Broadband brings us an eagle

At the Digital Inclusion Summit, I heard that by 2012, 90 percent of the info online will be video. Amazing! While part of me finds that hard to believe, I don’t really doubt it.

So much of the video seems silly – but some of it has opened new doors such as the Eagle Cam. I just learned about it on the Minneapolis Star Tribune site…

My [blogger Travis Frank] mission was to bring live Bald Eagle action to the web. It’s been done before, but it has been Ron’s [Schara] dream to do his own, and my research has shown that it can be done better. I teamed up with a local company called Broadband America. They specialize in bringing wireless internet out to the country and hard to reach locations. Once we figured out that small wireless internet puzzle piece, we needed to broadcast the feed across the world. Enter the folks at They are an African based company that does just that – rebroadcast our live signal to the masses.

So with the technology in place they scouted out a place to see/record an eagle and found a place. You can watch it anytime. Not earth-shattering for most of us – but imagine the things they’ll learn! It’s a good reminder that rural areas need to be connected, not just so that they can get information – but so that they can share information (regardless of species).

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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