Statewide broadband and wireless access
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.
As a follow-up to my earlier posts about ubiquitous wireless Internet access and the need for a rural Internet initiative, here's some news from Vermont. In a recent address to the state called the Vermont Way Forward, Governor Jim Douglas proposed that a statewide wireless initiative be in place by 2010. Here are some excerpts:
[he was holding up a cell phone]. In my hand there is wireless mobility, complete access and clear
The critical infrastructure for the future of Vermont will not much
look like a car, a culvert or a bend in the road. It will look like this
connections. In my hand is fairness and equity for all of Vermont. In
my hand is both freedom and unity.
Broadband Internet and wireless cellular are no longer mere
conveniences afforded to urbanites or the well-heeled; they are a
fundamental part of modern life for all Vermonters, as essential as
electricity and good roads.
The advantages of a state-of-the-art telecommunications platform extend
well beyond the economic value of the Vermont Way Forward. A true
"e-state" enhances our public safety network, extends the reach of
health care, and improves the education of young Vermonters.
I propose that by 2010, Vermont be the nation's first true "e-state" --
the first state to provide universal cellular and broadband coverage
everywhere and anywhere within its borders.
When I talk about us needing more leaders, not managers; when I talk about us needing folks who are proactive rather than reactive; when I talk about us needing people who are future-oriented rather than compliance-oriented, this is what I'm talking about.
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- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
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- 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
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- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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