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  • Joly MacFie 4:11 am on 11/22/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    PacINET “Access for All” conference underway in Fiji – webcast info #pacinet2012 @picisoc 

    picisocThe 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)
    Program: http://www.picisoc.org/pacinet/pacinet-2012-november-22-26-suva-fiji/
    Webcasts: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ytcfiji2012 | http://www.ustream.tv/channel/pacinet2012
    Twitter: pacinet2012

  • Joly MacFie 7:25 am on 09/05/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: ISOC-DC SENIORS 2020 including Pew report: Older Adults and Internet Use #seniors 

    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

  • Joly MacFie 4:35 pm on 08/08/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, , , nycha, the bronx   

    @NYCHA Digital Vans bring #Internet to #NYC projects #access #broadband #btop 

    A DNAinfo story Mobile Computer Labs Deliver High-Speed Internet to Public Housing details NYC Housing Authority’s two mobile computer labs.

    From the story:

    The air-conditioned vehicles, which NYCHA calls Digital Vans, are outfitted with eight laptops each and wireless Internet, which tenants can also access outside the vans on their own devices. Trained instructors travel with the vans to problem solve or, in some cases, to explain computer basics.

    The vans shuttle daily between 19 NYCHA developments across the city, including 10 sites in The Bronx, stopping at each development about once every two weeks. They are partly funded by a federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant.

    Included is a good quote from NYCHA CIO Atefeh Riazi: ““I’ve never seen a seven-year-old do homework on a cellphone.”

    The Digital Vans’ locations can be ascertained by following @NYCHA.

  • Joly MacFie 2:42 pm on 06/29/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Pew: 48.4% of U.S. adults access #Internet via cell phones #broadband 

    A new Pew survey Cell Internet Use 2012 finds that Americans are increasingly using cell phones to access the Internet.

    Some 88% of U.S. adults own a cell phone of some kind as of April 2012, and more than half of these cell owners (55%) use their phone to go online. We call these individuals “cell internet users” throughout this report, and this represents a notable increase from the 31% of cell owners who said that they used their phone to go online as recently as April 2009.

    Moreover, 31% of these current cell internet users say that they mostly go online using their cell phone, and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer. That works out to 17% of all adult cell owners who are “cell-mostly internet users”—that is, who use their phone for most of their online browsing.

    Pew cellphone use 2012

    The survey reinforces the idea of a “new digital divide”:

    Young adults and non-whites are especially likely to use their cell phones for the majority of their online activity:

    Nearly half of all 18-29 year olds (45%) who use the internet on their cell phones do most of their online browsing on their mobile device.
    Half (51%) of African-American cell internet users do most of their online browsing on their phone, double the proportion for whites (24%). Two in five Latino cell internet users (42%) also fall into the “cell-mostly” category.

    Additionally, those with an annual household income of less than $50,000 per year and those who have not graduated college are more likely than those with higher levels of income and education to use their phones for most of their online browsing.

    Read the full report:

  • Joly MacFie 12:15 pm on 05/18/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    New Tech City report – NYC Internet sucks! #nyc #broadband 

    New Tech CityThe Center for The Urban Future has issued a report – New Tech City – that details NYC’s rapid growth to tech industry pre-eminence in the last few years. However, the report states that that development is hampered by the poor state of Internet infrastructure in the city, citing the lack of availability, bandwidth, and competition.

    Here’s the relevant passage, in full.


    It’s not difficult to grasp why a strong, reliable broadband infrastructure is absolutely essential for tech companies built around the Internet and mobile technologies. What is surprising is that New York – the world’s media capital – could be behind the curve in having the bandwidth that the city’s tech companies need. Unfortunately, that appears to be the case. Over the course of our interviews for this study, the state of broadband connectivity in the city came up as the second most frequently cited threat to New York’s future growth in the tech sector.

    To be sure, we didn’t hear of a single tech company in New York that doesn’t have a broadband connection. And whereas virtually everyone we interviewed noted the challenge in finding talented engineers, bandwidth was cited as a problem by less than half of those we interviewed. However, it came up again and again. “It’s like the elephant in the room is that bandwidth here sucks,” says David Pakman. “You should be able to walk into any building and have at least 150 megabit connection available to you. There has to be ways for the city to construct much better bandwidth availability for start-ups.”

