Introduction Have you ever wondered how the fusion of plasma physics and optical computing could revolutionize our technology landscape? A recent lecture delves deep into this intriguing subject, exploring the intricate world of electromagnetic waves, plasma, metamaterials, and their groundbreaking applications in modern technology. This blog post offers an in-depth review of the lecture, shedding […]
According to a recent study conducted by Florida Atlantic University, the housing market in some parts of the United States remains overpriced, with buyers paying much more than homes are actually worth. The study compared the historical trends of expected home values to the average list prices across the 100 largest metro areas, identifying the cities with the largest percentage differences between the two. Surprisingly, five of the ten most overpriced housing markets in the country are located in Florida, with Atlanta, Georgia taking the number one spot. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the gap between expected home values and actual prices across these ten markets and explore whether the housing market is starting to cool down.
“Internet for All,” as the Biden administration put it, will soon be a reality if America keeps its priorities straight. During his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden set a high bar, “We’re going to buy American,” as the U.S. spends billions of dollars on new broadband connections. This is a smart strategy to create American jobs and boost the U.S. economy, but our leaders must not sacrifice speed in the race to close the digital divide in cases where “Buy American” isn’t yet a realistic option.
Under the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program, for example, every participating state — as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia — will receive a minimum of $100 million for internet infrastructure, with more to be doled out based on each state’s proportional number of unserved locations. Cartesian estimates that fiber providers will contribute another $22 billion in funds for $64 billion in total, which is “sufficient to achieve the program’s availability goal” of making broadband service “available to all eligible locations.” That’s a first.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), signed into law by President Biden on November 15, 2021, also included $14.2 billion for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which has helped over 17 million American families pay for a home broadband connection that they otherwise would struggle to afford. What’s more, the bill set aside $2.75 billion for Digital Equity programs; $2 billion for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program; $2 billion for the Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning, Telemedicine and Broadband Program; and $1 billion for a new Middle Mile grant program. This truly is broadband’s moment in the sun.