An effort to use Burlington Telecom’s high-speed bandwith to “develop public, non-commercial Internet applications” has won a $35,000 charitable grant.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded a Knight Prototype Fund grant to the Civic Cloud Collaborative, a group of eight local organizations, to build a “Civic Cloud” on Burlington’s gigabit network, according to a news release.
The collaborative says the project will be a tool for community organizers, nonprofits and civic hackers to develop public, non-commercial Internet applications.
The Civic Cloud combines Burlington’s fiber-optic gigabit network and donated servers to build a public access Internet platform available to the community for non-commercial Internet applications and digital creative works, the release said.
The Civic Cloud Collaborative is comprised of Big Heavy World, CCTV Center for Media & Democracy, Channel 17 / Town Meeting Television, Code for BTV (a Code for America Brigade), Found Line, Laboratory B, Regional Educational Technology Network (RETN), and Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM).
For more information, see: http://codeforbtv.org/collaborations/civic-cloud/