Joseph Malgeri is looking for some stories about the lack of internet

Joseph Malgeri posted the following in the Facebook Public Group “Internet Seekers: Citizens Striving for Fiber in TN”:

YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE! I’m looking for some stories about how the lack of internet is impacting your and your family’s lives. They don’t have to be long but they should be clear and complete. Post them here or email them to fibreopticconsultant@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for your help.

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ATTENTION READERS. Please note message at the end.

I wonder if they get it…

I wonder if our elected officials realize the damage they do to their state, in so many ways:

Lawmakers know how much high speed internet is needed across the state, yet they continue to block efforts to expand it, even when it will cost taxpayers nothing.

I wonder how many of our citizens realize that the governor’s initiative, the recently passed Broadband Accessibility Act is mostly smoke and mirrors; that the $45 million he budgeted over three years will barely cover 200 miles – when we can cover the state for free. How many people realize that the way the law is structured, the definition of high-speed is like legislating rotary phones for all?

Since 2004, when some select communities took up the challenge to bring broadband to their areas. Even though they were limited by laws authored by AT&T, some 350,000 residents and almost 13,000 businesses have taken high speed internet, while millions of Tennesseans, both urban and rural have been denied access.

In the face of overwhelming evidence that these brave communities have prospered while others have wilted;

In the face of compelling evidence that a lack of access to high speed internet drives existing businesses away and causes prospective new businesses to look elsewhere;

In view of the facts that young innovators are swarming to connected communities where opportunities are aplenty while our young people around the state leave home for opportunities they cannot find locally; and,

In view of the fact that the municipal electric utilities providing internet in those connected communities pay millions of dollars per year combined in Payments in Lieu of Taxes to their respective communities’ general funds;

In view of all the good going on around us, don’t you think it’s high time to oust legislators who openly deny our rights to have what they have.

Don’t continue to re-elect lawmakers who hide behind false concepts about free markets when what they’re really doing is protecting their donor’s turf.

I wonder, dear readers, if…. if, over the Thanksgiving break you will think about the successes mounting in connected cities and ask, why not us?

I wonder, politicians across the state, how you can stand in the way of your constituents’ rights to self determination – and then ask for their votes in November.

Are you getting this, Beth Harwell?

Dear Readers,
I’ve been working on this for years now. I know how important this issue is for all of us but mostly you. My time here is limited while yours may be decades longer. I am eager to take this message across the state, NOW, so we can shake up the 2018 election and get the bills passes that free us to take charge of our own destinies.
I want your help. Set up town halls and interviews in your back yards and I’ll be there. Make video and Podcasts, and I’ll share the truth that you can then speak to power.
I’ve got the roadmaps, all we need now are the road warriors.
Thank you for reading. Happy Thanksgiving. JM

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Here are some related resources:

Connected Nashville 2 (October 12, 2017)

Connected Nashville: A Vision for a Smarter City (May 11, 2016)

Washington Journal Phil Bredesen Discusses Health Care Policy Tennessee

Washington Journal Governor Bill Haslam Discusses Priorities Tennessee

From Craig Settles:

Telehealth is extremely popular in healthcare, particularly in low-income urban and rural areas. However, without quality broadband high-speed Internet access telehealth doesn’t happen.

My latest report makes a business case for using community broadband to advance healthcare because that’s how we drive both broadband and telehealth adoption. Telehealth users and vendors, community broadband owners, and local broadband providers share compelling interests and benefits.

Using real-world cases, this report lays out a strategy for boosting telemedicine and broadband adoption. Uniting healthcare providers, schools and libraries in healthcare hubs has fundraising, infrastructure development and political advantages your community should evaluate.

The FCC majority, some members in Congress and a number of state legislators are not our friends. If you want highspeed Internet access, it falls squarely on communities’ collective shoulders!

Community Broadband Snapshot Report ™ November 2017

Project Net-Work Alert

Tennesseans: Contact your elected officials today and ask them to speak with subcommittee members to allow co-ops to partner with municipal utilities to offer fiber optic internet.

