Monthly Archives: October 2012

Have Broadband, Will Study

Lisa Maxwell remembers when pencils, textbooks and a calculator were just about the only requisites students needed to get homework done. But Maxwell, who is Executive Director of the non-profit Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon (BGCCO), says success in and outside the classroom now depends on a new tool of student achievement: broadband […]

In Alaska: It Takes a (Broadband) Village

In the “Lower 48,” the buzz about broadband usually revolves around speed: how many data megabits per second (Mbps) rocket up and down the network. In Alaska, broadband data rates are important, but there’s another performance indicator that’s getting lots of attention. It’s latency, a measurement of how long it takes for a data packet […]

Calling on Broadband Ambassadors

As of April 2012, 66 percent of U.S. adults had Internet access from home via a high-speed broadband connection, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Compared with only 11 percent ten years earlier, it’s a huge leap forward. The statistical flipside, though, is that roughly one-third of U.S. families still lack this […]

Narrowing the Digital Distance in Northwest Minnesota

A 2011 survey of manufacturing companies in Northwest Minnesota turned up a startling finding: 25 percent of available jobs were left unfilled because of a shortage of skilled workers, particularly in the fields of science, engineering and production. Knowing that knowledge workers are essential to the regional economy, a group of government and business leaders […]

Small Towns, Big Ambition

In western and central Kansas, the cable company Eagle Communications has built broadband networks in agricultural communities as small as Bird City (population 446) and Milford (545). Broadband availability is one thing. Broadband adoption – bringing a broadband connection into homes and lives for use on a daily basis – is the ultimate goal. To […]

Making the Essential Accessible

For low-income families that want to join the Internet revolution, two big impediments often stand in the way: the cost of a modern computer, and the cost of high-speed Internet access that enables connectivity to a modern, digitally powered world. Both obstacles are being addressed at grand scale by one of the cable industry’s most […]

2012 Political Conventions Turned to Cable for Telecom Services

For the national political conventions this year, cable was heavily involved with the telecommunications systems. Cable operators provided critical infrastructure for convention-goers to communicate with each other, and for political parties to communicate with the world. In Tampa, Bright House Networks – the nation’s tenth largest multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) – was the official […]

The Importance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

With the proliferation of digital and online communications, the rise of social networking, and the creation of a digital footprint for each of us – the urgent need for secure data solutions has spread from the highest levels of government, through all of our public and private networks, into our very homes…and anywhere else we […]