DOUGLAS' ECONOMIC PROPOSAL
Highlights of Gov. Jim Douglas' proposed economic stimulus package, which he released Saturday: $80 million in new bonding over five years for road and bridge repairs; $17.4 million in bonds purchased by the state retirement funds to help fund purchases of manufactured homes, downpayments, closing costs and repairs for first-time home buyers; a weekendlong sales-tax holiday at a cost of $1.9 million to the state; a weeklong sales-tax holiday on energy-efficient appliances at a cost of $100,000 to the state ; opportunity zones where employers could lease vacant industrial facilities tax-free; up to $10 million in economic tax credits for businesses that use environmentally friendly processes or create environmentally friendly technology; $18 million in low-interest loans for business expansion and creation; payroll tax credits for manufacturers in areas of the state with the highest unemployment; increased sales of timber from state land to help Vermont's wood-products industry; toll-free advice at 888-568-4547 for Vermonters who face foreclosure and help in negotiating a 60-day grace period with lenders.
April 20, 2008
April 19, 2008
I can't believe this statement by Cicconi at AT&T can be true. There must be a misprint. It's certainly true that bandwidth demands are increasing rapidly, but not this rapidly! Further follow up in a story in USA Today has the quote referring to the "...the entire Internet in 1995." This is more realistic because the Internet was far less pervasive 13 years ago.
"The surge in online content is at the center of the most dramatic changes affecting the Internet today," he said. "In three years' time, 20 typical households will generate more traffic than the entire Internet today."
April 13, 2008
We were guests at The Old Brick House location beside Russell Creek, a tidal arm on Edisto Island outside Charleston, SC, on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, 2008. What a wonderfully, peaceful place where the tides and the sun determine the pace of life under the live oaks.
Thanks Bill, Marguerite and others for your hospitality and welcoming!!
More on the Old Brick House Plantation here.
This piece aptly point out how the world is changing based on its embrace of internet access and all that implies on small mobile devices. Broadband access via Verizon's EVDO Rev. A service while traveling in our RV has been really good and getting better since 20o6.
However, I use a laptop for access. What I really want is a handheld device that will allow me to access Gmail and a host of other Google apps while traveling at Interstate speeds, if need be.
I know this will come, but right now I have not found the solution I want. Perhaps a new generation of devices and Verizon's deployment of 4G LTE using its newly acquired 700 MHz spectrum is what I must wait for. Four years seems an eternity!
April 4, 2008
The Economist has a dim view of the recent FCC spectrum auction because, in their opinion, it results in the airwaves being not open enough compared to conditions elsewhere in the world.
It remains to be seen if they're right.