The brewing battle over municipal Wi-Fi heated up yesterday as Intel, with the support of Dell, Cisco, IBM, and SAP, unveiled the "Digital Communities" effort. Thirteen cities - from Philadelphia to Rio - are participating in the project, which is designed to provide technical resources and discounts to help them build out their wireless infrastructure to better support public safety and other government employees, according to a report on CNET's News.
CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz hosts ZDNet Government -- ZDNet's politics and policy coffeehouse -- where civics lessons meet technology, nothing is sacred, and everything is fair game.
David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.
The Central Scotland Police are ripping out their Linux boxes and replacing them with Windows servers, according to a report on Silicon.com.
This afternoon, as I listened to Dan Farber's interview with Dianah Neff, the CIO of Philadelphia, the phrase that kept coming back to me was one with which I grew up — "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions." In a nutshell, the city of Philadelphia wishes to help its low-income citizens gain access to the Internet by building a mesh network of Wi-Fi and Wi-MAX access points connected to a fiber infrastructure.
I was going to begin this post about funding for technology with, "In these tough economic times ..." But when do you ever have enough money to fund all the worthwhile projects that need to be done?
Top-rated IT employees of the federal government will be able to spend time at private firms for training and development, new rules announced by the Office of Personnel Management say. According to GovExec.
A key problem with the response to 9/11 was the inability of first responders from different jurisdictions to communicate with each other. As GovExcec.
Intel is leading a new initiative called Digital Communities, designed to promote the use of wireless technology to provide better services to government, business and citizens. In a one-hour teleconference tomorrow, they'll lay out the program and invite mayors from participating cities to talk about the program.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom yesterday announced plans for a Wi-Fi network, called TechConnect, to cover all 49 square miles of the city. The city announced a request for information and comments (PDF) on how to build the network, estimated to cost $10 million to $18 million dollars.
While various bills in Congress threaten to limit local governments' ability to deploy municipal wireless, Business 2.0 writer Om Malik is pushing hard on a theory that Google intends to deliver free Wi-Fi throughout the U.
The Dept. of Health and Human Services is pushing towards standardization of a number of applications, as well as consolidating operations that have been spread over numerous HHS agencies, CIO Charles Havekost said recently.