NECC 2008 - A look ahead at the communications industry
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Communications Industry: A Look Ahead
Link Hoewing, Vice President, Internet and Technology Policy, Verizon Communications
Everything is moving from fixed to mobile technologies (both voice and broadband)\n
- Consumers are in control \n
- Three paradigms: wireless, IP, broadband \n
- Anytime/anywhere high bandwidth connectivity \n
- Lifestyle/business pesonalization \n
- Universal connectivity and standards \n
- Greater control by users at 'the edge' \n
- Extension of high-capacity capabilities from hubs to endpoints \n
- Interactive applications and services to address social as well as business issues
- Statistics \n
- 54% of all homes now have broadband \n
- 82% of all Americans have a cell phone \n
- 5.6 million African-American homes had broadband access in 2005. By 2008 that was 16.1 million homes (over 40 million individuals) \n
- People are increasingly using cell phones as mobile data devices, not just telephones
- Some homes have 30 to 35 digital devices (computers, televisions, cameras, etc. (Pew/Internet home media ecology) \n
- Everyone is losing lines. Verizon had 4% line loss in 2007. Cable VOIP, wireless, cell phones, etc. 33 million homes in Verizon footprint; Verizon lost 2 million last year. \n
- Verizon's new strategy is built on broadband. It's busy upgrading its lines. Verizon had the largest expenditure of capital in the country last year (more than GE, NTT, Walmart, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhllips, etc.). \n
- 80% of Verizon lines are DSL capable (90% in urban areas). \n
- $63 billion in network upgrades since 2004 (more than any other company). EV-DO reaches 228 million people today. LTE (4G) by 2010 with 75 Mb down. \n
- 1550 Mb broadband service is available. 100 Mb service is in trial. There is a need to support high-demand multimedia applications. \n
- The shift in emphasis is from locations (landlines to homes) to people (mobile) and connectivity. \n
- Everything is being driven by the technology, by competition, and by consumers who want their devices to do more. \n
- Solving key challenges by changing the paradigm \n
- About 90% of health records are still on paper \n
- Real-time information on energy usage can lead to 13% reduction in energy use \n
- Prudent use of technology (e.g., e-commerce) could reduce human-induced global emissions by 15% by 2020 \n
- Truly individualized approaches and 'learning communities'
- Students entering school and gaming turn out to be primary reasons for people to sign up for broadband
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
A guide to making difficult conversations possible—and peaceful—in an increasingly polarized nation.
- How can we reach out to people on the other side of the divide? Get to know the other person as a human being before you get to know them as a set of tribal political beliefs, says Sarah Ruger. Don't launch straight into the difficult topics—connect on a more basic level first.
- To bond, use icebreakers backed by neuroscience and psychology: Share a meal, watch some comedy, see awe-inspiring art, go on a tough hike together—sharing tribulation helps break down some of the mental barriers we have between us. Then, get down to talking, putting your humanity before your ideology.
- The Charles Koch Foundation is committed to understanding what drives intolerance and the best ways to cure it. The foundation supports interdisciplinary research to overcome intolerance, new models for peaceful interactions, and experiments that can heal fractured communities. For more information, visit charleskochfoundation.org/courageous-collaborations.
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