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Update on the Connect 2 Compete Initiative and EveryoneOn Campaign | BroadbandUSA - NTIA

Update on the Connect 2 Compete Initiative and EveryoneOn Campaign | BroadbandUSA - NTIA | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
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http://digitallearningnow.com/news/blog/fccs-draft-e-rate-proposal-includes-important-timely-common-sense-reforms/

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Some important new background on pending changes in the R-Rate....

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Forced to compete, Time Warner Internet improves dramatically

Forced to compete, Time Warner Internet improves dramatically | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
Google Fiber's 1Gbps Internet service will be available to customers in Austin, TX sometime this fall. Coincidentally, Time Warner Cable is upgrading everyone's broadband speeds in . . . Austin. And nowhere else.
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Interesting, important insight about how competition in Gigabit Networks is helping to make such service more widely available.

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Chicago libraries get $400,000 for Wi-Fi hot spots

Chicago libraries get $400,000 for Wi-Fi hot spots | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
By John Pletz, Crain's Chicago Business

When is a Wi-Fi hot spot like a book? When you check it out from the library.

Chicago Public Library is getting $400,000 from the Knight News Challenge for a program to allow patrons to check out Wi-Fi hot spots from six libraries around the city for up to three weeks.

It's one of 19 projects receiving money through a project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight, Ford and Mozilla foundations. Winners were announced today at the 2014 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. New York's public library also received funding for a similar program.

"How can we make the Internet stronger? Getting the unconnected connected is a key part of that," said John Bracken, director of journalism and media innovation at the Knight Foundation. "Libraries already are the main providers of Internet access for people who don't have access at home. As a foundation, we're committed to figuring out how are people going to get the information they need in a democracy?

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Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: UTOPIA Deal

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: UTOPIA Deal | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
How many of the 11 UTOPIA city councils will vote in favor of the deal to build out and operate the fiber optic network? Should residents of those cities get a say, especially since they will be charged for the service whether they are customers or not? Our "Political Insiders" weigh in on these questions this week.
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Very interesting details, and comments, from political insiders in Utah on the UTOPIA deal, and what it will mean for the 11 cities to get Gigabit Networks.

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The meat of the Macquarie deal: pay less, get more [The Hub Debate]

The meat of the Macquarie deal: pay less, get more [The Hub Debate] | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
This is  a Hub Debate on the proposed Macquarie acquisition of UTOPIA. Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. Resolved: “UTOPIA cities are being offered a lifeline by Macquarie and, despite the estimated $18 to $20 per household utility fee increase, should take the deal.” It's not too often that you get a win-win scenario,…
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A series of debate on Utah Politico Hub, about the UTOPIA-Macquarie deal.

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Congress Set To Permanently Ban Taxation Of Internet Access | TechCrunch

Congress Set To Permanently Ban Taxation Of Internet Access  | TechCrunch | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
What has 214 co-sponsors in the House and is probably going to become law? More popular than ice cream, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act would forever..
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I'm amazed that it has stayed out of the taxing zone for this long, but Congress is set to continue to keep internet access from being taxed.

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Is AT&T Serious About Building Fiber?

Is AT&T Serious About Building Fiber? | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
AT&T has been in the news a lot lately with announcements of new markets where it will launch gigabit fiber. This all started in April of 2013 when AT&T announced that it would bring fiber ...
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AT&T has become a wireless company, and there really isn't any evidence that they are going back into fiber, as this article convincingly demonstrates.

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CenturyLink VP Eric Isom is on the Utah Taxpayers Association Executive Committee

CenturyLink VP Eric Isom is on the Utah Taxpayers Association Executive Committee | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
Surprising precisely nobody, it appears that CenturyLink VP and long-time UTOPIA opponent Eric Isom is a member of the Utah Taxpayers Association's Executive Committee. Per their June 2014 newslett...
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Important news, as ever, from FreeUTOPIA, about the connections between the Utah Taxpayers Association and the incumbent CenturyLink. This should be viewed by those skeptical of the Macquarie-UTOPIA deal. See also http://broadbandbreakfast.com/2014/05/for-utahs-utopia-new-utility-financing-model-for-open-gigabit-networks-contrasts-with-google-fiber/

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New: Twitter All Access Program Launches To Help Businesses Advertise & Use Twitter

New: Twitter All Access Program Launches To Help Businesses Advertise & Use Twitter | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
A select group of Twitter users are being invited to Twitter All Access, a new program “packed with benefits to fuel your business.” The program appears to be an attempt at spurring these businesses to increase their use of Twitter, including its advertising products. The email invitation congratulates the recipient on his/her “hard work building […]
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Eager to learn more about this new program from Twitter. For all of the hits the company has taken in the stock market lately, I continue to be impressed with the robust nature of the Twitter-verse.

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Connected Nation Joins AT&T's ConnectED Initiative | Connected Nation

Connected Nation is a leading technology organization committed to bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Americans. We work with public and private partners to help communities, institutions and individuals realize the benefits of today's technology
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Connected Nation announced that it will administer AT&T version of the ConnectED program, a $100 million program. We'll publish more details as they become available.

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Agenda - US Ignite

Agenda - US Ignite | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
Last updated: April 25, 2014 This is a draft document subject to change as plans finalize. Please check back often leading up to the event. If you would like to participate in the event please see our Call for Participation DAY ONE: Tuesday, June 24 *Aspiration Dome at Juniper HeadquartersEducational Sessions and Workshops 12:00 pm … Continue reading →
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Prepare now for the US Ignite summit in Sunnyvale, California, from June 24-27, 2014!

