THE LWVCT MEDIA STUDY:  Concurrence achieved a long time ago!

League has been thinking about Net Neutrality and related subjects for a while!
  1. WHAT'S NEW...
  2. Fall Conference on E-Democracy:  A 21st Century Citizen's Right to Know and Participate STREAMING HERE!
  3. More new stuff - link here to report on high speed internet access in U.S.A. as of 2006 - compare this to what I-BBC reports:
  4. INTRO to the topic:  inspired by Free Press' presentation at LWVCT Convention '07...
  5. Which Committee is in charge of these issues in the U.S. House of Representatives?
  6. Tech info;
  7. THE NEXT GENERATION - WIMAX - modem for laptop, alternative possibly the real alternative to WiFi (no technical problems) - similar speeds to DSL (?)
  8. CT news.
  9. WiFi locations and cost (if not FREE).  NOTE: not an all-encompassing list -
  10. More on WiFi in CT.
  11. Background reports on WiFi and Media Study matters...

E-Democracy:  A 21st Century Citizen's Right to Know and Participate...LWVCT Fall Conference
If you want to participate in the League of Women Voters Media Study, JOIN the Weston LWV HERE:

Keynote speaker CT Att'y General Richard Blumenthal, Jon Bartholomew of Common Cause, Tony Riddle of Alliance for Community Media, Alexandra Russell of Free Press

WATCH THESE GREAT PRESENTERS!  This program is 2 hours and 20 minutes long.


Click on the appropriate link below, depending on whether you have a broadband (cable or dsl) internet connection, or a dialup modem connection.  The video is in Windows Media Player format.  If you are using Internet Explorer, and have Windows Media Player installed on your computer, the program should begin playing shortly after you click on the link.  With some other browsers, such as Firefox, the entire download will have to occur before the program will begin playing.  That may take considerable time, depending on the speed of your connection.  The files are very large, due to the length of the program!  The broadband version is 354 mB (megaBytes) in size, and the dialup version is 54 mB.  If your computer does not have Windows Media Player installed, you can download and install it from
.  Microsoft has a version of WMP for Apple as well as for Windows computers.

Once the download process has completed, but not before, you will be able to skip around to arbitrary points within the program, by dragging the position slider in the Player program.

 Cable or DSL:

Dial Up:

FALL CONFERENCE 2007:  E-Democracy:  A 21st Century Citizen's Right to Know and Participate
At the Capitol, Saturday morning, December 1, 2007  9am to Noon in the Old Judiciary Room...CT State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.  Interest around the country in the program - example here.


It was fantastic, AG great, other speakers super and audience q&a spectacular (and the Old Judiciary Room was packed)!!!  President Jara Burnett started us off, reporting on the Media Study's near completion and preparation for presentation to Local Leagues.  Kathy Wilson of the Hartford LWV moderated most ably.

Food for thought as LWVCT Media Study Committee prepares final document for member Concurrence!   It was truly inspiring to hear Att'y General Blumenthal thank the League for letting him talk about deep and serious issues for our democracy (rather than consumer issues only as his portfolio as CT AG lets him do usually).

Common Cause was delighted to hear what CT and its AG were up to;  PEG specialist from
Alliance for Community Media in D.C. was SUPER and had the full background about PEG--where its been and where it must go.  Advocating for the people, Alliance for Community Media was thoughtful and gave the Study Committee some direction.

A rousing presentation by Free Press (reminding us that the League is an organization that she admires and sees as an invaluable ally in this push for an open Internet)...
Keynote Speaker:
  CT Attorney General Richard Blumenthal - get some background here;

Watch Ben Scott of Free Press speak about net neutrality on YouTube
and...on the iPod hearings at

A way to support universal access in compact areas - all you need is a laptop and a library card.
It works like this:  in a part of the downtown of Stamford, CT:  from public buildings and public spaces, DSL access is free to anyone with a CT Library card.  Within a circle of connectivity, users may access the Internet free.  The spot where this started is Stamford Library, then to City Hall and to parks andpublic plazas, hopefully from roof tops to the train station.  This is an experiment of "One Coast, One Future," and a similar WIFI experiment is up and running @ a train station in Norwalk;  there should be something going on in Bridgeport, too.

Questions about the subject of "WIFI":

In the U.S.A.?  In Connecticut? 
What role does population density play?
Is it a good option in remote areas otherwise underserved by commercial providers?

