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Rep. Matsui Wants Low-Income Broadband Program

WASHINGTON, November 14, 2009 – Congresswoman Doris Matsui touted legislation in a speech Friday that would require the Federal Communications Commission to create a program that would enable qualifying low-income customers to purchase broadband service at reduced prices.

Under the bill filed last month, H.R.3646, the government would reimburse broadband providers for each low-income customer served and ensure that the program would be neutral to different technologies.

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WASHINGTON, November 14, 2009 – Congresswoman Doris Matsui touted legislation in a speech Friday that would require the Federal Communications Commission to create a program that would enable qualifying low-income customers to purchase broadband service at reduced prices.

Under the bill filed last month, H.R.3646, the government would reimburse broadband providers for each low-income customer served and ensure that the program would be neutral to different technologies.

“We need to extend the privilege of home internet access to all American families,” Matsui, a Democrat, told a crowd of students, faculty and community members at the Sacramento State Alumni Center in California. “For far too long, lower-income families have been disadvantaged in large part by the lack of access to affordable broadband services. To fully close the digital divide, it is critical that we address the affordability of these services,” she said.

Matsui said she has been “a strong advocate for broadband grants to be allocated to schools and libraries, and to ‘underserved’ communities so that more Americans have access to the internet.” According to statistics referenced by the lawmaker, only 58 percent of Californians earning under $40,000 a year subscribed to dial-up or broadband at home.

Matsui focused her remarks on her priorities of the last year including a commitment to green technology. She also discussed $127 million in stimulus funding that is being used to expand Sacramento’s regional smart grid implementation. “The updates to be completed include 600,000 smart meters, as well as 50,000 demand response controls. That includes programmable smart thermostats, home energy management systems to allow homes and businesses to monitor their usage more closely and engage in energy saving techniques,” she said. Matsui also said the grant would modernize approximately fifty buildings at Sacramento State campus.

“The grants are an integral part of a national effort led by President Obama to build a nationwide smart electricity grid that will reduce costs for consumers and businesses, make the electricity grid more efficient and reliable, and increase accessibility to clean, low-cost renewable energy sources,” she said. “In addition to creating jobs, we need to continue to bolster and strengthen our economy, and make sure all Americans have access to the clean-tech and high-tech jobs of the future,” added Matsui.

Winter covered technology policy issues for five-and-a-half years as a reporter for the National Journal Group. She has worked for USA Today, the Washington Times, the Magazine Group, the State Department’s International Visitor’s Program, and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. She also taught English at a university in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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White House Launches ‘Smart City’ Initiative That Links Broadband Connectivity to Urban Solutions

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.”

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WASHINGTON, November 14, 2009 – Congresswoman Doris Matsui touted legislation in a speech Friday that would require the Federal Communications Commission to create a program that would enable qualifying low-income customers to purchase broadband service at reduced prices.

Under the bill filed last month, H.R.3646, the government would reimburse broadband providers for each low-income customer served and ensure that the program would be neutral to different technologies.

“We need to extend the privilege of home internet access to all American families,” Matsui, a Democrat, told a crowd of students, faculty and community members at the Sacramento State Alumni Center in California. “For far too long, lower-income families have been disadvantaged in large part by the lack of access to affordable broadband services. To fully close the digital divide, it is critical that we address the affordability of these services,” she said.

Matsui said she has been “a strong advocate for broadband grants to be allocated to schools and libraries, and to ‘underserved’ communities so that more Americans have access to the internet.” According to statistics referenced by the lawmaker, only 58 percent of Californians earning under $40,000 a year subscribed to dial-up or broadband at home.

Matsui focused her remarks on her priorities of the last year including a commitment to green technology. She also discussed $127 million in stimulus funding that is being used to expand Sacramento’s regional smart grid implementation. “The updates to be completed include 600,000 smart meters, as well as 50,000 demand response controls. That includes programmable smart thermostats, home energy management systems to allow homes and businesses to monitor their usage more closely and engage in energy saving techniques,” she said. Matsui also said the grant would modernize approximately fifty buildings at Sacramento State campus.

“The grants are an integral part of a national effort led by President Obama to build a nationwide smart electricity grid that will reduce costs for consumers and businesses, make the electricity grid more efficient and reliable, and increase accessibility to clean, low-cost renewable energy sources,” she said. “In addition to creating jobs, we need to continue to bolster and strengthen our economy, and make sure all Americans have access to the clean-tech and high-tech jobs of the future,” added Matsui.