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AT&T Wants to Sell its Abandoned Copper

AT&T Wants to Sell its Abandoned Copper | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
On May 28th AT&T made an ex parte presentation to the FCC concerning some more of its ideas about the upcoming conversion of the current PSTN to an all-IP network. Most of this presentation is ...
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Here's a fascinating discussion about AT&T, and the possible sale of its abandoned copper network. Make sure to click through the link from a recent AT&T ex parte presentation at the Federal Communications Commission.

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The EU reports that it’s falling behind in broadband service and digital skills-CICTP

The EU reports that it’s falling behind in broadband service and digital skills-CICTP | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
Research on broadband, FTC policy, free speech, international regulations, cybersecurity, The EU reports that it’s falling behind in broadband service and digital skills
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This article from a web resource of the American Enterprise Institute complements a piece on Broadband Breakfast earlier this week, at http://broadbandbreakfast.com/2014/06/u-s-broadband-deployment-and-speeds-are-beating-europes-says-scholar-touting-facilities-based-competition/

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Wetmachine » Tales of the Sausage Factory » Two Years Later, The Supreme Court Still Doesn’t Want To Review Red Lion v. FCC.

Almost exactly two years ago, I wrote a blog post called "The Supreme Court Does Not Want To Revisit Constitutionality of Broadcast or Cable Regulation. Get OVer It and Get On With Your Lives." I brin
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Harold Feld's thoughtful argument about why, when presented with the perfect case to overrule the Supreme Court's aged Red Lion precedent, the Supreme Court declined.

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A Better Connected Colorado - Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference 2014

A Better Connected Colorado - Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference 2014 | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
This week Allied Fiber attended the Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference in Vail, Co. Mountain Connect 2014 offered a unique perspective for successful broadband initiatives in the community.
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Notes from the Allied Fiber conference in Vail earlier this month.

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Tim Wu Makes A Bid For Net Neutrality

Tim Wu Makes A Bid For Net Neutrality | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
The internet has revolutionized human connectivity, but can be described, most simply, as a public space. Which is why New York state residents ought to pay close attention to the net neutrality debate, and to Tim Wu's recently-announced candidacy as lieutenant governor to Zephyr Teachout.
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Will Net Neutrality make it to political prime time?

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Orem Fiber

Orem Fiber | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
Advancing fiber optic technology in Orem while addressing the debt crisis
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I just learned about a new web site that has emerged in my hometown of Orem to promote new action on the Macquarie proposal to invest more than $300 million into a Gigabit Network in Utah.

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West Valley City teams up with Ooma to save residents money on phone and Internet

West Valley City teams up with Ooma to save residents money on phone and Internet | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
West Valley City has partnered with Ooma, a telephone service provider based in Palo Alto, California, to provide free phone service to Utah’s second-largest city upon completion of its fiber-to
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How telephone service interacts with the public-private partnership proposal being put forward by Macquarie to invest $300 million in the Gigabit Network by UTOPIA. Read more on the investment at http://broadbandbreakfast.com/2014/05/for-utahs-utopia-new-utility-financing-model-for-open-gigabit-networks-contrasts-with-google-fiber/

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Google Fiber gets franchise for broadband and Wi-Fi networks in Portland

Google Fiber gets franchise for broadband and Wi-Fi networks in Portland | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
Google still "evaluating local regulations" before deciding whether to build.
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Google has gotten the go-ahead from Portland, Oregon, to go forward with Gigabit Networks. Google is looking more and more like an active competitor in national the broadband landscape!

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A Statement on Independence

A Statement on Independence | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
I'm very often accused of being paid for what I do here at FreeUTOPIA. I've also been accused of working for UTOPIA, one of its contractors, or one of its providers. One person even went so far as ...
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Jessie Harris outlining some of the issues pertaining to Macquarie and UTOPIA.

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17 Lessons for Local News Events

17 Lessons for Local News Events | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
Journalism has long brought us together through shared rituals – reading the morning paper, watching the evening news – but as people find the news on more platforms, on their own schedules, those ...
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Good advice for news organizations -- Including Broadband Census News and our Broadband Breakfast Club -- as we plan out important events related to broadband policy and internet technology!

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AT&T’s hard sell on DirecTV: A new type of broadband network

AT&T’s hard sell on DirecTV: A new type of broadband network | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
In its FCC filings, AT&T says it will connect 13 million additional homes to a tolerable broadband connection with new wireless local loop technologies. It’s failed at this in the past, but this time it might succeed.
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Watch not only what AT&T is attempting to do with its DirecTV merger, but also what Dish Network has been attempting, as well.

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Smart Citizens, Armed with Sensors

Smart Citizens, Armed with Sensors | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
Next-generation wearable technologies promise to deliver real-time information about our surroundings to inform decisions that may benefit both our health and the environment. In the final installm...
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This is the next trend in technology and the environment: smart citizens using technology to talk back to industrial providers.

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Is the United States Government Ready for the Farm Drone Boom?

Is the United States Government Ready for the Farm Drone Boom? | BroadbandPolicy | Scoop.it
The bulk of drone usage will shift from military operations to agricultural applications soon, which couldn't make many farmers happier — if the Federal Aviation Administration doesn't ruin the party.
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Farm drones -- the next frontier for broadband on the farm!

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innovativecommunities [licensed for non-commercial use only] / FrontPage

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11 Toolkit Links for Innovative Communities, provided by Frank Odesz, and a board member of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

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