Month Eight: The BTOP Shuffle


March was crazy. LTSC had applied as a partner with a bunch of other California organizations for funding on the first round of BTOP, a federal grant for developing broadband access. First, we found out that we didn't get the first round grant; then, we learned we were being dropped from the partnership.

Month Seven: Rethinking


LTSC (and quite a few other CA orgs) lost out on a big time federal grant. We're facing a pretty big budget shortfall, and a bunch of projects and plans are going to have to be slimmed down or eliminated in order to keep core programs afloat.

Month Six: Computer Adoption and Broadband Stimulus


Dear Broadband Stimulus,

Where are you?


Everyone but the peeps who already found out about their application.

Comment from Claudia Escobar on January 28, 2010 - 2:50pm

Hi Melissa! Thanks for your kind words! Your works seems exciting and technical. It was like reading German to me :x Hope everything is great in LA!



Hello VISTAs,

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The days of ArcGIS are over. I found out when I realized the computer labs at UC Irvine didn’t have the program, instead, they had Google Earth. Now, I have endlessly been working on updating our database of contacts the past couple of months, however, there really hasn’t been an end goal that has motivated to get that job done.

Work at CTOC


So whats been going on at CTOC (community technology organizing consortium) since I started my Vista-ship back in November? Well, from November to the beginning of January I spent a lot of the time doing outreach for a Holiday event we held. That turned out to be a bit of a flop on attendance and I did feel like a bit of a failure to my organization but I got over it. I realized the causes of low attendannce were event location, holiday season, etc. It was my first few weeks on the job so I wasn't too hard on myself. As soon as that was over we got a call from CTCNet to help with outreach for the Los Angeles institutes, as they were lacking in registration.  So the week and a half long tasks of phone calls, e-mails, and e-vites began again. This turned out to be much much better. The CTCNet institute was quite interesting and informative. Unlike many of the CTCVista's I lack in being "tech savvy" so I never realized the capabilities of various software components and its ability to provide access to the disabled. 

Comment from lauren bratslavsky on February 1, 2007 - 2:03pm

Hi Dana-

Here's some starting points about broadband. Hope it leads you in the right direction.

PBS program on Net Neutrality (you may already know about it) - You can watch the whole program or just the parts that interest you (look for the subheadings). There are also a lot of documents at

At the Media Reform conference, there were at least 2 panels that may be relevant - one on wireless internet networking and another on the digital divide. Look for the audio recordings on the conference site:

And if you're looking for academic research or even newspaper/magazine articles, check into seeing if your local library has access to research databases such as EBSCO, Academic Search Premiere, or Lexis Nexus, any sort of periodical or research database. If you're at the library website, it would be under research page or something like that. Or find a friend who is going to school and has access to those databases.

Comment from dana sou on February 1, 2007 - 2:54pm

Thanks Lauren ! That was definately helpful.