Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

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

Advanced Energy, Agencies, Broadband and Democratization, Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact, Smart Grid September 16th, 2015

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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Giants of Broadband: A Personal Remembrance of Scott DeGarmo

Broadband's Impact August 31st, 2015

Editor’s Note: The broadband world has lost three visionary giants over the past several months: Scott DeGarmo, Charles Benton and Don Samuelson. Each of these men had a significant impact on the world of advancing high-speed communications. Personally, each of them also had a significant impact on my professional career in broadband. I have had countless interactions with each of them over the course of many years.

SALT LAKE CITY, August 31, 2015 – I learned of the passing of Broadband Communities CEO Scott DeGarmo from pancreatic cancer two weeks ago this morning. One of my colleagues on the board of the non-profit Rural Telecommunications Congress had shared the news. His death came just one month prior to his company’s next conference, “Fiber for the New Economy” in Lexington, Kentucky.

I immediately sent off my condolences — now joined with dozens of others on the Broadband Communities web site — to those in his company whom I have known and with whom I have interacted on my levels.

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President Obama Signs Executive Order Making Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Permanent

Broadband Data, Press Releases August 17th, 2015

Editor’s Note: This Presidential Innovation Fellows Program, highlighted in a press release today from the White House, is a fascinating exercise of how President Obama has institutionalized technology innovation, one of the main accomplishments of his administration in technology policy. THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 17, 2015 FACT […]

Important But Overlooked NTIA Report Highlights Best-Practices for Public-Private Partnerships on Gigabit Networks

Expert Opinion, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, NTIA April 13th, 2015

April 13, 2015 – Attention on the significance of community-based Gigabit Networks rose dramatically when President Obama included an announcement about the importance of community broadband networks in his State of the Union address in January, and in remarks in Cedar Falls, Iowa, one week before the speech.

5500700478_c9b5bc8f9a_oAt the same time, the White House also released a report of its own on community-based broadband solutions, which highlighted the growing demand for Gigabit Networks, and also focused on some of the laws that restrict municipalities’ involvement in broadband.

Somewhat overlooked in the process, however, was an important report released on January 14 by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

In a blog post that day, NTIA Administrator Larry Strickling recapped the investments of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program: Upgrading 113,000 miles of fiber, and connecting 25,000 community anchor institutions.

The Commerce Department also released an important 16-page report, “BroadbandUSA: An introduction to effective public-private partnerships for broadband investments,”  that bears re-examination. […]

Press Release: Kirton McConkie Presents Webinar for Municipalities on Building Gigabit Networks

Gigabit Networks, Press Releases January 15th, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY, January 15, 2015 – President Obama’s vigorous support of a growing national movement to build Gigabit Networks highlights the need for municipalities to prepare wisely for their high-speed Internet future, said Kirton McConkie attorneys Drew Clark and David Shaw. Kirton McConkie announced a practical four-part webinar series on “How to Build Your Gigabit Network,” beginning on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, from 2 p.m. […]

The Cost of Connectivity: An Analysis of the Open Technology Institute Report Cited by the White House

Broadband's Impact January 14th, 2015

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2015 — The White House’s recent report on “Community-Based Broadband Solutions” relies heavily on an Open Technology Institute report from the fall that compared the quality and cost of U.S. broadband Internet with the rest of the world. The third annual Cost of Connectivity report from OTI, the technology program of the […]

White House Releases Report on Community-Based Broadband Solutions, Touting Municipal Competition for Gigabit Networks

Broadband's Impact January 14th, 2015

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2015 – The White House on Tuesday released a report, “Community-Based Broadband Solutions: The Benefits of Competition and Choice for Community Development and Highspeed Internet Access,” seeking to bolster President Obama’s new push for Gigabit Networks. The report states: Affordable, reliable access to high speed broadband is critical to U.S. economic growth […]

White House Supports Growing National Movement of Local Leaders for Gigabit Networks

Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, FCC, Gigabit Networks, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality January 14th, 2015

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2015 – The White House on Tuesday announced efforts to end laws that harm broadband competition, several steps to support a growing national movement of local leaders for Gigabit Networks, plus new federal funding and a new initiative to support community broadband. The announcements came on Tuesday in advance of an anticipated […]

Speaking at Federal Trade Commission, Obama Urges Internet Privacy Legislation for Consumers and Students

Cybersecurity, Net Neutrality, Privacy January 12th, 2015

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2015 – President Barack Obama on Monday announced that his administration would push for two new pieces of federal internet privacy legislation, one pertaining to consumers and one pertaining to students. He also announced that the Department of Education would offer new tools to help students and teacher help protect their privacy. […]

Drew Clark: The Year of Community and Municipal Gigabit Broadband

Broadband's Impact December 18th, 2014

December 18, 2014 – While net neutrality captured Washington policy headlines, the most significant communications development in 2014 was the emergence of new and more viable approaches to building community and municipal Gigabit Networks.

A confluence of factors in the worlds of broadband, energy, transportation, manufacturing and civic engagement have underscored the need for next-generation internet networks. Evidence of this gathering momentum behind global Gigabit Cities include the high-profile emergence of public-private financing models and a growing network of high-bandwidth computing applications.

This year’s fight over net neutrality is not unrelated to the push for Gigabit Networks. The Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet proceeding is a battle over scarcity: The prioritization of traffic on lower-capacity networks. From the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision striking down FCC rules in January to President Obama’s decision to directly intervene in the new FCC proceeding, it’s been an all-consuming public battle.

But viewed from the vantage point of the future, the far more significant development will be the emergence of opportunities outside of Washington for high-capacity broadband networks. It’s a world in which cities and municipalities are playing the leadership role.

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