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The Google 'L Team': Meet CEO Larry Page's Inner Circle

The Google 'L Team': Meet CEO Larry Page's Inner Circle | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The most powerful group at Google Inc used to be known simply as "The OC," short for operating committee. Now, it goes by a more telling name: "L Team," short for Larry's Team.

 

The change is more than a mere rebranding after Google co-founder Larry Page became chief executive nine months ago, reclaiming a title he last held in 2001. Page has moved quickly to remake the company in his image, and this influential group is responsible for plotting strategic priorities, such as social networking and mobile computing.

 

In the revamping of the group earlier this year, Page swapped out several of the executives who previously had seats at the table and brought in managers spearheading key initiatives.

 

Among the new members of Page's cabinet are social networking head Vic Gundotra, Android mobile chief Andy Rubin and YouTube head Salar Kamangar, according to people familiar with the matter.

 

Page meets regularly with the team, which also includes Google's top finance and legal executives and is now internally called the L Team, to discuss, evaluate and approve their plans, from acquisitions to new products.

 

"All major decisions flow through that group," said one of the people, speaking anonymously because of the confidential nature of the topic.

 

The new team was appointed around the time that Page took over as CEO and reorganized the company's management structure. In addition to placing directors of key product groups under his direct supervision, and giving those groups more leeway to operate autonomously, Page transformed the operating committee into the L Team, a move not reported until now.

 

A Google representative declined to comment on the changes Page made to the team. The company also declined to make executives available for interviews.

 

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FCC Chairman Wheeler Circulates Charter-TWC Protective Orders | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable

FCC Chairman Wheeler Circulates Charter-TWC Protective Orders | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The FCC should be getting closer to soliciting public and industry comment--and launching its informal shot clock--on the proposed Charter-Time Warner Cable merger now that a protective order has been issued for information in the deal.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler signaled at a Hill hearing this week that he had circulated for a commission-level vote an order responsive to a federal appeals court remand of the FCC's decision in a protective order to make program contract documents available to third parties in the Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV mergers.

Sources say that comes in the form of a new protective order for documents in the proposed Charter-TWC deal, but an order that is also responsive to the court's issues with how the FCC handled the previous protective order.

Such orders set out how relevant, sensitive, documents submitted by the companies for FCC perusal are handled, including how they are made available to outside parties interested in the deal.


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This idea by the FCC is terrifying Apple, Amazon and Microsoft | Cecilia Kang | WashPost.com

This idea by the FCC is terrifying Apple, Amazon and Microsoft | Cecilia Kang | WashPost.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Streaming video services by Apple, Amazon and Google have thrived off the idea that they are alternatives to cable TV. Now, the Federal Communications Commission is considering if it should begin to regulate online video services, like they do cable companies. And that's causing anxiety in Silicon Valley.

As early as October, the FCC is expected to vote on a proposal that would put some streaming video firms into the same regulatory bucket as multichannel video programming distributors, or cable and satellite TV firms, such as Comcast, Dish Network and Cox. The idea, according to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, is to help online video providers become stronger competitors to cable and satellite firms by making it easier to obtain valuable TV programming for the Web.

Under the plan, streaming companies would be able to use the FCC's program access rules to ensure TV networks offer the licensing of their programs. That would allow Apple, for instance, to bring ABC, NBC and Comedy Central to the bargaining table for their programs.

Small streaming companies, such as SkyAngel, Pluto TV and FilmOn, are championing the idea. But big tech firms don't like it.


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I Do It For My Aunt Ethel | Bruce Kushnick Blog | HuffPost.com

I Do It For My Aunt Ethel | Bruce Kushnick Blog | HuffPost.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

I was sitting here about to explain how we got into this telecom mess and why things will get worse unless we stop it, and throw in why you should read my new book. But then I started to reflect on how I ended up in the mess -- this personal journey about my love and obsession with, well, telecommunications (though you may call it broadband, Internet, cable, wireless, etc).

