Tennessee to receive Connect America Funding

Another Round of Funding Starts This Month for Broadband Buildout
in Rural Communities in 22 States


Holston Connect Minimum Speed 1 Gbps/500 Mbps Locations 517 Support / 10 Years $535,417

Meriwether Lewis Connect Minimum Speed 1 Gbps/500 Mbps Locations 290 Support / 10 Years $1,183,627

h|t Ann Treacy

#HalWomble2014 https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/7521088386.pdf

Recently, Tennessee Telecommunications Association changes its name to Tennessee Broadband Association

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

A: Because You Don’t ROWE Q: Why Can’t Tennessee Innovate? [Update]

Why Nashville Companies Are Targeting Tweens For High-Tech Jobs BY ALISSA WALKER | 07-09-2012

See here for news on ROWE in Nashville. Nicholas Holland demonstrates populr.me with his ROWE notes.

My older ROWE related posts here.

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Mar 13, 2012

What good do personal clouds and corporate data hives, aquihires and crowdsourcing do to meet your needs (as HR continues to stumble around trying to hire long-term individuals for short-term projects, meanwhile preparing for the year-end mass layoffs which inexorably ensue) if your managers cannot get past their love affair of physical MBWA when your employees are enculturated to do their best work in virtual innovation clusters and collaboratories (see article comments) which take place in a SecondLife CoLab or some such? What good does it do to build a city-wide innovation grid  infrastructure or a country-wide innovation cyber space if you still expect your employees to waste an hour of their day driving to and from a cube which holds a desktop computer when they have a speedier, more robust laptop at home? 1) Learn about Results Only Work Environments. 2) Invest in them. 3) Use them.

Community. Innovation. Transformation. Fall 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting, Philadelphia, PA September 30-October 4, 2012

Calls for Participation

Listed below are links to a variety of calls for participation for the Fall 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting. Please carefully review the information and requirements for each call prior to submitting a proposal or response.

Call for Session Proposals

The theme for the Fall 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting will build upon concepts that were introduced at the spring meeting: “Community. Innovation. Transformation.”

The meeting program will focus on all three aspects of this triad that is further defined as follows:

  • Community:  Understanding and embracing our community’s ability to innovate and transform research, education and economies
  • Innovation: A deeply programmable, bandwidth-abundant innovation platform creating an environment for next-generation service delivery
  • Transformation: Community developed services and applications that transform global research and education

While the four Areas of Interest will remain the same as the spring meeting, the content of the sessions will be expanded to include examples of what we are learning as we move along the innovation platform continuum and demonstrations of the progress we are making in transforming service models. Full explanations and examples of related topics, as well as the submission form, are provided in the Call for Proposals web page.

Submission deadline: June 25, 2012

Selection notification: July 2, 2012

Call for Working Meetings

One of the many benefits of member meetings is the opportunity to hold working meetings (e.g. working groups, BoFs, SIGS, etc.) in conjunction with the other meeting activities. In order to accommodate the requests for these working meetings, we will reserve incremental hotel space at times outside of the program sessions. To aid us in handling and filling your requests for these additional meetings, we are issuing this call with a deadline of June 25, 2012.

Meetings will be accepted based on space availability and we will attempt to accommodate all requests on a first come, first serve basis. Your flexibility with day/time and meeting duration requests will assist us in accommodating your meeting needs. Submit your meeting request.

Please Note: These meetings should be open to all Internet2 Member Meeting attendees. If you need to schedule an invitation-only or closed meeting, Internet2 will reserve a room for you. However, you will be responsible for notifying people about the meeting yourself and you must provide your email address so others can contact you.

Submission deadline: June 25, 2012

Call for Sponsors

Internet2 Member Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities offer your organization unmatched visibility and alignment with your most important constituencies. The Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting hosted over 800 information technology decision-makers and high-level influencers from the nation’s top universities, government and scientific research organizations. As a sponsor, your organization automatically earns a benefit package containing special privileges not available by any other means. No other vehicle can single your organization out so effectively before this important audience. Sponsorships are limited in number and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Deadline to secure a sponsorship package: August 10, 2012

Sponsorship Package details will be posted soon. Please contact Ryan Bass, Internet2 Marketing Manager at: bassr@internet2.edu or 202.331.5342 to reserve your sponsorship and/or plan your organization’s entire 2012 participation at all Internet2 events.

