• 01:00

    How Do You Spell Community Broadband Success? Hint: Constituents hold the answer

    in Internet

    A large majority of municipal and public utility broadband networks are successes. Next Century Cities lays out several paths to help your community to reach this winner's circle. 


    NCC Executive Director Deb Socia describes for listeners a range of business and funding models for community broadband that are creating success stories around the country. Communities such as Santa Monica, CA and Mount Vernon, WA built success by using their networks for replace T1 lines and other old communications infrastructure. Others such as Monticello, MN formed public private partnerships. Jackson, TN and Cedar Falls, IA sell services direct to subscribers.


    Socia's organization has assembled quite the brain trust of communities and she is happy to share some of that knowledge. Listeners will get insights into:



    preventing critics from defining your success;
    defining parameters and goals for success based on constituents' broadband needs;
    helping non-technical people understand and become excited about how the network will impact them; and
    promoting your successes.


    Next Century Cities is a membership organization providing knowledge and peer- support for communities and their elected leaders, including mayors and other officials, as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet.

  • 00:18

    The importance of wireless in today's federal government

    in Technology

    Juniper's Tim LeMaster and Aruba's Micah Wilson join The Modern Network Radio to discuss the importance of wireless networks across the federal government, why federal agencies have disparate wireless and wired networks today and the need for converged wireless and wired networks moving forward.

  • 01:01

    Making the open access/wholesale model work for community broadband

    in Internet

    ATTENTION: There is heavy static in show's first 3-4 minutes, but it clears up after that.


    The pride of the pack when it comes to community broadband business models is the open-access model in which the local government or public utility owns the physical network and private-sector ISPs deliver services to subscribers. It looks like a relatively easy model to pursue, and dozens of communities say this is their preferred option. In reality, making open access work is a monster challenge requiring intense, constant effort. 


    Mt. Vernon, WA has built a small cadre of ISPs for its open-access fiber network. Information Services Director Kim Kleppe details how they overcame obstacles and seized opportunities to build a successful network that is financially sustainable. Listeners will learn:



    why getting the second ISP is the hardest job in the world;
    how to set pricing structure
    tips for creating win-win situations
    marketing tactics that attract ISPs and subscribers
    how to keep everyone on the same page


    Kleppe and his colleagues have 12 years experience building and refining their open access model. Communities just getting their networks off the ground can really benefit from the lessons of those who've been in the trenches a while.

  • 00:31

    Is Your Wireless World Making You Sick?

    in Environment

    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.

  • 01:03

    Chicagoland's #1 Youth Rock Band, Wireless Soul

    in Radio

    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,


     

  • 01:00

    Congress Seeks to Destroy Broadband Lifeline to Urban & Rural Poor

    in Internet

    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.  

  • 00:36

    Introducing The Natural Security Alliance From France - Biometrics & Wireless

    in Technology

    In all of our previous radio shows, we have interviewed C-Level Execs, Sales Directors, and General Managers whom are responsible for the profitability of their own companies.  We never have had the chance to actually the interview the leadership team from an alliance, or a coalition comprised of various Security and Biometric Vendors brought together to for one sole purpose:  To pool resources and knowledge together to establish more secure network and authentication protocols for the wirless applications.  In this podcast, we have both the privilege and the honor the leadership team of the Natural Security Alliance, based out of France. 


    This organization has developed a much secure two factor authentication protocol, which also makes use of Biometrics. Found out more about all of this in the interview!!!

  • Introducing The National Security Alliance From France - Biometrics & Wireless

    in Technology

    In all of our previous radio shows, we have interviewed C-Level Execs, Sales Directors, and General Managers whom are responsible for the profitability of their own companies.  We never have had the chance to actually the interview the leadership team from an alliance, or a coalition comprised of various Security and Biometric Vendors brought together to for one sole purpose:  To pool resources and knowledge together to establish more secure network and authentication protocols for the wirless applications.  In this podcast, we have both the privilege and the honor the leadership team of the National Security Alliance, based out of France. 


    This organization has developed a much secure two factor authentication protocol, which also makes use of Biometrics. Found out more about all of this in the interview!!!

  • 01:01

    The great thing about community broadband marketing is…it works!

    in Internet

    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.   

  • 00:44

    How do Cell Phone Towers & WiFi Really Impact Your Health?

    in Health

    I recently watched a really powerful film "Public Exposure: DNA, Democracy & the "Wireless Revolution." This is the first video to explore the health effects of radiofrequency radiation from various wireless devices including cell phones and cell phone towers. 


    So what is the impact of our health if we are surrounding my cell phone towers, cell phones and wifi all day long? 


    I invited the filmmakers of the film to come on my show Mary Beth Brangan and Heddle James to share the scientific and moral issues of the matter with me including: 



    What proof is there that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields are actually damaging our health?
    Rising government expansion of RF/EMF emitting devices that can damage your health (including radar in cars and wifi in schools)
    How sensitive people (including children) can protect themselves
    And more!


    To learn more visit: eon3.net and  eon3EMFblog.net

  • 00:13

    US Ignite Jumpstarting Broadband Networks and Apps Across Country

    in Technology

    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.

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