Penalty Fee Lets White Revamp City's Wi-Fi plan
$5 million penalty fee that EarthLink paid in September would finance a "digital inclusion" program intended to help students and the elderly in low-income neighborhoods access the Internet.
From Houston Chronicle, December 06, 2007
Bridging the Digital Divide in the Twin Cities
The Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) in the Twin Cities tries to address those inequalities. This AmeriCorps project helps low-income youth and adults learn to use technology.
From Minneapolis Star-Tribune, December 06, 2007
Municipal Wi-Fi Needs a Paradigm Shift
According to a new study from ABI Research, however, there is a disconnect between that media-driven gloom and the reality on the ground. Municipal Wi-Fi can be a success, if its goals and business models are redefined.
From ABI Research, December 06, 2007
Brazil Govt: $289mn Broadband Tender in a Month
Brazil's government is preparing to launch a 500mn-real (US$289mn) tender for contracts to provide broadband connectivity for all of the country's municipal councils, local daily Gazeta Mercantil reported.
From Gazeta, December 06, 2007
The Socio-Economic Advantages of High-Speed Broadband
Without government backing, few private firms will have the money, or business incentive, to invest in a complete access network replacement, so in many countries a new `digital divide` is likely.
From Ovum, December 06, 2007
Silicon Valley Wireless Group Seeks Builder
The big-name backers of Silicon Valley's proposed wireless network are looking for a new company to build and operate the system after potential financiers rebuffed the original vendor.
From PC World, December 06, 2007
Google Ready to Bid on Mobile Airwaves: Report
The Silicon Valley-based company had said several months ago it was considering bidding in the auction of 700-megahertz wireless spectrum due to begin January 24.
From Reuters, November 30, 2007
Illinois $25M Network to Aid Rural Hospitals
A coalition of 12 universities and health-care providers has received a three-year, $21 million grant from the Federal Communications Commission to set up the statewide system they're calling the Illinois Rural Health Network.
From The Beacon News, November 29, 2007
U.S. Has No Idea How Wired It Is
The Los Angeles Times discovers something we've been discussing for the better part of a decade -- namely that this country's leaders have absolutely no idea how wired for broadband this country is. There's a number of reasons for it, but the top culprit is the FCC, whose fealty to incumbent operators, who aren't eager to have their shortcomings highlighted, has resulted in a deeply flawed system of measuring broadband penetration.
From http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/US-Has-No-Idea-How-Wired-It-Is-89798, November 29, 2007
Houston's Wi-Fi Deal with EarthLink Fades
The Atlanta Internet service provider last week said it was not making any future investments in its $40-million municipal wireless business.
From Business Journalis, November 23, 2007