cell-phone carriers to simplify administration and gain cost savings. The plan will allow the District to share unused minutes within agencies and across the District.