Projects

 
"Gigabit Libraries Network" (GLN):.
An open collaboration of innovative libraries cooperating as a distributed testbed and showcase environment for high performance applications and equipment in the service of educational, civic and cultural objectives.






"GLN WhiteSpace Pilot" . Project will examine how integrating these two unlicensed open wireless communication technologies can benefit library users by combining the near universal compatibility of wifi with the range and penetrating capabilities of WhiteSpace devices.

   
 

"Fiber to the Library" is the latest project under the Community TeleStructure Initiative. The goal of the three-year-old initiative is to assure next-generation Internet connectivity into every U.S. community through the nation's 16,500 public libraries. FTTL has served as a guiding concept and spearhead for national buildout of broadband under the National Broadband Plan.

FTTL advocates for libraries as the natural "Community Technology Hub" with new digital age roles:

 
Early Adopter where technologies are showcased for shared community
use and ideal demo site for emerging technologies.
 
Face of E-gov't where anyone can find a guide to help navigate a
burgeoning world of online public services.
 
First Responder as hardened communications and information facility
for disaster preparedness and recovery.
 
Content Creator digitizing local historical documents and photos.

 
 
 
As a partial antidote to states scrambling to "frontload" the primary calendar, the first
National Presidential Caucus was launched in 2007. Self-organizing groups gathered face to face across the country to deliberate on the issues and candidates and to collectively post their results in advance of the official 2008 primary season.

Community TeleStructure Initiative is a broad collaboration of public and private interests  who pledge to work jointly or independently to encourage communities to take responsibility for the design and development of strategies that promote local broadband deployment. State Broadband Roundtables have convened in California, Virgina and Massachusetts at the invitation or with support from the offices of the governors.

* In 1997 DVA coined the term "TeleStructure" to refer to the set of interconnected physical components and support structures comprising telecommunications infrastructure with special emphasis on the local level.