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Broadband is about more than fiber-optic wires, towers and digital antenna systems; it is about making a difference in the lives of the community and its residents.

Broadband Data Geeks Rejoice: Public Comment Opens for Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey

Broadband Breakfast Insight: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is continuing its efforts to ensure good-quality broadband data, even as broadband policy remains undertain under the incoming presidential administration. These steps will ensure a good foundation. Building Our Next Internet Use Survey January 09, 2017 by Rafi Goldberg, Policy Analyst, Office of Policy Analysis and… Keep Reading

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Backpage Executives Before Senate Investigative Subcommittee Refuse to Testify About Online Business

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2017 – Executives of Backpage.com brought before a Senate investigative hearing on Tuesday refused to answer any lawmaker questions the company’s online classifieds, including sexually-explicit services. The executives appearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, each asserted their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. The hearing came… Keep Reading

Why Smart Cities Will Be the Key Future Driver for Internet of Things Applications

Broadband Breakfast Insight: A good roundup piece highlighting the crucial role that cities will play in the future of internet of things (IoT). Consumer gadgets have been the initial driver, but it is in civic applications that full potential will be realized. See Drew Clark’s piece on “What the Internet of Things means for local… Keep Reading

Not in Las Vegas? Watch the Live Stream from CES

Broadband Breakfast Insight: We’re paying attention to the “Innovation Policy Stream” below, but this link provides a complete list to the live-streams at CES2017. The top three discussion points: Disruptive innovation, the internet of things and the sharing economy. -> Live-streamed events from CES2017 in Las Vegas Even if you can’t make it to Las… Keep Reading

How Rio Blanco Shows That a ‘Shared Network’ Can Make Sense in Rural Colorado

Broadband Breakfast Insight: A great article detailing the way that a rural community, even in a sparsely-populated region of Colorado, is able to make an open-access network work for the communities and residents of the region. -> Rio Blanco County Stays Relevant With Broadband, from Broadband Communities Magazine. Colorado became a hotbed of community broadband… Keep Reading

FCC Releases Video of Webinar from its ‘Connected Health’ Discussion

Broadband Breakfast Insight: This was an excellent webinar discussion probing connectivity, and helping government, non-profit and industry users to visualize data about connectivity. Think of this as the kind of activity that the National Broadband Map was designed to achieve. -> Mapping Connected Health County by County Webinar, a webinar of the Federal Communications Commission… Keep Reading

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A Graphic History of the Satellite Internet Provider HughesNet

December 11, 2016 – NeoFast, a HughesNet Satellite Internet provider, sent us the following graphic. With the launch of HughesNet’s Jupiter-2 satellite scheduled for Friday, the company outlined the history of HughesNet and how they got to where they are today. This satellite is expected to be able to transmit broadband internet speeds at speeds comparable… Keep Reading

Statement from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Regarding DC Circuit Decision to Uphold FCC’s Open Internet Rules

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 – Today, the DC Circuit upheld the FCC’s Open Internet rules. The following statement can be attributed to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.  “Today’s ruling is a victory for consumers and innovators who deserve unfettered access to the entire web, and it ensures the internet remains a platform for unparalleled innovation, free expression and… Keep Reading

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FCC Broadband Facts Labels | BroadbandSearch.net | BroadbandSearch

In April 2016, the FCC developed a base “Nutritional Facts” label for cable internet providers to follow. Well, we have put together labels for what the top brands currently offer! Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.broadbandsearch.net The Federal Communications Commission’s broadband facts label has this group to assemble a comparison by providers at broadbandsearch.net See on… Keep Reading

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Digital Inclusion Day

National Digital Inclusion Day Join us Friday, May 13th for the first National Digital Inclusion Day as we focus attention on empowering under-connected communities through increased internet access and usage. NDIA invites you to participate in a nationwide Twitter Town Hall at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET to discuss the impact digital access… Keep Reading

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CenturyLink must expand fiber to ward off Google Fiber, cable competitors, says Wells Fargo

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) will need to continue to expanding its fiber networks to serve a mix of residential and business customers as it faces growing threats from upstart providers like Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) and cable operators like Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) building out into new areas. Jennifer Fritzsche, senior analyst for… Keep Reading

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Tim Bobrowski: Let it snow; we won’t miss school

Despite the same landscape and weather challenges faced by many areas of West Virginia, in 2015, the schools in Owsley County, in the coalfield region of eastern Kentucky, did not lose any days of school to snow or inclement weather. In that same year, we were able to dramatically increase the number of students graduating… Keep Reading

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Four Essentials for Digital Inclusion Efforts | Benton Foundation

Four Essentials for Digital Inclusion Efforts Share with: Submitted by Benton Foundation on behalf of Colin Rhinesmith on January 4, 2016 – 12:40pm Four Essentials for Digital Inclusion Efforts Four essential activities that are necessary to help low-income individuals and families adopt broadbandOver the last few months, I have been speaking with and visiting digital… Keep Reading

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Bringing Broadband to Silverton

Bringing Broadband to Silverton January 05, 2016 by NTIA The 67 students at Silverton School, nestled in the mountains of Colorado’s San Juan County, are returning from winter break to an abundance of new educational resources. The students of Silverton School (click to enlarge) Thanks to a grant from NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP),… Keep Reading

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Home Broadband 2015

Home Broadband 2015 The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued, and more rely only on their smartphones for online access BY JOHN B. HORRIGAN AND MAEVE DUGGAN Three notable changes relating to digital access and digital divides are occurring in the realm of personal connectivity, according to new findings from Pew Research… Keep Reading

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New FCC website offers realtime document database access

