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  • joly 4:07 am on 09/26/2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, digital divide, mastercard,   

    WEBCAST TODAY: Bridging the #DigitalDivide #qzdigitaldivide @qzevents @CNTR4growth 

    Quartz Digital DivideToday Monday September 29 2016 Quartz and Mastercard present Bridging the Digital Divide – an evening discussion surrounding the energy and dialogue of the United Nations General Assembly around financial and economic inclusion. SPEAKERS: Mark Latonero, Fellow, Data & Society Research Institute & Research Director, Center On Communication Leadership And Policy, USC Annenberg School; Olivia White, Associate Principal, Mckinsey & Company; Shamina Singh, President, Mastercard Center For Inclusive Growth; and Kevin Delaney, Co-President And Editor In Chief, Quartz. The event will be webcast live via the Quartz Livestream Channel.

    What: Bridging the Digital Divide
    Where: Apella Event Space at Alexandria Center, 450 E 29th St, NYC
    When: Monday September 29 2016 4:30pm EDT – 20:30 UTC
    Webcast: http://livestream.com/quartz/bridgingdigitaldivide
    Twitter: #qzdigitaldivide

  • joly 6:34 am on 05/02/2016 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TONIGHT: FAST AND FREE : New York’s Vision for Public Wi-Fi Everywhere #NYCWiFi @newamericanyc @oti 

    LivestreamToday Monday May 2 2016 New America NYC will present a panel discussion FAST AND FREE : New York’s Vision for Public Wi-Fi Everywhere at Civic Hall in NYC. Noting New York City’s growing dependence on Wi-Fi, in particular through new initiatives such as the LinkNYC franchise to turn phone booths into hotspots, and the NYCEDC’s RISE : NYC resiliency initiative, New America is specifically concerned about possible congestion if LTE-U is broadly implemented by telcos. After a technical introduction by OTI’s Michael Calabrese, Maya Wiley of the NYC Mayor’s Office will deliver a keynote on the policy and planning aspects. The Panel: Dmytro Pokhylko – Vice President, NYC Economic Development Corporation; Colin O’Donnell – Chief Innovation Officer, Intersection; Andrew Afflerbach – CEO and Director of Engineering, CTC Technology & Energy; Chris Szymanski – Director of Product Marketing & Government Affairs, Broadcom; & Greta Byrum, Acting Director, Resilient Communities Program, New America. The event will be webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.

    What: FAST AND FREE : New York’s Vision for Public Wi-Fi Everywhere
    Where: Civic Hall NYC
    When: Monday May 2 2016 6:30pm – 8:30pm EDT | 22:30-00:30 UTC
    Webcast: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/fastandfree
    Twitter: #NYCWiFi https://twitter.com/hashtag/NYCWiFi

  • joly 9:13 am on 11/05/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY: Quartz’s The Next Billion: New York #qznextbillion 

    The Next BillionToday, Wednesday November 5 2014 Quartz will be holding a full day conference The Next Billion – one of a global series exploring the next generation of technologies and strategies that will help companies and individuals around the globe prepare for the next billion internet users to come online. Speakers include representatives from Microsoft, SmartThings, goTenna, Harvard Law School, the Ford Foundation, and Al Jazeera America. The sold out event will be webcast live via Livestream.

    What: Quartz’s The Next Billion: New York
    Where: Bohemian National Hall, NYC
    Agenda: http://thenextbillion.qz.com/newyork2014
    When: Wednesday November 5 2014 9:30am-4:45pm EST | 14:30-21:45 UTC
    Webcast: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/10591685/thenextbillion
    Twitter: #qznextbillion.

  • joly 8:03 pm on 10/26/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, , , cities, lafayette, , , , ,   

    VIDEO: Next Century Cities Official Launch #NCCLaunch @NextCentCit 

    NCC logoOctober 20th 2014 marked the official launch of Next Century Cities a new, city-to-city collaboration that supports community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. The event included a video keynote from FCC Chair Tom Wheeler, a panel of city leaders moderated by Susan Crawford, and another of city tech officers. Audio/video is below.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/e1QZdXL8SUc (includes index)
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/RWjkuALUYoO4/
    Download: video | audio
    Twitter: #NCCLaunch

  • joly 5:21 pm on 10/01/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, internet.org,   

    REPORT: Offline and Falling Behind: Barriers to Internet Adoption @internet_org #access 

    The goal of Internet.org – an initiative launched in August 2013 by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung — is to connect the 4.4 billion people who currently lack access to the Internet, but a mission on such a large scale is not without barriers, and a study released Wednesday by McKinsey & Co., Offline and Falling Behind: Barriers to Internet Adoption, examines those barriers.

