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F.C.C. Net Neutrality Rules Clear Hurdle as Republicans Concede to Obama

F.C.C. Net Neutrality Rules Clear Hurdle as Republicans Concede to Obama | Connected World | Scoop.it
The Republican resistance in Congress surrendered to President Obama’s call to protect an open Internet, with rules likely to be approved by regulators on Thursday.
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I won't celebrate until this is certain, but things are starting to look right for once. It's interesting that Wheeler who was largely believed to be a Cable wolf in sheep's clothes is in the process of pulling off what Genachowski, who was originally highly thought of never dreamed of doing. 

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Veniam Wants to Build a Smart City One WiFi Bus at a Time

Veniam Wants to Build a Smart City One WiFi Bus at a Time | Connected World | Scoop.it
Startup Veniam lands $4.9 million Series A round to build its WiFi for moving vehicles network to enable municipal WiFi for smart cities
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This is something I'm going to have to dig into big time. I can see the potential, I find it interesting, and yet at the same time I fear that this will be seen as "sufficient" infrastructure by short sighted city executives. "Do we need to think about network infrastructure needs?" - "Of course not, we've got the bus thingy..." 

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The Empire Strikes Back: AT&T threatens to pull Paltry US Fibre Investment

The Empire Strikes Back: AT&T threatens to pull Paltry US Fibre Investment | Connected World | Scoop.it
In a sure sign that net neutrality won’t be instituted in the US without one hell of a struggle, AT&T CEO, Randall Stephenson, has announced an “investment pau…
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Not much to add to this, except to say that the very fact that they are willing to stop an infrastructure investment plan because there's a lack of clarity on net neutrality (if you take their argument at face value) shows that there is no investment plan. Anyone who invests in infrastructure seriously knows that whatever happens on top of that infrastructure matters not at all about the profitability of the investment. 

 

But we knew from the start that these announcements were a smokescreen, Fiber to the Press Release taken to the next level. 

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Eircom to offer extra-fast fibre broadband

Eircom to offer extra-fast fibre broadband | Connected World | Scoop.it
Fibre-to-the-home service to bring speed of 1,000MB to 66 towns across State
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It is, of course, possible that Eircom sincerely has plans to deploy FTTH, but until I see some proof I will remain firmly in the camp of the skeptics for a number of reasons. 

 

First and foremost, Eircom has no money, and hasn't had money for years. Exactly how / with what funds they intend to deploy a costly infrastructure should be the first question asked.

 

Second, the move is allegedly in answer to the ESB / Vodafone deal, but said deal is very limited in scope and will cover (if my information is correct) MDUs in large cities. And guess what, there aren't that many large cities in Ireland. 

 

All this to suggest that I would take that one with a big pinch of salt. I spell Fiber to the Press Release...

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Offshore Bandwidth Sparks Africa Fiber Boom | Light Reading

Africa is starting to see the knock-on effects of having greater international connectivity via multiple subsea cables.
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In developed market, the broadband debate focuses access because for the most part, that's the last remaining hurdle to better connectivity. In the developing world, as we highlighted in our white paper Connectivity Models for Developing Economies (http://ssrn.com/abstract=2343233) we highlighted by example how a solid and affordable backhaul would spark spontaneous access investment (at least in mobile). It's great to see that in the case of Africa, it's sparking wireline access investment as well. 

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The race for place (passive telecoms infrastructure) is over

The race for place (passive telecoms infrastructure) is over | Connected World | Scoop.it
Why telecom has been a land grab for exclusive telecoms infrastructure - and why this needs to change.
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I'm not sure that I fully agree about the degrading value of the last mile argument, but I really like the way Richard looks at it, especially in light of considerations on structural separation: an alternative to value going down is keeping the monoploly separated and regulated. A better (in my opinion) way to keep the investment going. 

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Why Super-Fast Internet Is Coming Super Slowly

Why Super-Fast Internet Is Coming Super Slowly | Connected World | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Andy Kessler writes that the FCC could change this overnight by focusing on what's best for the economy, not just for those it regulates.
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The underlying current of "it's the cities' fault" in this piece is one more reason every city in America (and many outside of America) should seriously ask themselves if taking their broadband future in their own hands isn't the better option...

