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On-line guide for smart shopping

There's a new way for consumers to find out more about the products they buy. Samara Freemark has the story of a new online guide that lets you look up how good products are for you and for the environment.  Go to full article
Clarkson University hopes to attract 2,019 new telecommuters to the Adks by 2019 (Source:  Clarkson)
Clarkson University hopes to attract 2,019 new telecommuters to the Adks by 2019 (Source: Clarkson)

Wiring the North Country 2: Dialing in a new Adirondack work force?

Yesterday, we reported on the effort to bring broadband internet access to more of the North Country. Developers of those high speed data lines hope to attract more traditional bricks-and-mortar businesses. But they also hope to build a new culture of telecommuters in the region: people who work for global companies or develop new on-line businesses while living in small towns and mountain valleys. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Clarkson University has adopted the wi-fi equipped beaver as a symbol of the new broadband economy (Source:  Clarkson)
Clarkson University has adopted the wi-fi equipped beaver as a symbol of the new broadband economy (Source: Clarkson)

Wiring the North Country: New projects hook up far-flung towns

Next week in Potsdam, Clarkson University will host a conference called "Forever Wired." It's part of a project called the Adirondack Initiative For Wired Work. The goal is to bring more than 2,000 new corporate telecommuters to the North Country. These are people who would live here while using the internet to work for companies around the world. Tomorrow, we'll look the promise and some the challenges of telecommuting in our rural area. This morning, Brian Mann reports on the decade-long struggle to bring high-speed internet access into more remote communities.  Go to full article

With new tech, Keene broadband project seen as a model for North Country

Workers in the town of Keene, in Essex County, are stringing new fiber cable that will bring high-speed internet access to hundreds of homes that had relied on much slower dial-up access. The project, funded in part with a state economic development grant, is seen as a model for bringing broadband access to rural North Country towns. As Brian Mann reports, the organizers hope that the project will open Keene to new kinds of economic activity.  Go to full article

SLC looks to leverage HUD $ for more broadband

Development groups are hoping to increase broadband service across St Lawrence County. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Saving energy and making the Internet greener

One industry that's not suffering in the economic downturn is information technology. The demand for IT keeps growing. That's good, but the environmental consequences worry some people. Turns out the Internet is not "carbon free." Internet searches and data storage use an increasing amount of energy. Julie Grant reports on how some companies are making their IT more environmentally friendly, and saving money in the process.  Go to full article
Molly Ames, Ruby Sprowls and armloads of local farm and artisan products.
Molly Ames, Ruby Sprowls and armloads of local farm and artisan products.

Pitching "Buy Local" to a wider audience

Another round of advertising classes for farmers, artists and small business owners begins later this month. The "Marketing for Profit" course teaches business planning, e-commerce, financing and website development. Ruby Sprowls, with the Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County's Molly Ames stopped by to show Todd Moe some examples of local success stories. They say the course, taught in classrooms and on-line, is creating global market opportunities for North Country artisans and agricultural entrepreneurs.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County pursues universal broadband

The day after Christmas, President Bush signed a $555 billion spending bill. It allows the federal government to operate for another year. It also includes almost 10,000 member items, pet projects for the home districts of individual lawmakers. One of Senator Hillary Clinton's earmarks is almost $200,000 to extend broadband Internet access to rural St. Lawrence County. The money comes through the county Chamber of Commerce. Pat McKeown is the chamber's interim director. She told David Sommerstein towns like Canton, Potsdam, Massena, and Ogdensburg are covered for high-speed Internet access. The challenge now is to serve outlying communities.  Go to full article

Red kettles in cyberspace

The Salvation Army is bringing its bell ringing to the web. The relief group is known for its holiday season bells and red donation buckets near shopping malls. It's now putting the red kettle on line. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Governor Spitzer addresses the NYS Farm Bureau (Source:  Office of the Governor, Judy Sanders)
Governor Spitzer addresses the NYS Farm Bureau (Source: Office of the Governor, Judy Sanders)

Spitzer wants universal broadband for rural New York

Governor Eliot Spitzer used his appearance yesterday at the statewide Farm Bureau meeting in Niagara Falls to unveil a new push for rural internet access. Spitzer says high-speed broadband and wireless will play a big part in making farms and other rural businesses more competitive.  Go to full article

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