Posts in Digital Divide
5 USDA funding/financing opportunities for rural communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure.

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Apply for the Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge

The Smart Rural Community® Collaboration Challenge is an opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain up to $5,000 to deploy broadband-enabled solutions for community-oriented initiatives, including economic development, education, health care and public safety.

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Smart infrastructure challenge announces winners of $50 million in seed funding

StateScoop — Four development teams have taken home top prizes in a competition for advanced infrastructure proposals, each securing up to $10 million in investment capital.

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Congressional Smart Cities Caucus to discuss 'A Movement for Inclusion to Seize 21st Century Opportunities'

On Friday, September 14th, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke will host her panel entitled "Smart Cities and You Part II: A Movement for Inclusion to Seize 21st Century Opportunities" during CBCF's 48th Annual Legislative Conference.

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USDA to Implement Regulatory Reforms to Increase Access to Capital in Rural Areas

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is hosting listening sessions to solicit feedback on a plan to increase access to capital in rural areas by streamlining regulations for four Rural Development loan guarantee programs.

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Elysian Fiber Ohio — Smart Infrastructure Challenge

Elysian Fiber’s public/private project will focus on the development of a fiber optic backbone and fiber optic connections to community residents and key economic and academic development sites.

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Hampton Roads Regional Connectivity Ring — Smart Infrastructure Challenge

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) envisions a Regional Connectivity Ring (RCR), which will be used to connect five Southside cities - Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake - to the transatlantic cable landings, as the foundation for smart region development and digitally-empowered communities.

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Jean Rice, Broadband Specialist: Bridging the Digital Divide

When it comes to building smart regions, Jean Rice wants to make sure every community knows that they do NOT have to start from scratch.  Rice is NTIA's Senior Broadband Program Specialist for BroadbandUSA (an initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce).

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Top 5 takeaways from Smart Cities New York 2018

Within that spirit of cooperation, private and public-sector leaders said governments and their agencies should be more deliberate about working with private businesses, which often can innovate more quickly and deliver services more cheaply. Columbia, SC Mayor Benjamin said for too long government has been “afraid of public-private partnerships (P3s),”

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Lawmakers create grant program to spread broadband in Missouri

House Bill 1872 creates the the Missouri Rural Broadband Development Fund, but it will rely on appropriations. The grant would fund a maximum of 50 percent of a project provide a maximum $2.5 million to a given project.

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The DigiTruck Project: Bridging the Digital Divide in Africa

Arrow Electronics and the nonprofit organization Close the Gap are collaborating to turn used cargo containers into fully equipped digital classrooms and health clinics that can be deployed to remote areas of Africa. The first "DigiTruck" classroom was deployed to the Tuleeni Orphanage in Tanzania where it's currently providing some 80 orphans with access to a classroom full of refurbished laptops, tablets and other IT equipment.

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Technology: using power for good

New technologies can enhance the work of development groups from grassroots to global, but with this new potential comes the responsibility to understand the risks.

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Context Labs co-founds MOBI: The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative

MOBI allows industry stakeholders to interoperate together, generate global network effects, and with that stem the tide of big tech disruption, and instead, lead with transformative differentiation.  MOBI and its ecosystem partners have a voice to innovate and differentiate, leveraged by their combined network effect.  Disrupt?  We say "no."  Provide transformative differentiation, at-scale in one of the world's largest industry ecosystems?  We say "yes."

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Here’s why revitalizing a city doesn’t have to mean erasing its history

For some, a city full of little boutiques and expensive coffee shops is the ultimate sign of progress and growth. But for the people who have lived there much longer — whose homes stood long before the frozen yogurt and the bike lanes — this can be a painful process.

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