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White House Launches ‘Smart City’ Initiative That Links Broadband Connectivity to Urban Solutions

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WASHINGTON, September 16, 2015 – A movement to make cities “smart” by using the power of broadband and information technology processing power is reaching critical mass, with the White House on Monday announcing a comprehensive initiative to support municipal efforts.

Coinciding with the Smart Cities Week conference here this week, the White House released a 4,000-word summary of more than $160 million in federal research investments, leveraging more than 25 technology collaborations with local communities.

The goal of these efforts? Tackling such key challenges, in the words of the White House, as “reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth, managing the effects of a changing climate, and improving the delivery of city services.”

“Advances in science and technology have the potential to accelerate these efforts,” read the White House statement. “An emerging community of civic leaders, data scientists, technologists, and companies are joining forces to build ‘Smart Cities’ – communities that are building an infrastructure to continuously improve the collection, aggregation, and use of data to improve the life of their residents – by harnessing the growing data revolution, low-cost sensors, and research collaborations, and doing so securely to protect safety and privacy.”

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Global Cities Teams Challenges Next Round: Nov. 12-13, 2015

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Editor’s Note: We’ve received this note from the Global Cities Teams Challenges of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and US Ignite. Read more about the these important challenges.

Save the Date – An Important Event Related to the Next Round of the Global Cities Teams Challenge: November 12-13, 2015

Municipal leaders and innovators will gather at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland on November 12-13 for an important event related to the next round of Global City Team Challenge (GCTC). An agenda for the November event and a summary of exciting changes that NIST and US Ignite have planned for the next round of the GCTC will be circulated soon.

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Update on the Global City Teams Challenge and Recently Announced NSF Funding Opportunities

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Editor’s Note: We received this announcement on Wednesday afternoon about the very exciting Global City Teams Challenge, which has been supported by US Ignite: The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) was successfully launched by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and US Ignite with a kick-off event at NIST on September 29-30. At…

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Broadband Roundup: Comcast Blasts Public Utility Regulation, White House to Host Smart Home Expo, and ‘Commercially Reasonable’ Data Roaming

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WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 – Comcast CEO Brian Roberts has defended his company and its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable against critics, reports Re/code. Saying that he could accept “some kind of net neutrality law,” he scorned the idea of reclassifying broadband as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act, which…

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At National Town Meeting on Smart Grid, Leaders Tout Role of ‘Microgrids’ in Energy Efficiency Projects

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WASHINGTON, July 12, 2013 – Several leaders of microgrid initiatives from around the country spoke on the successes of their projects at the National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid on Thursday. First, Tom Vosburg, Policy and Project Manager for Fort Collins Utilities Light and Power Operation, discussed the Renewable and Distributed Systems…

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Experts Discuss Future of Smart Grids, Advanced Meters and the Need for Standards

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WASHINGTON, July 12, 2013 – A panel discussion held Wednesday afternoon addressed advances in smart grid technology as well as the challenge ahead for the future, at the 10th annual National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid. Jason Wilson, Senior Vice President of Business Management and Product Development for On-Ramp Wireless, said that…

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Future of Smart Grids Intertwined with Smart Cities and Broadband

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WASHINGTON, July 12, 2013 – A group of experts gave a presentation on the role of smart cities in advancing smart grid and other energy efficient technology at the National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid on Thursday morning. Eugenie Birch, Chair of the Graduate Group in City Planning at the University of…

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Broadband Breakfast Club Video on Smart Grid Initiative Plays Up Fiber and Wireless Role for Advanced Energy

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WASHINGTON, June 28, 2013 – The status of the development of the national smart grid and its relationship to broadband buildouts was the center of discussion at the June 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club. The concept of smart grid is a marriage of intelligence and communications, said David Wollman, Deputy Director of the Smart Grid and…

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Utilities’ Economies of Scale for Broadband Fiber + Smart Grid Applications = Ultra-Fast Broadband Everywhere?

