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US is closing in on 50-state gigabit goal

US is closing in on 50-state gigabit goal | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It’s been almost three years since former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski set a goal of having at least one gigabit network in every state by 2015. The year is now over and by Telecompetitor’s tally, we didn’t quite make it – but we’re close.

We combed through our archives and other online resources and, by our tally, at least one network operator has announced plans to offer gigabit service in every state. Not all of these networks are actually deployed or supporting service yet. But generally network operators don’t announce specific markets more than a year or two in advance of when they expect to deliver service. If, for example, a network operator simply said it would eventually upgrade its entire footprint beginning in 2016, as Cox Communications did, we didn’t count the company’s entire footprint, only the states it provided more details on.

We also didn’t count a deployment unless plans included residential users. Clearly Genachowski wasn’t talking about gigabit Ethernet service to commercial buildings when he set the gigabit goal.

Gigabit States Even heavily rural states – states such as Wyoming, West Virginia, or Maine – made the list, thanks to a wide range of small locally-focused telcos, utilities, municipal network operators, and others. Even though deployment costs tend to be higher in rural areas, entities with a local focus often manage to find a way to make gigabit happen – and in the telco arena, many companies already had fiber-to-the-home networks, making it relatively easy to upgrade to a gigabit.

Another thing that helped put all 50 states on the gigabit map was that tier one or tier two telco and cable operators that had not previously announced gigabit plans decided to get in on the trend.

On the cable side, Comcast in 2015 launched an FTTH-based 2 gigabit service dubbed Gigabit Pro in several states – albeit in limited parts of each market. Smaller cablecos such as Cable One, Suddenlink, Mediacom  and Troy Cable also made gigabit plans.

And we’re likely to see a lot more from the cable companies in 2016 as they begin to deploy DOCSIS 3.1, which supports gigabit speeds.

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Looks like serious catchup is on its way. Wondering how ambitious EU next plan will be...

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A date with Destin: Q&A with Accel’s new Europe tech VC partner - Digits - WSJ

A date with Destin: Q&A with Accel’s new Europe tech VC partner - Digits - WSJ | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Fred Destin has had a big 24 hours. The tech investor said Wednesday he would jump firms, from Atlas Venture in the U.S. to Accel Partners' London office. On Thursday morning, one of his leading investments for Atlas, UK-property listing site Zoopla, announced it would go public.  

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Good news for Fred, for Accel and for the European start-up scene  including LaFrenchTech. Fred has been a great board member at RealEyes3d even in tough times, looking forward to have coffee in Paris any time soon.

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European Mobile: The Future's not Bright, it's Brutal

European Mobile: The Future's not Bright, it's Brutal | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
New analysis by the Telco 2.0 team shows that the mobile industry’s combined revenues from voice, messaging and data services in the EU5 economies (UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy) will drop by nearly 20Bn Euros, or 4% per year, in the next...
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EU Research Breakthrough Will Cut LTE Mobile Network Energy Use in Half

EU Research Breakthrough Will Cut LTE Mobile Network Energy Use in Half | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The EU-funded EARTH Project has received the 2012 "Future Internet Award" prize for developing unprecedented energy efficiency solutions for mobile broadband networks. Researchers from companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Telecom Italia and NTT DOCOMO, plus universities in Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and UK, have optimised the energy use of LTE base stations which account for the highest energy consumption in the mobile network. The initiative, which runs until June 2012, received EUR10 million of its nearly EUR15 million costs from the EU. Commercial products are expected from 2014.
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Linux-on-the-desktop pioneer City of Munich now considering a switch back to Windows

The world is still waiting for the year of Linux on the desktop, but in 2003 it looked as if that goal was within reach. Back then, the city of Munich announced plans to switch from Microsoft technology to Linux on 14,000 PCs belonging to the city's municipal government. While the schemesuffered delays, it was completed in December 2013. There's only been one small problem: users aren't happy with the software, and the government isn't happy with the price.

The switch was motivated by a desire to reduce licensing costs and end the city's dependence on a single company. City of Munich PCs were running Windows NT 4, and the end of support for that operating system meant that it was going to incur significant licensing costs to upgrade. In response, the plan was to migrate to OpenOffice and Debian Linux. Later, the plan was updated to use LibreOffice and Ubuntu.

German media is reporting that the city is now considering a switch back to Microsoft in response to these complaints. The city is putting together an independent expert group to look at the problem, and if that group recommends using Microsoft software, Deputy Mayor Josef Schmid of the CSU party says that a switch back isn't impossible.

Schmid describes two major problems. The first is the issue of compatibility; users in the rest of Germany that use other (Microsoft) software have had trouble with the files generated by Munich's open source applications. The second is price, with Schmid saying that the city now has the impression that "Linux is very expensive" due to custom programming. Schmid also appears to be an Outlook fan, bemoaning the loss of a single application to crosslink mail, contacts, and appointments.

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Interesting spark in the neverending debate between acquisition, maintenance and usage costs.

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A new eReader cheaper than many paper books ($13)

A new eReader cheaper than many paper books ($13) | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
A German electronics company called Txtr has unveiled the Beagle, what is almost certainly the cheapest (if not the tiniest) E-Ink reader in the world. The Beagle weighs just 4.5 ounces; has a small 5-inch Electronic Ink screen; and costs just -- are you ready for this? -- 10 Euros, or about $13 U.S.
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EU project boosts mobile capacity tenfold to 1Gb/s per square km

EU project boosts mobile capacity tenfold to 1Gb/s per square km | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Alvarion demonstrates ultra-dense small cell platform to push towards gigabit networks at affordable cost

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