Entry level ones here in Connecticut, the "Land of Steady Habits": 

AVAILABLE AT LWVCT OFFICES... video of LWVCT Convention 2007 activity in main meeting room, (for those Leagues not able to be at the one-day event)...

freepress speaker at LWVCT Convention '07 tells their version of the story...POWER POINT presentation here!
The who, what, when, where, why, and how of Wi-Fi;  "Net Neutrality" - where WiFi fits into the new LWVCT Study.

WiFi?  Why not!
Read research study that raises the major questions (in the Executive Summary) and gives an excellent overview...
(found via Google from footnotes on "Broadband" - Wikipedia).

Got kitchenware? (i.e. WOKTENNA) - instructions below:
Make 2.4GHz parabolic mesh dishes from cheap but sturdy Chinese cookware scoops & a USB WiFi adaptor! The largest so called "WIFRY" or "WOKTENNA" (12"= 300mm diam) shows 12-15dB gain (enough for a LOS range extension to 3-5km),costs ~US$5 & comes with a user friendly bamboo handle that suits WLAN fieldwork- if you can handle the curious stares! Neater boutique versions may better appeal indors.

What is it ("WiFi")?

Some more on what it is...

Want to talk like a Wi-Fi techie?  Some words you should know...

What is "bluetooth?"  Bad circulation in your teeth?  Here's a link to another "glossary" is annd more definitions of computer terms;  another!

Wi-Fi Alliance - its the IEEE 802.11a-g and an "n" version is forthcoming, according to our technical consultant - on the web:

A Subect of Interest All Over The World



We found this niche blog article - blog itself has now been merged into the The Wireless Report (, which covers all things wireless -

B A C K G R O U N D   R E P O R T S . . .


Most users know they need a laptop that's equipped with a wireless card to connect to a WiFi network. Here are some other tips about how to get a strong signal from a citywide system.

• Look for a node: Before you subscribe, look to see where the closest node is to your building. If it's within eyesight, you're more likely to get a strong signal.

• Work by a window: If possible, use your computer near a window on the first or second floor. You won't get a signal from the middle of a building with no windows.

• Use a CPE: To get a signal indoors, use a wireless router called a CPE, or customer-premise equipment, that strengthens the signal. EarthLink offers one at no charge to customers who sign up for a one-year subscription and sells them to other customers for $69.95.

Source: Chronicle research

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS:  So how do you think the lobbyist who wrote this bill defined "high speed?"  The same way the writer made sure to link CT the present Federal standards?

New Position:
LWVCT Internet/Media Study Concurrence Statement
Approved by the LWVCT Board 4/1/2008

A Neutral Internet: "Net Neutrality"

The LWVCT believes that a free and open Internet is increasingly important to the protection of individual liberties – freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of association – guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and by the Connecticut Constitution.  The League also believes that net neutrality protections are essential for political discourse, dissemination of news, and democratic participation.  Therefore, the League of Women Voters of Connecticut supports the LWVUS position to protect the open, neutral, nondiscriminatory nature of the Internet.  To further this position, the LWVCT supports efforts by the State of Connecticut to protect the open, neutral, nondiscriminatory nature of the Internet.

Universal High Speed Internet Access for Connecticut

The League of Women Voters supports making high speed Internet access available to all Connecticut residents, without charge, through schools, libraries, and other secure public buildings.  High speed affordable Internet access is an essential service that should be readily available to all Connecticut residents and businesses.  State and local government policies should support broadband, wireless, and other means of high speed Internet deployment throughout the state.

Efficient, high speed access to the Internet for all Connecticut residents-regardless of geographic location or neighborhood demographics-is a necessity for assuring equal access to local and state government, for maintaining openness and transparency in government activities, for communicating with legislative leaders, for engaging in political discourse, for competing in the global marketplace, and for assuring that voters receive the information they need to participate in our democracy.

Community Access and Public Affairs TV:
Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) TV & the Connecticut Network (CT-N)

The League of Women Voters believes that community access television channels – for public, educational, and governmental programming – must be adequately protected, promoted, and funded, regardless of the provider of TV/video services to Connecticut residents.  Statewide public affairs programming, such as provided by The Connecticut Network (CT-N), must be adequately protected, promoted, and funded by the state legislature and available to all Connecticut residents, regardless of the provider of TV/video services.  Government should provide opportunities for citizen participation in decisions regarding community access, or PEG, TV.

Access to the public airwaves through modem TV/video communication is essential to the public interest and to League of Women Voters’ mission and purpose- to protect civil liberties, to ensure open, transparent government, and to promote the public’s right to know.  To protect the public interest, high quality PEG transmission and PEG availability on basic service tiers are essential.