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In today's world, it is impossible to avoid technology. We use it to make our coffee in the morning, text messages to friends, microwave food and work on laptops. Were being zapped! Today 84 % of Americans own a cell phone, 89 million of us watch TV beamed in by satellite and we cant sip a cup of coffee at our local cafe without being exposed to Wi-Fi. The very electronic innovations that have changed our lives are also exposing us, in ways big and small, to an unprecedented number of electromagnetic fields. Invisible pollution surrounds us 24/7, interrupting our bodies natural flow of energy. And for some, that pollution has reached the point of toxicity, causing fatigue, irritability, weakness, and even illness. But we dont have to simply surrender. Ann Louise Gittleman brings forth the latest research into electromagnetic fields to create this groundbreaking guide for every citizen of the wireless age. With the proactive, levelheaded approach that has made her one of our most respected health experts, she not only clarifies the risks but also offers specific, step-by-step information for how anyone can minimize them. From where you place your sofa to when you use your cell phone to what you eat for dinner, Zapped is packed with strategies for avoiding and mitigating the damaging effects of electropollution. As she examines modern life room by room, device by device, Gittleman reveals a master plan for detoxifying your surroundings and protecting yourself and your family. We dont need to abandon our homes or even give up our PDAs to be healthier and happier. Based on the latest scientific data, case studies, and Gittlemans years of clinical practice, Zapped is an empowering guide to living safely with the gadgets we cant live without. Tune in to this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, as host, June Stoyer is joined by Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman.
Chicagoland's #1 Youth Rock Band, Wireless Soul, had an auspicious start in 2014.
Wireless Soul returned for their second consecutive appearance in the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade where they ROCKED to a crowd of
HALF A MILLION PEOPLE! That's the equivalent of over 27 Allstate Arenas!
This award winning band, plays popular rock music with an energetic live show headed up by
founding member, 12 year old guitarist and lead vocalist Vince Minogue, who commands the
stage with a stunning Dean diamond plate guitar. With his two-handed tapping technique and
sweeping arpeggios, Vince has been performing live with Wireless Soul at major Chicagoland
venues since the age of 9. At the end of the Wireless Soul 2013 Summer Tour, Vince had
performed live in over 30 shows in just one year! Vince studies guitar under the direction of
guitar virtuoso Dave Uhrich. Wireless Soul is the youngest rock band ever to perform live at the iconic Chicagoland venue, Allstate Arena. Wireless Soul has been featured in every major Chicagoland newspaper including The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times/Pioneer Press, The Daily Herald,
Congressional reps, in their annual pique over the abuses of a couple of wireless companies, are attempting to once again throw out the broadband baby with the water of a corrupted few. Atty. Anthony Veach, from telecom industry law firm Bennet & Bennet PLLC joins us to discuss House bill 5376's threat to broadband usage in underserved communities.
Veach describes how the current FCC has made reforming its telecom industry-funded Lifeline grant program a priority, and discusses whether Congress's action threatens rather than helps create meaningful changes. Lifeline originally funded basic telephone service for low-income urban and rural households so no citizens would be economically forced to do without phone service. The Bush Administration expanded Lifeline to include wireless phone service as this was quickly displacing landlines. As smartphones become a primary device for accessing broadband, particularly in communities of color, Congress' action threatens to hit them particularly hard.
Listeners get an inside peek at Lifeline reforms to date, and what additional reforms are in the works. They also pick up some valuable insights into the Lifeline program, its main accomplishments over the years and some of the challenges the program faces as it tries to keep pace with technology changes not envisioned by Lifeline's original architects.
Many communities must understand that, without a well-crafted and executed creative marketing strategy, their broadband networks will have limited success. This is particularly true in states such as North Carolina that have a hostile political climate for public networks. Salisbury, NC has held their own for four years, but plans to turn on the marketing afterburners to accelerate their growth and impact on the community.
Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson and Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Blackwell present constituents and listeners with details on some of their marketing ideas. The city launched its Fibrant fiber network in 2010 and has steadily increased its subscriber base in the face of stiff incumbent opposition. They recently upgraded Fibrant to 1 gigabit per second service, which they expect will improve economic development, healthcare service delivery, education and government services.
City leaders see their marketing efforts moving forward on two fronts: 1) increasing marketing messages that educate various constituencies about the benefits of gigabit services, and 2) raising Salisbury's national profile as a forward-looking gig city that is a center of innovation. The Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem describe several of Fibrant's past marketing successes, and provide other community broadband teams with advice on how to market effectively against well-financed adversaries.
Mike Marcellin, senior vice president of NetApp, talks about the work that US Ignite is doing in 31 communities across the country to encourage development of next-generation broadband networks and applications that run on them. The nonprofit is working in the areas of manufacturing, education, energy, healthcare and others and collaborating with developers who are creating innovative applications that need high-speed broadband networks to run effectively and efficiently.
As the endless stream of RFPs for community broadband feasibility studies widens, are these communities considering the intersect between broadband and cloud computing? It's important to have quality infrastructure that reaches all constituents, but it's equally important to build an infrastructure that supports applications that make the network financially sustainable. Learn how to create a role for cloud computing in your broadband planning.
