In an effort to look at all the pieces on the board, agency leaders from the Paterson administration convened a meeting with community leaders, educational administrators, not-for-profits, and broadband providers to review current funding opportunities for broadband under the Recovery Act.
Before much of the policy framework of a national broadband plan can be organized, an analysis of the most effective and efficient mechanisms for broadband deployment must be developed. To do this, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University recently announced their plans to conduct an independent expert review of existing literature and studies about broadband deployment and usage throughout the world.
In the wake of a Commerce Department and White House announcement appropriating $4 billion in federal stimulus spending on rural broadband, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced an initiative to bring business and government together to deliver broadband Internet access to Missouri.
Stockholm, Sweden and Bristol, Virginia are worlds apart in just about every demographic possible. But, the two cities have both leveraged the power of broadband to buttress their economies and improve their citizens’ lives.
In a world where technology is powerful enough to transform cultures and economies, it’s easy to understand how some might become fearful of the future. But for Robert Bell, Louis Zacharilla, and others at the Intelligent Community Forum, technology simply means the bar has been raised.
New York’s Council for Universal Broadband released its first Annual Report this week, highlighting the Council’s efforts to ensure every New Yorker has access to affordable, high-speed broadband. Although New York State is ahead of the United States’ average in terms of broadband speeds, the Council is working to make universal broadband a reality with key benchmarks and initiatives.
The state of Texas is looking to gather some information about implementing a broadband Internet initiative statewide. The Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Public Utility Commission issued a request for information (RFI) yesterday to extend broadband connectivity to areas of the state currently unserved and underserved. But, Texas does not have a good track record of insuring funds get to those unserved and underserved.
A coalition of telecommunications consulting organizations are set to discuss the future of broadband mapping today. The LinkAMERICA Alliance will outline broadband mapping best practices during a presentation today as part of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ mid-year conference.