Case Solution for Wired Wellington: The Info City Project and the City Link Network

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Case Name :      Wired Wellington: The Info City Project and the City Link Network
Authors :           Sid L. Huff
Source :             Ivey Publishing
Case ID :            98E009
Discipline :        Information Technology
Case Length :    38 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
As a central component of its Vision 2020 strategy, the city of Wellington, New Zealand has developed preliminary plans to transform itself into a “wired city.” The overarching project was called Info City. Info City actually consisted of a collection of sub-projects, each focusing on a different way in which the city could promote and foster the use of information technology to help move toward the “2020 Vision.” One of the sub-projects was called City Link. The objective of City Link was to create a high-speed digital communications infrastructure for the downtown business district. Fiber optic cable was to be used to “wire up,” simply and inexpensively, the city’s downtown businesses, to provide a backbone network that businesses could utilize, however they wished, to make themselves more competitive. A company had recently been formed to bring together a number of parties interested in advancing the project. A telecommunications architecture was being developed, and plans for stringing cable were underway. While Richard Naylor, the project’s champion, wasn’t sure exactly how the city’s businesses would use the cable, he was confident that once the infrastructure was in place, ideas for its utilization would readily emerge. This case provides a setting for exploring the issue of cities “competing,” much as do businesses, and the ways in which IT can be utilized in the competition. Also raises interesting social policy questions about who should pay for such an undertaking, who should benefit, and so on.
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