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Southwire "12 For Life" Education Partnership Program

Southwire "12 For Life" Education Partnership Program | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it

Research shows that not graduating high school significantly limits employment options. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those who drop out face an unemployment rate nearly 5 percent high than those with high school diplomas. They make an average of about $8,000 a year less, as well. The U.S. Census Bureau puts those gaps at closer to $10,000 and reports that nearly a third of dropouts live in poverty.
 
For a variety of reasons, a significant number of students doing poorly in school see dropping out as their only choice. Hoping to cut that number, Southwire and the Carroll County School System are working together on 12 for Life, an innovative program that places at-risk students in real jobs at Southwire, allowing them to earn wages while earning credit toward a diploma...Read More....


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An amazing industry - education partnership program that helps students gain work skills and finish high school with jobs.

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Georgia: Some 911 systems can't find you in an emergency due to dated technology

Georgia: Some 911 systems can't find you in an emergency due to dated technology | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
Wireless 911 calls get routed to the wrong call centers so often that many dispatchers have dedicated buttons to transfer callers to neighboring departments.
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FCC changes broadband's definition to 25Mbps or higher

FCC changes broadband's definition to 25Mbps or higher | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
Despite protests from all the major ISPs out there, the Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of officially changing the definition of “broadband”.
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Mitchell County School System turns school bus into mobile classroom

Mitchell County School System turns school bus into mobile classroom | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
Mitchell County School System officials continue to bring innovation to educatuon by creating a mobile classroom that brings educational resources including teacher and technology to the places where the students’ families live.
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Metro Atlanta's Future: Educate, Innovate, Collaborate

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The region excels at graduating engineers with the third highest number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the nation.  Our strength in engineering, coupled with being the 4th fastest-growing metro for technology degrees awarded and the establishment of Atlanta as the nation’s leading digital media super-hub, sets metro Atlanta region as a national leader for innovation. 

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Georgia Court: Parents could be liable for what their kids post on Facebook

Georgia Court: Parents could be liable for what their kids post on Facebook | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it

Precedent-setting court decision: parents may now be held responsible for what their kids post on Facebook

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Google names Suwanee Georgia's top eCity

Google names Suwanee Georgia's top eCity | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
The eCity designation recognizes cities with strong online business communities.
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Venture Capital Is Prime For A Reverse Gold Rush | Head back to the Southeast

Venture Capital Is Prime For A Reverse Gold Rush | Head back to the Southeast | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it

There’s a huge potential for a reverse gold rush if West Coast VCs would seek to mine Southeastern startups that are rapidly growing in a rich, pro business, distraction free entrepreneurial environment. A variety of industries are flocking to the South, from healthcare to tech to manufacturing, creating a variety of fresh opportunities to innovate and disrupt.

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Humans Need Not Apply? - All Things Digital and Why You Should Pay Attention

You may look at the state of technology now and think it can’t possibly replace your job. But technology gets better, cheaper, and faster at a rate biology can’t match.


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Every human used to have to hunt or gather to survive. But humans are smart-ly lazy so we made tools to make our work easier. From sticks, to plows to tractors we’ve gone from everyone needing to make food to, modern agriculture with almost no one needing to make food — and yet we still have abundance.

 

We’ve spent the last several thousand years building tools to reduce physical labor of all kinds. These are mechanical muscles — stronger, more reliable, and more tireless than human muscles could ever be.


This is an economic revolution. You may think we've been here before, but we haven't.

 

Imagine a pair of horses in the early 1900s talking about technology. One worries all these new mechanical muscles will make horses unnecessary. The other reminds him that everything so far has made their lives easier -- remember all that farm work? Remember running coast-to-coast delivering mail? Remember riding into battle? All terrible. These city jobs are pretty cushy -- and with so many humans in the cities there are more jobs for horses than ever.

 

Even if this car thingy takes off you might say, there will be new jobs for horses we can't imagine. There isn’t a rule of economics that says better technology makes more, better jobs for horses. As mechanical muscles pushed horses out of the economy, mechanical minds will do the same to humans. Not immediately, not everywhere, but in large enough numbers and soon enough that it's going to be a huge problem if we are not prepared. And we are not prepared.

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FCC Makes Open Internet Comments More Accessible to Public

FCC Makes Open Internet Comments More Accessible to Public | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
It goes without saying that there has been tremendous interest in the FCC’s Open Internet rulemaking.  As of yesterday, over 1.1 million comments were filed in the docket, both through our Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and our special openinternet@fcc.gov email address.  We welcome and expect many more comments in the week
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Real-Life Scenarios That Show How The Internet Of Things Could Transform Our Lives

Real-Life Scenarios That Show How The Internet Of Things Could Transform Our Lives | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
You should be able to log onto Facebook via a tiny screen embedded in your dishwasher, right?

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Some of these scenarios could happen very soon.

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How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms

How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education.
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Learning by doing.

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Georgia Rep. Kelley named chair of autonomous vehicle committee - As self-driving vehicles continue their crawl toward becoming a reality the Georgia House of Representatives has formed a committee...

Georgia Rep. Kelley named chair of autonomous vehicle committee - As self-driving vehicles continue their crawl toward becoming a reality the Georgia House of Representatives has formed a committee... | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
Rep. Kelley named chair of autonomous vehicle committee - As self-driving vehicles continue their crawl toward becoming a reality the Georgia House of Representatives has formed a committee to study autonomous vehicle technology. House Speaker Dav...

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The committee, officially named the House Study Committee on Autonomous Vehicle Technology, will submit a report at the end of the year before it is officially dissolved. Kelley hoped the committee’s findings and recommendation would lead to legislation during the 2015 session. 