For me, it started with a gang of my friends from Brooklyn Technical High School, taking the train to the New York City World's Fair, circa 1965, and running around like maniacs, trying then-AT&T's fiber optic-based video-conferencing system, where you could go into an egg-shaped 'phone room', and like magic, see you other friends in other eggs spread throughout the Fair. And it was everywhere. Star Trek, the original TV series, had large screens to talk to the other space ships and aliens, and even in the 1968 movie, 2001: a Space Odyssey, you could talk and see your loved ones, even if you were on the way to the moon.

And having a technical bent, and my other obsession, 'sound', (been playing the piano for 59 years), and then finding myself working in the psychoacoustics labs at MIT (sound and technology) in the 1970s, to being a senior telecom analyst for International Data Corp's Link Resources in the '80s, I would, over the next few decades, help to shape the Interactive Age, rolling out new products and services, like the first three-digit information service, "511", with Cox Newspapers, way back in 1992.

And by the 1990s I was expecting to see my friend's children, my god-children, cousins and nephews grow up, watching them on the TV set, even though they were spread across the US (and in far off lands) and me and my clients, the phone companies, would make this happen.

In 1992, however, three things happened that sometimes I wish I just didn't have a conscience, or ethics, or could have looked the other way. I have to blame my mom and dad (resting in peace) for this. My mom was feisty, and when she didn't like something she would try to fix it. I'll never forget that canned ham that was 1/3 of the size of the can and she was so annoyed she wrote the company and got a new one... with an apology. Or my dad's belief was that at your core you are an ethical person; you don't lie, you don't cheat someone, and you do your best, always, even if it was harder to do.

And, foolish me, of course, I bought into that line for the original Superman TV show, 'Truth, justice and the American way'.

So, by 1992, I'm somewhat rich, almost famous, (was on the front page of the NY Times in 1988, for example) and traveling around the world talking up about how my clients, now AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink were going to change the way we communicate with this thing called the "Information Superhighway". It was a plan laid out by the Clinton-Gore campaign to have America completely rewired with fiber optics, replacing the existing copper wires, which were going to be built and managed by the telecommunications utilities, and it would be all done by some far off date... the year 2010.

But it was those three, damn things that just got in way.


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Time Warner Cable expects year-end closing with Charter | Kathryn Bachman | Katy on the Hill

Time Warner Cable expects year-end closing with Charter | Kathryn Bachman | Katy on the Hill | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Time Warner Cable is expecting to close with Charter by the end of the year.

“We’re well into the process of seeking regulatory approvals,” Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus said Thursday morning during the company’s quarterly earnings call. “But if there’s anything we’ve learned, we don’t control the timing of the process.”

Time Warner Cable agreed to be acquired by Charter Communications in a $55 billion transaction one month after the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger fell apart in the face of opposition from the FCC.

The Federal Communications Commission earlier this week issued a public notice that the agency accepted the application of the companies. Next step is another notice that would start the agency’s 180-day informal review shot clock.

“We hope that’s imminent,” Marcus said.


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CWA Launches Radio Ads in Seven Regions Slamming Verizon’s Failure to Develop FiOS Broadband Service | NH Labor News

CWA Launches Radio Ads in Seven Regions Slamming Verizon’s Failure to Develop FiOS Broadband Service | NH Labor News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The Communications Workers of America announced today a series of seven radio ads slamming Verizon’s failure to build out universal FiOS broadband across the East Coast. The 30-second ads are scheduled to begin running Wednesday across NYC/New Jersey, Upstate New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware [full scripts below and audio files can be heard here].


The ads come on the heels of an announcement that 86% of Verizon workers voted to authorize a strike if necessary. Their labor contract expires at 12 midnight on Saturday August 1 and covers 39,000 CWA and IBEW represented telephone workers from Massachusetts to Virginia.

