Utah’s Broadband Tech Summit to Convene in Gigabit City of Provo

Broadband's Impact October 6th, 2015

PROVO, Utah, October 6, 2015 – One of the highest-bandwidth cities in the country will next week host the Utah Broadband Tech Summit here on Wednesday, October 14.

The event, sponsored by the Utah Broadband Outreach Center, will bring national experts from Washington together with practitioners of Gigabit Networks throughout the state

“The Utah Broadband Tech Summit is an annual event focusing on how providers and communities can work together to meet increasing infrastructure demands,” said Kelleigh Cole, director of the Utah Broadband Outreach Center. “As network usage increases and devices become smarter, preparing for these advancements will give communities, businesses and individuals a competitive advantage.”


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Illinois CIO Hardik Bhatt Addresses Need for ‘Smart City’ Technology to Run State Government

Broadband's Impact, Public Safety, Smart Cities October 6th, 2015

CHICAGO, Illinois, October 6, 2015 – State government need to use “Smart Cities” information technology to leapfrog to leadership among competing states, said Hardik Bhatt, chief information officer for the state of Illinois, speaking on Wednesday at the City Club here.

Bhatt, the former CIO for the City of Chicago, left municipal government for the private sector, where he managed global standards-based projects for Cisco Systems. For example, he worked to help build Hamburg into a leading port in Northern Europe, and with Brazil to help create systems to help manage large-scale public events like the 2014 World Cup and the forthcoming 2016 Summer Olympics.

Entering state government with Gov. Bruce Rauner, elected November 2014, Bhatt has established a four-year process to accelerate state adoption of “internet of things” technologies into state government.

Hardik Bhatt, Chief Information Officer, State of Illinois


Drew Clark: What Henry Clay’s and Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Internal Improvements’ Means for Gigabit Infrastructure Today

Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, Gigabit Networks October 5th, 2015 by Drew Clark

Editor’s Note: This column, “Once ‘Athens of the West,’ a Kentucky city seeks revival and improvements,” was originally published in the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Utah. Here is a complete list of Drew Clark’s weekly columns for the paper.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — This city now best-known for horse racing and bourbon was, 200 years ago, once described as the “Athens of the West.”

And while east-central Kentucky has since gone through its economic ups and downs, last month the state’s civic leaders announced an ambitious fiber-optic development project that boosters say will once again put Kentucky in the national spotlight.

1606265Lexington enjoyed its early heyday from its founding in 1787 until the early decades of the 19th century. Its most notable resident was Henry Clay, the lawyer who became one of the three most influential national legislators (with Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun) of the antebellum era.

Clay, the founder of the Whig Party, was a vigorous advocate of the “American System” of internal improvements. Today we would describe these as infrastructure investments.

It was the internal improvement sought by Clay that made transportation possible across the Western frontier. They began creating a truly national marketplace.

Lexington bequeathed us another figure sympathetic to the Whig cause: Mary Todd Lincoln. Visiting the museum here that was her home, I learned that her father — a member of the Kentucky Legislature — frequently invited his politically minded young daughter to sit in on meetings with constituents.

Mary Todd left Lexington, or course. More than 400 miles west, in Springfield, Illinois, she met and fell in love with a more hardscrabble Kentuckian. Abraham Lincoln also was a strong proponent of “internal improvements.”


Oct. 8: City leaders, tech experts and entrepreneurs talk about bridging the digital divide

Broadband's Impact October 5th, 2015

Bridging The Digital Divide | Oct. 8, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at The Washington Post Nearly every American now has access to the Internet. Yet 15 percent of adults still aren’t online. Lawmakers, city leaders, technology experts and entrepreneurs will examine obstacles to adoption and highlight efforts across the country to close the […]

On Friday, Leverett Toasts the First of the ‘Last Mile’ Fiber Optic Networks in Western Massachusetts

Broadband's Impact October 2nd, 2015

LEVERETT, Massachusetts, October 1, 2015 – The first segment of the “last mile” fiber optic network in Western Massachusetts will launch on Friday afternoon with a community event here featuring the president of the state senate, leading state broadband advocates, and an official from the U.S. Commerce Department.

Dubbed LeverettNet, the municipal network is the first last mile project built off of the MassBroadband 123 fiber-optic middle mile network.

MassBroadband 123 was funded by the Commerce Department’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program of the 2009 federal stimulus legislation. The middle-mile network brought fiber-optic connectivity to Leverett in early 2014.

Dozens of other towns in region are planning to build additional fiber to the home last mile networks in their communities.


Berkman Center at Harvard Launches Dashboard Aimed at Aggregating Broadband Data

Broadband's Impact October 2nd, 2015

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, October 2, 2015 – The Berkman Center for Internet and Society here has launched an ambitious new dashboard designed  to provide a visualization of internet health and activity.

The dashboard, which debuted at the World Economic Forum in Geneva on Monday, builds upon the prior collection of broadband data available through Internet Monitor, a project of Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center.

The dashboard is a tool for policymakers, researchers and users to understand, at a glance, various metrics pertaining to broadband access and use.

Internet Monitor Dashboard


Advocates Call Broadband Recommendations ‘A Good Start’ | Daily Yonder

Broadband's Impact October 2nd, 2015

With little hope of creating new spending initiatives for broadband that require congressional approval, the White House has released a report on steps the administration could take on its own to improve programs that support broadband access for poor and geographically remote communities. The Broadband Opportunity Council released a set of recommendations earlier this week […]

Digital New England Conference and Webcast Begins Monday at 8:30 a.m. ET with Obama Administration Telecom Officials

Broadband's Impact, Gigabit Networks September 28th, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine, September 28, 2015 – In the first significant conference following the release of the Broadband Opportunity Council Report and Recommendations, top telecommunications officials from the Obama administration — including the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture — will be speaking on Monday in Portland at “Digital New England: A Summit for Regional Broadband Leaders.” […]

Worst-Connected U.S. Cities in 2014

Broadband's Impact September 21st, 2015

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance today releases two new rankings of America’s “25 Worst-Connected Cities in 2014″ — for all households, and for households with annual incomes below $35,000. Using data from the 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) released last Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, NDIA ranked all 184 U.S. cities with more than […]

Kentucky Deploys State-Wide Fiber Network Through Public Private Partnership with Macquarie Capital

Broadband's Impact September 21st, 2015

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, September 21, 2015 – The lieutenant governor of Kentucky, a bevy of state officials and their private sector counterparts here celebrated the finalization of the deal to build a $324 million broadband infrastructure project.

The project, KentuckyWired, is a public-private partnership (also dubbed a PPP) of the state and of the Australian financier Macquarie Capital. It is a 3,400-mile open access “middle mile” network that will span all 120 counties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

In planning, financing and negotiating stages for nearly a year, the Macquarie project closed on September 3, 2015. Bonds are set to be issued and construction of the network – albeit in very early phases – has begun.

When completed in 2018, the network will include six fiber rings around regions of the state, and fiber connections to at least one point in every county.

The Kentucky Wired network was the highlight and toast of each of four days at the Broadband Communities economic development conference here.

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen speaking at Broadband Communities conference in Lexington.


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