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June 17, 2013 – The smart grid and broadband go together like mashed potatoes and gravy. And yet why is it so hard to get electric utilities and broadband experts to dialogue on the role that electric companies can play in expanding super-fast broadband? Tomorrow’s June 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club, on Advanced Energy, Smart Grid…

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Register for the June Broadband Breakfast Club Event: ‘Advanced Energy, Smart Grid and Fiber to the Home: Using Advanced Energy to Jumpstart Fiber Builds’

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Washington, Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 –  BroadbandBreakfast.com will hold its June 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club event: “Advanced Energy, Smart Grid and Fiber to the Home: Using Advanced Energy to Jumpstart Fiber Builds” on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 from 8 am – 10 am.…

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Broadband-Enhanced ‘Smart Grid’ Provides Energy Savings and Enhanced Economic Development

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WASHINGTON, May 31, 2013 – High-speed broadband is the key to optimizing energy usage, said Graham Richard, CEO of Advanced Energy Economy, at Thursday keynote speak at the annual Better Buildings Summit sponsored by the United States Department of Energy. Richard, the former mayor of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, described the advanced energy industry as a…

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Broadband Breakfast Serves a Thanksgiving Leftover Wrap-Up

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WASHINGTON, November 25 2011 – As we all sit and digest post Thanksgiving, Broadband Breakfast can finally wrap up some stories that we have been interested in over the past couple of weeks but have not had time to get around to.  We wanted to draw attention to a couple of the stories below and…

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SmartGrid: Moving Toward Regulatory Uniformity

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Expert Contributors: Stephanie A. Joyce, Esq. and Stephen Thompson, Esq.  WASHINGTON, November 18, 2011 – The development of SmartGrid technology, which generally refers to devices that monitor, and possibly control, energy use via telecommunications-enabled devices, is proceeding apace, though not as quickly as many had hoped or anticipated. At the most recent Broadband Breakfast that…

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Driving Energy Smart Grid Innovation through Broadband

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WASHINGTON, Wednesday November 15, 2011 – November’s breakfast and panel discussion drew a packed crowd Tuesday morning as industry lawyers, lobbyists and experts filed into Clyde’s to hear from the Whitehouse, telecoms, energy management companies and utilities about the challenges and efficiencies that lies ahead with “The Smart Grid and Broadband.”

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Nick Sinai, Senior Advisor to White House’s Chief Technology Officer gave the opening remarks at the breakfast.  Sinai focused on what the Obama administration is doing to support, secure and modernize the energy system for the country.  He noted that although the current grid has expanded, it is fundamentally still an analog grid and has been that way since the beginning of the 20th century.

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Will Consumer-Friendly Smart Meters Pave the Way to Smart Grid Adoption?

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November 14, 2011 – When the Federal Communications Commission identified six concrete goals in the national broadband plan, the one specific application highlighted by the agency was energy consumption: “To ensure that America leads in the clean energy economy, every American should be able to use broadband to track and manage their real-time energy consumption.”

This goal – tracking and managing energy consumption – is right at the intersection of two trends that will be explored at the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, November 15: “The Smart Grid and Broadband.” Click here to register for this event.

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How Broadband Helps Make Cities Smarter at the Breakfast Club

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WASHINGTON, September 23, 2011 – Broadband is an essential ingredient in allowing cities of the future to ensure better services, promote better jobs, and become more livable. Here are both the five-minute highlight version, and a full-length version, of the September Broadband Breakfast Club.

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Making Cities of the Future Smarter through Broadband from Broadband Breakfast.

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Smarter Cities Need Better Broadband to Realize Their Networking Potential

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September 19, 2011 – America’s unique concept of federalism – joint sovereignty between the states and the federal government – sometimes obscures some on-the-ground realities when it comes to the all-important topic of economic growth and development. The simple fact is that cities serve as the engine of life, commerce, culture and sociality.

Tomorrow, at the Broadband Breakfast Club event on September 20, 2011, at 8 a.m., we’ll engage on this subject. The discussion will feature Gale Brewer, a New York City Councilmember who has been one of the country’s leading advocates of better broadband. Gail has represented the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and currently chairs the Committee on Governmental Operations, where she has worked to make better use of technology to save money, improve city services, and bring residents, businesses and non-profits closer to government and their communities.

