Ouachita Citizen: Former FCC Chairman: Louisiana Should Partner with Feds to Enhance Broadband Investment

Louisiana should partner with the Federal Communications Commission to maximize funding for broadband infrastructure, a former FCC chairman said last week.

The commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is a $20.4 billion program meant to promote broadband internet access in unserved and underserved areas. Thirteen providers seeking to offer service in Louisiana received a total $342.2 million last year in the program’s first phase.

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Tulane News: Tulane University Receives Award to Demonstrate Electric Shuttle Buses for New Orleans Region

A Tulane University initiative to use shuttle buses powered by electricity has been awarded $737,500 by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The project is one of 55 selected research and demonstration projects that will further new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies with assistance from the EERE’s Vehicle Technologies Office. 

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Silicon Bayou News: Something Borrowed Blooms Wins $50,000 Investment at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week’s IDEApitch

At the culmination of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) tonight, three startup finalists pitched in front of a live audience – and a global virtual audience – for a $50,000 investment prize from The Idea Village, producers of the annual festival of innovation. 

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Silicon Bayou News: New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Names IDEApitch Startup Finalists

Today marks the first day of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), a virtual weeklong conference celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship in the Big Easy. Over 60 sessions are scheduled from now until Friday, including a high-stakes pitch competition where three startups will pitch for the $50,000 investment prize from The Idea Village. 

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Travel Pulse: Robotic Technology and AI Revitalize the Hotel Experience

The future is here. While robots and artificial intelligence were “cool concepts” for the future, COVID-19 flipped the industry upside down and has forced a new conversation about hotel staff and guest safety. The hotel experience with personalized, human connection will never become obsolete, but robotic tech can change the game for the better.

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Bossier Press-Tribune: Area Broadband

Broadband access for all Louisiana residents “…can be a game changer for average people,” former State Sen. Gerald Long told a group of stakeholders Thursday at the Bossier Parish Courthouse.

Long, a three-term Senator from Dist. 31, is working in conjunction with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy to inform leaders in local civic, service and government agencies about the importance of delivering Internet access to all areas of the state.

View full article in Bossier Press-Tribune.

KTBS: Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program, Regions Bank to Help Local Startups and Small Businesses Build Success

Small businesses or startups in North Louisiana will soon benefit from a $30,000 grant that will help pay for prototypes businesses can build to test their products and increase their chances for long-term success.

The grant from Regions Bank will be allocated to BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP). The funding is expected to support at least three prototypes for small businesses or startups in North Louisiana.

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