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Freedom Rings Partnership: what it is and how public-private partnerships fuel its success [VIDEO] uncategorized

Oct. 11, 2011 11:00 am

Freedom Rings Partnership: what it is and how public-private partnerships fuel its success [VIDEO]

The following is a report done in partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods program, the capstone class for the Temple’s Department of Journalism. Elaine Skoczylas said she knows how to type. It’s just the other things that are tricky. “I’ve never really learned Microsoft Office. I don’t have a computer at home, but I had […]
IBM Smarter Cities Challenge to support Freedom Rings initiative: Mayor Nutter [Video] uncategorized

Mar. 10, 2011 10:00 am

IBM Smarter Cities Challenge to support Freedom Rings initiative: Mayor Nutter [Video]

Nearly half a million dollars in consulting and technology support from IBM that yesterday were pledged to the City of Philadelphia are more about education than gadgets. The Smarter Cities Challenge, announced fall 2010, is a three-year initiative from IBM that will spread $50 million in services and tools to 100 city governments in the […]
Digital Philadelphia: what it is, where it’s going and why you need to get involved civic

Mar. 8, 2011 11:00 am

Digital Philadelphia: what it is, where it’s going and why you need to get involved

Two years ago this May, the City’s Digital Philadelphia initiative bore public birth. Some movement has been made and details secured, but what can we expect to come? In front of 75 people at a Refresh Philly gathering in May 2009, then City of Philadelphia Chief Information Officer Allan Frank introduced an IT overhaul plan […]
‘Give us the data that is ours:’ Digital Philadelphia Code for America open gov event [VIDEO]

Feb. 24, 2011 11:00 am

‘Give us the data that is ours:’ Digital Philadelphia Code for America open gov event [VIDEO]

City government collects the people”s data, and the people need to take it back. That proved something of a theme of Wednesday night’s Digital Philadelphia Open Data event sponsored by Young Involved Philadelphia and Technically Philly. Held in the beautiful third-floor theater of the Gershman Hall thanks to the Corzo Center of the University of […]
State launches interactive broadband map uncategorized

Nov. 29, 2010 11:30 am

State launches interactive broadband map

After nearly a year of research and development, the Commonwealth has launched an interactive map to detail broadband access across the state in an effort to support broadand stimulus projects. Mapping was part of $7.3 million federal broadband stimulus grant to show wireline, cable and wireless networks and to identify anchor institutions like schools, hospitals […]
Event Highlights for March 15-21, 2010

Mar. 15, 2010 6:51 am

Event Highlights for March 15-21, 2010

The big event this week isn’t in Philly at all. But Philadelphia has quite a presence in Austin, Texas, this week for South by Southwest, for sure. Our reporter Sean Blanda is hot on the trial, chasing down Philly’s representatives. He’ll follow-up with a report later this week. That said, there’s some great opportunities here […]
Pennsylvania receives $2.2 million for broadband data collection uncategorized

Jan. 14, 2010 12:04 pm

Pennsylvania receives $2.2 million for broadband data collection

A federal grant will fund research into the digital divide and ways to solve it in Pennsylvania. The National Telecommunication and Information Administration announced Tuesday that Pennsylvania has been awarded a two-year, $1.7 million grant to collection data about broadband adoption, MuniWireless reports. An additional $500,000 will be used for planning a broadband strategy in […]
City of Philadelphia to buy municipal WiFi network from Network Acquisition civic

Dec. 17, 2009 3:57 pm

City of Philadelphia to buy municipal WiFi network from Network Acquisition

The City of Philadelphia plans to purchase for $2 million the city-wide wireless network once known as Wireless Philadelphia, currently owned and operated by Network Acquisition, the Inquirer reports. Check out Technically Philly’s multimedia Flash timeline that follows the history of the storied Wireless Philadelphia network. The network will be utilized by the city for […]
Friday Q&A: Broadband biz strategist Craig Settles talks Digital Philadelphia future access

Oct. 23, 2009 11:00 am

Friday Q&A: Broadband biz strategist Craig Settles talks Digital Philadelphia future

The City of Philadelphia’s Division of Technology was handed a tremendous setback last week. The city has been taking serious steps to move beyond Wireless Philadelphia and to develop a new plan of action to help bridge the digital divide, what the DOT calls Digital Philadelphia. In August, it submitted a broadband grant proposal to […]
State casts doubt on Digital Philadelphia vision uncategorized

Oct. 16, 2009 3:00 pm

State casts doubt on Digital Philadelphia vision

Doubts have surfaced regarding the city’s Digital Philadelphia broadband vision after the state recommended two dozen proposals for federal stimulus dollars to the federal agency responsible for dolling out $4.6 billion for broadband expansion Thursday. Digital Philadelphia barely made the cut. The City of Philadelphia’s $21 million proposal for middle mile infrastructure that would connect […]