“Verizon isn’t doing right by their customers or their workers. The company made $9.6 billion in profits in 2014, and reported $4.4 billion in profits just in the 2015 second quarter alone, yet refuses to build its high-speed FiOS network in numerous areas across Verizon’s footprint, especially in lower-income cities like Baltimore, Buffalo and Bethlehem, PA. At the bargaining table, management has refused to budge off harsh contract demands that unfairly penalize the hard-working men and women who make Verizon work,” said Bob Master, Legislative and Political Director for CWA District One. “We reject these demands, and we’re fighting to ensure that Verizon’s workers and customers get the good jobs and good service they deserve.”

The union and its supporters point to the company’s refusal to build out its state-of-the-art FiOS network and its lack of investment in maintaining the original copper network.


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Opponents focus on defeating CISA cyberthreat info sharing bill | Grant Gross | NetworkWorld.com

Opponents focus on defeating CISA cyberthreat info sharing bill | Grant Gross | NetworkWorld.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Opponents of a U.S. Senate bill intended to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats may have stalled a vote on the legislation.

Recent news reports had Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushing for a vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) before a four-week summer recess starting Aug. 10, but a spokesman for the Kentucky Republican said Thursday there were no immediate plans for a vote.

CISA is “one of the bills we want to get done,” however, the spokesman said by email.


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Report: Google is distributing a business version of Glass that attaches to different glasses | Lauren Hockenson | The Next Web

Report: Google is distributing a business version of Glass that attaches to different glasses | Lauren Hockenson | The Next Web | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

It seems that Google hasn’t given up on Google Glass — it’s just taken it to a practical direction. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Google is distributing a new version of Glass for business use, in industries such as healthcare and manufacturing.

According to the report, Google won’t be heralding this new hardware in an official launch — instead opting to distribute the hardware to software developers directly.


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Is the smartphone market saturated? | Jon Gold | NetworkWorld.com

Is the smartphone market saturated? | Jon Gold | NetworkWorld.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Smartphone sales increased substantially in the second quarter of 2015, but the rate of growth continued to slow, fueling concerns that the market has started to become saturated, according to a study released today by Juniper Research.

A total of 338 million smartphones were sold in the quarter, the report said, representing a 16% increase over the same period a year ago. But that’s a substantial decrease from the 26% growth rate of the year before that, as quarterly shipments reached a total of 290 million.


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Columbus, OH - Transforming Local Government Into an Agent of Change | Craig Settles | Gigabit Nation on BlogTalk Radio

Columbus, OH - Transforming Local Government Into an Agent of Change | Craig Settles | Gigabit Nation on BlogTalk Radio | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A sure bet for recouping you broadband investment? Follow Columbus, Ohio’s game plan of marrying wired and wireless broadband so your local government’s Internet of Things and their Internet of People to form a truly smart city.

Columbus uses broadband and information technology to innovate, collaborate, attract investment, improve government services delivery and raise the quality of life for its citizens, winning it the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year award. The Intelligent Community Forum (IFC) gives this award to highlight communities’ best practices for adapting to the demands of the broadband economy.

Gary Cavin, City of Columbia, decribe some of the projects that contributed to his city’s winning its prestigious honor. Researchers at Ohio State University won a two-year $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a safe and resilient network architecture dubbed the “Science DMZ.”

New gigabit networking and application support tools are being developed that will foster broadband adoption. High-definition video supporting public safety, law enforcement and first responders. The city’s Comprehensive Traffic Signaling System (CTSS) program is building a backbone of fiber optic cable and wireless communications technologies.

Cavin informs listeners how other cities can use the power of the gigabit to transform government services and create new applications. Several of Columbus’ best practices will be included in the new version Craig Settles’ book, Building the Gigabit City.


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Symantec: Well-heeled hacking group Black Vine behind Anthem breach | Fred O'Connor | NetworkWorld.com

Symantec: Well-heeled hacking group Black Vine behind Anthem breach | Fred O'Connor | NetworkWorld.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A group has been singled out as the attacker behind the recently disclosed hack against Anthem, believed to be the largest waged against a health care company.

