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Pittsburgh Broadband Summit Takeaways

Pittsburgh's stunning skyline After a morning of summer air travel (ugh!), Carolyn and I are back in the office, fully energized by what we absorbed at Next Century Cities' (NCC) Regional Broadband Summit in Pittsburgh. NCC masterfully crafted an agenda that covered everything from federal and state-level policy, to digital inclusion, 5G deployment, and the financing new broadband networks. We've returned with some interesting takeaways: Tom Coverick, Keybanc Capital Markets 1. Bring Your Bonding Team to the Table Early in the Process KeyBanc Capital Markets' Tom Coverick, who we feel is the nation's leading mind in broadband network financing, explained how having your banker at the table

'Crappens' to Appear Live at Montreal's 'Just For Laughs' Comedy Festival

The new bad boys of comedy -- podcasters Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam of the hit podcast Watch What Crappens--will be sharing their wicked commentary on all things Reality TV at the esteemed Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal alongside heavy hitters like Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, and Tiffany Haddish. The Crappens duo performs live on July 27th at 5pm. Watch What Crappens delves into the delicious drama of Bravo-lebrities, giving you colorful takes – er, make that lampoons - on the weekly happenings on Bravo TV. This funny and brash podcast has racked up nominations for “Best Podcast” by LA Weekly and earned praise from Mental Floss, which called it “laugh-out-loud” in its list of “

Meet the Harrison Edwards Team July 23 at Next Century Cities Pittsburgh Summit

On July 23 and 24, scores of government leaders, engineers, policy makers, and broadband industry thought leaders, will convene in Pittsburgh for Next Century Cities' Regional Broadband Summit. The Summit will cover everything from policy to 5G deployment. Keynotes from Blair Levin, senior fellow, Brookings Institution, who is also a former Chief of Staff at the FCC and author of the National Broadband Plan, will serve as morning Keynote Speaker. Former FCC Chair and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will deliver a timely luncheon Keynote on the repeal of Net Neutrality rules. "One of Next Century Cities' many strengths is its ability to convene the broadband industry's leading voices, with commu

Westchester: Rare Disease Research Hub

Westchester, with its proximity to New York’s premier medical institutions, its highly educated workforce, and its growing biotechnology sector, is poised to become a global hub for curing some of the world’s rarest diseases, say scientists, researchers and medical experts who are leading an effort to make that dream a reality in the region. “There are genuine opportunities right here in Westchester to find cures for some of the world’s most vexing diseases,” said Dr. Molina-Pachon, who will be the keynote speaker at the Rare Disease Symposium on July 18, organized by the Westchester Biotech Project (WBP), and hosted by Iona College. Dr. Molina-Pachon is an entrepreneur and scientist develop

New Life for an Abused Dog

When Tinsley was a puppy, she was thrown from a car and left for dead on the side of a road in Tennessee. Fortunately, this is just where Tinsley's story begins. The 25-pound American Eskimo mix is living a good life and now works as a therapy dog, helping seniors combat dementia at United Hebrew of New Rochelle. This story has all the feels! #NursingHome #SeniorLiving #Healthcare #Pets

Is Your Home At Risk?

News broke this week that New York City significantly underreported the number of children who are suffering from lead poisoning. While its true that new, more stringent standards increase the number of individuals classified as having lead poisoning, the danger remains the same for anyone living in--or adjacent to--a home or apartment built prior to 1978. "About 80% of the metro New York housing stock was built prior to 1978, the year that lead paint was banned," says Tom Taylor, Head Inspector, at RTK Environmental Group. That means most homes have a layer of lead paint, that if disturbed, can cause serious cognitive or neurological ailments, especially among children and small pets. Taylo

The Story We Can't Tell

The story of migrant children begin separated from their parents at the U.S. border has been the leading international story for nearly a month. In June, when it was made public that Rising Ground, one of New York's most respected human services organizations was caring for unaccompanied migrant children, a steady influx of queries from elected leaders. neighbors, activist groups, and the general public began rolling in. Organizations like Rising Ground, that have contracts with the federal government do important and good work. Since 2014, Rising Ground has been caring for unaccompanied migrant children--providing sanctuary, food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and mental health services-

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