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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

Letting Citizens Have Their Say

By Wil Payton

Taking turns on a state run Twitter account Vermont has taken a page out of Sweden’s social media playbook by turning over the state’s Twitter account to private citizens to tweet about their daily lives for a week. This is a pretty progressive move for a state with an older demographic (second-oldest median age nationally according to the 2010 census). State policymakers believe this is a chance to cultivate a more contemporary image to attract more tourist and younger residents. In The New York Times article Jen Butson, director of communications for the state’s Department of Tourism provided the following insight: “It’s neat that we can...

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Driving broadband adoption in the Latino community

By CPR Staff

By Anna M. Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and InformationJuly 06, 2012 I recently had the opportunity to speak to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) about NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the work it is doing to promote broadband adoption in the Latino community. A high-speed Internet connection can provide access to everything from online job postings to educational opportunities to valuable healthcare information. But too many Latino households remain cut off from these important benefits. NTIA...

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Examining Broadband’s Economic Impact

By Wil Payton

Does broadband get the attention due considering its impact on the economy? A recently released Connect Minnesota report noted that broadband-connected businesses in Minnesota bring in $200,000 more in media annual revenues. A Connect Michigan study reported that Broadband-connected Michigan businesses with fewer than 20 employees report median annual revenues of approximately $300,000, compared to just $100,000 among similarly sized competitors that do not use broadband From a more global perspective consider the following excerpt from a CNBC guest blog written by Stephen Alexander, CTO, Senior VP, Products and Technology at Ciena...

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Telework and Corporate Culture

By Wil Payton

The challenges of implementing telework policies Thirty-two percent of federal workers are eligible to telework according to an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) report on the Status of Telework in the Federal Government. However, less than 25 percent actually exercise this option. The OPM report emphasizes that “telework can make employees more efficient, more accountable, and more resilient in emergency conditions...” Telework programs offer a significant life-enhancement component as well. Take the economic and environmental impact on individuals far removed from the nation’s capital as an example. A Connect Minnesota Telework report...

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