It was Black Vine that broke into the health insurer's systems and stole more than 80 million patients records, Symantec said Tuesday in a report.

For Black Vine, it was the latest in a long line of hacks that began in 2012. Black Vine has gone after other businesses that deal with sensitive and critical data, including organizations in the aerospace, technology and finance industries, according to Symantec. The majority of the attacks (82 percent) were waged against U.S. businesses.


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MN: County to back Federated’s broadband grant application | Swift County Monitor News

MN: County to back Federated’s broadband grant application | Swift County Monitor News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Swift County, MN again has pledged bond funds to help Federated Telephone expand broadband fiber optic cable to unerved areas in the eastern half of the county. However, the costs have gone up substantially.


Last October, the county approved bonding for up to $5 million with the funds going to Federated as part of a $10 million project. Federated had agreed to make the bond payments over a 20-year period. It also agreed to pay the bonding issuing costs.


County backing was essential to the broadband grant application Federated was submitting to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for a $5 million grant.


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CISA: the dirty deal between Google and the NSA that no one is talking about | Evan Greer & Donny Shaw | The Hill

CISA: the dirty deal between Google and the NSA that no one is talking about | Evan Greer & Donny Shaw | The Hill | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

One of the things that civil liberties activists like to lament about is that the general public seems to care more about Google and Facebook using their personal data to target advertising than the government using it to target drone strikes.

The reality is that both types of abuse are dangerous, and they work hand in hand.

It’s hard to find a more perfect example of this collusion than in a bill that’s headed for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate: the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA.

CISA is an out and out surveillance bill masquerading as a cybersecurity bill. It won’t stop hackers. Instead, it essentially legalizes all forms of government and corporate spying.

Here’s how it works.


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Radio: The All-But-Forgotten Medium With The Biggest Reach | Doug Schoen | Forbes.com

Radio: The All-But-Forgotten Medium With The Biggest Reach | Doug Schoen | Forbes.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

You wouldn’t know it from all the media coverage focused on streaming video and streaming music, but recent Nielsen data shows radio actually has the most reach among American media consumers. 93% of adults listen to the radio each week as compared to 87% who watch TV, a substantive difference.


In terms of the American population, this means that 243 million people over the age of 12 are listening to old-fashioned broadcast AM/FM radio every week. It may all come down to the fact that as long as we have cars, we’ll be listening to the radio. And since I can’t see a time coming when that won’t be the case, it’s quite clear that radio – and its tremendous reach – is here to stay.


In this sense, radio is the true “mobile” medium despite what technology companies will have you believe. Recent research shows that most of our time spent on mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) actually takes place at home or in the office – not when we’re mobile at all! But radio listening occurs when we’re out and about in our cars.


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Consumers Storm FCC With 2,000+ Net Neutrality Complaints About Data Caps, Poor Service | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap!

Consumers Storm FCC With 2,000+ Net Neutrality Complaints About Data Caps, Poor Service | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap! | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

It didn’t take long for consumers to start flooding the Federal Communications Commission with thousands of complaints about poor Internet service, usage caps, and speed throttles.

The complaints arrived as the FCC began formally enforcing Net Neutrality by reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service, subject to oversight by the federal agency.

Consumers used the occasion to deluge the commission about the sorry state of Internet access in the United States, whether it constituted a Net Neutrality violation or not.

National Journal obtained a sample of 50 complaints through a Freedom of Information Act request and it was clear data caps were at or near the top of the complaints list and consumers wasted no time slamming cable and phone companies over the practice.


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Comcast Messing Around With MSNBC Again; Major Program Shifts Help Comcast's Politics | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap!

Comcast Messing Around With MSNBC Again; Major Program Shifts Help Comcast's Politics | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap! | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Morale at MSNBC is reported to be very low this week as Comcast/NBC imposes some major programming changes that don’t seem to make much sense.

