Illinois CIO Hardik Bhatt Addresses Need for ‘Smart City’ Technology to Run State Government
Broadband's Impact, Public Safety, Smart Cities
October 6th, 2015
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.
First Broadband Stimulus Funds to Middle Mile Projects, Libraries and Rural Last-Mile
December 17th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 17, 2009 – The broadband stimulus projects identified in a White House report issued Wednesday, and embargoed for release Thursday, include the following:
Broadband Stimulus Rush Begins with $182 Million Dispensed Today in Dawsonville, Ga.; Less Than 3 Percent of Total Funds
December 17th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 17, 2009 – The White House announced that $182 million in federal funding for broadband stimulus funding will be dispensed Thursday by Vice President Joe Biden at Impulse Manufacturing in the rural town of Dawsonville, Ga.
The initial grants are the first of a $2 billion disbursement in broadband funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act over the next 75 days, the White House said.
The funding, said the White House, is “to bring broadband to communities that currently have little or no access to the technology.”
Broadband Stimulus Grants Expected on Thursday
Broadband Stimulus, States
December 16th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 16, 2009 – The White House Office of Vice President Joe Biden is planning on traveling to Dawsonville, Georgia, on Thursday, to make an announcement on the stimulus act Congress approved in February. He will discuss how the recovery act investments are “improving communities and creating jobs in Georgia and rural areas across the country.” Biden will be joined by Governor Sonny Perdue.
Verizon Wireless Launches New Anti-AT&T Ad, Suits Dropped
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact
December 2nd, 2009
Verizon Wireless started running a new advertisement this week in the “There’s a Map for That” campaign that has caused competitor AT&T much angst. The ad features Santa Clause’ reindeer prepping for the big night with the one using AT&T’s third generation coverage map failing to light up while the reindeer equipped with the Verizon Wireless maps being ready to go.
States Seek Best Strategies on Obtaining Broadband Stimulus Funds Close-to-Home
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
March 16th, 2009
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2009 – As the Obama administration on Monday begins poring over the nitty-gritty details about how they will be spending $7.2 billion in broadband stimulus funds, individual states are grappling to find their own best strategies to tap the funds.
CWA Publishes State-by-State Download Speeds. How About Carrier-by-Carrier Speeds?
August 15th, 2008
August 15 – The Communications Workers of America’s Speed Matters blog this week published its state-by-state report on download speeds in the United States. According to the report, the median download speed for the nation was 2.3 Megabits per second, and the report provides state-by-state totals.
Europe and Asia are 'Cleaning Our Clock' on Broadband, Says Report Author
July 11th, 2008
WASHINGTON, July 10 – The lack of a cohesive national broadband policy in the United States is hampering the nation’s ability to deploy high-speed broadband, attorney James Baller said Thursday at the Alliance for Community Media conference here.