Giants of Broadband: A Personal Remembrance of Scott DeGarmo
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.
Broadband-Enhanced ‘Smart Grid’ Provides Energy Savings and Enhanced Economic Development
Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Smart Grid
May 31st, 2013
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 […]
Expert Opinion: Building the Gigabit State in Southern Illinois
Broadband Stimulus, Education, Expert Opinion, Health
June 2nd, 2011
CARBONDALE, Illinois, June 2, 2011 – Boiled down to its bare essentials, a major research university like Southern Illinois University here needs three things to prosper: good students, great faculty, and world-class internet bandwidth.
The only major research university in the southern half of Illinois, SIU has the first two out of three. But according to John Koropchak, a professor of chemistry and Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Dean at the university, the availability of bandwidth for SIU maxes out at 380 Megabits per second (Mbps).
Guidelines by the National Science Foundation call for bandwidth availability to be 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) to 2.5 Gbps. That’s up to seven times the bandwidth currently available.
Reflections on Broadband Access and Adoption From the Broadband Properties Summit
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan
May 6th, 2010
Now that the heavily attended Broadband Properties Summit in Dallas has passed, it is time to reflect on the overall issues facing broadband access, and adoption, as we move forward with a renewed vigor to reach the goals and objectives set forth in the National Broadband Plan. How will we move forward and what hurdles lie ahead in meeting that agenda?
Go Smart, Go Green; Former Mayor Urges Broadband Innovation for Cities
Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, Smart Grid
April 29th, 2010
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.
At Kickoff of FCC Workshops, Genachowski Calls Broadband ‘Infrastructure Challenge of the Generation’
FCC Workshops, National Broadband Plan, Transparency
January 5th, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 5, 2010 – BroadbandBreakfast.com has been actively covering the workshops of the Federal Communications Commission as the agency prepares its national broadband plan. We have covered all of the workshops since late August. In preparation for assembling the complete collection of articles, BroadbandBreakfast.com reporters are returning to the beginning of the workshops, on August 6, 2009. To see the complete collection of articles, click on http://broadbandbreakfast.com/category/fcc-workshops.
Citizens Must Embrace and Benefit from Technology Revolution, FCC Told
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan
August 7th, 2009
WASHINGTON, August 7, 2009 – The technology revolution will fundamentally change and improve the way that citizens and government interact, but that change must embrace everyone to accomplish its goals, public officials and policy experts agreed Thursday.
Virginia, Pennsylvania Discuss State Maps of Broadband Availability
April 22nd, 2009
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2009 – With the fast-moving broadband stimulus package almost certain to stretch the capabilities of federal agencies such as the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, state governments and agencies say they can help expedite the process.
Graham Richard, Former Mayor of Fort Wayne, at April Broadband Breakfast Club
April 13th, 2009
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2009 – Graham Richard, the former mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has agreed to join the panel discussion for the April meeting of the Broadband Breakfast Club, which takes place on Tuesday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Old Ebbitt Grill.