The cancellation of The Ed Show, hosted by Ed Schultz, has proved to be the most controversial, sparking a protest from a presidential candidate and new questions about how much influence Comcast brings to bear on how the news is reported.

Although never a ratings king, Schultz’s pro-labor, very anti-TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership — the latest controversial trade agreement) views, along with his harangues against executive pay and wealth inequality run contrary to the business agenda of parent company Comcast. While many other MSNBC meh-rated shows survived the culling, Schultz is out, along with The Cycle and Now with Alex Wagner.

Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders is not happy:


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Wired to fail? Or learning to wire hard to serve places with government support? | Ann Treacy | Blandin on Broadband

I’ve seen two articles this week that address or allude to the amount of money being spent to get more people online. One addresses the efforts spent on broadband adoption efforts – and I hope to talk about that soon. The other talks about federal funding (the 2011 ARRA stimulus funds) to deploy broadband. Specifically Politico looks at the Rural Utility Service (RUS) and investigates what they did wrong as they administered the broadband deployment funds.

What concerns me is that we’re going to throw out the baby with the bathwater!

It’s important to look at history – but at least from my chair, I’m much less concerned about blame as I am about how can we learn from history to make broadband deployment better.


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Imagine life without broadband Internet | Van Jones Opinion | CNN.com

Imagine life without broadband Internet | Van Jones Opinion | CNN.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Can you imagine a life without electricity? For most people, the answer is probably no.

What about a life without broadband Internet?

It would mean: no emails; no ability to quickly look up health information for managing your diabetes or helping your sick child; no way to pay bills, search for jobs, or take classes online.

When you stop to think about it, one thing becomes clear: access to fast and reliable broadband is just as essential now as electricity was during the last century.

But millions of Americans still don't have access to affordable broadband services. Specifically, rural, low-income and people of color are getting left behind.


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Union Ads Attack Verizon's FiOS Deployment Failures | Karl Bode | DSL Reportss

Union Ads Attack Verizon's FiOS Deployment Failures | Karl Bode | DSL Reportss | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has ramped up its attacks on Verizon ahead of a possible strike this weekend, as the two sides continue to negotiate a new contract with an August 1 deadline looming. The CWA is running ads in numerous markets attacking Verizon specifically for letting its DSL lines deteriorate in many markets as the telco focuses on wireless (something the telco calls a "myth").

The ads are also taking aim at Verizon's failure to upgrade to FiOS across numerous key markets despite record profit:


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FCC's Clyburn: Cost at Root of Digital DIvide | John Eggerton | Multichannel.com

FCC's Clyburn: Cost at Root of Digital DIvide | John Eggerton | Multichannel.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn says lowering the price, not raising the relevance, of broadband for low-income Americans is the key to bridging the ongoing digital divide.

That came in a speech to the National Urban League Thursday, according to a copy of her remarks.

"Broadband is breaking down barriers to achievement for minorities, people with disabilities, and the poor," she said, but added that for too many affordability continues to be the great un-equalizer.


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Time Warner Cable Continues Commitment to Keep Unlimited Data, Expand Maxx Upgrades | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap!

Time Warner Cable Continues Commitment to Keep Unlimited Data, Expand Maxx Upgrades | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap! | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Time Warner Cable will continue to offer customers unlimited data plans and further expand its Maxx upgrade program until it reaches the company’s entire service area or the merger with Charter Communications is approved by regulators.

CEO Robert Marcus told investors on a morning conference call the company has been “completely committed to delivering an unlimited broadband offering in connection with whatever else we do, because we know customers do place a value on the peace of mind that comes with unlimited plans.”

Marcus continued to admit his company’s experiments with voluntary usage pricing have largely failed, noting the “vast majority” of customers choose unlimited plans, and Time Warner “never had any intention of substituting the availability of unlimited with exclusively usage-based programs.”


