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The connecting of communities with gigabit networks is only half the battle. The full value of this technology will not be reached until we develop applications that harness the power of the networks.
15 gigabit cities or cities with gigabit-equiped facilities will participate in a three-year project to develop some of the best and most innovative applications that exploit the capabilities of super highspeed networks. Under the guidance US Ignite, a nonprofit organization that facilitates next-generation Internet creations, these products and services will impact how some Americans work, live, learn and play.
US Ignite’s COO Joe Kochan discusses the various features and the goals of the program. Kochan expects the respective projects to have their own objectives, but these 15 communities represent an experiment in national gigabit collaboration in which the outcomes are greater in the sum of each community’s efforts.
Communities participating include: Burlington, VT; Chattanooga, TN; Cleveland, OH; Flint, MI; Kansas City, KS MO; Madison, WI; the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN); Richardson, TX; Utah Wasatch Front cities including Salt Lake City and Provo, UT; Lafayette, LA; Urbana-Champaign, IL; and Austin, TX. Their projects involve an array of software, hardware and services.
Google Fiber is mighty nice, but they aren’t the only fish in the digital sea. Communities actually have many options for getting better, faster broadband, they just need to understand where and how to look. Building the Gigabit City, Craig Settles latest book, helps rural and urban communities:
1) navigate past the hype surrounding gigabit networks;
2) understand what super-fast access can and cannot do to improve communities;
3) conduct effective needs assessment; and
4) plan effective broadband strategy to leverage their options.
CEO Mark Ansboury of Gigabit Squared, Settles’ partner in this e-book project, joins the show to discuss several key issues the book addresses such as broadband’s impact on economic development. Ansboury and Settles also offer tips for consensus building to form partnerships between various stakeholders that move network projects forward.
Building the Gigabit City is Settles’ ninth book about developing strategies and tactics for using Internet, wireless and broadband technologies. This is his first e-book.
One of broadband's promised benefits is to dramatically change the process of educating children and adults. This broadcast explores how Kansas City can expect the new Google Fiber network to impact learning and knowledge retention while preparing students to live and work in the digital economy.
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane joins us to discuss:
* what KC should expect when local schools tap into a gigabit network;
* how broadband-based education apps alter or enhance teacher-student-parent interaction;
* outcomes when KC schools collaborate via broadband networks with schools nationwide or worldwide; and
* tactics communities can use to prevent a widening digital divide as gigabit networks advance education.
As KC and the Fiber to the Home Council begins its conference, "From Gigabit Envy to Gigabit Deployed," education is sure to be a hot topic. This interview with Dr. Lane is broadcasting live from the conference.
In 2014, the leadership of Salisbury decided that it was time to expand marketing of their Fibrant fiber network up a few notches, that there were still lots of local businesses and individuals yet to take advantage of the network. These marketing efforts culminated with September's national announcement of their 10-gigabit municipal fiber-to-the-premise network.
Kent Winrich, Director of Broadband Infrastructure for Fibrant, describes the rollout of the network and the expected impact within the community. Though the City may not expect a groundswell of subscribers for the 10-gig service, Winrich expects their current customers will appreciates the digital security blanket of knowing they have long term security against Technology obsolescence. More importantly, the new service gives Salisbury a powerful leg up as it market's itself as both a business hub and an education computing center within the state and beyond.
challenges of upgrading the network to this new capacity;
aligning current and future customer needs with broadband technology;
maintaining competitive advantage; and
marketing Fibrant as a community asset versus a high tech toy.
Salisbury is one of the many communities highlighted in my new book, Building the Gigabit City, Vol. 2. If you missed our interview with Salisbury's Mayor and Mayor pro tem discussing the cities marketing efforts, you can listen to the archive.
Is this the other shoe dropping that incumbents fear and advocates cheer? Austin is the second major city selected to receive Google fiber. Are we about to see a trickle turn into a cascade of inspired cities and towns answering the FCC’s Gigabit City Challenge?
Learn the secret to Austin's success. Two key leaders of Austin’s drive to snag the brass ring offer valuable insights. Austin Council Member Laura Morrison and Rondella Hawkins, Telcommunications and Regulatory Affairs Officer for the City of Austin, discuss how they planned and executed their campaign to bring Google to town.
Both officials have extensive experience implementing broadband projects in Austin beyond the Google effort, so they have a running start on the myriad of programs constituents can expect from the network. We discuss the potential education, economic development, digital inclusion and telemedicine goals that have stakeholders excited.
GIGTANK 2013 is a poster child for Chattanooga's gigabit success, a three-month app development boot camp that leverages the city's network to produce exciting next-generation software and services. Gigabit Nation provides a peek behind the digital curtain to see what some of these teams are creating.
Seven development teams of startup entrepreneurs plus 11 technology specialists from around the world are working furiously toward Demo Day, August 6, when they get to showcase their creativity. Three of the startups take a break to present their contenders for Killer App.
Cody Bowen - Tidbit: Their application makes it easy for anyone within an organization to publish training content for employees, customers and partners via mobile devices.
Detelin Yordanov - Hutgrip: This team aims to enhance product feedback and automation in manufacturing processes as well as facility management for small and medium-sized businesses.