Analyzing and Improving Collaborative eScience with Social Networks (eSoN 12)

Workshop to be held with IEEE e-Science 2012

Monday, 8 October 2012, Chicago, IL, USA


Social networking is profoundly changing the way that people communicate and interact on a daily basis. As eScience is inherently collaborative, social networks can serve as a vital means for supporting information and resource sharing, aiding discovery of connected individuals, improving communication between globally dispersed individuals, and even measuring scientific impact. Consequently, eScience systems are increasingly integrating social networking concepts to improve collaboration. For example researcher profiles and groups exist in publication networks, such as Google scholar and Mendeley, and eScience infrastructures, such as MyExperiment, NanoHUB and GlobusOnline all utilize social networking principles to enhance scientific collaboration. In addition to incorporating explicit social networks, eScience infrastructures can also leverage implicit social networks extracted from relationships expressed in collaborative activities (e.g. publication and grant authorship or citation networks).

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from a diverse range of areas to establish a new community focused on the application of social networking to analyze and improve scientific collaboration. There are two complementary areas of focus for this workshop 1) how to efficiently share infrastructure and software resources, such as data and tools through social networks, and 2) how to analyze and enhance collaboration in eScience through both implicit and explicit social networks, for example analyzing scientific impact through citation networks or improving collaboration by associating data and tools with networks of publications and researchers.

This workshop represents the amalgamation of two complementary workshops held in 2011: Social Networks for CCGrids (SN4CCGrids) held at CCGrid 2011 and Measuring the Impact of eScience Research (MeSR) held at eScience 2011.

Scope of workshop

The topics of interest are, but not limited to, the use of social networks to analyze and improve collaborative eScience:

  • The use of social networks and social networking concepts in eScience and eResearch
  • Social network applications used for eScience
  • Social network based resource sharing and collaboration architectures
  • New forms of collaborative computing and resource sharing
  • Crowdsourcing of scientific applications using social media
  • Social Cloud computing
  • Novel applications of digital relationships and trust
  • Definition of novel principals, models and methodologies for harnessing digital relationships
  • Extraction of implicit social networks from scientific activities (publication, citation and grants)
  • Analysis of collaborative scientific activity through social networks

Submission instructions

Authors are invited to submit papers containing unpublished, original work (not under review elsewhere)
of up to 8 pages of double column text using single spaced 10 point size on 8.5 x 11 inch pages,
as per IEEE 8.5 x 11 manuscript guidelines.

Templates are available from:

Authors should submit a PDF file that will print on a PostScript printer. Papers conforming to the above guidelines can be submitted through the workshop’s paper submission system: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eson12

At least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop and all workshop participants must pay the eScience 2012 registration fee. All accepted papers will be published by the IEEE in the same volume as the main conference. All papers will be reviewed by an International Programme Committee (with a minimum of 3 reviews per paper). Papers submissions should be performed using the easychair system, by the date mentioned below.

Important dates

  • Paper Submissions Due: July 27, 2012
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 27, 2012
  • Camera Ready Versions Due: September 17, 2012
  • Workshop: October 8, 2012


  • Kyle Chard, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Tanu Malik, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Simon Caton, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Wei Tan, IBM T.J. Watson Lab, USA

Steering Committee

  • Christine Borgman, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Ian Foster, University of Chicago & Argonne National Lab, USA
  • Gerhard Klimeck, Purdue University, USA
  • Omer Rana, Cardiff University, UK

