Bush, Chambers and Competitiveness
Setting an Agenda for ChangePresident George Bush’s visit to Cisco Systems focused the country’s attention on the need to reinvigorate programs for math, science and R&D to maintain America’s lead in technology competitiveness. Bush joined his strong ally in the project, John Chambers, president and CEO of Cisco, who worked with the president earlier this year to promote increased funding for such initiatives, both in the federal government and in the private sector. Chambers followed up on the panel with an article in the San Jose Mercury News.”Our competitiveness in innovation, job creation and university education is strong, but the question remains: Will we keep it strong? And will it get our leadership in K-12 education back?” Chambers wrote.”Change is hard for all of us, but not to change will be doing a disservice to our children and future generations of Americans.”Linksys Wireless Products Build on Next-Gen SpecificationCisco Systems Division Linksys, unveiled a Wireless-N Broadband Router (WRT300N) and Wireless-N Notebook Adapter (WPC300N), the first in a line of Wireless-N products available from Linksys that will be built to the 802.11n Draft Specification.With up to four times the range and up to 12 times the throughput of Wireless-G*, the WRT300N and WPC300N deliver to the home and to businesses wireless networks with the capacity to surf the Web, enjoy multiple streams of high definition video, listen to digital music collections and make Internet phone calls – all at the same time. “With these products based on the IEEE 802.11n draft specification, Linksys is enabling users to transform their home networks into media distribution platforms and access premium content around the home over a wireless network,” said Mike Wolf, principal analyst, ABI Research.”Jefferson Parish Comes Back Dr. Diane Roussel, superintendent of Jefferson Parish Schools in Louisiana, works out of a warehouse. In her parish, Hurricane Katrina destroyed four schools 50 percent or more and 26 were damaged significantly. But the parish is getting back on its feet, re-opening nearly all of its 84 schools.Cisco Systems and others, through the Cisco 21st Century Schools (“21S”) program, are helping Jefferson Parish go beyond simply restoring its schools to their previous state. The 21S program is a $40 million multi-phase, long-term effort to help with redesign and restoration activities in the Gulf Coast region post-Katrina. Cisco recently announced the second phase of 21S, in which the company is specifically committing $20 million for the Louisiana Education Initiative (LEI). In the first year of the LEI, $10 million will be invested in baseline technologies and pilot strategic initiatives for eight schools in Jefferson Parish, touching 5,200 students.