Bentley Cook - Sensevery: They are developing a wireless sensing platform for care providers and their loved ones to monitor daily activities (motion/sleep) and accidental falls of individuals in home or senior care facility.
Seattle just announced a project to add "Gigabit Network" to the list of reasons you want to live and do business in their city. In partnership with Gigabit Squared, the city soon will have 12 neighborhoods with gigabit infrastructure delivering wired and wireless services.
Seattle Acting CTO Erin Devoto and Ed Lazowska, Seattle's U. of Washington pointman on the project (Bill & Melinda Gates Chair at UW), explain the details of the deal and how they expect this project to benefit city stakeholders. Seattle represents a growing trend of cities and counties taking a more active role and using "untraditional" means to get broadband into their communities.
Listeners get a breakdown of the key elements of this initiative, details on how these elements will come together, and a list of both short- and long-term objectives for the project. Devoto and Lazowska also offer tips and recommendations for other cities that want to be a part of this movement for community-driven broadband.
Could Google’s heavy initial focus on residential subscribers, while putting the business community on the backburner, shortchange KCK’s and KCMO’s economic development hopes? Cultivating startups is a plus. But mid-size and large cities boost local economies by making existing companies of all sizes stronger, as well as attracting larger companies to town.
Learn how a Kansas City, MO ISP is filling in the gaps with a combination of gigabit wireless (yes, wireless), back-end infrastructure and a business market focus. Computers & Tele-comm CTO Graeme Gibson lays out a game plan for delivering gigabit services that go to the heart of economic development, and in a way that increases odds for financial sustainability. Gibson breaks it down for listeners:
* The right service offerings increase business adoption rates;
* Segmenting your business market and communicating effectively matters;
* Why it makes sense marketing wireless services to businesses;
* Decisions about infrastructure such as Network Access Points (NAPs), data centers and backup sites directly impact the bottom line.
Ironically, the nation’s excitement over muni wireless networks in 2006 set Columbus well ahead of most cities on the path to highspeed fiber networks. Columbus not only brings Ohio on line with meeting the FCC’s Gigabit City Challenge of at least one citywide gig network per state, it beat over 400 cities worldwide to become one of Intelligent Community Forums' 7 Intelligent Communities.
Gary Cavin, Director & CIO of the city's Dept. of Technology, explains how the city initially built a fiber network to drive wireless everywhere, and later transitioned fiber to center stage of their broadband efforts. Columbus is expanding that drive via partnerships with neighboring communities.
The city qualified for its ICF award by demonstrating its ability to develop infrastructure and programs that enabled constituents and businesses to be active participants in the broadband economy. The Director presents several valuable lessons here for everyone involved with broadband projects.
Go big or go home! That's the broadband gauntlet Los Angeles threw down in a big way last week. All eyes are turning to the West Coast to see what this bold entry means in the drive for Gigabit Cities.
Angelenos are looking at a potential $3 - $5 *billion* fiber network spread across the entire 470 square mile urban sprawl, 5 Mbps of free Internet access, affordable faster access for 1/3 of the city's 3.7 million people and services to businesses as well as residences. But instead of the fawning "take me, I'm yours" posture of typical Google Fiber suitors, L.A. officials expect a winning bidder to front the entire buildout investment, operate an open access infrastructure and not plan on the City to make things like permitting easy.
Sound familiar? Think 2006, muni WiFi and free service. "However, don't expect this to be deja vu all over again," says Gigabit Nation guest Steve Reneker, Los Angeles' General Mgr. of the Information Technology Agency. Reneker is the former CIO of Riverside, CA, and while there he ran an impressive city wireless network and digital inclusion program that paid their full overhead every year. Listeners will get a detailed briefing on the project and answers to key questions such as:
is this approach different from 2006 efforts that spawned shaky startups and bad business plans? does the city really expect private companies will front billions while the City won't even grease the wheels of the permitting process why are't the L. A. Dept of Water and Power fiber assets off the table will the City aggregate demand as an enticement to bidders what's the City's leverage to ensure the successful bidder's network produces the desired economic and other outcomes Don't miss this interview of the year!
It's Summer Camp for Geeks! 11 teams of innovators are competing in GigTank for $150,000 in prizes that will go to the two teams creating the best applications to capitalize on Chattanooga’s gigabit network.
Today Gigabit Nation listeners get a sneak peek at what gig apps these teams are cooking up. Nicole Newman and Seth Bigham represent the student teams at GigTank. Anthony Guglielmo of Vigia and Toni Gamayel with Banyan represent the teams of established entrepreneurs.
Without giving away their competitive edge, our guests talk about their projects and also discuss the opportunities and challenges with creating the next generation of broadband solutions to complex needs. As part of a group of leaders from around the world who are building geek teams and gigabit apps, they have a lot to share.
Chattanooga is not the only community executing a full court press to encourage and facilitate gigabit application development. Illinois is trying its hand at running contests to create the most awesome apps to run on the several networks being built throughout the state.
Joining us is Drew Clark, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois. This non-profit collects and publishes broadband data, promotes higher-quality broadband access throughout the state and maximizes the impact, adoption and use of high-speed Internet services.
Besides giving listeners an update on the latest broadband projects coming from Illinois, Clark also offers valuable recommendations for coordinating programs that drive innovation.