An early American radio comedy series classic, “Fibber McGee and Molly,” employed a running gag involving the family closet at 79 Wistful Vista. The household clutter would come tumbling out in an avalanche of messy contents whenever the door was opened. So it would seem that an endeavor being considered here in our own little wistful village has similar characteristics — and may result in our being buried with another unnecessary tax burden. The inherent “folly” of the Fiber Project stems in part from some of the factors that follow.
Lack of requirements. There is no statement of compelling need or description of essentiality to suggest the laying of fiber optic conduit will solve a particular problem or represent an entire solution. Rather, the implied suggestion is offered that fiber optics will insure that the town computer system will somehow resist natural disasters (like storm-driven tree fall) and catastrophic events just as hardened connections on the battlefield withstand explosive detonation and enemy attacks. And thus no cost justification or cost/benefits analysis can be constructed. Without detailed requirements, no outcomes can be evaluated. With essential and known system requirements, one can then offer the overall design and development responsibility for a coherent, best (short and long range) solution to a competent information technology vendor.