The official start of Hurricane Season 2009 saw Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Alabama Governor Bob Riley, President Barack Obama and other regional officials issuing words of warning and support in preparation for the next hurricane strikes. But state and federal officials aren’t the only ones marking the beginning of hurricane season. Government contractors, offering infrastructure network, disaster relief and database back-up solutions have also joined in the conversation.
Delaware looks to make more contract information available to would-be vendors, California looks to zero in on vendors who have won state contracts.
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.
This week Microsoft released Stimulus360, a solution designed to help public sector agencies track, measure and share information about stimulus-funded projects. Josh Rice, Director of Microsoft’s Public Sector Incubation Team, spoke to CivSource about Stimulus360, measuring the economic impact of the stimulus and the future of open government.
Microsoft officially announced Microsoft Stimulus360 this afternoon, though details have been forthcoming from the company for a few weeks now. Microsoft Stimulus360 is touted as an all-inclusive look at “the full life cycle of economic stimulus programs to provide greater accountability at all levels” of government, according to company information.
It has been nearly a full seventy-two hours since President Barack Obama and his team of celebrated techies opened the doors of Recovery.gov for improvements. The crowdsourceing experiment is nearly half-finished (or half-full for all you optimists out there) and so a quick recap is in order.
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.