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  • DSLCable modemWiFiBroadband satellite
  • High speed internet access can:Improve government efficiency and communicationProvide access to educational opportunitiesEngage citizensFacilitate better medical careNarrow the digital divideExpand employment opportunitiesFoster Innovation
  • 2.5 billion to usda – loans and loan guarantees funding broadband construction in rural areas4.7 billion to National Telecommunications and Information Administration to fund Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
  • Education and income – somewhat rural/urban also
  • Access to the benefits of an online world are removed /denied
  • Connecting (rural) communities to the worldTele-workE-CommerceFlow of ideasSustaining localityOnline interactions focused on local issuesLocal government access
  • Impacts on communityThe introduction of new technology and tools is a debatable topic.How do we deliberate about technology?Mostly, we don’tTechnology “happens”Is this the best approach?

Broadband civic-engagement-and-sustainability Broadband civic-engagement-and-sustainability Presentation Transcript

  • Broadband- Connecting for health, education and civic engagement.
    July 20,2010 Municipal Clerks Institute
    Paul Treadwell
    Cornell Cooperative Extension
    Distance Learning Consultant
  • What is Broadband?
    High speed data transmission.
    Always on connection.
    Encompassing a variety of technologies.
  • Why Broadband Matters
    Now, broadband is essential to opportunity and citizenship.
    Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan
    http://www.broadband.gov/
  • Why Now?
    National Broadband Plan released March 2010.
    Stimulus funding and re-invigoration of Federal Programs supporting broadband.
    Increased understanding of competitive advantages brought by access.
  • The National Broadband Plan
    FCC March 2010:
    Presents an ambitious agenda for expanding access.
    Emphasis on technology as “enabling”.
    Robust vision of connectivity.
  • Broadband Adoption
    Exhibit 3-1 from Connecting America | FCC March 2010
  • The Digital Divide
    Is the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with very limited or no access at all.
    Is a kind of capability deprivation.
    As the “world” moves online, those who aren’t are excluded.
  • Growing Expectations
    Citizens are, increasingly, expecting services to become available online:
    Shopping
    Paying Bills
    Interacting with elected officials
    Organizing
  • The Internet
  • The Civic Net
  • More than Bandwidth or Access
    The fuss about broadband, then, extends beyond access to information to active participation in the online commons.
    Broadband: What’s All the Fuss About? Pew Internet and American Life Project
  • Marketplace and/or Commons
    2 ways of viewing the internet:
    Marketplace:
    Access to goods
    Buying and selling
    Commons:
    Access to ideas
    Interaction and exchange
  • How do You See Broadband?
    What role can it play?
  • Broadband Enabled Services
    E-government
    Providing access to government information
    Providing space for engagement
    E-commerce
    Access to the global marketplace
    Technology training / digital literacy/ civic literacy
  • Case study – Ontario county
    Ontario County e-government
    http://www.co.ontario.ny.us/
    Access to governmental information
    Online survey for community input
  • Case study – Threadless
    E-Commerce and the crowd:
    http://www.threadless.com/
  • Case Study – Engaged Youth
    Civic learning:
    Engaged Youth
    http://www.engagedyouth.org/
  • Case Study – Squeaky Wheel
    Digital/Media Literacy:
    Squeaky Wheel
    http://www.squeaky.org/
  • Barriers to Adoption
    Availability.
    Cost.
    Exclusion.
    Literacy.
    Security.
  • Sustainable communities
    Broadband should be a component of any platform for sustainability.
    Connecting (rural) communities to the world.
    Sustaining locality.
  • Civic participation
    Bringing it back home:
    Tools for online engagement:
    National Coalition for Dialog and Deliberation
    http://www.thataway.org/
    my.barackobama.com
    http://my.barackobama.com/
    National project connecting local participants
  • Education
    Broadband opens up a channel to media rich educational opportunities:
    MIT OpenCourseware:
    http://ocw.mit.edu
    ScienceVideos:
    http://sciencehack.com/
    Youtube:
    Teachertube:
    http://www.teachertube.com/
  • Opportunities
    Resurgence of funding opportunities creates a space for innovative programming.
    Current Extension programming
    National e-Commerce Extension Initiative.
    http://srdc.msstate.edu/ecommerce/
    Connecting rural communities.
    Others?
  • Innovating
    Digital literacy:
    For community.
    For educators.
    Skills for an online world
    Community brainstorming:
    Games to spark planning around technology.
    Useful Games
    http://www.usefulgames.co.uk/
  • Appropriate Technology ?
    Change is coming, continually
    Understanding the transformative power of connectivity is necessary.
    Change is not, necessarily, good.
    Wise decisions will need to be made about when, where and how to use the power of this connectivity.
  • The value of open networks
    “Strangely enough, digital technologies are forcing us to recognize the power of the collective and social” - David Bollier
    The Commons as a New Sector of Value-Creation
    http://www.onthecommons.org/content.php?id=1813
    Open standards-Open source-Open networks
  • Resources
    Documents, sites and case studies referenced in this presentation are available online at:
    http://ccedigitaldivide.pbworks.com/Clerks2010
  • Contact
    Paul Treadwell
    Distance Learning Consultant
    Cornell Cooperative Extension
    356 Roberts Hall
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY 14853
    pt36@cornell.edu
    http://www.paultreadwell.com
    @ptreadwell