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Cedar Falls, IA became Ground Zero for launching a Presidential drive for gigabit community-owned broadband throughout the U.S. Learn how this 20-year old network took center stage last week as the latest beacon leading cities nationwide on the path to faster, better public-owned broadband.
Broadband is driving Cedar Fall's economic activities. Listeners get a detailed breakdown of the city's progress since upgrading to a gigabit network a year ago from Bob Seymour, Planner III/Economic Development. Curtis Dean, Broadband Services Coordinator for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities provides insights to expected developments in the state's broadband future.
President Obama held up Cedar Falls as a great example of the value of public braodband networks in helping to meet America's highspeed Internet needs, and why we need giant service providers to stop blocking communities' ability to become the next gigabit success story. Our guests offer listeners advice on how their communities can overcome the challenges of these statutes.
A big majority of the hundreds of citywide and partial-reach broadband networks are celebrated successes by their stakeholders, businesses and residential subscribers, disproving critics who wrongly claim all public-owned networks are failures. Interviews live from the Kansas City Gigabit Summit reveal what it means to have a winning community broadband network.
Delegates from eight of the communities sharing their success stories with Summit attendees join us to give listeners insights to setting and meeting broadband goals. It is important to understand that, unlike private service providers, "return on investment" (ROI) is very different for communities focused on using broadband to improve economic development, transform healthcare delivery and otherwise serve the public good.
Guests, including those representing Winthrop, MN, Chattanooga and Jackson, TN, Monmouth, OR and Salisbury, NC, also discuss how they funded their networks, and offer advice for meeting the money challenge as opportunities and financing options evolve. One of the several strengths public entities have over private companies is the ability to repay debt over 20 or 25 years rather than being driven to meet stockholder needs for quick returns.
The Gigabit Summit is a national gathering of cities with broadband networks that are educating, helping and encouraging cities just beginning their broadband journeys. Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri are the proud hosts and gigabit showcase cities kicking off 2015 with the first big broadband educational conference of the year.
Tennessee, along with North Carolina, has become Ground Zero in the Obama Administration’s drive to roll back state laws restricting public-owned broadband networks. But what about on the ground? How do consumers, businesses and state legislators feel about these laws?
Tennessee State Senator Janice Bowling discusses her views on why it’s time to question the value of her state’s restrictions. Sen. Bowling believes in the free market system. But she also believes from first-hand experience that the public-owned fiber network in her hometown of Tullahoma successfully meets a vital economic need that the market can’t or won’t address.
The Senator describes her constituency’s progress in economic advancement, education, healthcare since launching their own network. Some Tennessee townsfolk can look across the bridge and see citizens in cities such as Chattanooga benefitting from gigabit networks. Sen. Bowling feels this is an injustice to communities, and last year led efforts eliminate the restriction on public utilities to expand their broadband services to nearby communities.
State laws mandating these public-owned broadband networks get voter approval through referendum campaigns used to mean near-certain death for any project. Kiss those days goodbye! Meet the winners who have turned the tide.
November 4, EIGHT towns and counties all passed ballot initiatives to return the authority to pursue broadband to their constituents. With 70% or more of the vote. Predominately Democrat or Republican didn’t matter. How did they do that!? Representatives of Boulder, Rio Blanco, San Miguel, Yuma County and other communities give us the scoop on how they pulled off these big wins.
We’re going to find out:
Are the political winds blowing heavily community broadband’s way?
At the local level, is broadband now a bipartisan issue?
What tactics were effective getting these referenda passed?
What happened to the giant telcos and cable companies?
What comes next for these communities?
Will there be a flood of communities rolling out their own ballot initiatives?
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.
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.
Today on Robert Cardoza Live my Expert Contributor Ray Mehler will continue his series "The American Grid". My Special Guest Joel Saltzman, "Dr. Wireless", will talk about the best new developments in wireless technology and service providers. I will discuss News, Current Events, Taxes, Politics, Business and Personal Fianancial and Tax Planning and Lifestyle issues in addition to answering all of your emails.
1st HOUR: Law and Disorder Radio is a weekly, independent radio program airing on several stations across the United States and broadcasting on the web. Law and Disorder gives listeners access to rare legal perspectives on issues concerning civil liberties, privacy, right to dissent and the horrendous practices of torture exercised by the US government. This program examines the political forces and legislation that are moving the United States into a police state.
2nd Hour: A rare archival recording from Bristol (U.K.) Broadband Cooperative. David Barsamian of Alternative Radio originally produced this prescient hit lecture. About the lecturer: Philip Agee was a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who served in Latin America. After resigning from the CIA he lectured and wrote on the Agency's clandestine operations. His activities were not unnoticed. Ex CIA Director and later President Bush the first called Agee "a traitor to our country." He is the author of "Inside the Company: CIA Diary" and "On the Run." He died in Cuba in January 2008.
Today on Robert Cardoza Live my Expert Contributor Ray Mehler is continuing his series, The American Grid. My Special Guest Joel Saltzman, Dr. Wireless, will be here talking about new developements in Cell Phones and Service Provider News. I will be discussing, Politics, Money, Taxes, Current Events, Lifestyle, News and much more.
It's all hands on deck as several Obama Administration agencies and departments spring into action implementing components of the Obama Broadband Doctrine announced recently in Cedar Falls, IA. Today learn how your community can get vital assistance executing network deployment and adoption efforts.
The BroadbandUSA initiative, a program of the Dept. of Commerce's National Telecommunications and information Administration (NTIA) will:
provide expertise, tools and information to benefit communities that are developing or improving broadband services and broadband adoption;
offer online and in-person technical assistance to help communities mprove broadband access and bring more Americans online;
host a series of regional workshops around the country to instruct decision-makers on best practices and lessons learned from local communities;
distribute guides and tools that provide communities with proven solutions to problems in planning, financing, construction and operations; and
through collaboration with other federal agencies and broadband stakeholder groups, promote interagency coordination to ensure that information and resources get to communities quickly and effectively.
Laura Breeden, Director of External Affairs for BroadbandUSA, and Lynn Chadwick, Federal Program Officer with the NTIA State Broadband Initiative, offer tips and guidelines for maximizing this newest program. Their primary mission is to make it as convenient as possible for communities to get assistance making broadband work for their constituents.
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