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Google Reportedly Moving Towards Delivering 10Gbps Download Speeds With Google Fiber | Droid Life

Google Reportedly Moving Towards Delivering 10Gbps Download Speeds With Google Fiber | Droid Life | Connected World | Scoop.it
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There are two ways to read this. One is to dismiss it entirely as yet more vaporware (lord knows there's been a fair amount of that around Google Fiber). The other is to conclude that Google deployed P2P (unlikely) or is looking into WDM-PON (more likely). Either way, does it really change the name of the game ?

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TPG Telecom’s FTTB play a headache for Turnbull

TPG Telecom’s FTTB play a headache for Turnbull | Connected World | Scoop.it
Although obviously very unhappy with the broadband monopoly created by the previous government, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull – as its shareholder minister – also has to protect the interests of NBN Co.
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I must confess to a certain amount of pleasure watching Malcolm Turnbull struggle to keep together the NBN he has contributed so hard to undermine. It's not good news for Australia, but you can't help but feel he got it coming...

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Kansas Legislature Introduces Bill to Limit Internet Investment | community broadband networks

Kansas Legislature Introduces Bill to Limit Internet Investment | community broadband networks | Connected World | Scoop.it
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Looks like the US incumbents are at it again, trying to stifle competition through restrictive legislation, in Kansas this time. Commentary has been that it might be to hamper another Google Fiber, but Google Fiber isn't a PPP. More likely they're worried Google Fiber will give other Kansas communities ideas...

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EU will not back down in Italy broadband fight: Kroes

EU will not back down in Italy broadband fight: Kroes | Connected World | Scoop.it
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Europe's top telecoms regulator Neelie Kroes said she would stick to her position in a conflict with Italy over its plan to lower the wholesale broadband prices that Telecom Italia...
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Now this is going to be funny... or not. 

 

Scary Neelie is really working hard on her legacy, underwhelming as it may be...

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Etisalat and Du clash over network sharing | commsmea.com

Etisalat and Du clash over network sharing | commsmea.com | Connected World | Scoop.it
Telecom operators yet to agree on financial terms for fixed-network sharing
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Sharing infrastructure in an unbalanced duopoly is a tough proposition. I suspect that bizarrely Du is way more sold on the idea than Etisalat is. Impossible for the dominant player to examine this rationally and look at the revenue opportunity as opposed to the risk of market share erosion and increased competition. I don't know how these decisions are made in UAE, but I don't see it happening without regulatory intervention...

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Latest Pew Study Shows 70 Percent of U.S. Has Broadband. But Access Is Still Unequal | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Latest Pew Study Shows 70 Percent of U.S. Has Broadband. But Access Is Still Unequal | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Connected World | Scoop.it
The news of an overall rise in 'high-speed broadband' adoption will likely be trumpeted by America's giant communications companies and policymakers. But before we start celebrating, look closely at the results.
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Susan Crawford pre-emptively warns about misuses of recent broadband study in the US...

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A mile wide, an inch deep — Medium

A mile wide, an inch deep — Medium | Connected World | Scoop.it
I was recently quoted as saying, “I don’t give a shit” if Instagram has more users than Twitter…
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As I ponder my "insight into 2015 and beyond" post for the new year, I'm looking into things regarding the Internet rather than broadband, and this article resonates because as a data buff I know that single-metric analysis never tells you the truth or even close to the truth. I also feel that the "numbers" competition between social networks is ridiculous as a user of twitter, G+ and Facebook: I have different activities on all three, and different expectations of all three. Sure, they overlap somewhat, but by and large considering social interaction tools as interchangeable is missing the point.

 

Anyway, this is well worth a read and it highlights a number of massively important points: metrics are much too often US centric, the confrontational nature of the numbers competition misses the point on how users are engaged, and a profitable business online does not necessarily need as many users as possible (in the same way that a micro-business on Facebook might not benefit from more sock-puppet followers). 

 

Time for a more mature way of looking at online engagement. 

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AT&T to FCC: We Aren't Limiting FTTH to 2M Deal Pledge

AT&T to FCC: We Aren't Limiting FTTH to 2M Deal Pledge | Connected World | Scoop.it
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The FCC has tried to call AT&T's bluff on their blackmail attempt (the "we won't deploy fiber if Net Neutrality is in place"). So far AT&T's response has been feeble. At the end of the day, until Wall Street is informed of an FTTH investment plan, none of this is actually happening. 

