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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    In addition to paid services the WiFi network provides free access to 18 Web sites of public interest including the resources of the public library which also provides free broadband access to patrons onsite Rhyzome and Festival Hydro are also extending WiFi coverage to utility customers in six rural towns and villages beyond the Stratford city limit This supplements a Rural Connections program funded by the province and has helped make broadband available to 99 9 of residents in the rural areas around the city The Breakout Year In October 2010 Stratford signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Waterloo to create a new campus in Stratford Beginning in September 2011 it will offer an undergraduate degree in Global Business and Digital Media and graduate studies in Business Entrepreneurship and Technology as well as Digital Innovation The project is funded by the city province and Federal government as well as by Open Text a Waterloo based provider of enterprise content management systems Headquartered in ICF s 2007 Intelligent Community of the Year the University of Waterloo has an international reputation in computer sciences math and engineering It operates the world s largest cooperative work program and its liberal intellectual property policies led to the creation of Open Text as well as Research in Motion maker of the BlackBerry The new campus will be home to two other major projects also announced in 2010 The Stratford Institute aims to be a think tank staffed with leading digital technology experts involved in research and development product commercialization and policy A new technology business incubator will provide office space support services and consulting expertise in finance accounting law product development and market That will complement the existing Stratford Perth Centre for Business where consultants offer training mentorship and financing programs in Stratford and surrounding communities These are major developments for a city of Stratford s size According to Mayor Mathieson When the full contingent of 500 undergraduate students is onsite it will bring a 30 40 million annualized benefit to the city including 300 jobs and 60 million in construction The long term gains are expected to be greater because Stratford is betting its future on digital technologies as a means to accelerate business start up and growth Entrepreneurial Foundations Stratford is already home to a number of tech start ups and is becoming increasingly attractive to technology operations seeking a new location Five young Web developers from Stratford and Toronto founded Conceptual Pathways to build Web based systems such as Bill Circle a collaborative bid management system for general contractors and their subcontractors trades and specialist services which drastically reduces the time and paper used to compile contracts and bid Perth County of which Stratford is the county seat has adopted the system as have a number of general contractors and thousands of subcontractors PicoWireless has created a free ad supported email client called PicoMail that allows low end mobile phones to mimic the user experience of a more expensive

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    Figures Library Broadband Intelligent Connectivity at the City of Stratford Published Monday August 22 2011 7 00 am by Public Sector Digest Communication within and between organizations is no longer primarily via face to face interaction non verbal cues or even written correspondence Communication today is increasingly wrapped up in the exchange of data and information over the internet Verbal communication in an organization can be enhanced through public speaking lessons or perhaps through ice breakers that allow individuals to feel more comfortable communicating with one another Written communication can be enhanced through writing courses and a reliable postal service But with data transfer now burgeoning as a form of communication in most governments and businesses communication is most effectively enhanced through improved internet connectivity A faster and more reliable connection means quicker and safer data transfer PSD spoke with Mayor Dan Mathieson of Stratford Ontario regarding the city s efforts to bring state of the art connectivity to a growing and evolving municipality This year Stratford was named as one of the Top 7 Most Intelligent Communities in the world as a result of their innovations in internet connectivity allowing data and information to flow freely in and out

