Tag: broadband

Red Alert: 48 Crucial Hours for Net Neutrality

Red Alert: 48 Crucial Hours for Net Neutrality
With a potential Congressional vote to end Net Neutrality, it is imperative that people contact their Representatives to urge them to vote against the FCC’s recommendations. (And you can learn more via http://www.battleforthenet.com) But why should we support Net Neutrality? You may be thinking…and here are some good reasons: Ajit Pai, Chair of the FCC, has... Read more »

Ajit Pai: The Grinch Who Stole Net Neutrality

Ajit Pai: The Grinch Who Stole Net Neutrality
(Note – as a follow up to yesterday’s item, my appearance on Radio Islam on WCEV 1450 AM will be on Tuesday, December 19th, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm CST. Available via radio or streaming. And now, Ajit Pai and Net Neutrality…) When Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and two of... Read more »

Connecting (And Reconnecting) With Brighton Park Library

Yesterday, I had to perform an act that, for a variety of reasons, was tinged with nostalgia and regret. I had to return my hotspot to the Brighton Park branch of the Chicago Public Library. Now, you may be thinking that I am being overly dramatic, or a bit over-the-top. However, that particular branch of... Read more »
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Chicago Net Tuesday & The Broadband Vision

Broadband access is a very hot topic in Chicago, with efforts to make access available to all. From efforts to expand free access on the north side (concurrent with similar efforts on the south side) to news that the Chicago Public Library has received funding to allow patrons to “check out” hotspots, there’s never been... Read more »

Support Chicago Meetups For Social Good

Last weekend, Meetup.com was brought to a standstill due to a variety of attacks on its service. (Slate has a great article outlining exactly what happened). For many groups, Meetup provides valuable assistance and resources for organizers of events. In the past few weeks, two new Meetups – focusing on tech and social good –... Read more »

Going WiFi On the Southwest Side

Going WiFi On the Southwest Side
Travel to the corner of 63rd and Pulaski on the southwest side of Chicago, and you’ll find some really distinctive architecture – a former bank, an old-fashioned shoe store, a relatively new library, and a large Indian who has switched from selling tobacco to  eye care. Soon, that corner will strengthen its network as neighborhood businesses and local... Read more »
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Networking In the New Year

Networking In the New Year
One of the great things about writing on tech and social good in Chicago is the number of great opportunities to learn, network, and gain insight into how non-profits, social ventures, and other organizations are working towards driving efforts towards the common good. With 2013 off to a strong start, there are several events that... Read more »

Resolve to Connect Chicago In 2013!

Resolve to Connect Chicago In 2013!
Your New Year’s Resolution may be to find work, or to learn how to navigate the social sphere….but for many of us, online access is not easily available. You may have even seen some intriguing signs at bus and train stations encouraging you to “Connect Chicago” Quite honestly, this is one of the best tech-oriented... Read more »

Building A Better Chicago Through Broadband Research

Building A Better Chicago Through Broadband Research
“Broadband” (in tech terms) refers to the ability to receive multiple signals and processes electronically. For many Chicago communities in light of the recent broadband challenge, it means the difference between growth and development…and staying technologically stagnant. Thankfully, this Thursday will bring the Illinois Broadband Research Conference, a one-day event that is free to the... Read more »
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Building Better Communities Through Broadband

Building Better Communities Through Broadband
You’ve probably read the news – Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has announced the Chicago Broadband Challenge, encouraging citizens to get involved in helping establish city-wide online access, and you probably have one question on your minds…. Why should I bother – or care? Here’s the reason why – the Chicago Broadband Challenge is a really great... Read more »