Bernie Arnason, publisher and editor of Telecompetitor, keeps his finger on the pulse as he covers developments important to the broadband ecosystem through his analysis and commentary. Arnason is particularly focused on how network operators, including community broadband project teams, monetize the infrastructure while serving communities' needs.
Listeners get a solid grounding in how targeting local enterprises and small businesses with cloud computing services has a payback both in generating high-end, big dollar subscribers with low churn rates, and increasing the economic strength of community businesses. Arnason describes how to design the network buildout and subsequent marketing of cloud and other services to capture this low-hanging fruit. He also discusses the "Internet if things," which is an important element of cloud computing strategy.
Doctors of the USA welcomes William T. Abraham, MD, FACP, FACC, FAHA, FESC, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and a professor of internal medicine, physiology and cell biology at the Ohio State University Medical Center to talk about the first FDA approved wireless device with remote monitoring to measure pulmonary artery pressure in certain heart failure patients. Listen in as he shares about the safety and efficacy of the device and how it allows health care professionals to monitor the condition of their patients remotely.
Dr. William Abraham is the lead investigator for the CardioMEMS clinical trials and also serves as deputy director of Ohio State’s Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. He has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” for eight consecutive years. Also in 2009 he was named inaugural designated Chair of Excellence in Cardiovascular Medicine at Ohio State’s College of Medicine. Dr. Abraham earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiology and heart failure/cardiac transplantation at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Abraham is an internationally known researcher in heart failure. He has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Cardiology and the Aetna Quality Care Foundation and has participated as principal investigator in more than 100 multicenter clinical drug and device trials.In addition to authoring more than 600 original papers, abstracts, book chapters and review articles, Dr. Abraham also co-edited Heart Failure: A Practical Approach to Treatment, a leading textbook on heart failure.
Check out the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center website.
Patricia Wood is founder and executive director of Grassroots Environmental Education, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the health risks of common environmental exposures and empowering individuals to act as catalysts for change in their own communities. The organization uses science-driven arguments for clean air, clean water and a safe food supply and for stricter regulation of chemical toxins. Grassroots serves local and state governments, health care providers, school systems, community groups and other environmental groups and individuals nationwide.
As a Visiting Scholar at Adelphi University, Ms. Wood lectures on the environment and related health issues in the College of Nursing and Public Health. Ms. Wood is on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Sustainability and Green Procurement. Click to learn more
Feetz don't fail me now! Chattanooga this week unveiled several awe-inspiring 3D applications that development teams created this summer on the city's gig network. As broadband champions get their brains wrapped around 3D printing and the technology's potential benefits, it's immediately clear why your broadband plan should include 3D printing apps. Two companies from Demo Day give you an eye-opening peek at the future.
This is is a 3D printing manufacturer and retailer that creates custom-fit footwear for consumers of all shoe sizes. Using patented algorithms and snapshots from the customer’s phone, Feetz integrates custom sizing measurements with individual design preferences to bring comfort, fit and style into each pair of hyper-customized shoes.
These folks have created a 3D printing manufacturer that provides contract medical devices for pre-surgical planning. Using patient-specific data, the company creates anatomical 3D models that enable surgeons to plan procedures before operating on patients.
As the many middle-mile networks built by federal broadband stimulus, state and some private-sector efforts light up, broadband is not magically appearing on residential and business doorsteps as some local broadband champions mistakenly expected to happen. There's a lot of finger pointing, wailing and gnashing of teeth in communities as they subsequently try to figure out how to move last-mile projects forward.
OneCommunity announced a $2 million Big Gig Challenge grant to help public and private entities build community fiber networks in the nonprofit's 2,000-mile, 11-county coverage area. Their middle-mile fiber network is dedicated to propelling northeastern Ohio to the forefront of broadband innovation.
Listeners who want to move the last-mile ball forward despite the challenges to finding money and other resources will learn much from OneCommunity's COO Brent Lindsay and Economic Development Manager Liz Forester. They discuss the grant program and offer recommendations for other entities that want to create similar programs to drive last-mile buildouts to connect with middle mile infrastructure. Money is important, but Lindsay and Forester also describe the types of programs that must be in place so communities can maximize grants and other funding.
As an increasing number of communities begin seriously exploring options for a community broadband network, it seems municipal bonds are once again being considered as a serious funding option. This year's survey of economic development pros reveals that just over half feel their communities could successfully launch a bond measure, or that their chances for success are 50/50.
Three factors lead to the success of issuing muni bonds to fund community broadband networks:
the political will
successful navigation of the legal processes
assembling the right financial resources
David Shaw, Chief of the Government & Utilities industry section of Kirton-McConkie law firm and Laura Lewis, Principal at municipal financial advisory firm Lewis, Young, Robertson & Burningham, Inc., walks listeners through these three criteria in layperson's language to help stakeholders navigate these tricky waters. Both have experience working with bond efforts for cities across the U.S.
Helping Iowa and Colorado communities better assess all of their funding options for network projects, including a bond strategy, is a main component of the special 5-week broadband strategy Webinar series led by Gigabit Nation host Craig Settles.