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Archive for the ‘Broadband’ Category

Infographic: The Carbon Footprint of the Internet

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
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With 2.5 billion people connected to the Internet worldwide, the Internet’s energy and carbon footprint are estimated to exceed air travel. From manufacturing and shipping of computers to data use—the Internet is less green than you’d think. Learn about how the Internet is impacting the environment and what you can do to lessen it’s harmful effects.

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21st Century Infrastructure: Keeping California Connected, Powered, and Competitive

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
The Connected Landscape

BAY AREA COUNCIL ECONOMIC INSTITUTEExecutive SummaryRecent advances in energy and communications technologies have outpaced anything the human race has seen since either the invention of the telegraph or the discovery of alternating current. Many of these advances have enabled technologies that were once the realm of science fiction—driverless cars, implanted medical devices, and vast supplies […]

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Placer County, CA: Expanding with Broadband

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Placer County, CA: Expanding with Broadband

Rural Sheridan Elementary School had an extremely slow internet connection which inhibited learning. So they collaborated with Placer County to do something about it and – what a difference some megs make! Watch the video for the amazing results!

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Net Neutrality Secures the Future of Education

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
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Regulating the internet in the same manner as other public utilities is necessary to ensure the survival and practicality of online learning. Any throttling, or the creation of a ‘fast lane,’ marginalizes all content produced by those who can’t afford to buy into the fast lane, i.e. schools.

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Mobile Infrastructure Is the Key to Telemedicine and Global Healthcare

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Mobile Medicine

Mobile connectivity—even with all the new, multi-media capabilities being added to it—is still basically about simple, direct communication. Healthcare in the U.S. is marrying technology, professional philosophy, and government programs to reach the same basic goal of improved communication. Because of this, healthcare infrastructure need not rely exclusively on the spread on high-speed access to ensure quality care access.

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Healthy Infrastructure – A Matter of Life and Death

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
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This month an opinion piece came out on the Forbes website proposing that telemedicine’s day has come. The piece, written by venture capitalist Skip Fleshman, basically predicts that 2015 will be the year that remote interactions between medical professionals and patients become not just possible, but practical. “I spend a lot of time crisscrossing the country chatting with leading healthcare providers and insurers about their technology needs,” he writes. “By far the area they are most interested in is telemedicine.”…The people who stand the most to gain from Telemedicine are, unfortunately, the ones least likely to have the infrastructure needed for it. The CDC issued a report two years ago highlighting the various disparities in healthcare access by population groups in the U.S. In no surprise the report revealed that when viewed as groups, a number of factors reduced the availability of healthcare access.

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Computer and Internet Use in the United States

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Figure 3. Percentage of Households by Type of Internet Subscription: 2013

UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU
As part of the 2008 Broadband Data Improvement Act, the U.S. Census Bureau began asking about computer and Internet use in the 2013 American Community Survey (ACS). Federal agencies use these statistics to measure and monitor the nationwide development of broadband networks and to allocate resources intended to increase access to broadband technologies, particularly among groups with traditionally low levels of access. State and local governments can use these statistics for similar purposes. Understanding how people in specific cities and towns use computers and the Internet will help businesses and nonprofits better serve their communities as well.

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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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