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Offshoring? That's So 20th Century! Or Is It? | Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)

Offshoring? That's So 20th Century! Or Is It? | Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Last summer, according to The Economist, MIT surveyed 108 American manufacturers with multinational operations.  It found that 14% of them had firm plans to bring some manufacturing back to America.  Another 33% were actively considering it.  Almost half of really big US firms, with sales above US$10 billion, plan to “reshore” some of their operations, according to a different study by Boston Consulting Group.

 

So, is the era of offshoring jobs over?  Can American workers – and the communities where they live – relax?  Can their counterparts in other high-cost countries from Canada to Europe look forward to a reshoring surge?

 

And if you live in China, India, Malaysia, Mexico or another offshoring destination – do you need to start watching your back?   

 

I don’t pretend to have the answer.  But I can tell you about something I saw with my own eyes.  Last year, I had the privilege of visiting Oulu, Finland, one of our Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2012 which is also among the Top7 of 2013.  I was taken to visit a Nokia manufacturing plant.  Now, Nokia has been through some rough years, as its failure to keep up with mobile innovation cost it dearly.  Oulu, home to one of the company’s major R&D facilities, has suffered right along with it.  I was eager to see what the company was doing with the people and facilities they had chosen to keep in Oulu.

 

What I saw was a manufacturing plant, but of a very specialized kind.  This facility exists to take prototypes of new equipment and turn them into production models.  Its production capacity is deliberately limited to the thousands of units. 

 

Once they have worked out all the bugs and found the most efficient way to produce the product, manufacturing moves to Asia, where contract manufacturers make millions of them at per-unit costs that the Nokia plant could never equal.  But the Oulu plant is not out of the loop.  It also functions as the repair facility for the equipment it helps create.

 

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The automation myth: Robots aren't taking your jobs— and that's the problem | Matthew Yglesias | Vox.com

Over the past five years, American politics has become obsessed with robots.

President Obama has warned that ATMs and airport check-in kiosks are contributing to high unemployment. Sen. Marco Rubio said that the central challenge of our times is "to ensure that the rise of the machines is not the fall of the worker." A cover story in the Atlantic asked us to ponder the problems of a world without work. And in the New York Times, Barbara Ehrenrich warns that "the job-eating maw of technology now threatens even the nimblest and most expensively educated."

The good news is that these concerns are wrong. None of the recent problems in the American economy are due to robots — or, to be more specific about it, due to an accelerating pace of automation. Moreover, even if the pace of automation does speed up in the future, there's no real reason to believe that it will be a problem.

The bad news is that these concerns are wrong. Rather than an accelerating pace of automation, we've actually been living through a slowdown in the pace of productivity growth. And that slowdown is a huge problem. Unless it reverses, we'll be waking up soon to find ourselves in a depressing world of longer working years, unmanageable health-care needs, higher taxes, and a public sector starved of needed infrastructure resources.

In other words, don't worry that the robots will take your job. Be terrified that they won't.


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Pai Pans Wireless Repack of TV Stations | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable

Pai Pans Wireless Repack of TV Stations | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai has a host of serious bones to pick with the FCC's incentive auction plans — particularly repacking TV stations in the wireless band — and has made them clear to members of the House Communications Subcommittee.

That is according to prepared testimony for Tuesday's FCC oversight hearing featuring Pai, the senior Republican on the panel, and chairman Tom Wheeler.

Pai's concerns are over both the substance and process and while he was pleased the FCC put off a vote on the auction framework from July 16 to Aug. 6, he thinks the FCC should hold an en banc stakeholder hearing before holding that vote.


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Public-Private Partnership: Did Miss. AG Staff Conspire With Hollywood to Launch Attack on Google? | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap!

Public-Private Partnership: Did Miss. AG Staff Conspire With Hollywood to Launch Attack on Google? | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap! | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Google is seeking documents from three network television conglomerates that could prove the Mississippi Attorney General’s office conspired with executives of 21st Century Fox, Comcast/NBC, and Viacom to launch a coordinated lobbying campaign against the search engine giant over its business practices.