    A number of those we interviewed for this report told us that their Internet connection goes down on a relatively consistent basis. Some said that the problem is a lack of redundancy, since only one telecom provider offers high-speed service where they are located. Still others say that they had to abandon plans to relocate to former industrial districts outside of Manhattan that happen to offer inexpensive rents, solely because there is no broadband infrastructure in buildings there.

    “Bandwidth is one of the big, big constraints out there,” says John Borthwick of Betaworks. “It’s really crappy and there is uneven accessibility to bandwidth. I know a lot of our companies complain about this. Even here [at Betworks’ office in the Meatpacking district], we have FIOS in the building, which is good. But we don’t have a backup to it. Time Warner Cable doesn’t pass the building, so there’s no backup. And so if FIOS goes down, which is conceivable for a day, we’re screwed. Hopefully it won’t happen, but there should be redundancy to bandwidth.” Chris Dixon, the co-founder of start-up Hunch, the recommendation engine which was purchased by eBay in November 2011, recently blogged about the problems getting broadband at his company’s office, which is centrally located on 21st Street in the Flatiron district. “Amazingly, one of our biggest challenges being a NYC start-up has been getting reliable Internet access” Dixon wrote in December 2011. “It’s embarrassing how bad Internet access in Manhattan is.” [Chris Dixon, "Getting Broadband in Manhattan," December 2, 2011.]

    While a number of tech companies have a problem with spotty Internet service, another issue is that there are some commercial districts outside of Manhattan where it is still difficult to get a broadband connection, period. This problem is by no means widespread citywide. The gaps are mainly limited to a handful of former industrial neighborhoods – including several along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront – where the telecommunications infrastructure is roughly 100 years old. Because they were mainly filled with manufacturers who generally weren’t online, telecom carriers like Verizon never saw enough demand to justify the huge upfront cost of building out fiber optic lines to these commercial buildings. And since these districts had few residential customers, the economics never made sense for cable television companies like Time Warner and Cablevision to develop the infrastructure to serve these areas. The Center for an Urban Future’s 2004 report, “New York’s Broadband Gap,” detailed many of these problems.[Jonathan Bowles and Tara Colton, "New York’s Broadband Gap," Center for an Urban Future, December 2004.]

    The problem is that many of these older industrial districts are now appealing neighborhoods for tech start-ups – not to mention graphic design firms, fashion companies and other businesses and artisans – because they tend to offer much more affordable rents than in Manhattan office districts and, in many cases, are in close proximity to areas where many techies live today. But without a fast Internet connection, buildings in these districts become a nonstarter for tech companies. “There is a company I know of that is one of the most exciting new start-ups in NYC,” venture capitalist Fred Wilson blogged recently. “They are locating their new office in the emerging area in Brooklyn between DUMBO, Fort Greene, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This is a cool new neighborhood that could be home to a lot of start-ups looking for great workspaces at low rents. But there is no commercial grade Internet service in this neighborhood. Time Warner Cable wants this young start-up to guarantee them $80,000 in revenues so they can afford to dig up the street and lay the cables. That is nuts. We need to wire up this city from Staten Island to the Bronx, from Harlem to Rockaway Beach.” [Fred Wilson, "Talent and Bandwidth," AVC, January 6, 2011.]

  • Joly MacFie 1:28 pm on 05/14/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, developing countries, , , unesco,   

    ISOC-OECD-UNESCO report – The relationship between local content, Internet development and access prices #WSIS 

    Internet SocietyToday, May 14 2012, a joint ISOC-OECD-UNESCO report The Relationship between local content, Internet development and access prices  was presented at the WSIS Forum in Geneva by Janis Karklins, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General, Markus Kummer, the Internet Society’s Vice-President for Public Policy, and Taylor Reynolds, Senior Economist at the OECD.

    This important study finds that the three elements are inter-related and likely feed into each other in a virtuous circle: (i) better connectivity is significantly related to higher levels of local digital content creation. In essence, countries with more Internet infrastructure (at all income levels) are also the countries producing more local digital content as measured by Wikipedia entries and by web pages under a given country-code top-level domain; (ii) countries with more international connectivity have lower domestic broadband prices and countries with better domestic infrastructure have lower international bandwidth prices. The inter-linkages between the different elements lead to three key lines of policy considerations evolving out this research: (i) Fostering content development, (ii) Expanding connectivity, and (iii) Promoting Internet access competition.