Read more: The Daily Tribune News - White= C Rep Kelley named chair of autonomous vehicle committee 

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The committee, officially named the House Study Committee on Autonomous Vehicle Technology, will submit a report at the end of the year before it is officially dissolved. Kelley hoped the committee’s findings and recommendation would lead to legislation during the 2015 session. 


Read more: The Daily Tribune News - White= C Rep Kelley named chair of autonomous vehicle committee 

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FCC Passes Strict Net Neutrality Regulations On 3-2 Vote

FCC Passes Strict Net Neutrality Regulations On 3-2 Vote | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed new net neutrality regulations today on a vote of 3-2, with the Commission's two Democratic..
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High level what it means: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/02/26/389089145/the-fccs-net-neutrality-vote-heres-what-you-need-to-know

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Albany: Dougherty County School System is in a two-phase, $14 million project that will see computer tablets issued to 12 schools.

Albany: Dougherty County School System is in a two-phase, $14 million project that will see computer tablets issued to 12 schools. | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
Dougherty County School System moving toward elimination of textbooks while Lee County continued to upgrade its athletic facilities.
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The plan is to eventually eliminate textbooks from the classrooms and enable teachers to design personalized instruction plans for their students.

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Is Broadband a Road Out of Poverty? The World Economic Forum

Is Broadband a Road Out of Poverty? The World Economic Forum | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it

Where should the global community focus its attention over the next 15 years? Health, nutrition, and education may seem like obvious choices; more surprisingly, there is a strong case for making broadband access a top priority.

Consider this simple fact: Tripling mobile Internet access over the next 15 years could make the developing world $22 trillion richer. Such improvement in the lives and earning potential of poor people could indirectly help with the other challenges; after all, more prosperous people tend to be healthier, better fed, and more highly educated.

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Comcast to expand "Gigabit Internet" in Atlanta

Comcast to expand "Gigabit Internet" in Atlanta | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
Comcast will expand its high-speed broadband to businesses in midtown Atlanta, Vinings, Norcross, Duluth and Alpharetta. Google and AT&T have announced similar service for the region.
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SunTrust Banks saves time and money through e-procurement

SunTrust Banks saves time and money through e-procurement | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it

The Atlanta-based bank now buys more than 90% of supplies through online procurement networks.

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SunTrust buys up to $8 billion annually from as many as 8,000 suppliers for its corporate headquarters and 1,500 retail bank branches in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

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Dougherty County School System ready to install two new data centers

Dougherty County School System ready to install two new data centers | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
Dougherty School System ready to install two new $6 million network data centers
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Augusta startups making presence felt

Half a dozen startup businesses were on display Wednesday during theClubhou.se's "Demo Day," designed to support and promote the city's startup community.
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In 2012, Parker helped organize theClubhou.se as a meeting space for entrepreneurs, startups, programmers, engineers, software developers and other tech-driven individuals. The organization, which now has 45 members and helped form 10 companies, provides mentorships, co-working opportunities, classes, equipment and events with the purpose of creating an innovation-based economy.

In the past two years, the 24 startups that use theClubhou.se have returned $5 million in revenue, company spending and employment expenditure, Parker said.

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Supporting Broadband Expansion: Successful State Practices

Supporting Broadband Expansion: Successful State Practices | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
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A review of over four years of effort and almost $300M to understand and better utilize broadband related technology across the US.  


Some areas of strength noted in the report for state broadband offices:

Expertise: Unique expertise and vantage points that can be shared with other stakeholder (gov’t and others)

Assets: Assets that can support deployment and adoption; knowledge about broadband providers

Adoption (Gov’t): Designing field staff tools that support

meet local broadband condition (and sometimes make the case for more)

Adoption (Ind): Designing online constituent services that

meet the needs of the community and respond to broadband adoption levels in the affected communities (geographic or type)

Education: Support the assessment for bandwidth

requirements; knowledge of nearby state and private infrastructure; GIS capacity, translating the results of various testing 

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General Assembly Atlanta Classes, Address, and Instructors for the Digital Economy

General Assembly Atlanta Classes, Address, and Instructors for the Digital Economy | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it

General Assembly Atlanta holds classes on tech, business, and design with top-tier instructors.  General Assembly transforms thinkers into creators through education and opportunities in technology, business, and design.

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Interesting group for enabling the Digital Economy:  

"Established in early 2011, General Assembly is a global educational institution that is building a community of individuals empowered to
pursue work they love, through instruction and opportunity in technology, business and design. We offer classes, workshops, full-time immersive programs and online educational programming on the most relevant skills of the 21st century economy, including web development, user experience design, digital marketing and data science."

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Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational

Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it
TAG and its Promote Georgia Task Force, in partnership with MobilityLive!, is hosting a month long programming challenge August 19th through September 19th. This first annual event will benefit 3 locally-based national non-profits... oh, and there is $30,000 CASH up for grabs!
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Review: Investment Crowdfunding Workshop - Makervillage

Review: Investment Crowdfunding Workshop - Makervillage | Georgia Broadband Center | Scoop.it

Heritage First Bank sponsored an event to explore crowdfunding as another way to get start up capital.  

“Crowdfunding is about getting the cart before the horse,” said co-founder Jeff Bekeires in his opening remarks, “and that’s a good thing. It’s a way to test the market for your product before getting burdened with other business overhead and risk.”

 

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How the Netflix ISP SpeedIndex Documents Netflix Congestion Problems

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Interesting analysis from a third party Netflix congestion across ISPs.  There are many sides to this story.

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