    The study broke the barriers into four categories — incentives, low incomes and affordability, user capability and infrastructure — and found that:

    • 3.4 billion of the 4.4 billion people without Internet access are located in 20 countries.
    • 1.1 billion to 2.8 billion of them are outside the range of existing mobile networks.
    • 920 million of them are illiterate.
    • Women in developing countries are 25 percent less likely to be connected than men.

    The report’s seven key findings::

    • Over the past decade, the global online population grew to just over 2.7 billion people, driven by five trends: the expansion of mobile network coverage and increasing mobile Internet adoption, urbanization, shrinking device and data-plan prices, a growing middle class and the increasing utility of the Internet.
    • The online population is expected to grow by another 500 million to 900 million by 2017, meaning that 4.2 billion people will still be offline.
    • Some 75 percent of the offline population is concentrated in 20 countries, and those people are disproportionately rural, low-income, elderly, illiterate and female.
    • The offline population faces barriers to Internet adoption spanning four categories: incentives, low incomes and affordability, user capability and infrastructure.
    • McKinsey & Co. found a systematically positive and, in some cases, large correlation between barrier categories and Internet penetration rates.
    • Some 2 billion of the offline population of 4.4 billion live in 10 countries that face challenges across all four barrier categories, and 1.1 billion are in countries dominated by a single barrier category (more details below).
    • Current initiatives, forthcoming innovations and lessons from countries that have made headway are cause for optimism.

    McKinsey & Co. also broke down where countries fell in terms of barriers to connecting everyone to the Internet:

    High barriers across the board: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Tanzania.
    Medium to high barriers: Egypt, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.
    Medium barriers, greatest challenges in incentives: China, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
    Medium barriers, greatest challenges in low incomes and affordability: Colombia, Mexico,Brazil, South Africa and Turkey.
    Low barriers across the board: Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the U.S.

    Full report: http://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/McKinsey/dotcom/client_service/High%20Tech/PDFs/Offline_and_falling_behind_Barriers_to_Internet_adoption.ashx
    Executive Summary: http://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/McKinsey/dotcom/client_service/High%20Tech/PDFs/Offline_and_falling_behind_Barriers_to_Internet_adoption_Briefing.ashx

  • joly 7:48 am on 03/23/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    @TomWheelerFCC & @JRosenworcel talk #ERate reform at #CCSSOLegCon14 #broadband #fcc #edtech 

    On March 16-18 2014 the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) held its 2014 Legislative Conference. In a session on March 17, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel addressed the education leaders on E-Rate reform. In pursuit of President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative which includes a commitment to connect 99 percent of all students to high-speed broadband within 5 years, last July the FCC launched the reform effort aka E-Rate 2.0. The proceeding has to date garnered 1800+ comments. In her remarks on Monday Commissioner Rosenworcel Chair Wheeler emphasized the urgency of reform noting that, currently, E-Rate does not even cover W-Fi. He said the FCC had identified $2 Billion of funding to spend over the next two years, solely on improving schools and other anchor institutions’ Internet connections. He announced the formation of a USF Special Strike Force to insure “there is adherence to the rules and the people’s money is wisely spent.” Video is below. Closed captions are available.

    CCNSO Conference

    View on C-SPAN: http://www.c-span.org/video/?318326-2/education-policy
    Transcript of Tom Wheeler remarks: http://www.fcc.gov/document/chairman-wheeler-remarks-ccsso-legislative-conference

  • joly 6:01 am on 12/27/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, , , , , , , , , undp   

    VIDEO: New Voices – The Civic Technology and Open Government Opportunity – Steven Clift #edem @democracy 

    On a brief visit to NYC civic technology leader Steven Clift, a White House Champion of Change for Open Government, at short notice set up a presentation – New Voices – The Civic Technology and Open Government Opportunity at the UNDP offices on December 18 2013. At issue is whether growing open government and civic technology will ironically lead to greater concentration of power among fewer, often similar voices or will more open government and community engagement online lead to better government decisions, stronger communities and more problem-solving? Clift highlighted myth-busting research from the Pew Internet and American Life project and shared unique highlights from E-Democracy’s BeNeighbors.org initiative that is designed to foster local neighborhood engagement online that builds bridges across income, race, and native-born and immigrant communities. Video is below:

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/cHt9K-04IcQ
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/YkwSWEatPchw/
    Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/netclift/new-voices-the-civic-technology-and-open-government-opportunity
    Twitter: @democracy | #edem

  • joly 6:10 am on 11/27/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, infographic, , itu-d,   

    VIDEO INFOGRAPHIC: @ITU Measuring the Information Society Report 2013 #ITUdata 

    MIS 2013On 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 ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussian, and Spanish. An animated video infographic is below:

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/DWCEWv5OxqY
    Twitter: #ITUdata

