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Sunshine Week March 15-21: Celebrate open government and freedom of information | Ann Treacy | Blandin on Broadband

I know there are a lot of open gov, open data, freedom of information folks out there so I wanted to share this info early. Pass it onto your friends and colleagues or maybe even plan your own local Sunshine Week events!

A little bit like virtue never tested – our information policies (open data, freedom of information) are only good when we test them.

The sun has shone and the sun has hidden behind many a bureaucratic and political cloud since the launch of Sunshine Week a decade ago. The decade has experienced cosmic change ranging from Wikileaks and Snowden to the emergence of open government groups such as Code for America to the President’s National Action Plan for Open Government to a last minute failure of the 113rd Congress to pass the FOIA Improvement Act.

Constant vigilance inspires Sunshine Week sponsors to join forces to plan for Sunshine Week 2015, March 15-21.

A bit of background: Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Prime movers are freedom of information proponents including journalists, civic society groups, libraries and archives, schools and universities, and an expanding cohort of advocates for transparency and accountability at every level of government. Key players at the federal level are the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the American Society of News Editors, organizations that welcome inclusion of the broadest possible circle of interest and activity.

By tradition, Sunshine Week is scheduled to coincide with the birthday of James Madison who was born March 16, 1751. Sunshine Week 2015 is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation along with The Gridiron Club and Foundation.


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New York City is building 10,000 internet pylons for free public Wi-Fi

New York City is building 10,000 internet pylons for free public Wi-Fi | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
Say goodbye to New York's public pay phones and hello to one of the largest public Wi-Fi experiments ever. A new city plan dubbed LinkNYC will replace public pay telephones with a console that...
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When is the last time you saw a public payphone?  Yuck!

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Why the South lags behind when it comes to home broadband use

Why the South lags behind when it comes to home broadband use | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
When connectivity is tied to cash.
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Apple Pay Gives Glimpse of Mainstream Appeal for Mobile Payments

Apple Pay Gives Glimpse of Mainstream Appeal for Mobile Payments | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
While still far from a dominant payment system, Apple’s product has provided faint signs that mobile payment use could become widespread after years of sputtering.

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I'm going to move to it just to try it out.  What about you?

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U Penn School of Ed Launches Education Tech Incubator -- THE ...

U Penn School of Ed Launches Education Tech Incubator -- THE ... | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
This fall the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education has launched a start-up incubator specifically to help education business ideas get off the ground.
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Educational incubator UPenn's graduate school.

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HGI and Broadband Forum agree on Smart Home

HGI and Broadband Forum agree on Smart Home | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
HGI and the Broadband Forum have agreed to jointly specify requirements for the Smart Home. Two projects are under way; one clarifying performance and co-existence requirements for wireless home ar...
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Moving towards smart home standards.

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Google Fiber deadline makes high-speed approach - CultureMap Austin

Google Fiber deadline makes high-speed approach - CultureMap Austin | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
Google Fiber deadline makes high-speed approach
CultureMap Austin
Google has promised to supply superfast broadband Internet service to as many as 100 nonprofit or public sites in Austin, as well as City Hall and the new central library, at no cost.
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The Empire Lobbies Back: How Big Cable Killed Competition in North Carolina

The Empire Lobbies Back: How Big Cable Killed Competition in North Carolina | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
After a city in North Carolina built a Fiber-to-the-Home network competing with Time Warner Cable, the cable giant successfully lobbied to take that decision away from other cities.
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This article cronicles the history of broadband legislation in North Carolina.  It filled in some of my gaps of understanding.

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Connecting Citizens To Their Government By Turning It Into A Game

Connecting Citizens To Their Government By Turning It Into A Game | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
Anyone who has sat through a community planning meeting knows--well, they’re not always exciting, and not always terribly involving.

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This could also be used as an educational tool engaging students in an age appropriate fashion.  Let the kiddos engage in a decision to build a new park or plan recreation in their neighborhood.  Great idea.  We all like the fact that it has a gaming format. 

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Combining gamification and crowdsourcing for wider (and better) public involvement.

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City wifi: Fast, cheap, and no you can't have it. | Josh Harkinson | Mother Jones

It's Friday afternoon in San Francisco and, to be honest, I'm sick of being in the office. So I've slipped out and headed over to Union Square Park, where I'm sitting on a bench watching Japanese tourists taking selfies on the ice rink. But before you call me a slacker, you should know I'm also online and working, courtesy of the free wireless internet service the city provides.

Since October, visitors to most San Francisco parks as well as a stretch of Market Street, the city's main business corridor, have been able to access the city's fast-growing municipal broadband network.


City-owned networks have been gaining popularity nationwide as a way to bridge the digital divide between rich and poor, foster competition with cable companies, and provide high-speed internet in underserved areas.


Last week, President Barack Obama talked them up as a way to promote "better products and cheaper prices." In Tuesday's state of the union speech, he pledged to bring the internet to "every community and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world."

But there's one big obstacle to all of this: the telecom industry and its friends in Congress.


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AT&T GigaPower Awaits Regulatory Resolution - Light Reading

AT&T GigaPower Awaits Regulatory Resolution - Light Reading | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
The carrier says it will 'pause' expansion of its gigabit network until the debate over net neutrality is decided.
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Trying to find good comprehensive articles to share on this complex issue.

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FCC’s Wheeler proposes phone fee hike to fund school broadband

FCC’s Wheeler proposes phone fee hike to fund school broadband | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
Another political brouhaha is fulminating in Washington around E-Rate, the federal program that funds broadband in schools and public libraries.
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definitely more to come on this topic . . . .

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Mayor McGinn: Seattle's high-speed Internet project delayed ...

Mayor McGinn: Seattle's high-speed Internet project delayed ... | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
Funding problems are forcing Gigabit Squared to delay plans to implement a high-speed Internet network in 12 Seattle neighborhoods using the city's unused “dark fiber” network.
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Unfortunate results. 

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'Gigabit Fever' Infects Mississippi As Comcast's 'WiFi Tango' Takes Google ... - Forbes

'Gigabit Fever' Infects Mississippi As Comcast's 'WiFi Tango' Takes Google ... - Forbes | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
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'Gigabit Fever' Infects Mississippi As Comcast's 'WiFi Tango' Takes Google ...
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Mississippi ranks 46th on Forbes' list of best states for business, but is hoping to rank closer to first in the list of U.S.
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The continuation of Gigabyte envy and continuous changes in the Google model.  Looking forward to seeing Google's small business subscription model.

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The National Broadband Plan: Connecting America

The National Broadband Plan: Connecting America | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
Official Homepage of the FCC National Broadband Plan (http://t.co/LhFaSh4GYt. http://t.co/9QjMzucWh8)...
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Everyone should familiarize themselves with the plan if you have not done so.  I found that downloading it was the best way.  

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Massachusetts Municipalities Share IT Infrastructure in the Cloud

Massachusetts Municipalities Share IT Infrastructure in the Cloud | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
Melrose, Mass., serves as host for shared IT infrastructure in a multi-tenant cloud environment.



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How to Improve Your Social Media Marketing Return on Investment

How to Improve Your Social Media Marketing Return on Investment | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
Have you ever been asked to show the return on investment (ROI) for your social media work? Have you had trouble giving an exact number to explain your ROI or even set quantitative goals for your social media?
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Excellent!

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Federal agencies get green light for Instagram - FedScoop

Federal agencies get green light for Instagram - FedScoop | Municipal Broadband | Scoop.it
Federal agencies just got access to another social media tool -- and this one has filters.

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How do you think city government might effectively use Instagram?

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