WATCH: Iowa’s First Broadband Summit
By Connected Nation
From Amanda Laverman: The first Iowa Broadband Summit: Empowering Communities was held Tuesday, April 9 in Des Moines and the video is now available! The event had more than 100 attendees eager to discuss the state of broadband and Iowa’s future. Connected Nation's Tom Koutsky opened with the Iowa Broadband Landscape. He touched on the Supply, Demand, and Consumer and Social Welfare of broadband. He also spoke of the importance of broadband as the world becomes an information economy full of knowledge workers. “Diffusion of knowledge exchange is becoming critically important,” said Koutsky. “Every generation has invested a significant amount into their infrastructure…Every time there are large bursts of economic growth.” Next was a panel about community planning featuring: Naomi Hamlett, a city planner in West Des Moines, Chelle Klootwyk, the office manager of Indianola Municipal Utilities and Wayne Pantini of Union County...
"IT-oLogy Connections 2013 in partnership with Connect South Carolina" - May 16
By Connected Nation
Over the last few months, Connect South Carolina has been working with IT-oLogy, an IT talent and workforce development collaborative, to present “IT-oLogy Connections 2013 in partnership with Connect South Carolina” this Thursday, May 16. This event will share advances in hardware, software, infrastructure, and processes across a variety of industries and highlight efforts to increase broadband access, adoption, and use. Confirmed presentations and speakers include James Ashley, an expert on Microsoft Kinect for Windows; Steven Naifeh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and modern artist; Tom Ferree, Connected Nation President/COO, to name a few. Connect South Carolina will also recognize three counties, Anderson, Saluda, and Greenwood, for their participation in the Connected Community Engagement Program as Broadband Heroes. Morning segments will feature a variety of guest speakers, including Ashley and Naifeh, and afternoon sessions will dive deeper into best practices,...
New Survey Will Help Alaska Help You!
By Connected Nation
Broadband technology is a powerful tool. Now, your answers to a short survey will help bring better government services to all Alaska residents! Connect Alaska is helping the state look for new ways to save you time and money. We're working with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development to improve your access to government services. You can help by answering a short questionnaire telling us how you utilize government services over the Internet. The information you provide will allow us to find better ways to streamline the process of bringing e-Government to your fingertips. We made it easy for you, too - just click here! And for the very latest on broadband technology news in the state, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Claro Puerto Rico Testing Solar Power at Vieques Cell Site
By Wil Payton
Claro de Puerto Rico announced this week that it has begun testing solar technology at its cellular towers, with the first installation of equipment at its cell site in Vieques. If successful, plans call for expansion to the main island. The use of solar power has the potential for extending coverage, reducing cost and minimizing the environmental impact of mobile networks through the use of renewable energy. Below is an excerpt from a News Is My Business article on Claro’s implementation of this unique power source: “Claro, a subsidiary of America Movil, the world’s fourth largest telecommunications company in the world, is leading the industry in investing in renewable energy innovation as part of its environmentally responsible platform,” said Ileana Molina, the carrier’s communications director. Upon Claro’s validation of the RES Systems’ solar solution, the company could potentially identify additional cell sites to rollout the solution...