A Broadband Primer

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July 2008 - short ppt providing a foundation on broadband. Used in conjunction with a planning game. Presented to municipal clerks in New York State.

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A Broadband Primer

  1. 1. A Broadband Primer What is Broadband Why It Matters July 2008 Paul Treadwell Cornell Cooperative Extension
  2. 2. What is Broadband? <ul><li>High speed data transmission </li></ul><ul><li>Always on connection </li></ul><ul><li>Encompasses a variety of technologies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DSL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cable modem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WiFi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadband sattelite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why does it matter? <ul><li>High speed internet access can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve government efficiency and communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide access to educational opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage citizens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate better medical care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Narrow the digital divide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand employment opportunities </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Broadband – A miracle cure? <ul><li>Sadly, no. </li></ul><ul><li>Many factors affect the impact : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perceived usefulness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality of Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital illiteracy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The connection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hardware </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. More than just wire or fiber <ul><li>The full benefits of broadband access require a strategy which is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Affordable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Broadband elements Education Infrastructure Equity Content Inclusion QoS
  7. 7. Community Broadband <ul><li>Community (or municipal) broadband projects : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Municipalities take an active role in bridging the digital divide by: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Providing access to high speed internet connections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Service may be provided fully or partially by local government </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community broadband attempts to engage all elements of broadband service. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. State support for broadband <ul><li>NYS Office for Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State grants for universal broadband </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NYS Council for Universal Broadband </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advisory group for broadband deployment and digital literacy in underserved and unserved rural communities. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Extension and Broadband <ul><li>Educational resources addressing broadband: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-commerce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E- not for profits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadband planning </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Technology and civitas <ul><li>The fuss about broadband, then, extends beyond access to information to active participation in the online commons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadband: What’s All the Fuss About? Pew Internet and American Life Project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community broadband can foster civic participation by providing both the means and the methods for citizen engagement. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Links to resources <ul><li>NYS Office for Technology – Connecting NY to the World. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.oft.state.ny.us/oft/UniversalBroadband/overview.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NYS Council for Universal Broadband </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.isoc-ny.org/wiki/New_York_State_Council_for_Universal_Broadband </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pew Internet and American Life Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.pewinternet.org/index.asp </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Access E.info </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minnesota Cooperative Extension information technology programs including: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access e-commerce </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access e-government </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.accesse.info/ </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Contact Information <ul><li>Paul Treadwell </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Distance Learning Consultant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cornell Cooperative Extension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>356 Roberts Hall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cornell University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ithaca, NY 14853 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// treadwell.cce.cornell.edu/elearn </li></ul></ul>

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