Programme Committee

  • Kris Bubendorfer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Junwei Cao, Tsinghua University, China
  • Justin Cappos, Polytechnic Institute of New York, USA
  • Jinjun Chen, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Walter Colombo, Cardiff University, UK
  • Mike Conlon, University of Florida, USA
  • Roberta Cuel, University of Trento, Italy
  • Roberto M Cesar jr, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Jennifer Golbeck, University of Maryland, USA
  • Peter Komisarczuk, Thames Valley University, UK
  • Nicolas Kourtellis, University of South Florida
  • Paolo Missier, Newcastle University, UK
  • Ioan Raicu, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
  • Jianwu Wang, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
  • Christof Weinhardt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Wenjun Wu, Beihang University, China
  • Lynn Zetner, Purdue University, USA
  • Hui Zhang, Bejing University, China
  • Jia Zhang, Northern Illinois University, USA

Ben White: Crowdsourcing knowledge on doing business in Africa

Dear Members,

The VC4Africa Questions & Answers tool connects you to everything you want to know about doing business in Africa. It is a place for us to solve our problems and to share our own experience and knowledge with fellow members. We invite you to participate as we crowd source an open and accessible knowledge base for the space.

Business Models (8) – http://vc4afri.ca/lm7if
Business Plans (3) – http://vc4afri.ca/mns1n
Diaspora (3) – http://vc4afri.ca/qhmgn
Due Diligence (4) – http://vc4afri.ca/k56l1
Finance (23) – http://vc4afri.ca/fdmli
General focus (19) – http://vc4afri.ca/kgp9i
Government (2) – http://vc4afri.ca/ua0g3
Green Entrepreneurship (1) – http://vc4afri.ca/atk9v
Investing (11) – http://vc4afri.ca/n82mz
Legal (5) – http://vc4afri.ca/4sue2
Marketing (4) – http://vc4afri.ca/zswen
Partners (5) – http://vc4afri.ca/9hawy
Product Development (1) – http://vc4afri.ca/7civo
Resources (11) – http://vc4afri.ca/130cl
Sales (1) – http://vc4afri.ca/hnzzb
Social Entrepreneurship (11) – http://vc4afri.ca/5gqvz
Startups (9) – http://vc4afri.ca/forb0
Strategies (12) – http://vc4afri.ca/gzjwe

Kind regards and Happy Networking!
The VC4Africa Team
Posted By Ben White

A quick message to the many new distinguished members at ATCA 24/7 by DK Matai

Welcome to ATCA 24/7


Welcome and thank you! This international meeting point brings together senior executives from over a hundred countries in a multi-dimensional way. It is a helpful global resource with fast access to new developments, innovations, ideas and talented people particularly in the domains of banking, finance, science and technology. It is your space to share insights and thoughts on the latest key developments in “Asymmetric Threats and Opportunities Worldwide” with distinguished senior executives and friends.

“Our aim is to raise collective consciousness about the interconnecting challenges facing humanity around the world and to establish common ground for solutions to emerge spontaneously via Socratic dialogue!”

It is a great pleasure to talk with a select group of distinguished ATCA 5000 members over the telephone and skype [dk.matai] via tele-conference in the last few weeks and to meet some of you in person at world-wide roundtables. Thank you for your time and also for all the guidance you have been able to provide to improve the ATCA offering. We appreciate and value your involvement immensely.

The Summit

Our joint mission with ATCA 5000 since 2001 has been to go way beyond the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss global risks and present challenges that humanity is facing around the world at the highest level. We have sought to do this online — 24/7 and 365 days a year — initially by email and now via ATCA 24/7 on Yammer!

How can we all participate and contribute in real time for the benefit of humankind?

  • By simply voting in favour of another distinguished members’ comments by clicking “like” or selecting a specific “choice” in a poll;
  • By adding a comment or analysis that may not compromise the quality of the Socratic dialogue, yet offer some unique insight in an impartial way;
  • By posing a mission critical question for further Socratic dialogue or answering such a question;
  • By offering innovative and thought-provoking submissions, timely articles and news stories along with their hyperlinks if sourced from elsewhere; and
  • By suggesting other distinguished friends and executive decision makers who could be invited to participate in this Socratic dialogue.

