Connect with us

Infrastructure

FTTH Unveils Gigabit Network Proposal

Avatar

Published

on

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2013 — The Fiber to the Home Council Americas released its proposal to the Federal Communications Commission for a Gigabit Communities Race to the Top Program on Tuesday. FTTH Council Americas held a media conference call discussing the proposal and highlighting the success of Kansas City, which already has a gigabit network.

Heather Gold, President of FTTH Council Americas, described the details of the program, which is based on a similar program enacted by President Barack Obama in 2009 dealing with education grants. Communities will submit their plans for gigabit networks, and the most innovative proposals will receive up to $10 million in grant money.

Gold hopes that the program will provide 15 grants each year over a period of five years, at which point the program would sunset. The goal is to establish a critical mass of ultra-high speed networks to spur the further construction of such networks throughout the country.

Several officials from Kansas City also participated in order to describe the benefits that the gigabit network has brought to the city. Former Mayor Joe Reardon noted that small businesses in the community were able to take advantage of the new technology and create a number of new jobs. He stated that access to such a high speed network is crucial for cities across the country to maximize their economic growth.

Mike Burke, Advisory Council Co-Chair of KC Digital Drive also spoke on his experience working with the task force to create a “playbook” for applications of the gigabit fiber network. He stated that he realized early in his work that the project’s focus should not be on the technology itself but on the way it fits with community need.

One such community need was provided in the form of telemedicine, partly through the work of Morgan Walker, Director of Telemedicine and Gig App Developer for Children’s Mercy Hospital. The app she designed allowed medical information to be shared among a patient, doctor, and a third party such as a parent or attorney.

Walker also emphasized the importance of telemedicine as a solution to the problem of access, particularly in terms of connecting people with particular problems with the specialists they need.

Josh Evans is a political science major at Grove City College. He is originally from Dover, Florida. An intern at the National Journalism Center in the summer of 2013, he is a Reporter for Broadband Census News and the News Editor for The Collegian at Grove City College.

Rural

In San Juan, Utah, a Snapshot of a School District’s Struggle to Bring Broadband Home

The fight for broadband infrastructure in one Utah community. Is private enterprise the end goal?

Tim White

Published

on

Chris Monson with Wesley Hunt on Abajo Peak tower. Photo courtesy of Monson.

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2013 — The Fiber to the Home Council Americas released its proposal to the Federal Communications Commission for a Gigabit Communities Race to the Top Program on Tuesday. FTTH Council Americas held a media conference call discussing the proposal and highlighting the success of Kansas City, which already has a gigabit network.

Heather Gold, President of FTTH Council Americas, described the details of the program, which is based on a similar program enacted by President Barack Obama in 2009 dealing with education grants. Communities will submit their plans for gigabit networks, and the most innovative proposals will receive up to $10 million in grant money.

Gold hopes that the program will provide 15 grants each year over a period of five years, at which point the program would sunset. The goal is to establish a critical mass of ultra-high speed networks to spur the further construction of such networks throughout the country.

Several officials from Kansas City also participated in order to describe the benefits that the gigabit network has brought to the city. Former Mayor Joe Reardon noted that small businesses in the community were able to take advantage of the new technology and create a number of new jobs. He stated that access to such a high speed network is crucial for cities across the country to maximize their economic growth.

Mike Burke, Advisory Council Co-Chair of KC Digital Drive also spoke on his experience working with the task force to create a “playbook” for applications of the gigabit fiber network. He stated that he realized early in his work that the project’s focus should not be on the technology itself but on the way it fits with community need.

One such community need was provided in the form of telemedicine, partly through the work of Morgan Walker, Director of Telemedicine and Gig App Developer for Children’s Mercy Hospital. The app she designed allowed medical information to be shared among a patient, doctor, and a third party such as a parent or attorney.

Walker also emphasized the importance of telemedicine as a solution to the problem of access, particularly in terms of connecting people with particular problems with the specialists they need.

