Glenn Reynolds on the legacy media’s record in the latest election (and the rising role of new media).
WSUM, Madison’s best radio (streaming limited to UW IP addresses, unfortunately) at 91.7 played a bit of Uncle Tupelo recently….
Don’t miss their “Student Section” sports show Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 6p.m.
From “the Empire Strikes Back” department, Tuesday’s tri-cities referendum on a municipal fiber to the home plan for three Illinois cities (Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles) was defeated, largely, according to Northwestern Business Professor James Carlini by a massive misinformation campaign, funded by the incumbent telco’s:
?According to SBC and Comcast, virtually 100 percent of the region can sign up for DSL and access the Internet via cable modems. In addition, T-1 service is available to businesses throughout the Tri-Cities over existing telephone lines and wireless service is available from several dealers.?
T-1 service has been around for years. To be accurate, the first T-1 circuit was put into service for Illinois Bell in 1963 in Skokie, Ill. We?re not talking about what could be available today. People aren?t looking for 1.544-megabit service if 10-gigabit service is available.
Bast?s small knowledge of network technology seems to have been spoon fed to him by SBC and Comcast. His arguments lack depth of knowledge and it?s very clear from his position paper that he doesn?t know much about fiber-optic capabilities once they are in place.
Carlini also notes that local journalists ran with the wrong message… Read the article here. James Carlini links. Working on the road recently, a group adjacent to me was discussing Verizon’s larger than expected subscription success of their fiber to the home initiative….. Our politicians need to push the SBC’s of the world, or more practically, truly open the networks we all paid for.
Elizabeth Olson summarizes the federal government’s SBIR programs:
But for high-technology entrepreneurs, there is another source of financing that can be as generous as it is little known: grants from the federal government’s Small Business Innovative Research Program.
The biggest fund, by far, is run by the Defense Department, which parcels out some $1 billion a year to independent companies with fewer than 500 employees. The goal is to stimulate research into novel technologies that can benefit military operations, but with a twist. The department is not paying for exclusivity for the ideas it finances; rather, it wants those ideas to go commercial as quickly as possible to assure a stream of reliable and cost-effective suppliers.
Martin Klein is one of its emerging success stories – at least that is what he hopes. A chemical engineer by training, Mr. Klein has spent 40 years in the battery and fuel-cell business. In 1970, he founded the Energy Research Corporation, since renamed Fuel Cell Energy Inc., and later sold his stake in it. Today, it employs 500 people.
Then, in 1992, he founded Electro Energy Inc. to develop batteries for the military, and that same year submitted a proposal for a grant for research into what he calls a rechargeable bipolar nickel-metal-hydride battery. What sets it apart from traditional batteries, Mr. Klein says, is its design, which stacks thin flat wafer cells atop one another to improve the flow of current while taking up less space. His eventual aim, he says, is to produce a battery that is 30 percent smaller and cheaper than conventional batteries yet provides 50 percent more power.
The Defense Department, which is always on the prowl for better batteries, particularly for its communications equipment and aircraft, liked his idea. It awarded him $50,000.