Burlington’s ‘Civic Cloud’ effort lands $35,000 grant

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/

John Herrick

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  • So, if my math serves, that makes $35,000 to promote apps to be developed on a system that’s $33,500,000 in debt.

    Here’s wishing we can get the lawsuit behind us; it’s hanging like an Albatross around the necks of those interested in promoting our wonderful city as a tech hub….

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