Earlier this month I featured a
report from the Communication Workers of America (CWA) as my
Report of the Week. Although I know that each of you
usually reads every comment on this blog (hah!), Beth Allen of the CWA left
a later comment that I thought was worth bringing to the forefront:
I am very interested in the challenge of articulating the vision as well.
I work with the Communications Workers of America, on the Speed Matters project,
which Scott kindly highlighted as a Report of the Week.
We are in the initial stages of gathering real stories about how
universal, affordable broadband can make a real difference. Our research shows
that even people who don’t want broadband for themselves have a vague idea that
it is important for kids and schools and the future of education. We need to
move from the abstract to the specific.
We are interested identifying educators who would be interested in
talking about their vision of what they could do if every child had home access
to a computer with a real high speed connection (think FTTH [fiber to the home]
with speeds of 30 mbps or more).
We are also interested in getting kids to imagine the future – what would
they do or invent if everyone in the United States had a real high speed
connection. It might be the world’s most awesome video game. It might be a video
phone system so that they could communicate with their grandparents who live far
If any of you are interested in participating in one of these projects,
drop me a note at http://www.speedmatters.org/contact.html
Anyone willing to talk with Beth? If so, drop her a note! For what
it’s worth, Beth, here is what I’d talk about:
Fiber to the Home or Wireless Everywhere? Which is Better?
Although fiber to the home will certainly change how we entertain/educate/communicate with the world, I believe that wireless access to everyone, everywhere with small computers will have a greater impact than just high-speed to the home. Here is why…