Public Funding for Broadband: The ground has shifted … but not enough

In preparing to present on a broadband funding panel at Gigabit Cities Live,   I researched funding sources for broadband networks, policies that incent investment, and how cities can “make-ready” infrastructure to streamline deployments. Then I realized, before we talk about how communities fund broadband networks, we need to ask why local governments are considering funding…

Libraries Need a New Digital Playbook!

As reported by @Nancy Scola of the @WashingtonPost, on Monday, the White House launched ‘U.S. Digital Service,’ with HealthCare.gov fixer at the helm. The new team will be located in the White House Office of Management and Budget. “Think of this as [a team of] management consultants that helps you understand your gaps,” said Chief…

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I’m ready for Las Vegas and #ALAAC14. I have my sunscreen, business cards, Via coffee, snazzy purple pens, and too many sessions listed on my personal calendar. While I always look forward to ALA Annual, this year is especially exciting. Instead of hosting a big meeting for partners of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,…

100 Organizations Find Common Ground on E-rate Reform

This week I joined 100 organizations signing a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Wheeler, Commissioner Clyburn, Commissioner O’Reilly, Commissioner Rosenworcel, and Commissioner Pai. The purpose of this filing is not to express what each of us separately believes is the best possible plan. Rather, it is to provide the FCC with a recommendation from a…