On 7 October 2013 the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU-D) released the 5th edition of its Measuring the Information Society (MIS) report, which details various metrics of communications adoption worldwide, including the ICT Development Index (IDI). The IDI captures the level of ICT developments in 157 economies worldwide and compares progress made during the last year. The MIS 2013 also presents the first comprehensive mobile-broadband price data set for almost 130 economies. It features a new model and data to measure the world’s digital native population – those young people who were born into the digital age - and a quantitative overview of digital TV broadcasting trends.. An Executive summary is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. An animated video infographic is below:
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AUDIO: Faceoff: A Fact-Based Debate on U.S. Internet Policy and Access Networks @NetCaucusAC #broadband #icacbroadband
Today June 7 2013 the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee’s Internet Ecosystem Economics Task Force hosted a debate Faceoff: A Fact-Based Debate on U.S. Internet Policy and Access Networks. This discussion featured different perspectives on the role of broadband access networks in the Internet economy, and what role, if any, government regulation should play in overseeing these networks. Audio is available.
What: Faceoff: A Fact-Based Debate on U.S. Internet Policy and Access Networks
Where: Washington DC
When: June 7 2013
- Bryan Tramont, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP (moderator)
- Ev Ehrlich, ESC Company
- Jeff Eisenach, Ph.D., Managing Director and Principal, Navigant Economics
- Rob Frieden, Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunications and Law, Penn State University
- Ellen Goodman, Professor, Rutgers School of Law, Co-director, Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law
On Wednesday, April 24, 2013 the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will host a free Senior Digital Literacy Day seminar, How the Internet Can Benefit Older Americans.. Seniors, and those who work with and/or care for seniors, are invited to attend and learn about how Broadband (high speed Internet services) can benefit older Americans. Panelists, including representatives from the FCC, communications companies and non-profit organizations will focus on the many ways the Internet can benefit seniors, with emphasis on its safe and secure use. The seminar will include interactive demonstrations of electronic devices, such as cell phones, tablets, iPads, desktops and e-readers, and user-friendly computer programs that can benefit Seniors. Thomas Kamber of NYC’s Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) is one of the speakers. The seminar is free and open to the public, and will be streamed live.
What: How the Internet Can Benefit Older Americans
Where: FCC headquarters, 445 12th Street SW, Washington D.C. 20554.
When: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9.30am-12.30pm EDT | 1330-1630 UTC
Twitter: #fcc | #seniors
The New York Tech Meetup has today launched NYTMvote – a new public policy development initiative to improve NYC’s tech environment. The program includes a forum where members can suggest, comment, or vote on policies. The hashtag is #NYTMvote. Initial policy suggestions (you know that ISOC-NY likes #1!) are:
- Tech Policy Goal #1: Make New York City the most wired city on earth by providing every New Yorker and every New York business regardless of location access to the fastest broadband networks at the lowest cost.
- Tech Policy Goal #2: Reinvent the education system to allow every child, young adult, and all New Yorkers to develop the skills necessary to thrive in a 21st century economy.
- Tech Policy Goal #3: Make New York City the clear choice for entrepreneurs, software engineers, and other technically skilled professionals to start a business and build a career by making it easy to find partners, financing, office space and housing, employees, and access to markets.
- Tech Policy Goal #4: Support the appointment of a Deputy Mayor for Technology Innovation with an appropriate budget charged with the responsibility of reinventing New York City government with a 21st century framework.
- Tech Policy Goal #4: Make New York City’s system for civic participation the most open, transparent, accountable, participatory, and innovative in the world.
- Tech Policy Goal #6: Make New York City the most citizen-connected community on earth, where its people connect with each other to unleash a powerful 21st century economy: selling to each other, renting to each other, funding each other, sharing with each other, coworking with each other, meeting up with each other, and hiring each other.
- Tech Policy Goal #7: Support public policies that would ensure that technology and the opportunities available to the tech community can reach all New York’s citizens, and help solve issues related to healthcare, human rights and justice, gender equality, transportation, the environment, and other issues of fundamental importance to all New Yorkers.
@fcc @ntiagov Feb. 7 #Broadband Summit: Broadband Adoption and Usage – What Have We Learned? – webcast available
On February 7, 2013 the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services (FCC), along with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), will hold a Summit – Broadband Adoption and Usage – What Have We Learned?
The summit will discuss best practices learned from broadband adoption programs and academic studies/surveys, and how implementation of these best practices can close the broadband adoption gap among Americans – particularly low-income households, racial and ethnic minorities, seniors, rural residents, residents of Tribal lands and people with disabilities. NTIA Administartor Lawrence E. Strickling will deliver a keynote. A webcast will be available via the FCC site.
What: Broadband Adoption and Usage – What Have We Learned
Where: 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC 20554
When: February 07 2013, 8:45 AM – 5:00 PM EST | 1335-2200 UTC
Register: (including webcast) email@example.com
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it has saved $210m on its Lifeline program, mainly through eliminating fraud. Out of that $14m has been allotted to broadband adoption pilots in 21 states and Puerto Rico. Details below.