The Federal Communications Commission is days away from launching a new website, based on several months of beta testing and public input. BONUS: Join FCC CIO David Bray for an exclusive webcast on Dec. 16, in which he will describe how a contractor owned and operated model aided the agency in IT management and transition.… Keep Reading

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At Inaugural AnchorNETs Conference in Silicon Valley, The Broadband Talk is About Public-Private Partnerships

MOUNTAIN VIEW, November 24, 2015 - Community broadband institutions are a key building block to accelerate deployment of high-capacity internet service, said speakers and panelists at the inaugural Anchornets conference here last week. Such community institutions also play a vital role in facilitating public-private partnerships that aid such deployment, they said at a conference hosted by the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition at the Museum of Computer History here in the heart of Silicon Valley on Monday, November 16. Sunne McPeak, CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, speaks of the importance of public-private partnership to broadband. Among the high-profile leaders who emphasized the important role of schools and libraries in promoting high-speed internet service were former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Sunne McPeak, CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, and Evan Marwell, founder of EducationSuperhighway, a non-profit designed to promote greater internet connectivity in schools. [More...] Keep Reading

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Portland to pursue building municipal high-speed broadband network – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Like its neighbor to the south, Portland is seeking to build a municipal broadband network to offer affordable high-speed broadband to its residents and businesses. The city last week issued a request for proposals to provide a fiber-optic connection from its buildings in downtown Portland to new municipal facilities off the peninsula on Canco Road.… Keep Reading

Community Broadband Center Leaders to Gather in Silicon Valley for AnchorNETS and NTIA Event on November 16-17

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California - Local broadband institutions seeking to leverage high-speed connectivity for the benefit of their broader communities will benefit from attending the inaugural AnchorNETS conference here on November 16 and 17.

Sponsored by the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, the AnchorNETS conference is being hosted in conjunction with the federal government's BroadbandUSA initiative on Tuesday, November 17. The AnchorNETS event will be keynoted by former Gov. Pat Quinn, the Illinois Democrat responsible for completion of a nearly $100 million, four-year project to install 1,000 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure throughout Illinois. “Governor Quinn's role in bringing together state, federal and local resources, from private and public sectors, in the pursuit of improved digital literacy and internet connectivity to Illinois anchor institutions is a model for all public officials," said John Windhausen, executive director of SHLB Coalition. Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn [More...] Keep Reading

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Chattanooga Recognized As Leader In Digital Inclusion Efforts At National League Of Cities Event – Chattanoogan.com

Chattanooga Recognized As Leader In Digital Inclusion Efforts At National League Of Cities Event Thursday, November 5, 2015 At the National League of Cities Congress of Cities event in Nashville, Chattanooga was selected as one of six winners of the inaugural Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards. From left, Deb Socia, National League of Cities; Kelly McCarthy,… Keep Reading

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Why to Attend | Broadband Communities Summit

MDU PROGRAM REFLECTS HUGE CHANGES Owners and managers of multiple dwelling unit properties will be hearing about how the changed carrier lineup, new technology, new regulations, expanding needs to accommodate in-building cellular reception, and yes, new ways to make deployments profitable, have changed things for the better in 2016 — but have set new traps… Keep Reading

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Columbia Institute for Tele-Information

Columbia Institute for Tele-Information Annual Conference on the State of Telecom Building the Next Generation of Media: Online Platforms and Cloud Content Monday, October 19th 2015 Columbia University Campus Faculty House 64 Morningside Drive (West 116th Street) New York, NY 10027 8:30am-5:30pm Register at http://citisot2015.eventbrite.com 8:30-9:00am Registration and Breakfast 9:00-9:15am Welcome, Introduction of Topic, and… Keep Reading

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Silicon Harlem

Get inspired, learn and connect with expert colleagues focused on industry trends and opportunities. See leading edge technology in action and the role you can play in our innovation economy. The conference allows for an exchange of ideas that lead to actionable solutions in the community. Conference Schedule FULL SCHEDULE Connected For Good! NEXT GENERATION… Keep Reading

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Verizon Under Fire from Union, City Officials in Northeast States, for Claims of Failure to Build Out Fiber

NEW YORK, October 13, 2015 - The battle between Verizon Communications and the Communications Workers of America escalated on Tuesday, as the union announced a new television advertisement slamming the broadband provider for failing to build-out its high-speed fiber-optic internet service here. The advertisements come just ahead of a New York City Council hearing on  Wednesday that will include the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, customers that say they have been unable to get FiOS, and from Verizon officials. CWAad-2 [More...] Keep Reading

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Customer Success Launches Survey Seeking Broadband Provider Input on City Steamlining Processes

October 13, 2015 – CustomerSuccess.Pro is researching the challenges and opportunities of broadband providers working with cities. Wired and wireless broadband providers have interacted with local government for years to obtain required permits, change zoning, negotiate leases, receive wireless siting approval, and more. As Google Fiber continues to expand its Gigabit Network footprint, many cities are… Keep Reading

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Connect Michigan Conference to Gather State and National Broadband Stakeholders on October 20

LANSING, Michigan, October 13, 2015 – Nationally recognized broadband and technology experts will join local leaders, sector champions, and state innovators at the Connect Michigan broadband conference set to take place on Tuesday, October 20. Keynote speakers include Jay Elliot, technology executive and author of “The Steve Jobs Way,” and Matthew DelNero, chief of the… Keep Reading

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

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." Summit-Page-Banner1 [More on Utah Broadband Tech Summit...] Keep Reading

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

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 [More...] Keep Reading

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

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." [More...] Keep Reading

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