Infrastructure may hamstring video conferencing legislation

Tuesday, August 6 2013

A recently proposed bill that would encourage federal agencies to use video conferencing technology and reduce travel might not be able to move forward because of logistical hurdles. According to FCW, some government officials are concerned that small offices don't have the infrastructure to support regular digital meetings.

Indeed, this could be a significant challenge for many agencies. Without a strong internet connection and cutting-edge hardware, it may be impossible for some organizations to conduct video conferences on a consistent basis. Further, upgrading the infrastructure to make it compatible with video conferencing software might not be financially feasible at the moment.

However, the upfront costs might be outweighed by the long-term savings by reducing travel. The proposed bill would cut travel expenses by $7.5 billion, meaning that federal agencies would significantly cut their budgets in order to comply with the law.

Ultimately, video conferencing might be the best solution in the long run. Though federal spending needs to be controlled, investing in technology now can ensure that agencies don't have to pay tens of billions of dollars in travel every year. The initial spending would likely prove to be the wisest financial choice for the government.