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National League of Cities and Next Century Cities Partner with Google Fiber to Recognize Cities Helping to Close the Digital Divide | NCL.org

Today the National League of Cities (NLC) and Next Century Cities (NCC), in partnership with Google Fiber, announced a new program to celebrate city-led efforts to bridge the digital divide.


The first-ever "Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards" will recognize city governments who are leading successful approaches to tackle barriers to internet adoption.


Winners will be announced November 6 at NLC's Congress of Cities and Exposition in Nashville, Tenn. NLC and NCC will host a free webinar August 6 at 1 p.m. EDT to share digital inclusion best practices and provide details of the application process.


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CO: Longmont Gig Finds Many Takers - Community Broadband Bits Episode 161 | community broadband networks

CO: Longmont Gig Finds Many Takers - Community Broadband Bits Episode 161 | community broadband networks | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The community reaction to Longmont's NextLight gigabit municipal fiber network in Colorado has been dramatic. They are seeing major take rates in the initial neighborhoods, driven in part by the opportunity for a $50/month gigabit connection if you take service within three months of it becoming available in the neighborhood.

This week, Longmont Power & Communications General Manager Tom Roiniotis joins us to tell us more about their approach and how the community has responded, including a block party celebrating freedom from a well-known monopoly.

We discuss how they have connect the schools, the history of the network, and how incumbent providers are reacting. Along the way, I make a case for why what Longmont is doing is substantially different from the upgrades that CenturyLink and Comcast are making in some areas. See our other stories about Longmont here.


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Changing the Landscape of Low-Cost Broadband: NDIA's Lifeline Comments to the FCC | Angela Siefer | NDIA.org

Changing the Landscape of Low-Cost Broadband: NDIA's Lifeline Comments to the FCC | Angela Siefer | NDIA.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) exists to support local broadband adoption efforts. Since the modernization of Lifeline was the original impetus for forming NDIA, we are very carefully considering our comments to the FCC regarding the modernization of Lifeline. NDIA is crafting comments that respond to multiple sections in the NPRM but we wanted to give you a heads up on particular recommendations we are crafting. We will keep our affiliates informed via the NDIA listserv regarding drafts of NDIA comments.

The FCC's Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register. The deadline for comments is August 17, 2015. The notice in the Federal Register includes instructions on how to submit comments. We encourage all our affiliates and partners to do so. You are also welcome to reference our comments and/or use language we are distributing.

Two issues we will be including in our comments:


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Why I ditched my Fitbit and what this means for analytics | Andy Cotgreave | ComputerWorld.com

Why I ditched my Fitbit and what this means for analytics | Andy Cotgreave | ComputerWorld.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

When I got a Fitbit 18 months ago, it was amazing.

My daily dashboard, focusing mostly on a 10,000-step target, was incredibly motivating. Was I hitting the target? Answer: sometimes. Connecting with friends added great gamification. I began making different choices in my daily routine to take more steps. When I lost my first tracker, Fitbit sent me a free replacement. Wow! What more could I ask from this dream company?

Over time, however, I stopped going back to the dashboard as often.

After a year, my Fitbit strap broke. I decided not to buy a replacement. Why? Because Fitbit’s analytics was a dead-end dashboard.


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Obama rolls out initiative to boost US supercomputer capability | John Ribeiro | NetworkWorld.com

Obama rolls out initiative to boost US supercomputer capability | John Ribeiro | NetworkWorld.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order setting up the National Strategic Computing Initiative that will adopt a coordinated strategy involving multiple government agencies, academia and the private sector for the development of high-performance computing systems.

Adopting a “whole-of-government” approach, involving all departments and agencies with expertise and interests in HPC, one of the objectives of the NSCI will be to speed up the delivery of “a capable exascale computing system that integrates hardware and software capability to deliver approximately 100 times the performance of current 10 petaflop systems across a range of applications representing government needs.”


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