CoSN | Member Bulletin
February 6, 2008
CoSN News
Register Now for the CoSN Conference
Does Gaming Have a Role in Education?
Ultraportables - CoSN's Latest EdTechNext Report Now Available
Chat: School Leaders Technological Knowledge Gap
Social Networking Site in Violation of COPPA
Essential Resources for CTOs
2008 Horizon Report Released
Broadband Visions
Software & Information Key Driver of Ec Growth
Gov’t CIO’s Urges Action on IT Security
Web 2.0 Threats Loom Large For IT
Open Source Gaining Traction
In the News
Tests of Tech Literacy Not Widespread
Vision of John Seeley Brown
Superintendents & Technology
Getting Started with Data Warehousing
New CEO for Project Inkwell
Computer Literacy NOT Information Literacy
Tech & Sci Ignorance Keeps Teens From Changing World
Recut, Reframe, Recycle…and It’s All Legal?
Congrats to Speak Up 2007
Funding and Award Opportunities
Apply Now for Intel Schools of Distinction Awards

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2007-2008 Corporate Partners
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Gartner, Inc.

Absolute Software Corporation

Mitel Networks Corporation
Promethean, Inc. 
Safari Montage/Library Video Company
SMART Technologies Inc.
Texas Instruments, Inc.


Media/Marketing Partners
C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
Cable in the Classroom/Threshold
CDW-G/Ed Tech Magazine
Center for Digital Education/Converge
District Administration
eSchool News
Linworth Publishing/Library Media Connection
Marketing Projects, Inc./The Big Deal Book
Scholastic Administr@tor
Technology & Learning
T.H.E. Journal
Wimba, Inc.

2007-08 Institutional Members

2007-08 Corporate Members
8e6 Technologies
Absolute Software Corporation
Administrative Assistants, Ltd.
Adobe Systems, Inc.
American Education Corporation
Atomic Learning
Blackboard Inc.
Brother International Corporation
C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
Cambium Learning Technologies
CCI Crosby Publishing
Cengage Learning
Center for Digital Education
Cisco Systems, Inc.
ClassLink Technologies
Connections Academy, LLC
Cox Communications, Inc.
Dell, Inc.
District Administration Magazine
ECS Core Projects & Technologies Ltd.
Ed Tech Magazine
Education Networks of America
Education TURNKEY Systems, Inc.
Educational Systemics, Inc.
EduPoint Educational Systems, LLC
elnstruction Corporation
Empirical Education, Inc.
ePALS Classroom Exchange
eScholar LLC
eSchool News
Excelsior Software, Inc.
Extron Electronics
Faronics Technologies Inc.
Fidelis Security Systems
Follett Software Co.
Funds For Learning, LLC
Futurekids, Inc.
Harcourt, Inc.
Houghton Mifflin Company
IBM Corporation
Info-Tech Research Group
Inspiration Software, Inc.
Intel Corporation
Juniper Networks
Lightspeed Systems Inc.
Linworth Publishing, Inc.
Market Data Retrieval
Marketing Projects, Inc.
MITEL Networks
Oracle Corporation
PASCO Scientific
Pearson Foundation
Plato Learning
Polycom, Inc.
Promethean, Inc.
Qwizdom, Inc.
Renaissance Learning
Safari Montage/Library Video Company 
Scholastic Administrator
SchoolNet, Inc.
Scientific Learning Corporation
SMART Technologies Inc.
Spectrum K-12 School Solution Inc. 
Sprint Nextel
T.H.E. Journal
Technology & Learning
Texas Instruments, Inc.
Thinkronize, Inc. / netTrekker
Time Warner Cable Business Class
Toshiba America Information Systems Inc
Vector Resources
Vericept Corporation
Verizon Business
VIP Tone, Inc.
Wimba, Inc. 
Winter Group

Broadband Visions

Several new proposals, visions and reports are available on broadband in the U.S. Read views from the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDUCAUSE, and Center for American Progress.
U.S. Department of Commerce –The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an agency within the Commerce Department that acts as the president's principal adviser on telecommunications and information policy issues, has released a report, Networked Nation: Broadband in America (summary here). The report offers an upbeat assessment of the Administration's efforts to spur growth and competition in the high-speed Internet market. The report concludes that "a reasonable assessment of the available data indicates" that the objective of affordable access to broadband for all by 2007 has been realized "to a very great degree." The report relies on data from the Federal Communications Commission and other sources. The FCC reported that at least one person in more than 99 percent of all U.S. ZIP codes received broadband service from at least one provider by the end of 2006. The report paints a picture of a broadband environment that is becoming increasingly competitive, for which it credits the president's policies. President Bush has promoted polices that created "an environment in which broadband innovation and competition can flourish," the report states. Among them: a freeze on state and local taxes on Internet access; a policy of clearing airwaves for use by commercial providers of wireless broadband service; and continuing efforts to "clear away regulatory obstacles" that might thwart investment in new technologies. (Summary from Benton Foundation)
However, critics say that the report's conclusion is too rosy.
Press coverage here.
U.S. Commerce press release here.
EDUCAUSE, the association of higher education CIOS, has called for the creation of a brand new federal Universal Broadband Fund of $8 billion for 4 years along with a matching amount from each state and the public/private sector to build big broadband (>100 Mbps) to the home by 2012. Net neutrality and municipal networks are also part of the plan.
Center for American Progress, a liberal think-tank, released a report critical of Bush Administration’s failure to have policies that support broadband.

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