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Archive for the ‘Broadband’ Category

Broadband in Schools: Fulfilling Our Promise to America’s Students

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

In 2017, the progress made possible by E-rate modernization continued, reducing the number of students without high-speed Internet access by 5.1 million and the number of schools without 21st-century broadband infrastructure by 45%, thereby setting the stage for the nation to deliver on our promise of digital equity by 2020.

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Signs of Digital Distress: Mapping Broadband Availability and Subscription in America

Monday, September 18th, 2017
Brookings Institution: Broadband Access in America

BROOKINGS INSTITUTION METROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAM Executive Summary The internet is now a fundamental component of the American economy, creating new ways to educate, employ, bring services to, and entertain every person. Broadband, especially wireline broadband in American homes, is the essential infrastructure for unlocking the internet’s economic benefits. However, broadband infrastructure is far from ubiquitous, […]

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Communications Infrastructure Upgrade: The Need for Deep Fiber

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
Deloitte: Communications infrastructure upgrade The need for deep fiber

Unlocking the full potential of 5G in the United States rests on a key assumption: the extension of fiber deep into the network. Despite the demand and potential economic benefits of fiber deployment, the United States lacks the fiber density in access networks to make the bandwidth advancements necessary to improve the pace of innovation and economic growth. Increased speed and capacity from 5G will rely on higher frequencies and network densification. Carriers will deploy many more small cells, homespots, and hotspots in higher bands, with a coverage radius measured in meters versus kilometers. Without more deep fiber, carriers will be unable to support the projected four-fold increase in mobile data traffic between 2016 and 2021.

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ASCE 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs, assigning grades and making recommendations to raise them. The 2017 Report Card found the national grade for infrastructure to be a D+. So what does that mean? Watch to find out and learn more at www.infrastructurereportcard.org

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Montgomery County, NC: WiFi En Route

Monday, July 4th, 2016

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Montgomery County Schools an Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund grant. With funding from the grant and additional support from partners,Curriculum Associates, Golden LEAF Foundation and Dream Builders Communications, the school system launched a new initiative, “A Culture Creating Effective Systems for Success” (ACCESS). Montgomery County Schools started a one device per student (1:1) program and outfitted eight buses with WiFi hotspots.

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Connecting North Carolina: State Broadband Plan

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Figure 1. Broadband Deployment Rate Compared to Other States

BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE OFFICE
…broadband’s benefits are not evenly dispersed and a digital divide, or “a gulf between those who have ready access to the internet and computers,” and those that don’t, is growing. Many communities, typically in sparsely populated or economically-distressed areas lack access to infrastructure or affordable service. Additionally, broadband adoption—the proportion of citizens subscribing to internet service—is low in NC given the rate of broadband availability in the state and contributes to the widening digital divide. This divide, new technologies, user demand, and greater reliance on internet access, necessitates ongoing infrastructure upgrades within our state.

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A Policymaker’s Guide to Digital Infrastructure

Friday, May 20th, 2016
Table 1: Typology of Transportation Infrastructure

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FOUNDATION (ITIF)
Infrastructure has always been important to nations’ economic growth and success, but the infrastructure needed for today’s economy is rapidly changing with advances in information and communications technology (ICT). This new infrastructure—some of it hybrid infrastructure that integrates both physical and digital aspects, some of it pure digital infrastructure—is critical to delivering the next wave of innovation and economic growth to all but the very poorest of nations.

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Broadband Adoption Rates and Gaps in U.S. Metropolitan Areas

Thursday, December 10th, 2015
Figure 1. Broadband adoption rates by different demographic and economic indicators, United States, 2014

BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
METROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAM
There is no question that the Internet is a huge boon to the economy and society, but maximizing its potential is only possible if all individuals are online. As a result, it is critical that policymakers closely track broadband adoption rates: the share of households with a DSL, cable, fiber optic, mobile broadband, satellite, or fixed wireless subscription.

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Information Technology And Physical Mobility

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Figure 1. Individuals Using the Internet in Developed and Developing Countries (Total and Percentage, 2005–2014)

INSTITUTE FOR MOBILITY RESEARCH
This study was designed to investigate the impacts on personal mobility that are attributable to people incorporating ICT into their lifestyles. We recognised the need for a holistic approach, drawing on the respective strengths of both qualitative and quantitative methods. We also recognised the need to take into account various contextual factors, such as the affluence of societies, the availability and quality of transport and ICT infrastructures, and attitudinal and cultural factors, which can all play an important part in shaping ICT/ physical mobility relationships.

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InterTubes: A Study of the US Long-haul Fiber-optic Infrastructure

Friday, September 25th, 2015
Figure 1: Location of physical conduits for networks considered in the continental United States

ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY
The complexity and enormous costs of installing new long-haul fiber-optic infrastructure has led to a significant amount of infrastructure sharing in previously installed conduits. In this paper, we study the characteristics and implications of infrastructure sharing by analyzing the long-haul fiber-optic network in the US.

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