Gale Brewer will keynote this event, which is titled, “Making Cities of the Future Smarter Through Broadband.”

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Wireless Communications Association International Holds 4G Caucus

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WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 – The Wireless Communications Association International, a technology-neutral broadband advocacy organization, gathered industry experts to discuss next generation fourth generation wireless technology on Wednesday.

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Clean Energy Standard Implies Smart Grid Build Out, But Chances For Bill Remain Murky

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WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 President Barack Obama reaffirmed the nation’s need for a Clean Energy Standard (CES) during a speech at Georgetown University Wednesday, once again raising questions about how smart grid technology will fit into that future.

Implicit in bringing on a wide range of clean energy sources is the need for a more efficient and modernized grid to handle the variable power supply. However, in this divided Congress, getting legislators to find common ground on a CES will come with a high hurdle rate, say analysts.

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Former FCC Officials Evaluate Implementation of National Broadband Plan

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WASHINGTON March 17, 2011 – The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation brought key former broadband plan authors together Wednesday to discuss how the federal government is enacting the plan.

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North American Electric Reliability Corporation Creates Cyber Attack Task Force

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WASHINGTON March 3, 2011- The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has announced the formation of a Cyber Attack Task Force to evaluate and help protect the U.S. power grid in the event of an online assault. NERC is an independent, international organization that seeks to ensure the “reliability of the bulk power system in North…

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NARUC Panel Explores Consumer Benefits of Smart Grid

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WASHINGTON, February 14, 2011 – A panel of representatives from T-Mobile, Echeleon and state and federal governments discussed the value of smart grid for consumers on Saturday at the The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners yearly convention and explained how the smart grid will be able to bring both consumers and utilities increased efficiencies.

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Smart Grid Cyber Security Legislation Passes Senate Committee

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WASHINGTON August 6, 2010 – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has approved legislation that gives the Secretary of Energy the power to issue orders regarding threats to the electric grid.

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Hawaii Rejects Smart-Grid Technology

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WASHINGTON, August 2, 2010 – Regulators in the state of Hawaii have recently rejected a $115 million smart grid expansion project.

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Smart Grid’s Future Relies on Consumer Acceptance, Environmental Benefits

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WASHINGTON, July 22, 2010 – At BroadbandBreakfast.com’s breakfast club this week, experts in the smart grid field said issues such as consumer adoption, environmental benefits and privacy concerns would decide the future of grid development.

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Do Consumers Really Care About the Smart Grid? Some Think Not, at Broadband Breakfast Club

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WASHINGTON, July 21, 2010 – The “smart grid,” or the way that the electric infrastructure can be enhanced with interactive, telecommunications- and broadband-related capabilities, may not be that important for consumers, said panelists at Tuesday’s Broadband Breakfast Club.

At the same time, the Federal Communications Commission Energy and Environment Director Nick Sinai, in a keynote speech at the Broadband Breakfast Club, said that intelligent electric infrastructure — including consumer data about energy use — could enhance competition in electricity and in broadband.

The event is available on BroadbandBreakfast.com at the following link.

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Director of Energy & Environment for FCC Broadband Initiative to Speak at BroadbandBreakfast.com’s Smart Grid Event This Tuesday, July 20

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WASHINGTON, July 15, 2010 – Nick Sinai, Director of Energy & Environment for the FCC’s Omnibus Broadband Initiative will keynote The Broadband Breakfast Club’s event “The Smart Grid, Telecommunications and the Electric Infrastructure” on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 8 am – 10 am at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001. Registration is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

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General Electric Ecomagination Seeks Project Ideas for Smart Grid

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WASHINGTON, July 16, 2010. General Electric is seeking project ideas for renewable energy, electric grid efficiency, and ecobuilding technologies through its Ecomagination Challenge.

There is over $200 million invested in this innovation experiment, where people can try to get their ideas for building the next-generation power grid funded. GE works with venture capital firms to get the most promising ideas resources and funding.

