FCC Chair Genachowski made a statment discouraging legislation limiting community owned networks. Posted February 1, 2013
“Last Friday, FCC Chairman Genachowski issued a statement discouraging states from creating (or maintaining) barriers to community owned networks. This statement came just days after Georgia began considering a bill to limit local authority in deciding whether a network were a wise decision.”
Guest column in Forbes by FCC chair Julius Genachowski posted January 18, 2013
“Making sure the U.S. has super-fast, high-capacity, ubiquitous broadband networks delivering speeds measured in gigabits, not megabits isn’t just a matter of consumer convenience, as important as that is. It’s essential to economic growth, job creation and U.S. competitiveness.”
Time posted an article about the new book “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Guilded Age” by Susan Crawford about need for ultra high speed bandwidth in the US. (Jan 9, 2013)
“Should broadband Internet service be treated as a basic utility in the United States, like electricity, water, and traditional telephone service? That’s the question at the heart of an important and provocative new book by Susan Crawford, a tech policy expert and professor at Cardozo Law School. In Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Guilded Age, released Tuesday by Yale University Press, Crawford argues that the Internet has replaced traditional phone service as the most essential communications utility in the country, and is now as important as electricity was 100 years ago.”
Read more: http://business.time.com/2013/01/09/is-broadband-internet-access-a-public-utility/
Article posted in the Winston-Salem Journal on January 19, 2013
“Wake Forest, along with Duke University, N.C. State University and UNC Chapel Hill, are establishing the N.C. Next Generation Network (NC NGN) as part of the GiG.U initiative involving 37 universities nationwide. The initiative has drawn more than $200 million in private investment funding.”
Raleigh City Council approved participation in the RFP at the January 15, 2013. See the announcement on the City or Raleigh website.
GIG-U/North Carolina Next Generation Network: The Council received an update on the GIG-U/North Carolina Next Generation Network initiative and authorized Town Manager Roger Stancil to continue to participate in the process as set for in a Request for Proposals. Under the banner of the national GIG-U initiative, four local universities and their surrounding communities including Chapel Hill have joined together to initiate the development of open access, ultra high speed (1 Gigabit) bandwidth at very low prices points to stimulate innovation, economic development and improved access and education. Several chief information officers from Triangle universities addressed the Council in support of the project, described as a “phenomenal collaboration” effort to bring high-speed Internet access.
See Town Council Site
See news releases from Town on council meeting
Summary by Terri Buckner, January 14. 2013
The Chapel Hill City Council has the NCNGN initiative on the agenda for January 14.
See the agenda here, and the NCNGN material here.
Here is a one page summary (PDF) of the NC Engine initiative.