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There’s a lot going on in broadband in Oregon. Communities such as Sandy are upgrading their infrastructure significantly, or planning their initial networks. Co-op are energized and several of them are planning to launch broadband initiatives. The rural telephone companies are providing creative solutions that are getting communities connected.
Joseph Franell, General Manager and CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom, discusses some of the opportunities and the challenges that communities face here in the state. Gigabit Nation is broadcasting live from the Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference, which draws statewide attendees to share ideas, experiences and knowledge about telecommunications.
Franell and Gigabit Nation host Craig Settles highlight:
some of the challenges with bridging the broadband divide in education;
addressing the urban/rural divide;
what is the "right" model to deploy gigabit networks in rural markets;
how has the USF/ICC reform impacted rural carriers and how are they moving forward;
what are the pluses and minuses of the Google Fiber model.
Sandy, OR’s move to gigabit broadband is one of the many case stories in Settles’ new book, Building the Gigabit City, Vol. 2.
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This Monday sees a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio with a special guest Marjorie Liu who makes her first time appearance on the show to discuss her newest comic series Monstress, her career, and more!
New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.
Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black Widow: The Name of the Rose. She received national media attention for Astonishing X-Men, which featured the gay wedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Ms. Liu also wrote the story for the animated film, Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher, which was produced by Marvel, Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and Madhouse Inc.
Her newest work is Monstress is an original, creator-owned comic book series with Japanese artist (and X-23 collaborator) Sana Takeda. The series is set in an alternate, matriarchal 1920’s Asia and follows a girl’s struggle to survive the trauma of war. With a cast of girls and monsters and set against a richly imagined aesthetic of art deco-inflected steampunk, the first issue was an instant hit.
On top of that Ms. Liu is also the author of more than 19 novels, is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker, and was previously a lawyer.
We want to hear from you too! Tweet us your questions to @graphicpolicy.com.
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Journalist, filmmaker, educator, comic book writer, and author, David F. Walker has had an amazing career and makes his first time appearance as a guest on Graphic Policy Radio.
Walker has been nominated for an Eisner Award for his work as the English language writer on the critically acclaimed manga series Tokyo Tribes, he is the author of the Young Adult series The Adventures of Darius Logan, and co-writer of the Dark Horse Comics series Number 13. Walker’s other work in comics includes Cyborg (DC), Shaft (Dynamite), The Army of Dr. Moreau (IDW/Monkeybrain), and The Supernals Experiment (Canon Comics). Next year he will be writing Power Man and Iron Fist for Marvel.
He's a leading scholar and expert of African-American cinema and taught courses such as documentary filmmaking, writing for comics, and film criticism to youth through the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Northwest Film Center, Documentary Northwest, and Project Youth Doc.
We'll be talking to Walker about the above and more and want to hear from you! Tweet us your questions @graphicpolicy.
If there ever was a sign that the floodgates on community broadband have fully opened, it's this Election Day as 46 Colorado communities vote on taking back their right to build public networks. Get election results here on Gigabit Nation's special in 90-minute broadcast. Is this going to be a clean sweep?
Ken Fellman, general counsel with the Colorado Communications and Utility Alliance, joins us with summary analysis of how the communities voted and what do these results mean for broadband in the state. Fellman and host Craig Settles also will call on some of the towns and counties to get first-hand observations, and thoughts on how the communities will proceed.
Another topic of discussion is the impact that the election results will have on the competitive landscape of the state. The day after last year's election, Comcast announced a statewide increase of their broadband speed. What might incumbents do this year in the face of what is expected to be an unanimous consensus for public broadband by the electorate? Will the winds of change blow over into other states with restrictions on municipal broadband?
My latest book on broadband strategy goes into depth about how to deal with states that have restrictions on public broadband.
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This Monday, Graphic Policy Radio hits the air with a brand new episode and a first time guest, Darryl Ayo!
Since 2002, New York cartoonist Darryl Ayo has self-published minicomics, webcomics, anthology stories and comics criticism. Ayo's most known work, Little Garden has evolved and grown into and through several permutations and can be seen in its current form at littlegardencomics.com
Ayo, is also a commentator, blogging and on comic fandom. We'll not only discuss his comic career but also growth from the first Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival to the current Comics Art Brooklyn.
