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Day 58 – N. Carolina Broadband Battle’s Toll on Private Business

Another vote looms in another NC legislative committee that appears to be on the verge of pushing anti-muni network bill H129 a little further down the line. It’s time to rally one more effort to get on legislators’ phones and e-mail boxes. In particular, we need to involve those broadband supporters who haven’t had time […]

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Day 30 – N. Carolina Broadband Battle of Inches Shifts Momentum



I coach two adult women’s soccer teams because, well, heaven knows I don’t have enough to occupy my time. Like many coaches, I appreciate our Hollywood counterparts’ inspirational speeches that make eyes misty and lower lips quiver, like this one by Al Pacino. Though the analogies don’t quite line up as well for soccer, I think […]

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National Broadband Strategy Needs A JFK, a Google That Delivers and Competition

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“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” President John F. Kennedy, 1961. In July of 1969, the first man walked on the moon and returned safely to the earth. This simple […]

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Broadband Word of the Day – Mission



Broadband Word of the Day This series is about words that potentially spell the difference between success and disaster for broadband projects, not by their definitions, but how they are interpreted and/or applied. Pay attention to these because in broadband, how well you meet the challenges you face really depends a lot on how you […]

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After the Stimulus, Now What – Sound Marketing Maybe?

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Last Monday I participated in a Broadband Breakfast panel in DC that examined the effectiveness and shortcomings of the broadband stimulus program. It was a pretty good session since there was one person representing a winning project team and one whose team did not come away with an award. Charles Benton, head of the Benton […]

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Sel-te’s Inferno – Where Winning Broadband Stimulus $$ Can Be Its Own Special Hell

Welcome to Sel-te’s Inferno. A short take on the recently concluded broadband stimulus awards. Ye award winners who enter this post need not abandon all hope, but you might want to brace yourself because winning the big bucks isn’t all happy days and peaceful nights that you might expect. Each round of awards brought with […]

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National Survey Report – Broadband’s Impact on Economic Development: The Real Deal

Every two years, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and I team up to survey economic development professionals and others nationwide to learn how broadband is impacting economic development efforts. This year, 301 individuals participated, and their feedback has been particularly revealing (Read the full report here). The 2010 survey is “The Real Deal” as […]

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Guest Blogger Esme Vos: How Highspeed Wireless Broadband (Wi-Fi) Can Help Economically Depressed Communities

As my survey on broadband’s impact on economic development (sponsored by the International Economic Development Council – IEDC) wraps up, I want to spotlight one of the topics covered in the survey. The role of wireless is important, and here’s Muniwireless.com founder and industry maven Esme Vos with valuable insight on why you should consider […]

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Strengthen the FCC’s Hand through Third Party Validation

While it’s easy this week to get caught up in the Google-Verizon news and bemoan the end of the Internet as we know it (though I think the real news is that Verizon gave net neutrality advocates a HUGE boost), a little watched sub-plot is cooking in the FCC vs. incumbents Battle for DC Domination. The […]

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Craig Settles’ Broadband Question of the Day (July 29)

This question comes from Cathy Emerson, Project Manager,  Center for Econ Dev, California State University, Chico How can we quantify the economic development benefits of broadband? To answer this question, you have to separate the discussion about broadband’s impact into two parts: the public good and the financial benefits to the broadband project. When most people […]

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