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.