infrastructure

Can Smart Cities Empower Their Citizens?

Can Smart Cities Empower Their Citizens?

Over the past few years, the idea of smart cities has come into vogue.  Usually this refers to city governments using information technology (i.e., some form of digital surveillance) to manage infrastructure more efficiently.   Planetizen recently highlighted a post by Mike Clay of Wodehouse that puts a slightly different spin on the technology: . . […]

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US Falling Behind in Broadband

US Falling Behind in Broadband

In case you missed it this weekend, the New York Times ran a story about the state of the Internet in the US: The United States, the country that invented the Internet, is falling dangerously behind in offering high-speed, affordable broadband service to businesses and consumers, according to technology experts and an array of recent […]

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US’s Aging Infrastructure Must Respond to Aging Population

US’s Aging Infrastructure Must Respond to Aging Population

We constantly read about America’s aging infrastructure.  According to the Atlantic Cities blog, not only is it aging, it needs to be reconfigured to serve that other rapidly aging piece of the American landscape–its human population: We often talk colloquially about the “fast pace of city living,” and that pace actually has a default speed: […]

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Smart Infrastructure Could Add 27,000 Jobs to New England Economy

Smart Infrastructure Could Add 27,000 Jobs to New England Economy

According to the New England Board of Higher Education, that’s one of the conclusions from a new report commissioned by the New England Council: Deloitte Principal and the report’s primary author, Mike Reopel, noted that the report’s recommendations include: Supporting the development of three New England subregions—the I-91 Corridor, the Down East Corridor of Maine […]

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Google Fiber: Is Everything Up to Date in Kansas City?

Google Fiber: Is Everything Up to Date in Kansas City?

You may remember that, with great fanfare, Google held a competition among US localities to see which one would be lucky enough to receive a massive broadband network.  Kansas City was the winner.  Ryan Lawler at TechCrunch has an update on the project: [Last week], Google provided details of its Google Fiber rollout in Kansas […]

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US Infrastructure:  Austerity is a Bad Investment Strategy

US Infrastructure: Austerity is a Bad Investment Strategy

That’s the reasoning by Jordan Weissman in the current issue of the Atlantic.  He cites the usual Keynesian justification for such projects, both in terms of boosting employment in the short run and economic productivity in the long run.  But he also makes the case that, since we’re going to have to take on these […]

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