So, listen in this Monday and Tweet us your thoughts to @graphicpolicy.
Some creative thinking saved the broadband dreams of 10 cities in two Minnesota counties. Could cooperatives (co-ops) provide the magic bullet for municipalities encumbered with funding and political hurdles?
Communities in Renville and Sibley Counties created the RS Fiber Cooperative to address rural communication needs. Recently the communities decided to lend the co-op funds they need to build a fiber and wireless infrastructure to cover the towns and farmlands in the co-op's service area. The arrangement resolves several challenges that a number of communities face:
it was easier for cities to pass a bond to pay the co-op to build the network rather then have the cities build it;
co-ops’ existing community relationships translate into faster network take rates;
Minnesota is one of the 21 states with a law restricting public broadband.
Mark Erickson, Winthrop, MN EDA Director and a key contributor to the project joins us to talk us through the complexities of the financial arrangement and the benefits of having the co-op take the lead on the network buildout. He also discusses the role of co-ops in the bigger broadband picture as they take aggressive action in deploying networks.
My new book, Building the Gigabit City, Vol 2, devotes significant coverage to co-ops and their increasing impact on broadband.
This episode of Global Peeks sits down with GeoPolitical Analyst Eric Draitser to discuss the situation in Paris and the wider implications.
With the violent attacks in Paris, France, the spotlight continues on extremism and what is the cause and who are the players. We want to raise questions about western foreign policy and global meddling in the so-called Middle East, Africa and other parts of the world. We want to raise some questions and answer some questions.
Mr. Draitzer is the founder of www.stopimperialism.org
From a regulatory perspective, the FCC is the lead agency shaping this Administration’s broadband legacy, both for its aggressive policymaking and its program funding. This interview looks at how far the FCC has come, and how much further some feel the agency should go to facilitate broadband advancement in the U.S.
Gigi Sohn, Counselor to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, gives listeners insights to the agency’s efforts to promote fast, fair and open broadband networks. She’ll discuss issues such as community broadband, Lifeline and E-Rate modernization, net neutrality and the FCC’s role as a consumer protection agency. As broadband networks become ever more essential to full participation in our society and our economy, the FCC's role will become even more critical.
Among Sohn’s roles at the FCC is ensuring that the public has an opportunity to participate in FCC’s proceedings that will determine the future of broadband networks. Sohn discusses how consumers and small businesses can make their voice heard at the Commission. As former CEO of the public advocacy group Public Knowledge, Sohn is well-positioned to give listeners a perspective on what it is like to go from outside advocate to inside bureaucrat.
Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Israel, are all crucial nations for the stability of the Mid-East. But there is ISIS. The candidates for our next President have expressed their viewpoints on these countries and about the terrorist organization ISIS. What are the fundamentals of their foreign policy? What do they say they would do about ISIS and the crisis in Middle East? Are their opinions and policy statements important? Are they realistic? Will the implementation of their policies lead to World War 3 or to a lasting peace in the world?
Dr. Frederick Schoenfeld looks at these questions, asking if they are realistic from both an domestic political and geo-political standpoint. Could the policies as expressed by the candidates be implemented by the Executive or must there by cooperation from the House and Senate? What about our allies? The United Nations? Russia? China?
Tune in to hear the discussion.
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This Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio. With no guest this week, we have a much overdue potluck where we'll discuss some of the latest comic news and reviews.
Batman #44 is an interesting change for the character. We'll discuss the issue taking on some relevant societal issues
More news of creators being bad broke out. We discuss the persistent harassment in the comic industry, the protection of these individuals, and what can be done.
This past weekend was Small Press Expo. We talk about one of the best independent and small press comic conventions out there.
We'll discuss the above and more! We want to hear from you. Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy
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Graphic Policy Radio is LIVE this Monday and discussing this week's New York Comic Con as well as well as discuss the first round of comics being released for All-New, All-Different Marvel.
New York Comic Con is the largest comic convention on the East coast, and there's tons of panels, debuts, and New York Super Week too! We'll discuss what we're looking forward to at the convention, what we might expect to happen, and what we'll be looking for.
This week also sees the release of the first comics for All-New, All-Different Marvel. We'll talk about what's being released and what we think of the upcoming releases.
We want to hear what you think too! Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy