by clicking on the page. A slider will appear, allowing you to adjust your zoom level. Return to the original size by clicking on the page again.
the page around when zoomed in by dragging it.
the zoom using the slider on the top right.
by clicking on the zoomed-in page.
by entering text in the search field and click on "In This Issue" or "All Issues" to search the current issue or the archive of back issues respectively.
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
this publication and page.
displays a table of sections with thumbnails and descriptions.
displays thumbnails of every page in the issue. Click on a page to jump.
allows you to browse through every available issue.
GCN : February 2014
GCN FEBRUARY 2014 • GCN.COM 11 President Barack Obama's initiative to bring greater broadband access to citizens across the country got a boost last month with the Federal Com- munications Commission's Connect America Fund receiving over $255 million to provide broadband access to over 400,000 homes and businesses --- nearly 1 million people --- in rural areas of 41 states. "Access to modern broadband networks is essential in the information age," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. "Yet 15 million Americans live in areas where they can't get wireline broad- band no matter how much they want it. These funds will jump-start broadband access in areas that would otherwise be bypassed by the digital economy." The country still has a ways to go in terms of Internet connectivity and broadband speed. Last April the World Economic Forum Reported the United States ranked 9th with its information and communications technologies infrastructure. In June 2012, the Obama adminis- tration issued an executive order to bolster broadband by reducing barriers for companies to install broadband on federal properties and roads. In Sep- tember 2013, it made available a set of tools to help companies choose sites to set up high-speed Internet access, particularly in underserved communi- ties. [See sidebar]. While President Obama's federal ini- tiative is moving forward slowly, state, county and city governments are also pursuing greater connectivity. Infrastructure: Maryland completed an 800-mile addition to its high-speed statewide network, the Inter-County Broadband Network on Oct. 7, linking more than 1,000 schools, government of ces and public safety operations. Super Wi-Fi: The Gigabit Librar- ies Network is piloting Super Wi-Fi at public libraries in six states. Super Wi-Fi uses unlicensed, low-frequency bands in the radio-frequency spec- trum --- called TV white space, which offers a greater range than established Wi-Fi signals and is therefore seen as a potential solution for bringing wireless service to underserved, mostly rural areas. Last January, Wilmington and New Hanover County in North Carolina launched the municipal Super Wi-Fi, or "white spaces," network. And West Virginia University deployed a Super Wi-Fi network on campus, providing free wireless access on its the Public Rapid Transit platforms, whose trams carry about 15,000 riders a day. US Ignite: In August 2013, Blacks- burg, Va., and Virginia Tech Univer- sity became members of US Ignite, an Obama administration initiative launched in June 2012 to develop new ways to put high-speed broadband to use. In July, Kansas City, the site of Google's rst gigabit-speed ber broadband network, announced that as part of the Mozilla Ignite Challenge, Kansas City Public Library would de- velop a high-speed Software Lending Library that will allow users to "check out" applications hosted by the library. Google Fiber: In December Google announced fast, free Internet for 100 Austin community organizations. And last month, the company announced that residents of Provo, Utah, who live along the former iProvo network can start signing up for Google Fiber. Other regions that have installed or are installing broadband include Seattle, Ellensburg, Washington, Chattanooga, Tenn., Utah, Los Angeles and Louis- ville, Ky., among others. • Will Internet access improve in 2014? BY KATHLEEN HICKEY The Obama administration last fall made available a set of tools to help companies choose sites to set up high- speed Internet access, particularly in underserved communities. The tools include: 1. An online mapping tool that displays all General Services Admin- istration-owned buildings and lands, including contact information for assis- tance and pointers to where commercial antennas might be best situated. The map has interactive features highlighting information to help locate such sites, including National Parks and other protected wilderness areas. The map is built with open govern- ment data and displays in a new way to make it easier for carriers to take advantage of federal assets in planning or expanding their networks. 2. A "dig once" guide, includes tips and policies for helping telecom carriers schedule broadband and network in- stallations at the same time. According to the guide, coordinating close timing of network construction projects can cut costs by 90 percent. 3. A "permitting dashboard" "that can make it easier for companies to locate and complete paperwork surrounding a broadband project, including construc- tion permits, lease agreements and other broadband application materials. 4. GSA's single master application for deploying broadband on federal land would help streamline the process for wireless and wireline network builds. A toolkit for federal broadband