• January 29, 2021, 8:30-9:30am EST—CBN Zoom Breakfast: The first of monthly Zoom breakfasts will feature  Todd Schmit, Associate Professor in the Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management.  Todd will be talking about the feasibility of rural utility cooperatives to expand services into broadband. This is a topic he and colleague Bobbie Severson have been working on for the last couple of years.  The format of these Zoom Breakfasts is 20 minutes of informal comments and then 30 minutes of questions and discussion, with a hard stop at 9:30am.  If you would like to participate send an email to: cornellbroadbandnetwork@cornell.edu.

  • January 27, 2021, 2-5pm EST — Virtual conference on “Broadband’s Role in Rural Economic Development: Exploring the Intersection between Community and Agricultural Broadband Needs” being hosted by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.  Click HEREfor more information and registration details.

  • January 12, 2021—Formal launch of the Cornell Broadband Network.

  • NSF Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (SWIFT) NSF 21-539 Proposals due March 5, 2021
    Anticipated award: up to $750,000 total over 3 years

    The Directorates for Engineering (ENG), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS), and Geosciences (GEO) are coordinating efforts to identify new concepts and ideas on Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (SWIFT). A key aspect of the SWIFT program, now in its second year, is its focus on effective spectrum utilization and/or coexistence techniques, especially with passive uses, which have received less attention from researchers. Breakthrough innovations are sought on both the wireless communication hardware and the algorithmic/protocol fronts through synergistic teamwork. The goal of these research projects may be the creation of new technology or significant enhancements to existing wireless infrastructure, with an aim to benefit society by improving spectrum utilization, beyond mere spectrum efficiency. The SWIFT program seeks to fund collaborative team research that transcends the traditional boundaries of individual disciplines.

  • NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) Solicitation NSF 21-535 Proposals due February 24, 2021
    Note: The Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation has been revised for the FY 2021 competition. The goal of the NSF S&CC program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, accessibility and inclusivity, and overall quality of life. The S&CC program encourages researchers to work with community stakeholders to identify and define challenges they are facing, enabling those challenges to motivate use-inspired research questions. Integrative research that addresses fundamental technological and social science dimensions of smart and connected communities and pilot solutions together with communities will be supported. Importantly, the program is interested in projects that consider the sustainability of the research outcomes beyond the life of the project, including the scalability and transferability of the proposed solutions. The following type of projects will be supported: Integrative Research Grants (SCC-IRG) Tracks 1 and 2; S&CC Planning Grants (SCC-PG); and S&CC Virtual Organization (SCC-VO).
  • November 2020—A new course titled “An Introduction to the Internet of Things” (MAE 4220/4221 - Introduction to Internet of Things — Technology and Engagement) will be offered in the Spring 2021. This course will provide students the opportunity to engage with community partners to tackle social, economic or environmental problems using the technology. Through collaborations on real-time energy management, flood monitoring and water resources management, students will learn how to develop IoT-based technological solutions and how to communicate about the responsible use of IoT technology to create positive societal impact.
  • September 2020—The National Science Foundation awards $1.5 million to Cornell engineers and researchers to help them bridge New York’s digital divide by designing the nation’s first statewide Internet of Things public infrastructure. https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/09/nsf-funding-help-erase-upstate-nys-digital-divide
  • May 2020—Governor Cuomo establishes the Reimagine NYS Blue Ribbon Commission, chaired by Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and Executive Chairman and co-founder of Schmidt Futures, to leverage advanced technology tools to build back a better and more resilient New York.  The Commission will focus initially on recommendations to increase opportunity in three essential ways: reducing the digital divide, improving access to healthcare, and creating more and better employment in an increasingly digital economy.  Cornell President Martha Pollack is one of the 16 members of the Commission. https://forward.ny.gov/reimagine-new-york-commission