Pat Marsh rep.pat.marsh@capitol.tn.gov Chair
Kent Calfee rep.kent.calfee@capitol.tn.gov Vice Chair

Committee Members
Karen D. Camper rep.karen.camper@capitol.tn.gov
John Ray Clemmons rep.john.ray.clemmons@capitol.tn.gov
Barry Doss rep.barry.doss@capitol.tn.gov
JoAnne Favors rep.joanne.favors@capitol.tn.gov
Brenda Gilmore rep.brenda.gilmore@capitol.tn.gov
Tilman Goins rep.tilman.goins@capitol.tn.gov
Marc Gravitt rep.marc.gravitt@capitol.tn.gov
Patsy Hazlewood rep.patsy.hazlewood@capitol.tn.gov
John B. Holsclaw, Jr. rep.john.holsclaw@capitol.tn.gov
Curtis G. Johnson rep.curtis.johnson@capitol.tn.gov
Gerald McCormick rep.gerald.mccormick@capitol.tn.gov
Jason Powell rep.jason.powell@capitol.tn.gov
Dennis Powers rep.dennis.powers@capitol.tn.gov
Mike Sparks rep.mike.sparks@capitol.tn.gov
Art Swann rep.art.swann@capitol.tn.gov
Rick Tillis rep.rick.tillis@capitol.tn.gov
Dawn White rep.dawn.white@capitol.tn.gov

House Standing Committee – Business and Utilities

See also

Tennessee House Bill HB 1410 http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB1410.pdf

Telecommunications – As introduced, authorizes municipal electrics and electrical cooperatives to provide telecommunication service, including broadband service either on its own or by joint venture or other business relationship with one or more third parties and in geographical areas that are inside and outside the electric plant’s service area. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 6; Title 7; Title 10; Title 65; Title 67 and Title 68.

Assigned to s/c Business and Utilities Subcommittee 02/15/2017
http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1045&GA=110

https://openstates.org/tn/bills/110/HB1410/

SENATE BILL 1045 www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/SB1045.pdf

Telecommunications – As introduced, authorizes municipal electrics and electrical cooperatives to provide telecommunication service, including broadband service either on its own or by joint venture or other business relationship with one or more third parties and in geographical areas that are inside and outside the electric plant’s service area. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 6; Title 7; Title 10; Title 65; Title 67 and Title 68.

TN Legislature Chooses Not To Allow Broadband Provider Competition

AT&T Celebrates, Tennessee Families Go Another Year Without Internet Hope

House panel kills compromise on EPB broadband expansion to underserved areas of Hamilton, Bradley counties

Federal appeals court deciding municipal broadband expansion

Is Broadband Expansion Synonymous with Crony Capitalism?

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In the UK, the legislative mood is toward empowering build out enthusiasts:

    Proposal to apply Code Powers to Broadband for the Rural North Limited

  • construct and maintain infrastructure on public land (streets) without needing to obtain a specific street works licence to do so;
  • benefit from certain immunities from the Town and Country Planning legislation; and
  • apply to the Court in order to obtain rights to execute works on private land in the event that agreement cannot be reached with the owner of that land.

Establishing World-Class Connectivity Throughout the UK

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Fiber to the Press Release

Industry watchers often categorize these announcements as “Fiber to the Press Release“: AT&T bringing gigabit Internet service to Louisville This is of particular interest keeping in mind the Kentucky Statewide fiber backbone project called KentuckyWired [and no, there are no plans for TennesseeWired, TNREN or such; our legislators are spending their resources fighting with the FCC (under the states’ rights rubric) the effect of which is to deny municipalities the ability to offer fiber networks even though incumbent telcos and cablecos have no intention of building them.]