  • joly 4:14 pm on 06/07/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    AUDIO: Faceoff: A Fact-Based Debate on U.S. Internet Policy and Access Networks @NetCaucusAC #broadband #icacbroadband 

    Net CaucusToday 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
    Audio: http://www.netcaucus.org/audio/2013/20130607bbfaceoff.mp3
    Twitter: #icacbroadband

    • 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
  • joly 3:46 am on 06/05/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, alfredo lopes, , may first/people link, , ,   

    VIDEO: Alfredo Lopez – How to Run a Progressive & Collaborative ISP #TA3M @OpenITP @OpenCUNY #netfreedom 

    ta3mAt the OpenITP Techno-Activism Third Monday on May 20, 2013 at CUNY Graduate Center NYC, OpenCUNY presented Alfredo Lopez, founder of May First/People Link (MF/PL), who shared his experience running a progressive and collaborative ISP. Video is below.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/4UsGUUUHjtI
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/vGSG6kkQMdCM/
    Twitter: #TA3M

    May First/People Link is a membership-led and driven organization comprised of about 450 organizations and another 400 individuals making for a total of nearly 3,000 people in the organization. It is a politically progressive organization, democratically run, and organized in both the United States and Mexico

    Alfred explains:

    • Why you should care about what type of ISP you have (Hint: They can see and share your online traffic)
    • Why MF/PL was setup as a unique alternative Internet provider.
    • How their infra-structure is different than most ISPs (support, server maintenance, and staffing) and why.
    • How democracy works in MF/PL and the success and challenges they have had.
    • The political challenges they face including lack of diversity in technology.
    • How other movements, such as the Climate Change movement, interact and enrich the members of the collective.
  • joly 4:33 am on 04/23/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, , OATS,   

    WEBCAST WED.: How the Internet Can Benefit Older Americans @FCC #fcc #seniors #broadband #access 

    new fcc logoOn 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
    Agenda: http://www.fcc.gov/events/consumer-seminar-how-internet-can-benefit-older-americans
    Webcast: http://www.fcc.gov/live
    Twitter: #fcc | #seniors

    • Deaf 12:46 pm on 04/23/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Will it be captioned in real time, too? FCC better caption it because they deal with laws to require captioning.

      • joly 1:03 pm on 04/23/2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Sveta,

        The FCC notice states: “Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation needed. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information should FCC staff need to contact them for more information. Requests should be made as early as possible. Please send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau: 202.418.0530 (voice), 202.418.0432 (TTY).”

        I presume this includes remote participation and captions.

  • joly 7:49 pm on 01/25/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    New York Tech Meetup kicks off public policy initiative #NYTMvote #nyc 

    New York Tech MeetupThe 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.
  • joly 4:27 am on 01/25/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    @fcc @ntiagov Feb. 7 #Broadband Summit: Broadband Adoption and Usage – What Have We Learned? – webcast available 

    FCCOn 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
    Agenda: http://www.fcc.gov/document/agenda-announced-feb-7-broadband-adoption-and-usage-summit
    Webcast: http://www.fcc.gov/live
    Register: (including webcast) susan.fisenne@fcc.gov
    Questions” submit to livequestions@fcc.gov

    • Deaf 9:56 am on 01/25/2013 Permalink | Reply

      I hope it wil be captioned in real time? FCC is a federal agency and required to provide accessibility – especially that that agency also makes laws to make information accessible.

      • joly 10:11 am on 01/25/2013 Permalink | Reply

        Anticipating your comment I have already written to Susan asking her to confirm that it will be. Since accessibility is one of the topics under discussion, I’d be surprised if it wasn’t!.

      • joly 3:32 pm on 02/04/2013 Permalink | Reply

        Susan has confirmed that the webcast will be captioned live.

    • Sara Wedeman 10:35 am on 02/07/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Watching it now (live). Is there any way to record and/or download it?

      • joly 12:07 pm on 02/07/2013 Permalink | Reply

        There are programs, like Camtasia, to record live off the screen. My own trick is to use the screen capture in the procaster webcasting software to relay to a livestream channel, that makes a back up copy on one’s pc . That is free, but takes a little setting up.and some bandwidth. . It does look like the FCC will offer an archive on their site, but it may take a little while.

  • joly 7:43 pm on 12/21/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    @FCC announces launch of 14 #broadband adoption pilots 

    FCCThe 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

  • joly 3:31 pm on 12/18/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Scott Stringer “Start Up City” report calls for upgrading NYC Internet #startupcity @scottmstringer 

    Start Up CityOn 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:


    “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.
    (More …)

  • joly 4:11 am on 11/22/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, pacinet, picisoc   

    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 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 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 2:42 pm on 06/29/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, , , , usa   

    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 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 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 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 5:46 am on 03/03/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, , FTTx,   

    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 5:39 am on 01/22/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: access, , , , mag-net   

    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 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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