News tagged with utilities

Lighting and Heating Main Street and Residential Areas

Utilities and Broadband as Foundations for Economic Vitality in Rural and Urban Places

What does it take to upgrade lighting and heating utilities to achieve 21st Century energy savings and productivity?  How do decisions about Energy and the Environment – as one of seven needs identified in FCC National Broadband Plan – help local community institution networks gain confidence in their Digital Age visions for economic future?

Special Report: Chicago Broadband Challenge
  • On September 24, 2012 Mayor Emanuel announced an ambitious broadband initiative with a three key missions:
  1. Build gigabit last-mile fiber infrastructure in 15 “innovation zones” located in commercial and industrial corridors throughout the city, feeding Chicago’s growing startup community.
  2. Bring cheap broadband access to underserved neighborhoods in the city and develop training programs to teach residents in those areas the “digital skills” necessary to put that access to use.
  3. Launch a network of free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout city parks, plazas and other public spaces.
Mixing Water and Broadband: Dig Once rules for water projects mean lower cost fiber to businesses and homes
What’s the “water + broadband” recipe for cost-cutting and faster Internet?  

Since water projects are big ticket public works matters for local governments to pay for, they become vital to plans for low cost installation of fiber conduit in neighborhoods and business districts.
Broadband saves consumers on utilities
Smart Grid is increasingly needing broadband, and the Recovery Act is helping fund 1000 censors across the transmition grid to help prevent blackouts, Nick Sinai, the Senior Advisor to White House’s Chief Technology Officer, said.