Current Affairs

What’s your broadband score?

DEi While we’re on the topic of steps 3 and 4 and developing e-strategies for successful broadband initiatives and network builds, have you ever been asked by your constituents – how do I compare to my competition? What are other communities doing to better leverage broadband? What are the benefits of broadband should I be leveraging? In general, how am I doing?

SNG has recently announced our Digital Economy Index (DEi) – an assessment tool, an organization-specific “scorecard” that draws on information from eSolutions Benchmarking to assist small businesses and other organizations see where they stand. SNG’s DEi is a composite score of how organizations use Internet-enabled applications, or “e-solutions,” to drive productivity and competitiveness. By providing organizations’ with their DEi score, you are providing them insights into their utilization of e-solutions, how they compare to their peers, and where they can adjust to increase efficiencies, innovation, and profitability.

The Digital Economy Index helps organizations develop their own broadband adoption plan (and economic growth path). Which leads into the next step, awareness & adoption support (Step 5 of the Broadband Lifecycle, which we will discuss next month).DEi While we’re on the topic of steps 3 and 4 and developing e-strategies for successful broadband initiatives and network builds, have you ever been asked by your constituents – how do I compare to my competition? What are other communities doing to better leverage broadband? What are the benefits of broadband should I be leveraging? In general, how am I doing?

SNG has recently announced our Digital Economy Index (DEi) – an assessment tool, an organization-specific “scorecard” that draws on information from eSolutions Benchmarking to assist small businesses and other organizations see where they stand. SNG’s DEi is a composite score of how organizations use Internet-enabled applications, or “e-solutions,” to drive productivity and competitiveness. By providing organizations’ with their DEi score, you are providing them insights into their utilization of e-solutions, how they compare to their peers, and where they can adjust to increase efficiencies, innovation, and profitability.

The Digital Economy Index helps organizations develop their own broadband adoption plan (and economic growth path). Which leads into the next step, awareness & adoption support (Step 5 of the Broadband Lifecycle, which we will discuss next month).


Broadband in a down economy

Across the globe the global downturn has had deep impacts. Many households are stretched thin, looking for ways to supplement lost income or to supplement declining or stagnant salaries.

Recently SNG worked with the e-North Carolina Authority to conduct “eSolutions Benchmarking” across the state to understand how households are using broadband to tackle some of their challenges.

The study revealed the potential of broadband for competitiveness and economic opportunity:

  •  Nearly a third (31%) of the State’s broadband households operate a business from their home;
  •  The number of households either currently running (31%) or planning to run a business from their home in the
    next twelve months (14%) is nearly half (45%) of the State’s broadband
    households;
  •  Even more broadband households are either now using (41%) or planning to use (24%) broadband to sell items online.
    That’s nearly two-thirds (65%) of broadband households using it to at least supplement their income;
  •  Most (85%) of home-based businesses said that broadband was essential to their business. More than half
    (54%) said that they would not be in business if they did not have broadband while two in five (41%) would have to relocate if broadband was not available in their community.

For more information about these findings, please contact the e-North Carolina Authority who commissioned this work – see www.e-nc.org, or phone 1-866-627-8725.

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In good times and in bad, broadband is critical for community members to earn income (and extra
income).   But in bad times, research shows us that home-based businesses and sole proprietorships are more likely to sprout up.  More than ever, it is critical for states and communities that want to remain competitive – and even thrive – to have broadband’s platform for innovation and competitiveness in place.


America’s regulators need to respond to people ditching landlines

CutPhoneCord In The Economist: IF YOU want to save money, cut the cord. In these difficult times ever more Americans are heeding this advice and dropping their telephone landlines in favour of mobile phones (see article). Despite some of the flakiest mobile-network coverage in the developed world, one in four households has now gone mobile-only. At current rates the last landline in America will be disconnected sometime in 2025.

Good. Mobile phones offer individuals more freedom. Yet confronted by the inexorable march of progress, America’s telecoms regulators have failed to respond.

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“The summer of broadband” by Julius Genachowski

Julius_genchowski_FFC_broadband “Broadband Is This Generation’s Highway System, FCC Chief Says” is the title of an article published today on Wired. The new FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said:

“Broadband is our generation’s infrastructure challenge. It is as important as electricity and highways were for past generations.” “We are just scratching surface of what broadband technology can do for the country.” “I don’t think enough people appreciate the very real, practical benefits that a 21st century telecom infrastructure can provide.”

At SNG, we say: “Nothing new, good to hear it.”


Consumer groups not happy with stimulus rules

Over at GigaOM, Stacey Higginbotham tells us about people protesting the broadband stimulus rules. Read her post here or below:

Larry_strickling_NTIA_ARRA Groups representing municipal broadband advisers and
consumer-oriented nonprofits have written a letter protesting the way
the first tranche of $4 billion in broadband stimulus funds
is being distributed. They sent the letter to Larry Strickling, the
administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration, which is in charge of distributing $1.6 billion in
stimulus funds in the first of three rounds. The groups, which include
Consumers Union, Public Knowledge and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors,
say that the definitions used in the rules mean that the money won’t go
toward advanced technology such as fiber or projects aimed at
delivering cheaper broadband to constituents.

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