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Loving the Smart Grid and its Consumer Benefits at New America Foundation Panel

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WASHINGTON, July 13, 2010- A panel of smart grid experts claims that smart grid advocates and providers are not doing enough to educate consumers about the benefits of smart grid technology.

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NARUC Proposes Fourth Way

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WASHINGTON July 7, 2010- National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has just released a draft of its proposed resolutions for their summer meeting. The organization is proposing a fourth way of regulating broadband and would like the federal government to take a hands off approach to smart grid.

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AT&T to Work With CURRENT Group to Improve Smart Grid Performance

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WASHINGTON June 29, 2010-AT&T’s mobile broadband network will work will CURRENT Smart Grid Distribution Solutions to increase grid efficiency and system capacity.

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Utilities Telecom Council and Verizon to Study Communication Needs of Utilities

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WASHINGTON, June 18, 2010 – The Utilities Telecom Council and Verizon will conduct a first-of-its-kind study on the information and technology required to support the nation’s utilities.

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Chattanooga to Get 150 Mbps Fiber Network

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WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 – Chattanooga, Tennessee will now have the fastest home broadband speeds in the nation through a municipal fiber optic network. The network is maintained through a subsidiary, EPB Fiber Optics, of the city’s municipal electric provider EPB. The network boasts speeds of up to 150Mbps symmetrical, in comparison the fastest Verizon Fios is offering is 50Mbp down and 20Mbps up. This new high speed access is quite expensive for users, the 100Mbps plan is $349; pricing for the new 150 plan not announced yet.

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UTOPIA, Perfection or Fantasy: Partnering public-private sectors with broadband

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UTOPIA, billed as providing light-speed to your door while connecting you with friends, family, entertainment, businesses, healthcare, and education, highlights itself as being part of your home, not owned by any network provider.

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Go Smart, Go Green; Former Mayor Urges Broadband Innovation for Cities

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DALLAS, April 29, 2010 – Broadband is a powerful solution to community ills, former two-term mayor Fort Wayne, Indiana, Graham Richard said Tuesday at a packed keynote luncheon at the 2010 Broadband Properties Summit here.

His address presented a model for community involvement in the proliferation of broadband as a tool to make cities more efficient, retain and gain jobs, while educating a workforce for the future.

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Connecting America, Chapter 2: ‘Goals for a High-Performance America’

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THE MISSION OF THE PLAN is to create a high-performance America—a more productive, creative, efficient America in which affordable broadband is available everywhere and everyone has the means and skills to use valuable broadband applications.

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Cisco Systems Partners With Grid Net, Linking WiMax to the Smart Grid

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WASHINGTON, March 26, 2010 – On Friday, Cisco Systems announced a partnership with Grid Net, a smart meter company that employs WiMax Technology to send data about electricity usage back to utility companies. Grid Net has also garnered with ClearWire, Motorola, Intel, and General Electric. With the investment by Cisco, Grid Net is poised to become the leader in smart meters in America.

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National Broadband Plan: A Look at Chapters 1 & 2

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WASHINGTON, March 26, 2010 – The national broadband plan aims to present not just a roadmap of how to expand broadband but also to provide a long-term vision of innovation. While the first chapter of the plan explains its overarching goals and congressional mandate, the plan is really outlined in the second chapter. The plan has six goals that the Federal Communications Commission plans to achieve through four general recommendations.

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‘National Purposes’ Aspect of National Broadband Plan Aims For Bold Actions Without Much Spending

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WASHINGTON, March 15, 2010 – Blair Levin, head of the Federal Communications Commission’s national broadband plan and the “national purposes” team at the agency previewed key points from the upcoming national broadband plan.

The object of the plan, they said, is not just to expand broadband networks, but to enable the creation of applications and innovations built upon that network. The six primary objective areas presented were healthcare, education, energy, civic engagement, economic expansion, and public safety.

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Regulatory Experts Discuss States’ Broadband Goals

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WASHINGTON, February 22, 2010 – A meeting of regulatory commissioners last weekend included much discussion of major telecommunications issues such as the state of the nation’s broadband.

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