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    commission ruled against the complaint Finally after three years and 2 5 million in legal fees BVU had won the right to deliver retail communications Financial Success Spurs Growth As it turned out the private sector was right to fear competition from BVU Market research conducted by the company in 2001 suggested that 70 of respondents might switch telephone and television service from the incumbent operator while half might switch Internet service By August 2008 BVU s OptiNet FTTU service had captured more than 62 of the available residential and business market in its service area thanks to effective marketing to electric customers with whom BVU already had a relationship Despite millions of dollars of investment OtpiNet had reached financial self sufficiency on 16 million in net revenues in the 2009 fiscal year A 2008 study conducted for the BVU Board determined that OptiNet customers while enjoying the bandwidth bonanza of FTTU had saved nearly 10 million over incumbent competitors rates or special offers since the start of service The OptiNet service area was no longer limited by the city lines BVU entered into partnership with the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission in 2003 to build CPC OptiNet Managed by BVU the network began with a 45 mile fiber optic circuit reaching to Richlands Virginia funded by grants from the US government and the Virginia Tobacco Commission It grew gradually to 200 miles across four rural counties with the help of additional grants The Tobacco Commission distributes money paid to the state by US tobacco companies following the 1998 settlement of the largest class action lawsuit in US history BVU s success in designing building and operating the network led it to establish a business unit called BVU FOCUS which stands for Finding Opportunities for Communities throughout the United States BVU FOCUS offers consulting and management services to other entities that seek to build advanced telecom networks The unit s first customer in 2007 was MI Connection a telecom co op owned by two communities in the state of North Carolina Under BVU s management the 80 million network grew its customer base nearly 5 in its first year and exceeded budget by 27 Creating a Broadband Culture While the struggles of OptiNet make an exciting story Bristol did not become a fiber carrier in order to win competitive battles with business The city council s goal was economic and community development and though the network is still so new early results are positive BVU s extension of the network convinced two major companies CGI and Northrop Grumman to build multi million dollar facilities in a regional business park during 2007 Since the network extension was completed in 2007 185 businesses in the four county service area have become customers and two new industrial parks began construction Recent media reports indicate that business growth resulting from the broadband build out has created 1 220 jobs in seven coal producing counties worth 37 million in annual payroll and attracted 50 million

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    school students One program Reality Check lets students role play being a head of household at different levels of income based on their educational attainment As they simulate paying utility bills obtaining child care and making choices about transportation they quickly learn that a single parent with a high school diploma cannot afford to buy a sports car The two institutions have also partnered to help lower income students start their education at Chattanooga State and finish it at the University which can save the students tens of thousands of dollars Chattanooga State offers a full range of technical degrees in health sciences robotics mechatronics and other leading fields while the University offers a high quality College of Business programs in engineering computer science and math and the National SimCenter for computational engineering one of the world s pioneers in solving engineering problems through computer simulation The state of Tennessee ranks 48th out of 50 states in education but the percentage of Chattanoogans with bachelor s degrees exceeds the national average Putting Smarts into the Grid When electricity was first commercialized in the US the utility companies focused on America s largest cities where they could get a faster return on investment at lower risk The same would later be true of telephone service and broadband Chattanooga shares with many smaller American cities a valuable legacy of that earlier commercial neglect a local electric utility owned by the City Council The Electric Power Board EPB has delivered electricity to the city since 1935 telephone service since 2000 and Internet service since 2003 always with a mission to improve quality of life and economic opportunity for citizens A decade ago EPB began studying the installation of a fiber optic network to better control electric distribution The technology looked promising the business plan forecast that real time information from smart meters and distribution systems would let EPB reduce its transmission capacity by 40 while delivering a higher quality of service But fiber was too expensive to meet the utility s 25 year payback requirement EPB s technology team put the plan on the shelf and waited They watched as after the dotcom bust the price of optical fiber cable fell sharply then continued to decline year by year When the price was right EPB moved By the end of 2010 EPB had installed its network into all of the 170 000 businesses and homes in its service area With each fiber install went a smart meter able to provide real time data on energy usage at that location The meters are also capable of controlling energy hungry devices in the home or office as well but EPB is taking it slow in exploring their use Some smart meter installations in the US have been controversial Customers have accused their utilities of using the new metering systems to raise rates EPB has kept the good will of Chattanooga for decades by ensuring that the innovations it introduces actually make its customers happy A

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    a knowledge based economy Academic Leadership Among the metropolitan area s assets however were strong government and nonprofit institutions including Case Western Reserve University Cleveland State University Cuyahoga Community College and Nortech These organizations teamed with the city the regional transit authority and other partners to form a nonprofit called OneCleveland now known as OneCommunity www onecommunity org Its mission to deploy a community based ultra broadband network in the metropolitan area and to build a new knowledge economy on its foundation The project was the brainchild of Lev Gonick CIO at Case Western The network was switched on in 2003 and today has a dozen institutional subscribers ranging from the city and the regional MetroHealth System to the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Orchestra Applications running on the network include high definition videoconferencing connecting Cleveland Clinic doctors to city schools for the delivery of healthcare best in class programs from the Cleveland Museum of Art delivered to branch libraries and a pilot wireless project with Intel to enable city and county inspectors to file and exchange data on building permits in the field In 2005 Intel named the greater Cleveland area as one of three Worldwide Digital Communities deploying wireless broadband applications to improve government and other services Human Factors Under President Scott Rourke OneCommunity has focused as much on human factors as technology The nonprofit has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from governments foundations and businesses to invest in technology training and network expansion A model program called Computer Learning in My Backyard or CLIMB focused technology and financial literacy training on low income working age residents and included funding to subsidize PC and Internet access purchases The Fund for our Economic Future a collaboration among 66 regional foundations launched in February 2006 an 18

