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Former Architect of National Broadband Plan Says That Every City Needs a Broadband Plan

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September 14, 2015 – Every city should create a city-wide broadband plan of its own, said the former director of the National Broadband Plan, in wide-ranging speech touting four strategies useful for different types of city broadband plans.

Speaking on Friday at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Officers annual conference in San Diego, Blair Levin of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and the group Gig-U, said that every city should tackle four key strategies: (1) Getting fiber deeper into neighborhoods; (2) Using community WiFi; (3) Getting everyone online; and (4) Promoting innovative civic applications for broadband.

Levin, the former architect of the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband plan, crafted from 2009 to 2010, said that the United States was about the 20th country to adopt such a plan for the deployment of high-speed internet. Nearly 150 countries have one now.

“With cities, we’re where we were with countries in 2010. Several dozen have them,” Levin said. “But now, such a plan is becoming table stakes for any city that wants its residents to be part of the 21st Century Information Economy.”

In his remarks, Levin addressed the pivotal role that Google Fiber has played in spurring the development of Gigabit Networks. Indeed, on Thursday, Google announced upcoming fiber-optic deployments in three new cities: Irvine, Calif., Louisville, Kentucky; and San Diego.

He categories the types of cities, and they relative trajectories towards Gigabit Networks, as follows:

“The first set of communities is those that either have or are likely to see Google Fiber enter. For these, the starting strategy is pretty simple. Accelerate to the extent possible, Google’s entry.” Whether or not Google comes, such cities will be well-situated for others, as well.

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UK’s Information Commissioner Office Clears Google of Wifi Snooping

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WASHINGTON, August 3, 2010 – According to the UK’s Information Commissioner Office (ICO), data Google accidentally collected about WiFi networks is unlikely to cause damage to those networks’ owners.

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Subaru to Embed Wifi Hotspot in Cars

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WASHINGTON, July 23, 2010 – Subaru is making its foray into the internet age with its new hotspot technology.

The new Subaru Mobile Internet system creates a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to ten users with a radius of 150 feet with a 3G connection provided by Autonet Mobile, and Subaru covers the first three months of service.

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Campgrounds See Controversial Increase in Wi-Fi Availability

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WASHINGTON, July 13, 2010- Campgrounds are increasingly becoming more connected to internet and cell phone service, making some visitors feel like they cannot escape their work and responsibilities.

Companies that provide Wi-Fi connections to campgrounds are seeing gains in business from these outdoor recreation sites. Campers can now watch videos, stay connected to their favorite social networking sites, and reply to their email from the comfort of their tents at many campgrounds.

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Cathay Pacific to Offer in Flight Wifi

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WASHINGTON July 12, 2010- Cathay Pacific is the latest airline to announce inflight Wifi for passengers. The airline has partnered with Panasonic Avionics Corporation to equip the entire Cathay Pacific fleet with high speed internet connections.  Each aircraft will receive a 50Mbps connection which will then be split amongst the passengers. The airline plans to…

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Minneapolis to Offer Free Wi-Fi

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WASHINGTON June 30, 2010- Minneapolis will soon offer free Wi-Fi to its residents. The city has announced the deployment of 117 hotspots around the city for a project they are calling “Wireless Minneapolis”.

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NYFI Wants to Provide Free WiFi to New York City

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WASHINGTON, June 17, 2010 – NYFI, a wireless and telecommunications company located near Manhattan, recently announced its intention to begin supply free Wi-Fi coverage to all commuters on New York’s MTA Metro North Railroad. This decision comes after AT&T Mobility announced a similar plan to expand free Wi-Fi in Times Square.

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AT&T to Expand Wi-Fi Network

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WASHINGTON, June 8, 2010 – Telecom giant AT&T may have angered many of its customers last week by announcing the end to its unlimited mobile broadband plan but it has tried to temper this by expanding its Wi-Fi network. It has chosen to setup a pilot location in New York City’s Times Square. The firm plans to add increased Wi-Fi support to high traffic and high population areas. These new “hotzones” will be available to all current AT&T customers.

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Google Faces Lawsuits for Collecting Data from Unprotected Networks

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WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – A class action lawsuit filed May 17 accuses Google of violating federal privacy and data acquisition laws, and asks that Google pay up to $100,000 to each individual from whom data was taken. The firm is also facing civil suits in Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany Spain and Italy.

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Cablevision to Expand Optimum Wi-Fi

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WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 – New York based ISP Cablevision has announced that it will seek permission from New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority to expand its Optimum Wifi network to include the Long Island Railroad and metro north. This expansion would be fully funded by Cablevision. These new service areas would expand the ISPs already robust transportation wifi network which already includes most NJ transit stations, Long Island MacArthur airport and 200 other MTA rail platforms.

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