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: https://forms.gle/n3NbMuf3JESyui1t8. 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.
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
Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 5pm
Anticipated award amount: PFI-TT up to $250,000 for 18-24 months. PFI-RP up to $550,000 for 36 months.
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.
As a follow-up to last month’ conference on Broadband’s Role in Rural Economic Development: Exploring the Intersection between Community and Agricultural Broadband Needs hosted by the APLU, below are links to certain parts of the program:
Expediting Broadband Deployment: Creating Incentives For Investor-owned Utilities (Podcast) In this episode of the Broadband Bunch (hosted by Telcompetitor), industry experts Heather Burnett Gold and Karen Jackson discuss how Investor-Owned Utilities can help end the digital divide for rural broadband throughout rural America.
Data Analytics Can Improve How We Design Broadband Strategies, Edward Oughton, February 16, 2021. Internet access is essential for economic development and helping to deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially as even basic broadband can revolutionize the opportunities available to users. Yet, more than one billion people globally still live in areas without internet connectivity. Governments must make strategic choices to connect these citizens, but currently have few independent, transparent, and scientifically reproducible tools to rely on. As part of the World Bank’s Digital Economy for Africa program, a new assessment approach has been developed to help test the effectiveness of different universal broadband strategies. The new approach takes advantage of data analytics methods to help robustly assess the effectiveness of different strategies in terms of broadband capacity, coverage, and cost. This involves two important innovations. https://www.benton.org/blog/data-analytics-can-improve-how-we-design-broadband-strategies?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters
“How the Biden Administration Can Expand Rural Broadband”, Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, February 10, 2021 https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/how-the-biden-administration-can-expand-rural-broadband . Note the narrative at the end of the article about the experience of Slic Network Solutions, “a forty-three-person operation in the far reaches of New York State that won just under a million dollars in the R.D.O.F. auction, [that] illustrates the challenge of funding broadband piecemeal, through grants and auctions.”
Broadband Myths: Are High Broadband Prices Holding Back Adoption? Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, February 8, 2021. Broadband affordability is a problem for some Americans, but not the “crisis” advocates claim. U.S. broadband prices are comparable with those charged abroad and by U.S. municipal networks. To ensure affordability for everyone, we need a better subsidy program for low-income households, not changes to industry structure. Read the report.