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Connecting Communities at Gigabit City Summit 2015

Connecting Communities at Gigabit City Summit 2015

A presentation on the community organizing work happening in Burlington, Vermont around its fiber-optic gigabit network.

Bradley Holt

January 14, 2015

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  1. About Me 2 •  Co-Founder & Technical Director, Found Line,

    2005–2014 •  Creative studio (print, web, mobile) located in Burlington, Vermont •  Worked with mission-driven and nonprofit organizations •  Recipients of the Vermont Tech Jam 2014 Ambassador Award •  Community Organizing •  Code for America Brigade Captain with Code for BTV •  Project Director for the Civic Cloud Collaborative •  Chair of the BTV Ignite Community Working Group •  Author, speaker and facilitator © 2014 IBM Corporation
  2. About Me (cont'd) •  Recently joined IBM Cloudant as a

    Developer Advocate •  IBM Cloudant is a globally distributed data layer for web and mobile applications 3 © 2014 IBM Corporation
  3. Burlington Telecom 4 •  Initially provided telecommunications services to City

    buildings •  Started offering residential service in 2005 •  Began offering gigabit service in late 2012 © 2014 IBM Corporation
  4. Triple Play or Infrastructure? 5 •  Burlington tried to build

    its own cable company in the 1980s •  Many saw Burlington Telecom as a cable TV company •  How to demonstrate the true value of the fiber-optic network? © 2014 IBM Corporation
  5. BTV Gig •  Gigabit Salon & Gigabit Tweetup (December, 2012)

    •  Outreach to Mozilla Ignite, Gig.U, Free Press, Institute for Local Self-Reliance and US Ignite •  Burlington's Gigabit Opportunity (March, 2013) 6 © 2014 IBM Corporation
  6. Code for America Brigade •  Launched with National Day of

    Civic Hacking in June of 2013 •  Close to 100 participants in five major hackathons, regular meetups and other events •  Projects include: •  Lakecraft •  Vermont Music Library •  "Green" Printing App 7 © 2014 IBM Corporation
  7. Civic Cloud Collaborative •  Platform for public, non- commercial Internet

    applications and digital creative works •  Spearheaded by CCTV Center for Media & Democracy •  Built with a Knight Prototype Fund grant, donated equipment and significant volunteer efforts •  Connected to Internet2 8 Image Credit: Untitled by Gary H, on Flickr © 2014 IBM Corporation
  8. City of Burlington and US Ignite Partnership 9 •  Officially

    launched in October of 2013 by Mayor Miro Weinberger •  Initiative to use Burlington’s gigabit infrastructure as a tool, testbed, and accelerator for economic, educational and community benefit. •  Draft BTV Ignite Playbook Executive Summary released in October of 2014 © 2014 IBM Corporation