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ISOC-NY OneWebDay event: Bob Frankston – “Infrastructure commons – the future of connectivity”

The 6th annual global OneWebDay celebration will be Thursday September 22 2011. ISOC-NY’s contribution will be to host respected computer scientist and Internet iconoclast Bob Frankston who will present on the theme “Infrastructure commons – the future of connectivity”.

The subways, roads and sidewalks are vital infrastructure. The Internet should be no different – our economy, health and safety depend on our ability to communicate. Yet its provision and economy are based on outdated, inequitable, and inefficient telecom models. How do we move to a connected future?

What: Bob Frankston “Infrastructure commons – the future of connectivity”
When: OneWebDay, Thu Sep 22 2011 – 7.15pm – 9pm
Where: Rm. 202, Courant Institute NYU, 251 Mercer St NYC
Who: Public welcome. In person or by webcast.
Webcast: http://livestream.com/internetsocietychapters
Twitter:@isocny, #onewebday, @bobfrankston
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175684272508607
shorturl: http://bit.ly/frankston

Dave Burstein
We are happy to also announce that Dave Burstein of DSL Prime has agreed to moderate the session. Dave will also talk about the practicalities of establishing community networks.

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ISOC-NY EVENT: Building tomorrow’s broadband – Nov 17 2010

isoc-nyDiscussion of Net Neutrality has often involved policy discussions about regulating or rationing bandwidth as a scarce resource.

On Wednesday, November 17th, ISOC-NY will host a panel with people who are building tomorrow’s broadband infrastructure to create an abundance of bandwidth that could one day make these issues moot.

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Time: 7-9 pm
Place: Room 201 Warren Weaver Hall 251 Mercer St NYC (just southeast of Washington Square)
Webcast: http://livestream.com/isocny
Hashtag #isoc-ny
The event is free and open to the public. Photo ID must be presented to gain access to the building.
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Internet Society lends initial support to Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG)

The Internet Society’s North American Bureau, to which ISOC-NY is affiliated, is lending initial support to a U.S. industry effort to form a Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) to develop consensus on broadband network management practices or other related technical issues that can affect users’ Internet experience. This is a collaborative industry effort to identify and address operational issues that have been at the heart of some of the recent issues attracting governmental attention. Constructively, this activity could result in organized, forward-looking discussion driven by key stakeholders and also provide opportunities to educate and inform policy makers by shedding light on underlying technical issues from the perspectives of diverse stakeholders.

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FCC publishes Global Broadband Study draft

berkman center In July the FCC announced that, in the context of a its own broadband planning, it had commissioned the Berkman Center to do a study of the state of broadband development worldwide.

A draft – Next Generation Connectivity:A review of broadband Internet transitions
and policy from around the world
– has just been published. The FCC is asking for comments before Nov 16.
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Gates Foundation proposes $10bn plan to fiber 123k public institutions

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation An Ars Technica article details a proposal by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bring fiber to 123,000 public institutions nationwide at a cost of $4.9bn-$10bn.  The FCC is taking comments.
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Video of NYC BTOP meeting

With the deadline for applications for the first round of grants from the $7.2bn set aside for broadband adoption projects in President Obama’s stimulus plan rapidly approaching (Aug14), members of many of NYC communities met to discuss how best to achieve results. Representatives of the City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT) poured cold water on many aspirations stating that most, if not all, the cash would go to rural projects. Despite this many declared it their intention to apply.

Audio & Video below. A listserv has been set up for further conversation. Twitter: #nycbtop
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Video of Albany Broadband Stimulus event .

On Monday March 30 2009 Governor David A. Paterson’s Recovery Cabinet held a Broadband Stimulus Information Session

Downloads of the webcast can be found here – The windows media version appears to have much better audio than the others.
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NY Times Series: The Broadband Gap

On Mar 10-12 2009 Saul Hansell addressed the Broadband topic in a 3 part series in the New York Times. The series attracted over 200 comments from the public.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/broadband-gap/
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Audio of Staten Island Broadband Hearing

Audio of the NYC Broadband Advisory Committee’s Staten Island public hearing on Thursday Mar 5 is now available here. Video and summaries will follow.

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NYC Broadband Hearing – Staten Island – Mar 5 2009

nycThe NYC Broadband Advisory Committee will hold its fifth public hearing in Staten Island on March 5 2009.

WHEN: Thursday, March 5, 2009, 11 AM – 3 PM
WHERE: CUNY College of Staten Island (Building 1P)
Recital Hall, The Center for the Arts
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314 [map] [travel info]
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Senate Hearing – Why Broadband Matters – 9/16/08

http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=About.Members On Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 10:30 AM (EST) The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation will receive testimony regarding the consumer benefits of broadband service in areas such as education, job opportunities, telemedicine, and access to government resources. link

See http://www.isoc-ny.org/?p=409 for webcast
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NYC Broadband report presentation Wednesday

NYC sealOn Wednesday, July 30th at 11:00am there will be a briefing from the Mayor’s Office and Diamond Consultants for the Broadband Advisory Committee regarding the Bloomberg Administration’s plans for bridging the digital divide in New York City.

Diamond Consultants was hired by the New York City Economic Development Corporation to determine the breadth of the digital divide in New York City and develop programs and initiatives to provide greater digital inclusion for all residents. Chris O’Brien, a Partner in Diamond’s Public Sector practice, will be detailing Diamond’s findings and its recommendations for the City’s next steps.

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