When you have a global collaboration and innovation infostructure you can accomplish wonderful things like:

BD2K All-Hands Grantee Meeting – November 2015 (Day 1)

BD2K All-Hands Grantee Meeting – November 2015 (Day 2)

GÉANT

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE)

GLORIAD News

Update: Insight Application

Greg Cole, Director, Center for International Networking Initiatives, The University of Tennessee, the Principal Investigator and Director, GLORIAD, passed these links along about the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development:

Overview Movie: .mov (214 MB, download first, then play)

Former NSF Director, Subra Suresh speech re: GLORIAD Egypt launch: .mp4 (205 MB)

Former NSF Director, Subra Suresh talk re: GLORIAD and other efforts in India: .mp4 (39 MB)

AMCOST New GLORIAD Egypt/Africa effort: .mov .m4v Desktop Provides overview shots of the Africa Union Ministerial Meeting for Science and Technology, from March 7-10, 2010

GLORIAD/Tata Movie: Youtube

UT-produced Video re: GLORIAD: Youtube Greg Cole comments on GLORIAD’s role and potential

US NSF Press Release (Taj)

US State Dept Article

UT Quest Article

US NSF Press Release

GLORIAD dvNOC “click on GLORIAD-EARTH” tab to see live display of science applications using the network (updated every 10-15 seconds):

Recent GLORIAD newsletter from recent trip to India: (pdf)

Recent GLORIAD presentations

Zeeba, the Social Network Connecting the World of Science and Cyberinfrastructure

PlayPlay

When TNREN?

Bill Weber, WHYY Public Media’s VP and CTO, gave this presentation to the Philadelphia Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers on January 15, 2013 about KINBER / PennREN’s growing role in enabling Pennsylvania’s film industry.

The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research is a non-profit coalition of Pennsylvania’s education, research, healthcare, economic development and other non-profit based communities.

PennREN, the Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, is KINBER’s first project that will deliver a statewide platform for connecting its members through facilities-based fiber optic networking. PennREN will initially light over 1,600 miles of fiber on a middle-mile network that will connect over 70 locations.

Why should TN care?

FedGov (especially National Science Foundation) is recognizing the role of scientific discovery, research and education capabilities of #BigData on #HPC in the #Cloud. Getting the data into the cloud is the challenge best solved with symmetric gigabit upload and download speeds. Please see NSFCloud (CloudLab, Chameleon), and The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), etc. I am personally interested in #disintermedia applications such as those encouraged by the Knight News Challenge #Data, but I digress. TNREN would also allow us to meaningfully participate in Next Century Cities which may foster a GÉANT Association (see also DANTE) capability in the U.S. #education #film #genomics #healthcare #IoT #etc

Would like to know which Tennessee politicians will spearhead the building of Tennessee’s digital fiber backbone. Would be prudent if Nashville’s new mayor (I’m assuming there will still be an office of innovation) would be on board with the momentum I see coming from the likes of Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.

Note also: Ohio’s OAR.Net, Kentucky’s KYwired initiatives (among others).

See also: Gigabit Libraries Network.

Resources On the Broadband as Utility Meme

Institute for Local Self-Reliance — Chris Mitchell et al

http://ilsr.org/initiatives/broadband/

http://www.muninetworks.org/tags/tags/broadband-bits

Gigabit Nation – Craig Settles

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gigabitnation/

http://search.gigaom.com/tag/craig-settles/

My Project Net-Work category

http://blog.conmergence.com/category/project-net-work/

Glenn Ricart’s KILLER APPS IN THE GIGABIT AGE

Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age

Craig Settles’ Blogroll

GÉANT Open Calls

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – WoT4LoA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJI2nY7iUWM

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – SENSE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBJ1pmoLAM0

GÉANT Open Call: Applications and Tools – ARES http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MROTjv2CNsg

GÉANT Open Call: Applications and Tools – NSI-CONTEST http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp5yIW-pJ6A

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – MEAL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_Z4veFFdJI

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – CLASSe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D74UjLnMNqE

GÉANT Open Call: Applications and Tools – eMusic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAlH92lOj5k