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The Future of Centers of Worship

May 2, 2012

How community focus and technology initiatives refresh our local churches, mosques and synagogues

The religious and spiritual institutions that currently anchor our neighborhoods and tie together our communities can provide us with another benefit - a chance to build and own our own communications infrastructure.

Researchers Ask: What is Meaningful Broadband Adoption?

April 17, 2012
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As federal and local authorities continue efforts to close the digital divide in the United States, innovative researchers are using new approaches to understand why some people “adopt” broadband—and why others choose to remain offline.

The Sidebar: The U.S. Budget and Community WiFi

April 6, 2012
The U.S. Budget and Community WiFi are topics for discussion this week, as host Pamela Chan is joined by Preston Rhea and Jason Peuquet.

The Sidebar: Race Relations and the Evolution of Media

March 30, 2012
Tom Glaisyer and Reniqua Allen discuss the difficulty of talking about race in America and the evolution of media. Pamela Chan Hosts.

Maine Librarians Bridge the Digital Job Divide

February 15, 2012

Patrick Therrien holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Graduate Certification in Human Resources Management. During three months of unemployment, Therrien looked online to learn the latest tips on how to build his resume, write cover letters, and give a strong interview. Despite his tech-savvy, he felt overwhelmed by the amount of information online.

A Strike Too Far

  • By
  • Megan McArdle,
  • New America Foundation
August 22, 2011 |

If a union falls by the wayside and nobody notices, does it make a difference?

Verizon's union workforce will return to work tomorrow, after a 16-day strike. You may have noticed that you didn't notice.

The Community Wireless Engineering Game: "Every Network Tells a Story"

July 20, 2011

When the Open Technology Initiative presented at the Allied Media Conference in June, many of the participants documented it with posts to Twitter and Flickr. We used Storify, an online tool for compiling social media, to arrange those pics and tweets into a narrative of our workshop and a tour of local wireless networks.

The FCC Needs More Fixes, Fewer Excuses for the National Broadband Map

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
May 31, 2011 |

Our critique of the National Broadband Map, "Map to Nowhere," has caused quite a stir over at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Yet the response from Steven Rosenberg, chief data officer with the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau, offers PR spin and damage control rather than substantive ideas.

"4G" Hype and Need for Transparency Rules

June 22, 2011

Advertisements from mobile providers touting their new 4G network as the "fastest" or "most advanced" in the nation are everywhere at the moment. But beyond marketing slogans of "lighting fast" and "supercharged," most consumers have little understanding of the service beyond these superficial terms, or of just how unrelated the self-identified '4G' label is to the actual performance capabilities of a particular network or device.

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