Just as important as engineering and math is the innovative thinking and creativity that can allow science to be more than merely an exercise.[More]
Posts for 'Technology'
The FCC is proposing giving away unlicensed portions of the digital spectrum to allow for super Wi-Fi networks across the nation.[More]
I wonder how many of you remember receiving my first e-newsletter, Urban Politics (UP) #01, back in 1996? It addressed transferring the Freeway Park garage to the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. In 1996, one would start their modem, wait 30 seconds to log on, check email, perhaps spend a few minutes chatting with an AOL buddy. One could browse, but there was no YouTube, Huffington Post or Wikipedia. There was no FaceBook, Twitter or Google Search to browse to. There was no such thing as a blog.[More]
Do you know that Seattle ranks 2nd among the most literate cities in the U.S., just behind Washington D.C.? For some time, now, Seattle has been trying to increase digital literacy rates, as well, through Technology Matching Grants.[More]
The City Council’s Energy and Technology Committee is considering proposed legislation related to the Comcast cable franchise renewal. Councilmember Jean Godden is the chair, I am the vice-chair, and David J. Della is a member of this committee, which focuses on Seattle City Light, energy rates and energy sources, information technology, cable and broadband telecommunications, Seattle Public Access Network (SCAN) and citizen technology literacy and access.[More]
The City, under the Mayor’s guidance, has set upon a course of attracting biotech industries to Seattle and to the South Lake Union neighborhood in particular. With Seattle’s unemployment rate being one of the highest in the nation for a major urban area, pursuing this industry appears to be a “no-brainer”.[More]
Tags: biotech industries, Budget and Economic Development, Construction and Land Use (DCLU), Department of Design, Finance, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Labor Committee, Land Use Code, Land Use Committee, South Lake Union, unemployment rate, UP
At my Neighborhood, Arts & Civil Rights Committee, my proposed Resolution 30587 establishing a Monorail Technical Advisory Panel (MTAP) was passed and will now be voted on by the Full Council this Monday.[More]
Since the 1996 Telecommunications Act deregulated of radio ownership
rules we have seen a national trend of massive media consolidation and
dramatically decreased competition.
Last month at the Full Council’s Monday, April 22, 2002 meeting I voted to approve Ordinance number 120775 (Council Bill number 114137, sponsored by Councilmember Jim Compton), legislation that strengthens our city’s Cable Customer Bill of Rights by revising sections of Seattle Municipal Code 21.60. The ordinance passed 8-0, with Councilmember Pageler excused. This legislation is significant because it specifically defines, for the first time anywhere in the nation, how a municipality can implement existing Federal laws regulating cable services. I see four important aspects to this legislation.[More]
Today the City Council unanimously approved a new cable franchise to allow Western Integrated Networks (WIN) the right to lay a new fiber network throughout the city. The existing two cable franchises cover only sectors of the city. WIN’s entrance into our market means that there will be more competition between the cable companies to deliver improved and quality cable and high speed, broad band internet services to Seattle residents.[More]