Cornell Broadband Network Newsletter #3

Upcoming events:

  • March 2, 2021--The Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board is hosting a virtual conversation about “Rural Internet Challenges & Opportunities” on March 2nd at 5pm EST. The featured guest is Bob Knight, Executive VP & COO of  Harrison Edward Inc.  Bob is the national co-chair for the Public Officials Committee of the Fiber Broadband Association and 2021 Chairman of the Broadband Communities Summit. Topics to be covered include:
    • The value of broadband infrastructure and the data driven economy
    • Overview of technologies and how they work together
    • Examples of proven solutions for community development
    • Register here by February 28th: This event is sponsored by Southern Tier 8 Regional Board, Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board and Southern Tier Network with the help of County Planning Departments & IDAs, Broome Tioga BOCES & the Appalachian Regional Commission.
  • March 19, 2021—CBN’s third Zoom breakfast will be Friday, March 19th at 8:30am EST. We will be hearing from Max Zhang, professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Max is the principal investigator on a recently awarded National Science Foundation grant to bridge New York’s digital divide by designing the nation’s first statewide Internet of Things public infrastructure. See The format of these Zoom Breakfasts is 20 minutes of informal comments and then 30 minutes of questions and discussion. We do a hard stop at 9:30am. Zoom details are:; Meeting ID 723 432 8433; Passcode: CBN.

New CBN Blog Posts: (see

  • PERM 75—A Roadblock to Broadband Buildout, February 12, 2021 | By Kurt Anderson, Director of Development and Strategy-Ithaca Area Economic Development
  • Operating and Maintenance Costs, not Capital Costs, Conspire Against Rural Broadband Cooperatives, February 16, 2021 | By Todd Schmit, Associate Professor-Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • The Collective Will Is There to Solve the Rural Broadband Challenge, February 18, 2021 | By Stephen V. Smith, founder and VP of Broadband Strategies of WordSouth,

Notice of Grants:

  • New: 2021 Multi-Investigator Seed Grants - The University’s Office of Academic Integration advances research and discovery by supporting collaborations between the Cornell Ithaca campus, and the Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech campuses in New York City. The Office has announced an RFA for 2021 Multi-Investigator Seed Grants. For 2021 deadlines and application links view the Multi-Investigator Seed Grant RFA.
  • New: National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) - The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers the opportunity to transform new knowledge into societal benefits through translational research and technology development efforts which catalyze partnerships to accelerate innovations that address significant societal needs. To access more information, including requirements for the internal competition, click View competition

  • New: NSF Spectrum Innovation Initiative - National Center for Wireless Spectrum Research (SII-Center) NSF 21-558. Letters of Intent due March 1, 2021. Application submission window: April 1-30, 2021.  NSF's goal is to promote transformative use and management of the electromagnetic spectrum, resulting in profound benefits for science and engineering, industry, and other national interests. The focus of a spectrum research SII-Center must chart out a trajectory to ensure United States leadership in future wireless technologies, systems, and applications in science and engineering through the efficient use and sharing of the radio spectrum. Anticipated award is $5M per year for five years, with potential to renew.
  • The Office of Academic Integration requests applications for 2021 Multi-Investigator Seed GrantsFor 2021 deadlines and application links,  view the Multi-Investigator Seed Grant RFA.
  • The Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI) has announced the 2020-21 Faculty Research Grant program. The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2021. For details, click


The Cornell Broadband Network  is a virtual community of people

on Cornell’s various campuses and people outside of the University

who are doing research on and are engaged in broadband-related projects.


 As a part of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy , CBN’s mission is to provide visibility

into these efforts in order to build partnerships

and foster collaborations across the entire University.

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