Launch of 14 Broadband Adoption Pilots Across the Country
Using $14 million in savings from reforms, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has chosen 14 high-quality pilot projects to advance broadband adoption through Lifeline. The projects will provide critical data and rigorous analysis regarding how Lifeline can efficiently and effectively increase broadband adoption and retention among low-income consumers.
Located in 21 states and Puerto Rico, the pilots will also provide broadband for nearly 75,000 low-income consumers who now lack service.
Robust, affordable broadband has become essential to access jobs, education, and economic opportunity. Over 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies today – including Wal-Mart and Target – require online job applications. And students with broadband at home have a 7 percent higher graduation rate. But low- income households adopt broadband at much lower rates than the average household: Fewer than 36 percent of families with incomes less than $25,000 subscribe to broadband at home, compared to nearly 92 percent of families with incomes over $75,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In order to rigorously test how best to use Lifeline to support broadband adoption, the pilots will gather data and provide analysis on a wide a range of geographic, technological, and programmatic variables. Projects include five wireless broadband projects, seven wireline broadband projects, and two offering wireline or wireless technologies. Seven will test discounted service in rural areas, including two on Tribal lands, and seven will test discounted service in urban and suburban areas. Variables that will be experimentally tested include the use of digital literacy training, equipment types, subsidy levels, speed ranges, and usage limits.
The Pilot Program will run for 18 months, beginning on Feb. 1, 2013. Winners have three months to set up the pilots, and must provide one year of subsidized service. The pilots must complete data collection and analysis in the final three months. Following is a list of projects and the states in which they are located. A more detailed description of the projects is available in Appendix A of the Order, available at http://www.fcc.gov/document/14-projects-chosen-lifeline-broadband-pilot-program-competition.
1. Frontier Communications Corporation (OH, WV)
2. Gila River Telecommunications, Inc. (AZ – Tribal)
3. Hopi Telecommunications, Inc. (AZ – Tribal)
4. National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) Project (which includes the
following carriers: Alpine Communications (IA); and Leaco Rural Telephone (NM))
5. Nexus Communications, Inc. (OH, MI, IA, NV, CA, LA, MS, NJ)
6. Partnership for a Connected Illinois Project (which includes the following carriers: Adams Telephone Cooperative; Cass Telephone Company; Harrisonville Telephone Company; Madison Telephone Company; Mid-Century Telephone Cooperative; Shawnee Telephone Company; and Wabash Telephone Cooperative (IL))
7. PR Wireless, Inc. (Puerto Rico)
8. Puerto Rico Telephone Company (Puerto Rico)
9. T-Mobile Puerto Rico LLC (Puerto Rico)
10. TracFone Wireless, Inc. project using smartphones (FL, MD, TX, WA, WI, MA)
11. Troy Cablevision, Inc. (AL)
12. Vermont Telephone Company, Inc. (VT)
13. Virgin Mobile USA, L.P. (MA, OH)
14. XChange Telecom Corp. (NY)
Wireline Competition Bureau Staff Contact: Kimberly Scardino at 202-418-1442
On December 11 2012 Manhattan Borough President, and candidate for City Comptroller, Scott Stringer issued “Start-up City: Growing New York City’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for All“. The report delineates 11 areas in which NYC can act to foster growth and access to its developing tech economy. Section 3 is devoted to connectivity, and is reproduced below:
III. THE “FOURTH UTILITY”: IMPROVING INTERNET CONNECTIVITY IN NEW YORK CITY
“It’s like the elephant in the room is that bandwidth here sucks…There has to be ways for the city to construct much better bandwidth availability for start-ups.” – David Pakman, Partner, Venrock111
Defining the Problem: New York’s lack of reliable, high-speed internet is limiting the growth of Tech 2.0. Though entrepreneurs in New York have access to broadband, many of those we interviewed said that the City’s telecom infrastructure is well behind where it should be for a city vying to be one of the nation’s two leading technology hubs. In fact, many start-ups that have looked for affordable space in former industrial districts outside of Manhattan have had to abandon those plans after discovering highspeed internet connections were not available.
Goal: Improve internet speed and reliability by increasing competition throughout the five boroughs and opening up government property to fiber optic cable.
The 10th annual PICISOC Conference, PacINET 2012, is underway in Suva Fiji from November 22-26. This year’s theme is ‘Access for All’, and the program is being coordinated to showcase access opportunities for internet users in the Pacific. Fiji time is UTC+13 or 17 hours ahead of NYC.
What: PacINET 2012
Where: Japan-Pacific ICT Centre, University of the South Pacific (Laucala Campus) in Suva Fiji
When: November 22-26 (2000-0400UTC | 1500-2300 EST the day before)
Webcasts: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ytcfiji2012 | http://www.ustream.tv/channel/pacinet2012
Internet Society Washington DC area Chapter Breakfast Discussion: SENIORS 2020 – What’s Grandma Doing Online? at The Car Barn, WDC, on May 17, 2012.
1) Older Adults and Internet Use – Mary Madden
2) Introduction to BeClose – Liddy Manson
3) Technology for Aging in Place – Laurie Orlov