The Risks and Rewards of Municipal Broadband: Broadband is the most important infrastructure investment a community can make, especially as a new generation of connection is upon us: ultra-broadband

A smart city is really about the application of data, the acquisition of data and how do we apply the data analytics to make better decisions. For me and the way I look at how we gauge smart cities, it’s about making better decisions with better data. In many cases, automating decisions that can be automated frees us up to …

How to fix Facebook before it fixes us

Excerpt from an article by Roger McNamee, Washington Monthly, Feb 2018 The scope of the problem requires a multi-pronged approach. First, we must address the resistance to facts created by filter bubbles. Polls suggest that about a third of Americans believe that Russian interference is fake news, despite unanimous agreement to the contrary by the country’s intelligence agencies. Helping those people …

Weather is now a primary consideration when designing and implementing cities’ technologies.

  Smart Cities Dive, Feb 2018 When temperatures dip, tech advisers frequently offer users tips for keeping devices functioning properly — not to mention Apple’s suggestion that iPhones are meant to operate at temperatures above 32 degrees. Cold weather can weaken the integrity of device materials and cause them to shatter more easily, but more commonly addressed problems are unresponsiveness, shortened battery life …

Hey, utilities! 5G is a thing!

Excerpt from Utility Dive, Jan 2018.  See link for full article. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards body will finalize the specifics of 5G networks in 2018, but already a great deal is known about the technology. 5G networks will offer three types of networking capabilities: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine-type communications (mMTC) and ultra-reliable low latency communications (uRLLC). …

MARTA to get new trains, Wi-Fi throughout, mobile payment:A contract for new cars, worth $1 billion, should be signed early this year.

By Michael Kahn  Jan 8, 2018, 10:32am EST 59 in Curbed JTesFaye When MARTA began rail service in 1979, technology was of course much different than today. But surprisingly, the original trains the system opened with are still running nearly four decades later. That’s all set to change. Curbed Atlanta According to WABE, MARTA plans to replace its entire rail fleet. The project will bring new, modern …

Making broadband affordable: Advantages of co-location

April 7, 2016, This is note is part of the Connections series. You can download the PDF version of this note through this link. Synchronizing Installation with Other Public Works to Reach Underserved Areas By Arthur Foch The high cost of extending Internet service beyond urban areas and the relatively low number of potential subscribers has combined to stall the expansion of this enabling …

Utility poles, street lights and rights of way may all become valuable, revenue generating assets

By Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst at Navigant Research. The opinions represented in this piece are independent of Smart Cities Dive’s views. 4 Jan 2018 I once wrote in a Navigant white paper that utilities need to stop building application-specific, siloed networks and think more holistically about their future communications needs. With the proliferation of distributed generation (DG), electric vehicles (EVs) and …

To Save the Internet We Must Own the Networks

The FCC and Congress have given us both the incentive and the opportunity to build a nationwide democratic Internet governed in the public interest. By David Morris ILSR “Our focus right now and for the foreseeable future must be on promoting democratic broadband networks,” writes Morris, “guided by the needs of their customers and their communities.  Which means doubling, tripling, increasing ten …