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Global Cities Teams Challenges Next Round: Nov. 12-13, 2015

Editor’s Note: We’ve received this note from the Global Cities Teams Challenges of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and US Ignite. Read more about the these important challenges.

Save the Date – An Important Event Related to the Next Round of the Global Cities Teams Challenge: November 12-13, 2015

Municipal leaders and innovators will gather at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland on November 12-13 for an important event related to the next round of Global City Team Challenge (GCTC). An agenda for the November event and a summary of exciting changes that NIST and US Ignite have planned for the next round of the GCTC will be circulated soon.

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WASHINGTON, November 14, 2009 – Congresswoman Doris Matsui touted legislation in a speech Friday that would require the Federal Communications Commission to create a program that would enable qualifying low-income customers to purchase broadband service at reduced prices.

Under the bill filed last month, H.R.3646, the government would reimburse broadband providers for each low-income customer served and ensure that the program would be neutral to different technologies.

“We need to extend the privilege of home internet access to all American families,” Matsui, a Democrat, told a crowd of students, faculty and community members at the Sacramento State Alumni Center in California. “For far too long, lower-income families have been disadvantaged in large part by the lack of access to affordable broadband services. To fully close the digital divide, it is critical that we address the affordability of these services,” she said.

Matsui said she has been “a strong advocate for broadband grants to be allocated to schools and libraries, and to ‘underserved’ communities so that more Americans have access to the internet.” According to statistics referenced by the lawmaker, only 58 percent of Californians earning under $40,000 a year subscribed to dial-up or broadband at home.

Matsui focused her remarks on her priorities of the last year including a commitment to green technology. She also discussed $127 million in stimulus funding that is being used to expand Sacramento’s regional smart grid implementation. “The updates to be completed include 600,000 smart meters, as well as 50,000 demand response controls. That includes programmable smart thermostats, home energy management systems to allow homes and businesses to monitor their usage more closely and engage in energy saving techniques,” she said. Matsui also said the grant would modernize approximately fifty buildings at Sacramento State campus.

“The grants are an integral part of a national effort led by President Obama to build a nationwide smart electricity grid that will reduce costs for consumers and businesses, make the electricity grid more efficient and reliable, and increase accessibility to clean, low-cost renewable energy sources,” she said. “In addition to creating jobs, we need to continue to bolster and strengthen our economy, and make sure all Americans have access to the clean-tech and high-tech jobs of the future,” added Matsui.

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Update on the Global City Teams Challenge and Recently Announced NSF Funding Opportunities

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WASHINGTON, November 14, 2009 – Congresswoman Doris Matsui touted legislation in a speech Friday that would require the Federal Communications Commission to create a program that would enable qualifying low-income customers to purchase broadband service at reduced prices.

Under the bill filed last month, H.R.3646, the government would reimburse broadband providers for each low-income customer served and ensure that the program would be neutral to different technologies.

“We need to extend the privilege of home internet access to all American families,” Matsui, a Democrat, told a crowd of students, faculty and community members at the Sacramento State Alumni Center in California. “For far too long, lower-income families have been disadvantaged in large part by the lack of access to affordable broadband services. To fully close the digital divide, it is critical that we address the affordability of these services,” she said.

Matsui said she has been “a strong advocate for broadband grants to be allocated to schools and libraries, and to ‘underserved’ communities so that more Americans have access to the internet.” According to statistics referenced by the lawmaker, only 58 percent of Californians earning under $40,000 a year subscribed to dial-up or broadband at home.

Matsui focused her remarks on her priorities of the last year including a commitment to green technology. She also discussed $127 million in stimulus funding that is being used to expand Sacramento’s regional smart grid implementation. “The updates to be completed include 600,000 smart meters, as well as 50,000 demand response controls. That includes programmable smart thermostats, home energy management systems to allow homes and businesses to monitor their usage more closely and engage in energy saving techniques,” she said. Matsui also said the grant would modernize approximately fifty buildings at Sacramento State campus.

“The grants are an integral part of a national effort led by President Obama to build a nationwide smart electricity grid that will reduce costs for consumers and businesses, make the electricity grid more efficient and reliable, and increase accessibility to clean, low-cost renewable energy sources,” she said. “In addition to creating jobs, we need to continue to bolster and strengthen our economy, and make sure all Americans have access to the clean-tech and high-tech jobs of the future,” added Matsui.

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