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

FCC Workshop on eRate Funding Shows New Flexibility for School and Library Fiber Builds

FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Universal Service June 18th, 2015

June 18, 2015 – Recent changes to the eligibility rules for the Federal Communication Commission’s eRate program open the door for new fiber connections for schools and libraries using agency funds. Among the rule changes were the suspension of the requirement that applicants seek funding for large up front construction costs over several years, the […]

Drew Clark: Innovation debate between rival visions promotes progress and useful arts

Broadband's Impact June 17th, 2015

““Innovation” is among the most highly prized civic and commercial virtues today. So much so that opposing sides in policy contests each claim its mantle. Nowhere is this truer than in now-bubbling debate on Capitol Hill in Washington over patent reform. This isn’t a battle of David against Goliath. It’s a battle of Goliath against Goliath. […]

Next Century Cities: GAO Report Should Prompt Accessible Broadband Performance Information

Broadband Data, Press Releases June 17th, 2015

Editor’s Note: Next Century Cities released the following press release, signed by representatives of 35 of the 95 cities supporting the organization’s six principles. The link to the release on the organization’s web site. 35 Mayors and Elected Officials Call for Accessible Broadband Performance Information Following GAO Investigation WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 – Today, 35 […]

Broadband Conferences This Week in Three Time Zones to Consider National, Regional, State Initiatives

Broadband's Impact June 8th, 2015

June 8, 2015 – Broadband conference this week in three time zones will consider the next stages of nation-, region- and state-wide broadband initiatives.

The conferences, in the Mountain, Central and Eastern Time zones, begin on Monday and Tuesday in Vail, Colorado with the “Mountain Connect” program. The program includes keynote presentations by Connected Nation Exchange and Dave Zelenok, chief innovation officer for the city of Centennial.

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At Chicago’s McCormick Place, the web site Light Reading’s third annual Big Telecom Event on Tuesday and Wednesday includes an array of discussions about building Gigabit Networks across the country. On Tuesday, former National Broadband Plan Director Blair Levin participates in a panel discussion about “network services” for the Gigabit Age.

And on Thursday and Friday, in Albany, the New York State Broadband Program Office hosts its third annual broadband summit.  The summit this week will highly New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new $1 billion state broadband program designed to leverage public and private resources, and which the program office called “the largest and boldest state investment in universal broadband deployment in the country.”

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At the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in Vail, Moutain Connect aims to “facilitate and accelerate the maturation of broadband infrastructure transforming technology innovation, policy and sustainable economic prosperity for communities in Colorado.”
In 2014, the program featured keynote addresses from Phil Halstead, then-Executive Director of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois, plus individuals associated with a Wi-Fi network in Vail.

This year, in addition to Centennial, the program includes individuals from communities in Colorado including Longmont, Montrose, Vail and others. Also addressing the audience will be a range of companies offering services to build public-private networks.

Washington Telecom Insiders Focusing on New ‘Broadband Moment’ Through Significant Policy Tweaks

Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, NTIA June 8th, 2015

June 8, 2015 – Some are calling it a second “broadband moment.” More than six years after  the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was responsible for more than $7 billion in federal funds being spent on broadband infrastructure, internet adoption and telecommunications mapping, there’s a new level of interest in re-vising the National Broadband Plan, […]

Drew Clark: Congress should modernize highway funding with ‘chips,’ not ‘concrete’

Broadband's Impact May 26th, 2015

WASHINGTON — So much of politics here in the nation’s capital is about moving money from someone’s pocket to someone else’s. As a result, the threat of generational or sectional warfare frequently lurks below the surface of budget debates. That’s why it’s refreshing when think tanks and politicians disseminate ideas that can expand — rather […]

Broadband Opportunity Council Webinar on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET

Broadband's Impact, Press Releases May 20th, 2015

Editor’s Note – The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration is hosting a webinar at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, to discuss the recently-announced Broadband Deployment Council. The press release is below. Broadband Opportunity Council Seeks Comment on Ways to Further Expand and Promote Broadband Deployment, Adoption and Competition FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April […]

Drew Clark Quoted in Communications Daily on Municipal Broadband and Wired West

Universal Service May 20th, 2015

In a story from Communications Daily about the progress of WiredWest, the Massachusetts-based municipal broadband effort, reporter Samantha Madison quotes me as follows. Drew Clark, of counsel to Kirton McConkie, said this is an exciting time because it’s a great implementation of the next phase of what the broadband stimulus efforts were about. States are making […]

Schools, Health and Libraries Conference a Vital Connection for Public Broadband

Education, FCC, Health, Minority, NTIA, Universal Service May 18th, 2015

Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition Conference

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 – More than five years after the unveiling of the National Broadband Plan, policy-makers and on-the-ground-advocates seeking to build better broadband networks will convene here this week at the annual conference of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition.

The conference, “Enhancing Broadband Through Innovation, Investment and Inclusion,” has become the regular Washington gathering point for those engaged in public broadband initiatives.

Among the keynote and plenary sessions at this year’s conference include addresses by Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George Allen, plus Mayor Jill Boudreau of Mount Vernon, Washington.

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