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When it comes to fighting for the public good, during his term as Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Michael Copps proved to be one of the best. He joins us to carry on the call for smarter pro-consumer broadband and media policy. Former Comm. Copps always speaks his mind and cuts to the chase. Today he addresses how we get better broadband policies as the FCC moves forward, and how average citizens can impact new policies to address the rapidly changing media industry. Common Cause r
In March this year, in partnership with Broadband Communities Magazine, host Craig Settles conducted a survey of local government administrators and staff, service providers, consultants and others involved with broadband projects. What they have to say in Craig Settles' report, The Gigabit city & Economic Development, could directly influence your community’s efforts.
Magazine Editor Masha Zager joins us to analyze what survey results mean to your community. 60% of respondents say fiber networks attract business, 54% say it increases home-based businesses. Nearly half feel 20 – 120 Mbps is minimum needed to impact certain economic outcomes. Only 7% see “searching for a job” as the greatest benefit broadband offers individuals.
The survey explored broadband’s impact on six local economic outcomes in particular: attracting new businesses to town reviving depressed communitiesm making local companies more successful improving individuals’ income-earning potential increasing home-based businesses improving depressed business districts The survey also looks at the potential for broadband-enabled telemedicine to impact economic development, and probed how respondents view certain national broadband policies. We solicited feedback on possible broadband funding models. If economic development is important to you, listen to this show.
The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) Annual Conference has become a yearly confab that draws many of the key players in broadband stimulus-funded projects. Our listeners hear from four of those who give us highlights of how far we've come since these projects launched:
2:00 Maria Alvarez Stroud - Director, Center for Community Technology Services, University of Wisconsin - Extension 2:15 Kevin Hughes - VP Sales & Marketing, Virgin Islands Next Generation Network 2:30 Tara Thue - Manager, Utah Broadband Project 2:45 Jane Patterson - President, Rural Telecom Congress America We get some of the inside details on several high-profile broadband deployment and adoption initiatives made possible by NTIA and RUS grant awards. Our guests discuss what they have found to be effective making better broadband and adoption a reality. They also talk about what's next for their projects.
We continue our month of guests! This week we welcome comic book creator Jamal Igle.
Igle is an artist, editor, art director and animation storyboard artist. He's primarily known for his pencilling, inking and coloring work on books such as Supergirl and Firestorm.
A talented creator, he recently successfully completed a Kickstarter fundraising effort for his upcoming series, Molly Danger, which debuted with this month's Free Comic Book Day.
We'll be talking about his career, and most importantly his new Action Lab Entertainment series, Molly Danger!
So join us, and chat with Jamal Igle live on Graphic Policy Radio!
Though it requires dedicated effort to track and report on the economic impact of community broadband networks, there are plenty of ways in which these networks directly and indirectly produce economic benefits for constituents. Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU) in Iowa has been providing broadband services since 1996, and shares with listeners some great insights to using the technology as an economic engine. CFU’s Internet services impacts their local economy in several ways, in
This week's episode of Graphic Policy Radio comes at a special time as we welcome special guest Kristy Guevara-Flanagan to talk about Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.
The documentary traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.
Kristy’s first feature-length film was an acclaimed documentary covering four years in the lives of four adolescent girls. Going on 13 was an official selection of Tribeca, Silverdocs, and many other international film festivals. It received funding from ITVS and was broadcast on public television in 2009. Kristy has also produced and directed several short films, including El Corrido De Cecilia Rios, a chronicle of the violent death of 15-year-old Cecilia Rios. It was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. Now an assistant professor at Diablo Valley College, Kristy has a MFA in Film Production from San Francisco State University.
The documentary recently had its television broadcast premiere in the United States on PBS's Independet Lens series.
Through June 14, 2013, you can see the complete film streaming on the PBS website.
Our guest panelists today are:
Norm Stamper, Retired Seattle Police Chief and LEAP Advisory Board Member Jasmine Tyler, Deputy Director of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance Drew Stromberg, Outreach Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Jesselyn McCurdy, Senior Legislative Counsel for the Washington Legislative Office, American Civil Liberties Union Jasmine Tyler Jasmine advocates for policies that reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system, increase access to social and health services, and treat people who use drugs with dignity.
She is one of the leaders of the Crack the Disparity Coalition, which works to equalize the penalties for cocaine.
Norm Stamper Norm Stamper was a police officer for 34 years, the first 28 in San Diego. As a cop dedicated to protect and serve, Norm believes the war on drugs has done exactly the opposite for people.
Drew StrombergDrew Stromberg serves as Outreach Director for Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), where he tracks and advises student chapters for half of the United States and oversees chapter development for SSDP’s international network. Jesselyn McCurdy Jesselyn McCurdy is a Senior Legislative Counsel in the Washington Legislative Office (WLO) of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and is responsible for defending civil liberties in Congress and in the Executive Branch in the areas of criminal justice.
Ms. McCurdy was a member of the ACLU WLO staff for five years before accepting a position as a Counsel with the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. She was the lead House counsel for the historic Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 when it passed Congress.
We took some time off, but Graphic Policy Radio is back this Monday for the latest episode of comics and politics geekiness. We've got a lot to catch up on but some of the topics we're discussing are:
It's cool to kill kids again in comics. We discuss the death of the latest Robin and other kids being offed. Is Mutant a four (ok six) letter word? We talk about Uncanny Avengers and Havok's declaration. There was rumors about the death of Green Lantern John Stewart, but those plans were publicly denied. We talk killing off the beloved character. Our favorite recent reads and recommendations for comic fans! Tune in and call in to discuss!
National Broadband Plan architect Blair Levin joins us to discuss the broadband implications of his new plan to accelerate growth, shrink the national debt, revolutionize the delivery of government services and help slow global warming. With former FCC Chairman (93-97 Reed Hundt, Levin recently co-authored the e-book "The Politics of Abundance: How Technology Can Fix the Budget, Revive the American Dream, and Establish Obama’s Legacy." The book advocates strongly for a four-par
Practically everyone involved with broadband projects is aware of those constituents who, for various reasons, don’t or won’t use broadband technology. Though it may be tempting to write them off, the public good is best served by closing the digital divide. But can we get there from here? Research holds the answer. MoBroadbandNow is Missouri’s statewide initiative to expand and enhance broadband accessibility and adoption. The organization has conducted extensive research to
There are few hotter writers than Charles Soule who seems to be popping out new projects like they're PEZ.
You might know the writer from his cult indie comic Strongman by SLG, or his two volume series 27 by Shadowline/Image Comics. He was so good with that he's recently taken over writing duties for DC's Swamp Thing, will be writing Marvel's Thunderbolts and DC"s Red Lanterns and this week saw the release of his Archaia series Strange Attractors in print. That's on top of the series he has coming down the pipeline Letter 44 which you better believe we'll be digging to get some scoops.
So join us this Monday to chat with one of the hottest comic book writers in the business as we chart his rise and figure out how he balances all of that with his music and more!
So call in with your questions or chat with us on Twitter @graphicpolicy
You can purchase Strange Attractors now!
A wave of support seems to be building for appointing Susan Crawford FCC Chairman should Mr. Genachowski retire. General consensus is this will likely lead to notable changes at the agency. But would these be mostly good or bad? The answer probably depends on where you sit. Hunter Newby’s company, Allied Fiber, sits at the hub of thousands of miles of network buildouts. He has business dealings and relationships with numerous private, public and nonprofit entities involved with broadband