County residents often don't even know they are benefiting from the Westchester Telecom project. Here are some of the ways in which they do:
On-line document sharing and interactive materials:
- Listings and applications for civil service jobs, building permits, and land records
- Video and pictures to help deal with crises such as the West Nile Virus
- Map-based information and directions to facilities
New videoconferencing capabilities:
- allow real-time meetings with government representatives located miles away
- available for residents at outreach centers such as local libraries or community-based organizations
- eventually available at home
Residential Internet services:
- more reliable
Expanded opportunities for businesses and community organizations:
- Local companies can get faster Internet access and higher bandwidth for less than what they now pay for copper wire service.
- Schools and libraries can help not only school-age kids, but also adults who increasingly need to make learning new skills a life-long experience.
- Hospitals and the medical community can offer more effective consultation and new telemedicine services.
- Fire and police departments will all be able to upgrade their voice, video and data capabilities, therefore improving on and expanding the services they can offer to the community.
- The overall local government tax burden can be reduced by the increased sharing of back office services between the county and municipalities - for example, the Geographic Information System.