Broadband, Stimulus and Net Access

April 29, 2009 by complextalk 

May 6, 2009
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

RIchard Lowenberg of 1st-Mile is coordinating New Mexicos efforts in the Obama stimulus plan for broadband infrastructure. Join him at the Complex for an update on those efforts and the issues facing broadband rollouts nationwide.

Richards talk will include a presentation and discussion about current statewide and local broadband networking efforts and issues.

  • The New Mexico Integrated Strategic Broadband Initiative, an effort to more fully realize state programs for economic development, job creation, lifelong education, health care, supercomputing applications, film and media production, telework, energy conservation and rural community revitalization, while shining a spotlight on New Mexico as a much-needed example for national broadband policies and strategies;
  • The broadband stimulus package and New Mexicos efforts to use the federal stimulus funds to extend and upgrade broadband networks throughout the state;
  • Santa Fe area broadband efforts, including the citys investigations into a unified approach to broadband deployment in and around Santa Fe;
  • Santa Fe Complexs potential role in supporting the citys work or other broadband growth opportunities; and
  • 1st-Mile Institute initiatives on behalf of broadband access across New Mexico.

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Richard Lowenberg is an interdisciplinary artist, eco-systems designer, and tele-community planner. With Design Nine, Inc., he is currently contracted by the state of New Mexico to lead a statewide broadband planning effort and to prepare the state’s broadband stimulus proposal.n He is also the founder of 1st-Mile New Mexico, a non-profit emphasizing the importance of broadband from the consumers perspective. As his web page notes, Most telecommunications service providers and government regulators currently refer to the home, office, neighborhoods and communities as the Last Mile. They indicate that providing Last Mile enhanced connectivity, especially in rural areas, is not economically viable. They have their economic models backwards. The greatest source of value in most peoples’ lives is local, derived from self, family and community. In a globally networked and communicative society, local environments have the opportunity to aggregate and generate new economic resources, value and benefits. The local realm must be considered the First Mile.

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