As we go along, remember there is an automatic archive of everything that fascinates all of us, which we can search via the box in the top right hand corner of the browser viewing www.yammer.com/atca! For example, if you enjoyed participating in a given Socratic dialogue a few weeks ago, you can still access it if you input key words. As ATCA 24/7 grows it is truly incredible how the energy has grown too! Do you also feel it? We are all experiencing overloads of data; myriad invitations to events, functions and new places to join; networks clamoring for our precious time; so we really appreciate you taking the time to be here with your friends and contributing your thoughts and energy!

It is wonderful to have such a vibrant and rich online community, which is transforming itself into a buzzing hive, a centre of excellence — feel free to make it even better!

All the best


DK Matai
Chairman and Founder
mi2g, ATCA 5000 & The Philanthropia

mi2g is a Queen’s award-winning super-computing organisation founded in 1995 and focussed on global risk management for banks, insurance and reinsurance companies as well as government agencies. We carry out advanced computer simulation and modelling particularly in the area of black swans and low probability high impact events that have cascading effects on finance and precious natural resources including energy, water, key commodities and rare earth metals. mi2g’s real time intelligence is deployed worldwide for contingency capability, executive decision making and strategic threat assessment. Using super computing technology, the mi2g Intelligence Unit visualises complex risk from real time data. mi2g’s bespoke security architecture, digital risk management and D2-banking rely on an innovative family of underlying tools to deliver scalable infrastructure that brings together people, processes and technology.

ATCA 5000: The Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance is a philanthropic expert initiative founded in 2001 to resolve complex global challenges through collective Socratic dialogue and joint executive action to build a wisdom based global economy. Adhering to the doctrine of non-violence, ATCA addresses asymmetric threats and social opportunities arising from climate chaos and the environment; radical poverty and microfinance; geo-politics and energy; organised crime & extremism; advanced technologies — bio, info, nano, robo & AI; demographic skews and resource shortages; pandemics; financial systems and systemic risk; as well as transhumanism and ethics. Present membership of ATCA is by invitation only and has over 5,000 distinguished members from over 120 countries: including 1,000 Parliamentarians; 1,500 Chairmen and CEOs of corporations; 1,000 Heads of NGOs; 750 Directors at Academic Centres of Excellence; 500 Inventors and Original thinkers; as well as 250 Editors-in-Chief of major media.

The Philanthropia, founded in 2005, brings together over 1,000 leading individual and private philanthropists, family offices, foundations, private banks, non-governmental organisations and specialist advisors to address complex global challenges such as countering climate chaos, reducing radical poverty and developing global leadership for the younger generation through the appliance of science and technology, leveraging acumen and finance, as well as encouraging collaboration with a strong commitment to ethics. The Philanthropia emphasises multi-faith spiritual values: introspection, healthy living and ecology. The Philanthropia targets include: Countering climate chaos and carbon neutrality; Eliminating radical poverty — through micro-credit schemes, empowerment of women and more responsible capitalism; Leadership for the Younger Generation; and Corporate and social responsibility.

The Holistic Quantum Relativity (HQR) group is affiliated with the ATCA 5000 group and is dedicated to the unity of humankind. http://www.holisticquantumrelativity.co.uk

NUANCE: Newsletter of UbuntuNet Alliance: Networks, Collaborat​​​ion, Education: Vol. 4, Issue 11: March 2012

Volume 4: Issue 11: March 2012

NUANCE is a monthly e-newsletter published by UbuntuNet Alliance. Key content is news from, about, or of interest to National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa. We request and invite you to submit an item before the 20th of each month capturing:

News and developments from your NREN and news items of interest to NRENs
Content networks: how researchers and academics are using the REN infrastructure to enhance effectiveness and efficiency their work and to promote national and international collaboration
Hot tips about something you have done successfully (organisational or technical)
A photo that tells a story
Looking into the future, especially with regards to fibre infrastructure
Submissions should be sent to info@ubuntunet.net.

Apparently Cybersecurity is important to the US economy, the Congress learns

H. R. 2096 To advance cybersecurity research, development, and technical standards,
and for other purposes.

Also, planning related to a national strategy concerning “HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING” and “NETWORKING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY”, and stuff like IT, Big Data, etc. is worth investing in at a national level.

H. R. 3834 To amend the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 to authorize activities for support of networking and information technology research, and for other purposes.