Meeting House Internet
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:21 pm
I know the church has already deployed a few Internet routers in various meeting houses. But I have a suggestion. I am a ward clerk who uses MLS on Sundays and it takes forever through our current dial-up method to transmit data to Salt Lake. I have a suggestion that will not only save the church money, but provide a greater convenience to clerks and other select members. I found out that our meeting House has at least seven phone lines coming into it if not more. Well these phone lines cost a monthly service fee that is probably a minimum of $20 - $40 per line plus any calls that are not local i.e. to Salt Lake. The answer I feel it is Voip if the church worked with Cisco Systems to develop a Voip box and Hidden SSA router combo. The wards could potentially make free phone calls to anywhere in the US and have high-speed Internet to transmit MLS data as well as having a hidden wireless Internet access point with a church approved firewall, for select members of course. The cost of running this would be one high-speed Internet lines $50 if you compare that to the $20 for our current phone lines this would be a minimum monthly savings of $90, $1080 per year and most likely it's more! These units would pay for themselves in the first year alone. For meeting houses with a family history library attached, they can utilize the same high-speed Internet line for a family history data and have an even greater savings. If the church worked to produce these boxes it would be potentially plug-and-play for every meeting house no costly setup needed. The church could even remotely control, the Internet Firewall Updates, MLS Backups/system erases, faxes, air-conditioning units, fire alarms, ect all for free. I think it even has greater potential for other church organizations as well. The internet can be used for a great asset for good. I think the church should take advantage of this great opportunity and potential savings.