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks | Connected World | Scoop.it
National Roaming Rǝʌolution, innit!
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The Telegraph is not exactly a subtle publication, and this article is no exception. For once though, I'm not sure I agree with their read of the situation. Establishing a single shared infrastructure in deep rural not-spots is not a communist solution as the title suggests, it's actually a sensible approach to providing quality services to expensive coverage areas. How it's done, and how competent the powers that be in Britain are in implementing something like this is another story (and I'm not too confident about that), but dismissing the principle on political grounds is, frankly, stupid. 

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Google Europe Blog: Dear Rupert

Google Europe Blog: Dear Rupert | Connected World | Scoop.it
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I am sometimes frustrated in the current policy debates because Google tends to not respond to accusations, even when said accusations are just plain stupid. So it's fun and interesting to read Google's response to Murdoch's attacks in the last few days. Murdoch painting himself and his companies as Angels of content and information is hilarious enough, but even down to the specifics, this is worth reading. 

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Why Internet governance should be left to the engineers

Why Internet governance should be left to the engineers | Connected World | Scoop.it
It's simple, keep the engineers in charge, not governments.
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If there's one thing you have to read today it's this. Larry Downes articulates the uneasy truths of the political side of the Net Neutrality debate much better than I could have, but I wholeheartedly agree with him. 

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NZ govt rejects Vodafone's NBN offer

NZ govt rejects Vodafone's NBN offer | Connected World | Scoop.it
UFB deployment to continue.
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Sneaky but clever move from Vodafone. Good that the government held it's ground: implementing structural separation to then let a vertically integrated player provide wholesale would have been a catastrophic move. 

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FTTH Takes Online Gaming to the Next Level | Optical Reflection

FTTH Takes Online Gaming to the Next Level | Optical Reflection | Connected World | Scoop.it
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The next step is to convince policy makers that there is value in the gaming market. It's bizarre how "entertainment" is a great market when it comes to touting your export achievements, but not so much when it comes to justifying investment in infrastructure...

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ETB Launches FTTH With ZTE | Light Reading

ZTE helps ETB launch FTTH broadband network in Colombia.
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ZTE seems to be cruising nicely in Latin America. It's about the only market apart from China where I truly see their successes, but in that market at least they have some significant wins starting with Uruguay's Antel.

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Dean Bubley's Disruptive Wireless: "Sender-pays" is a ridiculous 19th-Century idea misapplied to the Internet

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I was going to write about this, but Dean's write is so concise, and probably better written than I would have, so you might as well read his. In a nutshell, AT&T's sponsored data, whether you oppose it on principle or not, is doomed to fail.

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James Enck presentation at NMHH conference Budapest, Dec. 2013

A few thoughts on the role of third party entreprenuerial capital in bridging the FTTx investment gap. Video of the presentation can be found here. http://eurot
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Great presentation from James Enck on what's missing to kick the FTTH market into high gear.

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Industry Spotlight: Hunter Newby, Allied Fiber March North From Miami | Telecom Ramblings

Industry Spotlight: Hunter Newby, Allied Fiber March North From Miami | Telecom Ramblings | Connected World | Scoop.it
It’s been five years now since Allied Fiber and its CEO Hunter Newby started their campaign for a new kind of intercity dark fiber infrastructure company.
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Allied Fiber is an intiative I've been following for a while. The interview here is interesting even if you don't care about the US market, especially Hunter Newby's description of relations with the investors. 

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How Chattanooga beat Google Fiber by half a decade

How Chattanooga beat Google Fiber by half a decade | Connected World | Scoop.it
The city's public fiberoptic network is about to increase speeds for its subscribers for the third time in four years — at no extra cost.
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Interesting article on Chattanooga's EPB and its recent Gigabit price adjustments. 

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TACTIS group's curator insight, October 31, 2013 1:36 AM

the link of city :    http://www.thegigcity.com/


Chattanooga is the first city in the Western Hemisphere to offer one-gigabit-per-second fiber internet service to all residents and businesses. At 200 times the speed of the national average, the Gig opens the door to unimagined ways of learning, playing and conducting business.

The fiber network that permits Gig service was installed by Chattanooga's publicly owned electric power system, EPB, to support the most advanced smart grid system in the nation. The smart grid is the first killer app for Chattanooga's Gig network, but it’s just one of many that the community plans to deploy as we continue to take advantage of the Gig.