Archive for November, 2013

Expert Opinion: Technology Policy Institute Study Misunderstands Purpose of Broadband Program

Education, Expert Opinion, Health, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service November 18th, 2013

Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition Finds Fault  with Study Critiquing Broadband Technology Opportunities Program WASHINGTON, November 18, 2013 – The Technology Policy Institute issued a report on Thursday criticizing the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).  Unfortunately, the report reflects a misunderstanding of the purpose of that program. The Technology Policy Institute study of BTOP mischaracterizes […]

Connect Nevada Broadband Summit on Nov. 18 to Explore Broadband in Education

Broadband Data, Broadband Mapping, Education, FCC, NTIA November 15th, 2013

November 15, 2013 – Nevada has only two metropolitan areas (Las Vegas and Reno), 80 percent of its land owned by the federal government, and no fiber-optic wires that connect the two cities, said the head of the state’s non-profit broadband initiative. A deeply rural demography and highly remote geography present some tough obstacles for […]

Thought of the Day: Saving Net Neutrality Through an Anti-Competition-Based Approach

Net Neutrality November 14th, 2013

With growing concern by some advocates of network neutrality that the D.C. Circuit is about to side with Verizon Communications, and against the Federal Communications Commission, on the agency’s open internet rules, the search is on to find another way to legislatively mandate openness. Over at GigaOm, Paul Sweating is touting the new measure by […]

‘Giganomics’ Looks to Tech Entrepreneurship in Kansas City as New Model for Economic Development

Broadband's Impact, Fiber, Gigabit Networks November 8th, 2013

TINLEY PARK, ILLINOIS, November 8, 2013 – There is a new holy grail in economic development, and it isn’t land use, tax policy, or cheap energy costs. In a word, it’s Giganomics.

The term was coined by David Sandel, President of the Gigabit Communities and Smart Cities consultancy, at the Broadband Communities Economic Development Summit here on Thursday. Giganomics refers to the process of using Gigabit Networks, or super-fast fiber-optic broadband connections, as the prime tool for entrepreneur-led economic development.

David Sandel, President of Gigabit Communities and Smart Cities, Sandel and Associates, leads a discussion at the Broadband Communities Economic Development Summit. To the right is Steve Fennel, Director of telecom outreach at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and Rick Usher, Assistant City Manager for Kansas City, Missouri.

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Onlight Aurora, Most Advanced Illinois Gigabit Communities Awardee, Shows How to Leverage Its Fiber Network

Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Public Safety November 5th, 2013

AURORA, ILLINOIS, November 5, 2013 – Just over a year ago, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced the first of four awards under the state’s “Gigabit Communities Challenge,” an effort to raise the bar on broadband speeds in the nation’s heartland. Of the four awardees named thus far, the Gigabit Network created by Onlight Aurora here […]

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