When my colleague, Katherine, rang me up from a meeting to ask me what Service Providers offered Internet in Loudoun County VA, I got her an answer in 30 minutes - with advertised upload and download speed, number of census blocks served, and technology. I tossed in 6 months of speed test results and a … Continue reading My data super-power: I3 Connectivity Explorer
Looking inspiring trends that shape the roles that libraries will continue to play in communities? Check out some of these excellent reports and resources! And check out my recent presentation on Library Trends 2015. The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries “The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda … Continue reading Strategic Resources for Library Leaders
Friends and Affiliates of Clarion Collaborative I am participating as a speaker in the inaugural “AnchorNETS: Broadband Summit for Schools, Health and Libraries” and I encourage you to consider coming with me. Because I know how tough it is to travel to the San Jose area, and because of your efforts to date in the … Continue reading Meet me in Mountain View!
As important as libraries have been in the past century, in the past decade, these trusted civic institution is at a juncture. Knowledge is expanding exponentially. People are learning in new ways. Technology is changing ... everything; it is mobile, adaptive and cloud-based. Everyone has the means – although not always the skills - to … Continue reading 2015 Library Trends
Don’t you just love a great question? My sister Amy asks the most provocative questions – ones that make you think deeply and find new ideas in yourself.... like, “would you rather change the past or predict the future?” President Obama’s question to federal agencies in March of this year may be less provocative but the … Continue reading Ask a good question
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 … Continue reading Public Funding for Broadband: The ground has shifted … but not enough
It was a big room in some DC law office with perhaps the largest wooden conference table I’d ever seen. Attorney Jim Baller was launching the US Broadband Coalition – a diverse group of stakeholders working to find common ground on the need for a national broadband strategy. The U.S. Broadband Coalition was created in … Continue reading Remembering Charles Benton – A Best Friend Forever
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 … Continue reading 100 Organizations Find Common Ground on E-rate Reform