By Shirley Bloomfield, Guest Columnist
In this day and age, there’s no reason that we can’t be face-to-face all of the time. In the rural telecom business, we are all about using the newest technology to facilitate our meetings, discussions and outreach. Video conferencing capabilities make it possible to communicate computer-to-computer bringing you face-to-face. For our organization, what started as an experiment for communicating with members has blossomed into using video technology for so much more.
Our live Web events have become a popular way for us to reach members with critical policy information in a format that enables them to see us and ask questions. We are able to actually participate in a dialogue using technology—in real time—with our member telecom companies all across the country. It creates an important connection and delivers on our promise of innovating to support our mission.
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Tags: collaboration, NTCA, rural broadband, telecommunications, video conferencing, vni, VNI-SA
By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist
It’s easy to find positive news about broadband. Around the globe, government studies show the link between broadband and economic benefit. On the Connected Life Exchange, more examples abound, including my recent posts Broadband: Exploring the Demographic Patterns and How Broadband Reduces Small Business Expenses.
But it’s also becoming easy to find backlash against broadband. It’s neither limited by source or geography. In some cases, politicians rail against its cost; in other cases, citizens rail against its benefits. Read More »
Tags: broadband, global networked economy, government, infrastructure, policy, technology
I never thought of paint as being an important part of the engine of commerce.
That is, until I met Ueli Frei, who heads FUNDES International, an NGO that fosters economic growth among micro-businesses in Latin America. His team helped a group of independent “mom and pop” drug stores band together and operate, in many ways, as a single retailer.
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Tags: africa, DirectTV, documentary, economic development, economics, Network Effect, ShortsTV, telecom network, telecommunications, U-verse, vni
By Kayvon Siadat, Guest Columnist
The addition of online streaming content has helped KSCU 103.3, Santa Clara University’s non-profit, volunteer run radio station, tremendously. Before the radio station had this technology our listenership was limited to however far our radio signal would go, which is, give or take 30 miles in any direction.
Now with advances in technology we are able to deliver our content to anyone in the world at any time. Currently, a big portion of our listeners use our online audio stream (computer, smart phone, etc.) and because of that we are able to bring local content to a much bigger scale now.
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Tags: KSCU, online streaming, radio, service adoption, vni, VNI-SA
Anticipation of the upcoming summer Olympic Games has already lifted my spirits. This week I received an invitation from Andrew Millar, the British Consul General in Houston, Texas – it’s an opportunity to attend a viewing party for the opening ceremony later this month. I’m really looking forward to that event.
You may recall that in my last story, the ICT Infrastructure Investment, I shared some of the interesting high-level details about economic outcomes and seven of the the key principles that were used to develop the overall ICT solution.
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Tags: BT, Intelligent Network, LAN, London 2012, Olympic Network, WAN