A City’s Data

The New York Times had a thought-provoking piece called Cities to Untangle Traffic Snarls, With Help From Alphabet Unit. The story noted that the Transportation Department announced the seven finalist Cities, including our neighbor San Francisco. Our own San Leandro, as most cities these days, are part of the evolution of what it means [...]

By |March 19th, 2016|Gigabit City, Innovation|Comments Off on A City’s Data

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San Leandro’s Digital Cities Award for Technological Innovation

Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter and the San Leandro City Council announced that the City’s Information Technology Division has been honored with a national award from the Center for Digital Government. This annual survey recognizes leading examples of U.S. cities that use technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. San Leandro was selected because of [...]

By |November 10th, 2015|Gigabit City, Innovation, Press|Comments Off on San Leandro’s Digital Cities Award for Technological Innovation

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Ammon’s Fiber to the Home Program

Another fascinating podcast from Community Broadband Networks: Ammon, Idaho, continues to quietly build a future-looking open access fiber network. Though the City won't be providing services directly to subscribers, the network it is building and the model it has created could revolutionize public safety. There are two podcasts and more in the Ammon story. The first [...]

By |October 23rd, 2015|Gigabit City, Innovation|Comments Off on Ammon’s Fiber to the Home Program

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Redefining TV

Residential customers ask if or when we'll reach into the neighborhoods. It's a long way off, given the small size of our organization. Meanwhile, technology continues its pace forward with more reasons to have faster access and questions about how today's business models will evolve in the future. First, What's up with 4K Video? helps [...]

By |October 20th, 2015|Gigabit City, Innovation|Comments Off on Redefining TV

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Open Access Networks

Community Broadband Networks' Podcast 172 is on Open Access Engineering Options, a slightly technical but interesting discussion on being a service provider. http://muninetworks.org/sites/www.muninetworks.org/files/audio/comm-bb-bits-podcast172-tim-pozar-open-access.mp3 From the program description: The holy grail of Internet access for many of us continues to be a situation in which multiple providers can compete on a level playing field, which should lower costs [...]

By |October 14th, 2015|Gigabit City, Innovation|Comments Off on Open Access Networks

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State-Level Broadband Policy

The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy published a great "compendium of resources and approaches" to developing a state-level broadband policy. It starts with the basics: Why Broadband Policy Matters, then goes comprehensively through Elements of a Good Broadband Policy, ending with Conclusions.

By |September 16th, 2015|Gigabit City, Innovation|Comments Off on State-Level Broadband Policy

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Asking the Right Questions

For our neighboring and distant communities seeking a fiber network, Community Broadband Networks has a great article, Want a Gig? Ask Consultants the Right Questions, on asking the right questions first. This is not a binary question of "should we" (usually meaning: do it all at once) but rather more like finding a custom [...]

By |August 19th, 2015|Gigabit City, Innovation|Comments Off on Asking the Right Questions

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Community Leaders: Network Connectivity Handbook

Good news for community leaders! Gig.U and the Benton Foundation have published a guide: "The Next Generation Network Connectivity Handbook: A Guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable, Abundant Bandwidth" (PDF). This is a handbook for city officials seeking the affordable, abundant bandwidth their communities will need to thrive in the decades ahead. Designed for local [...]

By |July 30th, 2015|Gigabit City, Innovation|Comments Off on Community Leaders: Network Connectivity Handbook

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Free Wi-Fi Downtown

Remember that post from last March, in which the City Council approved funds for Wi-Fi downtown? It's here! Coverage is all around the Pelton Center and along Parrott St. between E. 14th St. and Washington Avenue. We're proud of the City for implementing this. Join us next Wednesday, 29 July, at 6pm when the service [...]

By |July 22nd, 2015|Gigabit City, Innovation|Comments Off on Free Wi-Fi Downtown

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A Truly Smart City Is Not a City at All

Over at HuffPo, author John M. Eger wrote an insightful piece about Smart Cities and the Internet of Things that starts out: Every city it seems, wants to be a "Smart City" by using technology to solve our current problems of water use and supply, energy consumption, transportation efficiency, mobile healthcare, police, fire, and safety; [...]

By |July 10th, 2015|Gigabit City, Innovation|Comments Off on A Truly Smart City Is Not a City at All

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