    The Internet Society press release is below. More info: http://www.internetsociety.org/localcontent


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  • Joly MacFie 4:58 pm on 05/05/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: Susan Crawford at #TNW2012 #internet #infrastructure #access 

    On April 27 2012 Susan Crawford gave a keynote at the Next Web Conference in Amsterdam. In her talk she gave a preview of the theme of her forthcoming book “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age

  • Joly MacFie 5:46 am on 03/03/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Report: Russia passing USA in #fiber 

    Dave Burstein in Fast Net News – Russia Passing U.S. In “Fiber” – reports that Russia is on the cusp of passing the USA in terms of percentage of residences reached, either directly by fiber, or by some fiber+LAN system.

    He says:

    All in the name. Korea’s #1 in penetration if 100 megabits on copper from fiber to the basement is “fiber.” Japan is #1 if only fiber all the way to the apartment is considered. The U.S. is far behind in either case, with the larger countries of Europe – except Russia – even further behind. Nearly 60% of Korean homes subscribe to one or the other and over 40% of Japanese. So do 27% of Lithuanians.
    Yes, Lithuania leads Europe. They, the Russians and other Eastern Europeans generally deliver broadband by fiber to the basement and copper to the apartment, Speeds are often 100 megabits; Russia often is near the top in average Internet speeds.
    “Fiber” in the U.S. only reaches 8% of homes. The vast majority of U.S. fiber lines are Verizon, which has essentially stopped building. Russia is at the same level, expanding rapidly. China is only at 4%, although they are expanding at a rate of 10M a quarter.

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  • Joly MacFie 5:39 am on 01/22/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    MAG-Net Digital Dialogue: “Beyond Access: Owning Community Broadband Networks” 1/25 #CommunityBB #broadband #fiber @mediaaction 

    Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net)On January 25 2012 the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) will host a ‘Digital Dialogue’ conference call: “Beyond Access: Owning Community Broadband Networks”.
    This digital dialogue will feature experts and community members who have been working on the community broadband issue for many years. Participants are encouraged to think about possible broadband projects in their neighborhood as well as share any experiences they have with launching a network.

    What: “Beyond Access: Owning Community Broadband Networks”
    When: Wednesday, January 25th 2012 – 10am PST/1pm EST (Length: 60 minutes)
    How: Free. RSVP to get a unique number for the call.
    Webcast: Call will be archived.
    Contact: betty@centerformediajustice.org
    Twitter: @mediaaction | #mediajustice | #CommunityBB

    Betty Yu, Center for Media Justice
    Danielle Chynoweth, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
    Christopher Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
    Traci Morris, Native Public Media

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  • Joly MacFie 5:38 pm on 06/26/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, , california, , , , sonic.net   

    California ISP sonic.net rolls out 1Gbps double play for $69.95 #fiber #broadband #gigabit 

    sonic.netCalifornia ISP sonic.net has rolled out the first installs of it’s new gigabit service, which includes two phone lines, in Sebastopol, CA. Local newspaper The Press Democrat reports:

    The fiber optic network allows the company to offer Internet connections up to 1 gigabit per second, said Dane Jasper, co-founder and president of the company.

    “Speed will no longer be a factor,” Jasper said. “You’re completely connected.”

    The service will be available to about 60 homes on Florence Avenue in about a month, and will become available to an additional 640 homes by the end of the year, Jasper said.

    The fastest connection, which will be 1 gigabit per second, will cost $69.95 per month and include two phone lines and unlimited long distance calling. The company will also offer a 100 megabit per second connection for $39.95 monthly, which will include one phone line with unlimited long distance calling.

    Nate Anderson recently covered the story in Ars Technica:

    Jasper doesn’t think like a typical US Internet exec; in an interview last year, he made clear that his company tries to avoid artificial limits as a way to make more money. “The natural model when you have a simple duopoly capturing the majority of the market is segmentation: maximize ARPU [average revenue per user] by artificially limiting service in order to drive additional monthly spending. But fundamentally this is the wrong model for a service provider like us, and we have looked to Europe for inspiration… I believe that removing the artificial limits on speed, and including home phone with the product are both very exciting.”

    • joly 3:48 am on 06/27/2011 Permalink | Reply

      • Vint Cerf: What Can Gigabit Do for You? (FORA.tv)

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