WASHINGTON, September 22 - Today is September 22, 2008. Happy One Web Day and Happy One Web Week!
BroadbandCensus.com has been involved in the preparations for One Web Day since the beginning of summer. We believe that this day marks an opportunity for all internet users to pause, take stock, and ask themselves: what are my broadband internet options? BroadbandCensus.com, a free web service, can help you answer that question.
The message that BroadbandCensus.com brings to One Web Day is three-fold:
- 1. Take the Broadband Census! As part of One Web Day, we encourage everyone to go to http://broadbandcensus.com/census/form, and answer a seven-question survey. You will then have the opportunity to take our free speed test, which allows you to compare your promised with your actual internet speeds.
- 2. We are wishing you a One Web Week because of our Broadband Census for America Conference THIS FRIDAY, September 22, 8:30 a.m. at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. See http://broadbandcensus.com/conference.
- Sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Texas at Austin, Virginia Tech and BroadbandCensus.com, the Broadband Census for America Conference will be the first major event about publicly-available data about broadband connections. Featured speakers at the event include:
- • Eamonn Confrey, First Secretary, Information and Communications Policy, Embassy of Ireland.
- • Rachelle Chong, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
- • Professor Kenneth Flamm, University of Texas at Austin
- • Dr. William Lehr, Economist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- • James McConnaughey, Chief Economist, National Telecommunications Information Administration
- For the first time, officials from both Connected Nation and their critics at Public Knowledge will share the stage to discuss broadband mapping.
- 3. As part of the lead up to One Web Week, BroadbandCensus.com has begun publishing a series of state-by-state articles profiling the broadband deployment and data in each of the 50 United States. We've profiled about one-third of the country so far, and plan to keep going until we've done all of them.
- Click here for the complete (and growing) list of articles. The article-by-article list is below.
Finally, let me conclude a personal note: About eight months ago, I launched BroadbandCensus.com because I believe that the public needs better local broadband information.
We are making huge progress in helping policy-makers understand the central importance of broadband -- and about how publicly-available data can help drive broadband availability, competition, faster speeds and lower prices. If there is one thing that everyone says they agree upon in this debate, it is the need for BETTER BROADBAND DATA. BroadbandCensus.com is all about making broadband data free and publicly available.
We hope you will get involved with BroadbandCensus.com. Here are three simple things you can do to help:
- Take the Broadband Census and Speed Test
- Grab a Button for Your Blog
- Register and attend the first Broadband Census for America Conference in Washington, D.C. this Friday, September 22!
Broadband Census in the States:
- 1. In Massachusetts, Governor to Sign $40 Million Broadband Bill Aimed at Spurring Investment
- 2. Task Force to Debate Whether A Gigabit Per Second is Too Fast for Minnesota
- 3. Relaunched Oklahoma City Wi-Fi Network Showcases City-Services Model
- 4. New York City and State Each Craft Broadband Policies; City Nixes Muni Wi-Fi
- 5. With Large Underserved Areas, Idaho Seeks to Establish Statewide Educational Network
- 6. Hawaii Broadband Task Force Aims to Tackle Problems of Speed, Competition
- 7. Modern-Day Alaskan Broadband Benefits from Satellite Earth Station Competition
- 8. First in Broadband Mapping, North Carolina’s e-NC Now Wants Faster Speeds
- 9. Colorado Innovation Council Seeks to Make Good on State’s Promise of Better Broadband
- 10. New Mexico Infrastructure Report Fails to Incorporate Broadband Access
- 11. Illinois Plants ‘Johnny Appleseed’ Projects Promoting Broadband in State
- 12. Maryland Continues on Long Haul Towards Universal Broadband
- 13. Verizon as a Cable Guy To Shape Broadband Battle in Washington, D.C.
- 14. 'Connect ME' is Maine's Mantra For 90 Percent Broadband by 2010
- 15. South Carolina Weighs State-Wide Wireless Access in Broadband Plans