Tag Archives: World Wide Web

Broadband 101 – Need a bigger boat?


“You’re gonna need a bigger boat”

It’s a now-classic line:  Chief Martin Brody’s attempt to convey the need for more resources in the hit movie “Jaws”, was actually ad-libbed by actor Roy Scheider and is listed at #35 on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Best Movie Quotes.  That was 1975.

i want my viNGN button graphicToday, the “bigger boat” is ACCESS…  to more communications capability.  More services, products and activities are becoming  available on the World Wide Web like banking, home offices, wide area networks, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephones, medical data, distance learning… as well as the sharing of content (web sites, blogs, social media) and much more,  creating the necessity for higher internet speeds across more stable high-capacity networks than ever before.

The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, in an effort to assist the public in broadband adoption, has posted a primer called “Broadband 101” to foster a better understanding of the definitions and terminology of broadband technology. Visitors to this blog are invited to view the information and share it as often as possible!

Eric Newton: FCC Should Expand E-Rate Program to Boost Digital Literacy


Eric Newton(Excerpts:  PBS.ORG/MEDIASHIFT) “The Federal Communications Commission recently asked for public comment on its plans to streamline and increase the E-rate program for libraries and schools. Knight Foundation is helping libraries in 27 cities become digital community centers, and the Knight School at Queens University has a goal of raising the digital media literacy rate of its entire community by partnering with libraries and schools…

Without access to the World Wide Web, without being involved in it, digital media literacy simply can’t be taught — and without that, our nation will never fully enter the digital age.”

Eric Newton is senior adviser to the president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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