Providing security for our national monuments is one of the primary concerns for the National Parks Service. Many of our greatest treasure as a country are often natural environments, or monuments that are located in highly scenic environs. What they have in common is minimal availability of wireline connectivity to support video surveillance and other security systems. This is the situation for the Statue of Liberty located on Liberty Island in the NYC harbor.
There are no high-speed wireline connections between Liberty Island and Manhattan or New Jersey, the two closest areas with fiber availability. Connecting the island across the harbor which has heavy ship traffic and delivering the gigabit speeds needed is a major challenge. Security on the island is supported by a large network of video cameras generating tens if not hundreds of Mbps of traffic. All of which needs to be off-loaded from the island to the mainland fiber network.