On Wednesday February 25 2015 Silicon Harlem held their 2 Year Anniversary Meetup at MIST in Harlem. Hosts were co-founders Clayton Banks and Bruce Lincoln. Guest speakers for the Tech Talk segment were Brandon Kessler – Founder, ChallengePost and Scott Salyers, Supervising Producer of Casting, Shark Tank. The event was webcast live by ISOC-NY. Video is below.
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VIDEO: @SiliconHarlem launch of HouseApp Contest & Apps Leadership Academy @CCCADI @CBRangel @HarlemCDCorp
On February 7 2014 Silicon Harlem held an event at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on 125th St NYC to lunch two fresh initiatives in 2014. The first, sponsored by Congressman Charles Rangel, is the House Student App Challenge, which is open to is open to all high school students in New York’s 13th District, who will be able to form groups and be hooked up with mentors. Students have until April 30 to design an app, submit source code and a descriptive video. Many other districts nationwide are also participating. The winning video will be displayed on the house.gov website. The second Silicon Harlem program, the Apps Leadership Academy (ALA), is a more open-ended project, also aimed at students. Based out of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), and funded by the Harlem Community Development Corporation (HCDC), the ALA will train roughly 20 high school-aged students annually to become collaborators in the development of various multimedia elements for the Center. In 2014 the initial intake will be tasked with developing the augmented reality component of the Mi Querido Barrio project. Representative Charles Rangel attended the launch, and gave vocal support. Video is below.
Harlem’s Broadband Renaissance: Gigabit Nation interview with Bruce Lincoln of @SiliconHarlem #gigabitharlem
Earlier today, Wednesday July 17 2013, in a show entitled Harlem’s Broadband Renaissance, Silicon Harlem meetup Executive Producer Bruce Lincoln was interviewed on Craig Settles’ Gigabit Nation Internet radio show. Bruce talked about the Gigabit Harlem initiative that was launched at the recent public forum that was webcast by ISOC-NY.
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On Tuesday June 25 2013 Silicon Harlem presented a meetup with the topic Gigabit Harlem | Transforming Upper Manhattan into a Center for Technology Innovation. Aides to Council Member Inez Dickens were present and Rep. Charles Rangel hung out. The event was webcast live on the Internet Society Chapters livestream channel.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/zctkh9YHwdY
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/QDy6aZVnflXs/
As it prepared the 2010 National Broadband Plan the FCC commissioned The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) to write a report summarizing the state of broadband development in the USA. The report, entitled Broadband in America was delivered in November 2009. Now, in July 2011 CITI has issued a follow-up – Broadband in America – 2nd Edition. The 176 page document, which includes plenty of meaty research, maps the explosive growth of wireless service in the interim period plus other developments including:
- Advances in DSL, including ‘bonding’, will lead to speeds of up to 30mbps on copper.
- AT&T and Verizon aim to provide 50 million homes with 10 Mb/s wire line by 2013.
- Verizon expects to have 94% of the country covered by LTE – 10-12mbps – by 2013.
- AT&T, Verizon, and Quest currently have 5.3m FTTH subscribers, but there are another 770 FTTH ISPs collectively serving another 1.9m premises.
- When AT&T & Verizon finish deploying FIOS & U-Verse they will reach 40% of US households.
- DOCSIS 3.0 deployment is patchy.
- Broadband adoption will reach saturation at around 70% in 2014 with a split of 39% cable to 31% telco.
- 12% of U.S. households still use dial-up and 19% don’t use the Internet at all.
- Prices for wire line are expected to increase 2%/yr, and wireless up to 4%/yr.
- Investment runs at about $33b/yr, increasingly on wireless.
- Less than 50% of backbone capacity is being used.
The latter half of the report is taken up by guest essays, including
- Sharply contrasting views from Blair Levin and Eli Noam on the wire line vs wireless issue.
- Raul Katz gives detailed figures on the economic impact of rural broadband.
- D. Linda Garcia and Tarkan Rosenberg give a history lesson on the role of rural co-operatives in rolling out universal phone service, and then expound on the “diffusion model” as a means of getting through to that last 30% of holdouts.
- Bruce Lincoln gives a practical blueprint for such a diffusion model with his “Advancing Community Broadband” scheme, involving setting up wi-fi networks, plus telework/telehealth centers, in low-income neighborhoods.