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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.”

The launch of White House Smart Cities Initiative


Uncertainty Over Net Neutrality Makes it the ‘Black Hole’ of Telecom Policy

Broadband Calendar, Broadband TV, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality September 22nd, 2010

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2010 – on Wednesday released the video, for free, of the first Broadband Breakfast Club event of the monthly event foum’s third season, on the issue of net neutrality and broadband regulation.

The panelists at the event, “Title I, Title II: How Should Broadband Be Classified?” included a medley of almost all conceivable views about broadband regulation.

Hands On or Hands Off? Future of Broadband Regulation at Breakfast Club

Broadband Calendar, FCC, Net Neutrality September 20th, 2010

WASHINGTON, September 20, 2010 – The Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, September 21, will feature a discussion about the future of broadband, and how it is regulated. Among the panelists who will face off at the event, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, are officials from Public Knowledge, the Phoenix Center, Georgetown University and the Computer and Communications Industry Association.

Experts Debate Lack of Transparency in Federal Spectrum Policy

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Mobile Broadband, NTIA, Transparency, Wireless June 7th, 2010

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – Experts gathered last week to discuss problems surrounding transparency in federal spectrum policy and the challenges in addressing the issue. A recurring point of contention was the question of how to raise governmental consciousness of the price of spectrum, so as to prevent overuse by the government at the expense of the private sector.

U.S. Takes Top Spot in Global Connectivity Study Commissioned by Nokia

Broadband Data, International February 1st, 2010

WASHINGTON, February 1, 2010 – The United States took the top spot on the 2009 Connectivity Scorecard, a research project linking increased national technological connectivity with socio-economic transformation.

Professor Leonard Waverman of the London Business School and economic consulting firm LECG put together the scorecard focusing on 50 countries using metrics such as national usage, skills and infrastructure.

Waverman found that the United States leads more categories than any other nation – its person computer penetration of businesses is excellent and the nation takes top prize in secure server deployment. However, he found that consumer infrastructure does not score as highly for the United States as its other metrics and its “broadband and 3G penetration are average.”

Wireless Industry Complaints Closely Related to Competition, Say Panelists

Wireless December 14th, 2009

WASHINGTON, December 14, 2009 – What’s the greatest source of dissatisfaction in the mobile wireless industry? Ironically, according to industry experts and government representatives attending a conference on customer complaints, it is competition itself.

The size and pervasiveness of the mobile device market has exploded. In the space of just 17 years, the number of active mobile subscribers in the United States has exploded from 11 million to 276 million. An increased number of complaints have accompanied this market growth.

Panelists at FCC Workshop Debate Agency’s Role in Funding Broadband Research

Broadband Data, National Broadband Plan November 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 25, 2009 – In a workshop held Monday at the Federal Communications Commission, academics and industry leaders outlined their concerns and suggestions about the upcoming national broadband plan. The workshop, organized by the FCC’s national broadband taskforce, sought answers to specific questions about how research funding can propel technology innovation.

ITIF Urges Government Involvement to Speed Mobile Payments in U.S.

National Broadband Plan, Wireless November 19th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2009 – Experts at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation said Tuesday they are hopeful that mobile payment can catch on in the United States, but admitted that responsibility will fall to governments to provide the catalyst. “The market cannot do this on its own either in the short term or in the long-term,” said ITIF President Rob Atkinson.

Rocking the House at Future of Music with Comedy, the FCC and Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality October 14th, 2009

WASHINGTON, October 14, 2009 – Net neutrality emerged as a major theme at the Future of Music Coalition conference last week at Georgetown University here, with speeches on the subject by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., who described the Internet as the modern town square.

Focus on Broadband Advancement Has Gradually Shifted, Say Authors

Broadband's Impact September 11th, 2009

WASHINGTON, September 11, 2009 – The Free State Foundation on Thursday hosted conference to celebrate its new book, “New Directions in Communications Policy,” with contributions by members of the think tanks academic board.

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