Monday, January 23, 2006

Hello Cleveland, The World's Most "Intelligent Community".....DANG!

I bet you thought Cleveland was only famous for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Lebron James (very young star pro basketball player for those hermits among you), and the Drew Carey show.

Not......

Cleveland can now add a very modern...and impressive kudo to their city history.

World's "Most Intelligent Community".

No small feat there buckos.

Russell Shaw of ZDNet has the scoop (below). You should be jealous....or at least ticked off enough to pressure your city leadership to get off their duffs and try something similar.

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As Wayne and Garth said in "Wayne's World," "Hello, Cleveland!!"

No, not my idea of a joke. I'm serious. Credit a diligent community broadband effort for the assertion.

Serious as the Intelligent Community Forum, (ICF) an international think tank that concentrates on economic and job development in the broadband economy.

The ICF has named their top seven "intelligent communities." Not only was Cleveland listed as the "most intelligent," but it was the only U.S. metro on the list.

Credit broadband for the accolade. As the ICF explains:

Among the metropolitan area's assets, however, were strong government and nonprofit institutions, including Case Western Reserve University,Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College and Nortech. These organizations teamed with the city, the regional transit authority and other partners to form a nonprofit called OneCleveland.

Its mission: to deploy a community-based ultrabroadband network in the metropolitan area and to build a new knowledge economy on its foundation. The project was the brainchild of Lev Gonick,CIO at Case Western. The network was switched on in 2003 and today has a dozen institutional subscribers ranging from the city and the regional MetroHealth System to the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Applications running on the network include high-definition videoconferencing connecting Cleveland Clinic doctors to city schools for the delivery of healthcare, best-in-class programs from the Cleveland Museum of Art delivered to branch libraries, and a pilot wireless project with Intel to enable city and county inspectors to file and exchange data on building permits in the field. In 2005, Intel named the greater Cleveland area as one of three Worldwide Digital Communities deploying wireless broadband applications to improve government and other services.

Sounds pretty "intelligent" to me - and broadband is making it happen.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Squire said...

When is Wimax making its debut? Is it only available in NYC?

3:02 AM  

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