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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

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

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. Keep Reading

Broadband Data Collection and Validation Must Be Rethought, Experts Say at Breakfast Club

WASHINGTON, February 10, 2010 – The head of the Federal Communications Commission’s internal “think tank” said Tuesday that the agency was taking a fresh look at all aspects of its broadband data-collection processes: collection, validation and analysis, and dissemination. Speaking to a roomful of panelists and telecom officials who attended Tuesday’s Broadband Breakfast Club in spite of the snow, Office of Strategic Planning Chief Paul de Sa said that the agency was sensitive to the need to balance proprietary information with the desire for transparency in its data-collection processes. In a keynote on the topic of “Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Collecting and Using Broadband Data,” de Sa began by asking questions that frame the work of the agency on broadband data. Keep Reading

A Cast of Data Experts to Speak at February 9 Broadband Breakfast Club

WASHINGTON, February 2, 2010 - A cast of key experts on the issue of collecting and using broadband data -including two key officials at the Federal Communications Commission, plus a former agency chief economist - have confirmed their participation in the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The event is titled "Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Collecting and Using Broadband Data," and will be keynoted by Paul de Sa, Chief of Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis at the FCC. The division is widely regarded as the agency's internal "think tank" on dealing with forward-looking issues, particularly broadband. Keep Reading

Net Neutrality/Transparency

Net Neutrality and Quality of Services Divisive Topics at FCC Workshop

WASHINGTON, December 9, 2009 - The importance of quality of service and the divisive effect of Net neutrality rules were key topics at the Federal Communication Commission’s Technical Advisory Process Workshop on Tuesday. “The fundamental issue,” said Paul Sanchirico of Cisco Systems, “is ‘is my behavior affecting your experience?’ When it’s congested, I want to make sure I’m protecting everyone’s experience. There’s a greater good.” Sanchirico suggested methods for improving network performance. Fundamental to maintaining quality of service (QoS) is establishing the prioritization of information packets. Keep Reading

Broadband Plan of Attack is Evolving, Say Industry and Regulators

CHICAGO, November 18, 2009 - The title of Wednesday’s panel at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners sounded militant enough: “Broadband Plan of Attack.” Yet the speakers on hand gave the distinct impression that across public, private and academic sectors, conclusive battle plans remain to be drawn. Regulators from Washington, telecom providers and researchers agree that the push forward for wider broadband access remains both a certainty and an imperative. Yet not everyone seems to be dancing the same step just yet—a fact reflected in the frank appraisal of Robert Curtis, director of deployment for the national broadband plan at the Federal Communications Commission. Keep Reading

Net Neutrality/NTIA/Recovery Act

Cisco Launches Broadband Game, Puts Everyman in Shoes of Telecom Execs

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2009 – Cisco Systems has released a new computer game that puts the common man in the shoes of broadband executive making deployment decisions. The company’s myPlanNet game attempts to make broadband deployment easy to understand – and perhaps forces broadband activists to walk in the shoes of the network executive grappling with tough issues like the underserved and Net neutrality. Keep Reading

NTIA's Lawrence Strickling Describes Role of BTOP in Broadband Plan, Innovation Strategy

NEW YORK, October 26, 2009 – NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling, speaking at a telecommunications conference here on Friday, said that a national broadband plan is key to the innovation strategy of the Obama administration, along with expanding research and development, increasing education and providing a strong technological ecosystem. With regard to the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program funding program, he said that not every good project would be funded, as there simply are not enough funds. At the same time, he said he wanted to make sure that the agency did not fund any bad projects. Keep Reading

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