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Burlington’s “Civic Cloud” project awarded grant

Wednesday, January 22, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Couture

The Civic Cloud Collaborative, launched by a group of eight local organizations to build a "Civic Cloud" on Burlington’s gigabit network, has received a $35,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The project will be a tool for community organizers, nonprofits and civic hackers to develop public, non-commercial Internet applications.The Knight Foundation grant will be used to construct a prototype of the Civic Cloud over the next six months.

The Civic Cloud combines Burlington’s fiber-optic gigabit network and donated servers to build a public access Internet platform available to the community for non-commercial Internet applications and digital creative works.

The Civic Cloud takes advantage of Burlington Telecom’s gigabit Internet speeds—over 100 times the average national broadband speed. The Civic Cloud will complement the work of BTV Ignite, a partnership between US Ignite and the City of Burlington. BTV Ignite is an initiative to use Burlington’s gigabit infrastructure as a tool, testbed, and accelerator for economic, educational and community benefit.

 The Civic Cloud Collaborative is comprised of Big Heavy World, CCTV Center for Media & Democracy, Channel 17/Town Meeting Television, Code for BTV (a

Code for America Brigade), Found Line, Laboratory B, Regional Educational Technology Network (RETN), and Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM).

More information on the civic cloud project is available here.

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