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Archive for the ‘Broadband’ Category

Clicking Clean: How Companies Are Creating the Green Internet

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Company Scorecard

GREENPEACE
While shifting businesses to an online model can create significant gains in energy efficiency, the energy appetite of the internet continues to outstrip those gains thanks to its dramatic growth. Critically, the internet’s growing energy footprint has thus far been mostly concentrated in places where energy is the dirtiest…But there is good news to report: since our last report, How Clean is Your Cloud? (April 2012),3 leading data center operators have taken key steps toward building a green internet, particularly those companies that have committed to build a 100% renewably powered platform. These commitments are having a profound impact in the real world, shifting investment from legacy coal, gas and nuclear power plants to renewable energy technologies, and disrupting the status quo among major electric utilities.

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The Future of Mobile Data

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Figure 2. Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast by Region

CISCO SYSTEMS
Last year’s mobile data traffic was nearly 18 times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000. One exabyte of traffic traversed the global Internet in 2000, and in 2013 mobile networks carried nearly 18 exabytes of traffic.

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Broadband in Washington State

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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WASHINGTON STATE BROADBAND OFFICE
For the broadband ecosystem of Washington State, 2013 was a year of getting up to speed. Most of the major infrastructure projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act were completed during the year. The largest of these projects was construction of more than 1,300 miles of “middle mile” fiber optic cable.

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Infrastructure in Vermont

Monday, November 4th, 2013
Vermont Bridges

VERMONT OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Vermont faces significant challenges in improving our state’s aging infrastructure. About one-quarter of Vermont’s state highway bridges are over 70 years old, and the state spent $463 million on infrastructure in FY11, including roadways (32%), Interstate and State bridges (21%). Tropical Storm Irene devastated infrastructure in many parts of the state, damaging over 500 miles of roads and destroying dozens of bridges. With the help of our federal partners, almost all of that damage has been repaired and strengthened to withstand future weather challenges.

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Computer and Internet Use in the United States

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Computer and Internet Use in the United States

UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU Introduction In 2011, more Americans connected to the Internet than ever before, although differences continued to exist between those with use and those without. Just as with differences in use, variation in the ways that people were connecting online and the frequency of their use remained prevalent as well. This report […]

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IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge: Omaha

Friday, June 7th, 2013
IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge: Omaha

IBM SMARTER CITIES Executive Summary Omaha, Nebraska, was one of the 33 cities selected to receive a Smarter Cities Challenge® grant from IBM in 2012 as part of IBM’s citizenship efforts to build a Smarter Planet®. Since the program’s inception in 2010, 64 cities have received Smarter Cities Challenge grants, and many of these have […]

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June 5th – 6th: Green Data Center Conference 2013

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
The Green Data Center Conference & Exhibition

From Global Strategic Management Institute: Register here What is GDCon?The Green Data Center Conference and Exhibition seeks to provide strategic information for data center professionals looking to optimize their facility through increased energy efficiency and innovative data center design trends. Industry experts, interactive workshops and case study presentations will be used to demonstrate the cost […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Tom Ferree, Connected Nation

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Tom Ferree is the Preisdent and COO for Connected Nation. Topics include:
People Care about Broadband
Exciting Public-Private Collaboration
Michiganʼs Success: A National Microcosm?
Government Funding Makes a Difference
Connected Nationʼs Mission

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Philadelphia, PA: EveryoneOn Launch

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

EveryoneOn launches in Philadelphia from Knight Foundation on Vimeo. In an attempt to level the digital playing field, especially for the 41% of Philadelphians who don’t have home Internet access, yesterday, EveryoneOn had its local launch in Philadelphia. The campaign, also recently launched in Charlotte and other US cities, aims to connect Americans to free […]

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A Connection for All Ages: High-Speed Internet Access for Older Adults

Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Figure 1: High-speed Internet-enabled Technologies in Support of Key Needs and Opportunities for Older Adults

AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE
The experience of Internet connectivity has changed substantially since the mid- 1990s. For many Internet users, what was once predominantly a medium for sending email and reading Web pages has become a more powerful and common platform for accessing and sharing all types of interactive multimedia services. Much of this change is the result of technologies that have increased the capacity of users to transmit audio, video, and data across the Internet.

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