Giants of Broadband: A Personal Remembrance of Scott DeGarmo

Broadband's Impact August 31st, 2015

Editor’s Note: The broadband world has lost three visionary giants over the past several months: Scott DeGarmo, Charles Benton and Don Samuelson. Each of these men had a significant impact on the world of advancing high-speed communications. Personally, each of them also had a significant impact on my professional career in broadband. I have had countless interactions with each of them over the course of many years.

SALT LAKE CITY, August 31, 2015 – I learned of the passing of Broadband Communities CEO Scott DeGarmo from pancreatic cancer two weeks ago this morning. One of my colleagues on the board of the non-profit Rural Telecommunications Congress had shared the news. His death came just one month prior to his company’s next conference, “Fiber for the New Economy” in Lexington, Kentucky.

I immediately sent off my condolences — now joined with dozens of others on the Broadband Communities web site — to those in his company whom I have known and with whom I have interacted on my levels.

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Global Cities Teams Challenges Next Round: Nov. 12-13, 2015

Broadband's Impact, Smart Cities, Smart Grid August 31st, 2015

Editor’s Note: We’ve received this note from the Global Cities Teams Challenges of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and US Ignite. Read more about the these important challenges.

Save the Date – An Important Event Related to the Next Round of the Global Cities Teams Challenge: November 12-13, 2015

Municipal leaders and innovators will gather at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland on November 12-13 for an important event related to the next round of Global City Team Challenge (GCTC). An agenda for the November event and a summary of exciting changes that NIST and US Ignite have planned for the next round of the GCTC will be circulated soon.

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White House Announces September 21 Date for Release of Broadband Report

Broadband Stimulus, National Broadband Plan, Press Releases, Universal Service August 31st, 2015

Editor’s Note: The White House announced that it would be releasing a report from its Broadband Opportunity Council on Monday, September 21. Read more about the council. Coming Soon: Building on Our Progress of Broadband Investment and Competition August 20, 2015 at 5:57 PM ET by Jeffrey Zients Summary:  The White House has received input […]

Startup Festival and Startup Culture Taking Root in Modern Provo, Home to BYU and Google Fiber

Broadband's Impact, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, The Innovation Economy August 31st, 2015

Editor’s Note: This past week, Drew Clark’s column in the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Utah, was on the “The zeitgeist of modern Provo: Jobs and a good quality of life.” Click here for links to all of his Deseret News columns.

PROVO — What do you get when you cross a thriving technology and startup community with what Gallup called “the best place to live in America“?

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That’s the zeitgeist here in Utah County. It’ll be celebrated with a new technology, business and cultural event here, dubbed Startfest, beginning on Monday, Aug. 31.

And because of the still-coalescing cultural power of information and communications technologies, Utah as a whole is sending a message to the world: Citizens of a particular city or region are no longer necessarily forced to choose between quality of life and economic opportunity.

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Drew Clark: Why a Well-Functioning Intellectual Property System Needs to Strike Down Bad Patents

Intellectual Property August 29th, 2015

Editor’s Note: This past week, Drew Clark’s column in the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Utah, was on the importance of balance in our patent system. Click here for links to all of his Deseret News columns.

ASPEN, Colo. — As with many former mining camps in the Rocky Mountains, this one is best known for winter sports like skiing. But this mountain town has also developed a summertime niche: Hosting policy-makers seeking the cool air refuge from humid Washington summers.

This year, the refreshing breeze came in from the new head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

For nearly 20 years, Aspen in late August has been home to a small but influential gathering of the Technology Policy Institute. It gathers legislators, regulators, lobbyists and academics who seek to shape the course of policy surrounding information and communications technology.

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While Universal Service Reforms Show Promise, Politics Clouds Fund’s Future

Broadband's Impact August 19th, 2015

ASPEN, Colorado, August 19, 2015 – In spite of several positive efforts to reform the complex and dated rules that govern the Federal Communication Commission’s universal service fund, key decisions surrounding the $8 billion annual fund remain ineluctably political.

That was the message shared by panelists, including a commissioner at the FCC, speaking at a session on Tuesday at the Technology Policy Institute’s annual forum here.

For example, the panelists — which also include two economists, a cable industry lobbyist and the former director of the National Broadband Plan — applauded efforts to bring greater economic efficiency to telecom network construction through a system known as a “reverse auction.”

They also supported efforts to promote broadband adoption by providing income-based vouchers for the purpose of internet services.

But decisions about the allocation of funds within the USF — and the key question of how the fund is to be paid for — remain political hot potatoes.

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Moderator Scott Wallsten of the Technology Policy Institute, with panelists Mignon Clyburn, James Assey, Blair Levin, Gregory Rosston, and Bradley Wimmer.

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President Obama Signs Executive Order Making Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Permanent

Broadband Data, Press Releases August 17th, 2015

Editor’s Note: This Presidential Innovation Fellows Program, highlighted in a press release today from the White House, is a fascinating exercise of how President Obama has institutionalized technology innovation, one of the main accomplishments of his administration in technology policy. THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 17, 2015 FACT […]

White House Cybersecurity Czar Highlights Escalation Paths for Cyberdefense, Highlights ‘Risk-Management’

Broadband's Impact, Cybersecurity August 17th, 2015

ASPEN, August 17, 2015 - The Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen 2015 Forum opened here on Sunday night with a focus on the increasing prominence that cybersecurity threats play in core national defense matters.

“A greater and greater percentage of the president’s daily briefings is taken up with cybersecurity threats,” said Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator, speaking at the mountain resort here in a question-and-answer session with Alan Raul, a partner and global coordinator for privacy and data security with the law firm of Sidley Austin.

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Michael Daniel, White House Cybersecurity Czar, and Alan Raul, at Aspen.

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Scott DeGarmo, President and CEO of Broadband Communities, Dies on Saturday

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact August 17th, 2015

August 17, 2015 – Broadband Communities announced that Scott DeGarmo, President and CEO of Broadband Communities, the publisher of Broadband Communities Magazine and the organizer of the Broadband Communities Summit, died on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The organization posted this announcement on the Broadband Communities web site.

Scott DeGarmo in Memoriam

Beehive Startups Built a Startup Studio in Utah

Broadband's Impact June 25th, 2015

Beehive Startups announced their newest project StartStudio, which isn’t an accelerator but rather a studio dedicated to creating strong tech companies. Sourced through Scoop.it from: tech.co Big news out on the Wasatch Front with the launch of a new accelerator/studio designed to help launch new tech companies. See on Scoop.it – BroadbandPolicy

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