Rankings: The Sad State of U.S. Broadband
Although the Internet was started here, the U.S. can't seem to catch up with other developed nations when it comes to giving citizens access to high-speed connections.
From BusinessWeek, May 29, 2008
North Carolina Should Pay to Connect the Last Mile
Debate this election year has focused heavily on roads, and the need to reform the state's antiquated, politics-infested system of planning, building and paying for transportation.
From The Charlotte Observer, May 29, 2008
UK Rural Areas Better Connected Than Urban Areas
Fears of a 'digital divide' in Britain have been quashed by figures showing rural areas are now better connected to broadband than urban areas.
From Metro.co.UK, May 29, 2008
Riding the Wireless Network to the Smart Grid
The smart-grid company on Thursday announced that it has raised $20 million, led by Credit Suisse, to invest in development and sales of its networked utility meter technology. To date, the 8-year-old company, based on Jackson, Miss., has raised $80 million.
From CNET, May 29, 2008
Obama Tech Aide Hails from MIT, McCain's from TimeWarner
The Obama camp sent the co-director of MIT's decentralized information group. The McCain camp sent the former chief patent lawyer for Time Warner. The two seemed almost hand-picked as embodiments of the two very different ways a President Obama and a President McCain would handled tech policy.
From TechPresident.com, May 29, 2008
SF’s BART in Talks for Full Wi-Fi Rollout
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, is negotiating with a startup for a Wi-Fi network that would provide fast Internet access to riders throughout its 104-mile regional rail system.
From MacWorld, May 29, 2008
Foster City (CA) Rejects MetroFi Network Sale Offer
The company offered to sell the network — used by about 1,500 people each month — for $200,000, but Foster City administrative services director Steve Toler told The Examiner on Friday that the city had rejected the proposal. Buying the system would also cost the city approximately $125,000 annually for operation, he said.
From The San Francisco Examiner, May 29, 2008
OpenAir Boston Rearticulates Measured Citywide Strategy
As many cities have now learned, a corporate-driven, one-size-fits-all model for wireless may not provide the most effective solution. Well-publicized difficulties with such municipal WiFi plans have caused many to regard universal wireless models with skepticism.
From The Boston Globe, May 29, 2008
Wireless Philadelphia's Goldman: It's No Time to Quit
It was - and still is - a groundbreaking effort to create a different Philadelphia, one where everyone can use the powers of the Internet regardless of income. It's about equal opportunity and leveling the playing field. Yes, the project has been battered. But it's still alive - and it should be renewed.
From The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 29, 2008
FCC's Adelstein Urges National Policy with Municipal Wi-Fi
A national broadband strategy should permit, and not prohibit, municipalities from offering high-speed Internet services, Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein said Thursday at summit on community wireless networks.
From BroadbandCensus.com, May 29, 2008