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    two carrier hotels in Columbus to exchange traffic in return for giving DubLink customers connection to global carriers A Dublin nonprofit the Online Computer Library Center was granted two fibers on the DubLink network and uses them to help provide research services to nearly 70 000 libraries in 112 countries Invisible Infrastructure This invisible infrastructure has had major positive impacts on the community CORN allows schools businesses and institutions to explore experimental networking technologies through Internet2 where the next generation of commercial networking technologies is taking shape An annual Ohio Supercomputer Center project uses videoconferencing to bring together thousands of elementary and secondary school students for an all day learning conference DubLink is used to deliver robust e government services from online registration for classes tax filing and permits to remote attendance at City Council meetings The city also partners with state government to promote OhioMeansJobs a career Web site currently hosting 8 million resumes and hundreds of job openings Dublin developed a city center WiFi network which uses DubLink as its backbone It has now budgeted for expansion to cover the entire city In this public private venture Dublin contributes its infrastructure network and hotspots on city property and a private company HighSpeedAir provides services The city uses the network for mobile computing by its first responders and field staff fleet monitoring of snow plows and other city vehicles and video monitoring of traffic It is also used to support city sponsored cultural events like the Dublin Irish Festival weekends and the Jack Nicklaus PGA Memorial Tournament And HighSpeedAir markets access to small businesses through corporate buildings and office parks The city also views WiFi as a way to reduce digital exclusion To support widespread affordable connectivity Dublin provides free computer training to adults and seniors through its recreation centers Entrepreneurial Opportunity It takes more than information transport however to build a competitive economy Dublin is a partner of TechColumbus a regional nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate the growth of the innovation economy through business plan counseling market assessment and help in gaining access to capital More than 60 Dublin companies have benefited to date The 625 000 that the city invested in TechColumbus in 2009 has already yielded 14 6 million in investment debt financing and new revenue The city s Dublin Entrepreneurial Center DEC opened in 2009 with one start up tenant and now houses nearly 50 companies and support organizations including the Center for Innovative Food Technology and the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition It hosts twice monthly co working events where Dublin s business community participates in training and meets the community s newest entrepreneurial class Inspired by its participation in ICF s programs the city is also establishing a Center for Global Business Development at DEC to provide collaboration education and support for Dublin companies seeking to do business overseas This ongoing effort to support and strengthen entrepreneurship helps explain why there are 3 000 companies in Dublin with an average of just seven

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    the state from Cape Canaveral on the Atlantic to Tampa Bay on the Gulf coast This regional community now contain 6 800 high tech companies employing more than 158 000 workers in optics and photonics medical technology information technology aviation and aerospace simulation and training and microelectronics Business Week has rated it one of the fastest growing technology centers in America In terms of broadband the region ranks among the best served in the nation with the local carrier Verizon having invested more than 1 7 billion in the last five years For consumers and small businesses companies including Verizon GTE RoadRunner Time Warner Earthlink and AOL deliver DSL and cable modem service an array of providers that most Americans can only dream about Effective Collaboration Like most successful technology clusters the Corridor was the result of effective collaboration between academia University of Central Florida and University of South Florida the private sector and local and state government That cooperation continues with the partners creating programs in workforce development to fill an anticipated gap between the growth of the working age population and demand for employees including US 80 million recently raised by the universities and private sector to fund

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    businesses institutions and residents within and beyond the city limits Creating a Community of Use Using this infrastructure the city introduced in 2000 a free high speed Internet access service for all residents with free installation and training delivered via a Worldgate set top system and the cable TV network Free Internet access has become a valuable community building tool that provides residents of all ages and economic levels with

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