Continue Reading

Infrastructure

Treasury Announces Summer Deadline For Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund

$10 billion dollars are being made available to communities in need to better connect their communities.

Benjamin Kahn

Published

on

Photo of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2013 — The Fiber to the Home Council Americas released its proposal to the Federal Communications Commission for a Gigabit Communities Race to the Top Program on Tuesday. FTTH Council Americas held a media conference call discussing the proposal and highlighting the success of Kansas City, which already has a gigabit network.

Heather Gold, President of FTTH Council Americas, described the details of the program, which is based on a similar program enacted by President Barack Obama in 2009 dealing with education grants. Communities will submit their plans for gigabit networks, and the most innovative proposals will receive up to $10 million in grant money.

Gold hopes that the program will provide 15 grants each year over a period of five years, at which point the program would sunset. The goal is to establish a critical mass of ultra-high speed networks to spur the further construction of such networks throughout the country.

Several officials from Kansas City also participated in order to describe the benefits that the gigabit network has brought to the city. Former Mayor Joe Reardon noted that small businesses in the community were able to take advantage of the new technology and create a number of new jobs. He stated that access to such a high speed network is crucial for cities across the country to maximize their economic growth.

Mike Burke, Advisory Council Co-Chair of KC Digital Drive also spoke on his experience working with the task force to create a “playbook” for applications of the gigabit fiber network. He stated that he realized early in his work that the project’s focus should not be on the technology itself but on the way it fits with community need.

One such community need was provided in the form of telemedicine, partly through the work of Morgan Walker, Director of Telemedicine and Gig App Developer for Children’s Mercy Hospital. The app she designed allowed medical information to be shared among a patient, doctor, and a third party such as a parent or attorney.

Walker also emphasized the importance of telemedicine as a solution to the problem of access, particularly in terms of connecting people with particular problems with the specialists they need.

Continue Reading

Open Access

Open Access Networks Key To Affordability Question, House Committee Hears

The House Energy and Commerce committee heard arguments that open access to networks is crucial for competition and affordability.

Benjamin Kahn

Published

on

Screenshot of Francella Ochillo from House hearing

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2013 — The Fiber to the Home Council Americas released its proposal to the Federal Communications Commission for a Gigabit Communities Race to the Top Program on Tuesday. FTTH Council Americas held a media conference call discussing the proposal and highlighting the success of Kansas City, which already has a gigabit network.

Heather Gold, President of FTTH Council Americas, described the details of the program, which is based on a similar program enacted by President Barack Obama in 2009 dealing with education grants. Communities will submit their plans for gigabit networks, and the most innovative proposals will receive up to $10 million in grant money.

Gold hopes that the program will provide 15 grants each year over a period of five years, at which point the program would sunset. The goal is to establish a critical mass of ultra-high speed networks to spur the further construction of such networks throughout the country.

Several officials from Kansas City also participated in order to describe the benefits that the gigabit network has brought to the city. Former Mayor Joe Reardon noted that small businesses in the community were able to take advantage of the new technology and create a number of new jobs. He stated that access to such a high speed network is crucial for cities across the country to maximize their economic growth.

Mike Burke, Advisory Council Co-Chair of KC Digital Drive also spoke on his experience working with the task force to create a “playbook” for applications of the gigabit fiber network. He stated that he realized early in his work that the project’s focus should not be on the technology itself but on the way it fits with community need.

One such community need was provided in the form of telemedicine, partly through the work of Morgan Walker, Director of Telemedicine and Gig App Developer for Children’s Mercy Hospital. The app she designed allowed medical information to be shared among a patient, doctor, and a third party such as a parent or attorney.

Walker also emphasized the importance of telemedicine as a solution to the problem of access, particularly in terms of connecting people with particular problems with the specialists they need.

Continue Reading

Recent

Signup for Broadband Breakfast

Get twice-weekly Breakfast Media news alerts.
* = required field

Trending