Cities granted digital divide help
- By Matt Caterinicchia
- Jun 19, 2002
U.S. Conference of Mayors' information about grants
Five mayors June 17 accepted $100,000 each for networking equipment and
consulting services from 3Com Corp. as part of the company's Urban Challenge
3Com, in collaboration with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, created the
program to bridge the digital divide by aiming to increase community access
to educational programs, job training, health care and other municipal services
in disadvantaged urban areas.
The Urban Challenge program is focused on education and creating opportunities
for people in their communities, said Larry Geller, 3Com's manager of digital
opportunity programs. "We look at it as more of a partnership program.
We are helping these communities design the next-generation infrastructure."
The Urban Challenge awards ceremony was featured at the U.S. Conference
of Mayors' annual meeting in Madison, Wis., held June 14-18.
The Urban Challenge winners for June 2002 are as follows, with a highlight
of the uses for 3Com's $100,000 stipend.
* Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. of Jackson, Miss. The city will use high-speed
3Com switches to connect a three-school campus to the district's central
networking hub via the city's fiber network backbone.
* Mayor Oscar Goodman of Las Vegas. The Leisure Services and Community
Centers will use 3Com systems to augment schools' academic services by offering
online programs to underprivileged children, latch-key kids and students
on summer break.
* Mayor Irene Elia of Niagara Falls, N.Y. Among other efforts, the city
will use the funds to bolster interactive academic services at one high
school, where it will deploy a wireless local-area network among three middle
schools, nine elementary schools and one adult education school.
* Mayor Kathleen Novak of Northglenn, Colo. The stipend will be used
to deploy Gigabit Ethernet networks and Voice over IP telephony systems
at schools, enriching the academic environment and enabling better communication
between parents and teachers.
* Mayor Vera Katz of Portland, Ore. The stipend will be used to fund
the Portland Public Schools' Anytime, Anywhere initiative, which extends
online learning to every classroom in the district's 100 buildings.
3Com's program was first announced in July 1999 as an ongoing relationship
with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Since then, 3Com has presented 35 awards
of $100,000 each to cities nationwide totaling $3.5 million in products
Five more grants will be awarded at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting
to be held in Washington, D.C., in January 2003.