A court filing reported by Variety alleges that staffers of Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (D) conspired to launch an anti-Google media and lobbying blitz to pressure the company over its search practices, notably the “autocomplete feature” that some believe promotes illegal activities.

Copies of email from Meredith Aldridge, one of Hood’s staff members, addressed to Brian Cohen at the Motion Picture Assn. of America (MPAA) allegedly lays out a proposed media/public relations campaign to plant negative Google stories in newspapers and on television shows with the assistance of executives inside the media companies. The examples included:


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Erie County, New York Will Hire Consultant for Feasibility Study | community broadband networks

Erie County, New York Will Hire Consultant for Feasibility Study | community broadband networks | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Erie County's leadership recently decided it is time to get serious about publicly owned broadband infrastructure. The Erie County Legislature approved funding to engage a consultant for a feasibility study. Patrick B. Burke spearheaded the initiative, reports the county's website. Burke stated:

“Consumers, businesses, schools and government agencies need to have affordable and accessible high speed internet service in order to function in today’s world; the build out of a fiber cable network is a no-brainer. This is a win for social justice, economic development and public safety.”

In addition to funding, the county has also formed a Municipal Broadband Committee and released a policy agenda which addresses service problems in the county. Next the county will issue an RFP for a consultant.


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Netflix's 4K Future: 14 New Shows And Films Announced | John Archer | Forbes.com

Netflix's 4K Future: 14 New Shows And Films Announced | John Archer | Forbes.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Netflix has revealed a launch schedule for its upcoming Originals content through to the end of 2016 – and people with 4K UHD TVs will be pleased to hear that a decent number of the new shows are going to be released in the higher-definition format.

It’s interesting to see, too, that Netflix isn’t going to just be focusing on TV shows for its upcoming Originals 4K content; there are a couple of films on the list too.


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Verizon Mobile Video Service Details Uncovered: To Be Called Go90 | Janko Roettgers | Variety.com

Verizon Mobile Video Service Details Uncovered: To Be Called Go90 | Janko Roettgers | Variety.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Verizon is getting ready to launch a new mobile video service called Go90 this summer, Variety has learned. Go90 promises users full episodes of TV shows from select networks as well as music videos and other shortform content, and the company will at least initially offer the service entirely free of charge.

Verizon has talked for some time about plans to launch an online video service, but the company has kept mum on crucial details, including brand and pricing. This week, it accidentally made a pre-launch staging website available online, revealing not only Go90’s name but also many key details about the service. The site was taken offline after the initial publication of this story.


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Both Michael Hayden And Michael Chertoff Surprise Everyone By Saying FBI Is Wrong To Try To Backdoor Encryption | Mike Masnick | Techdirt

Both Michael Hayden And Michael Chertoff Surprise Everyone By Saying FBI Is Wrong To Try To Backdoor Encryption | Mike Masnick | Techdirt | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Well, here's one we did not see coming at all. Both former Homeland Security boss Michael Chertoff and former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden have said that they actually disagree with current FBI director Jim Comey about his continued demands to backdoor encryption.


Given everything we've seen in the past from both Chertoff and Hayden, it would have been a lot more expected to see them both toe the standard authoritarian surveillance state line and ask for more powers to spy on people.


At the Aspen Security Forum, however, both surprised people by going the other way. Marcey Wheeler was the first to highlight Chertoff's surprising take:


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Major Flaw In Android Phones Would Let Hackers In With Just A Text | Aarti Shahani | NPR.org

Major Flaw In Android Phones Would Let Hackers In With Just A Text | Aarti Shahani | NPR.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Android is the most popular mobile operating system on Earth: About 80 percent of smartphones run on it. And, according to mobile security experts at the firm Zimperium, there's a gaping hole in the software — one that would let hackers break into someone's phone and take over, just by knowing the phone's number.

In this attack, the target would not need to goof up — open an attachment or download a file that's corrupt. The malicious code would take over instantly, the moment you receive a text message.

"This happens even before the sound that you've received a message has even occurred," says Joshua Drake, security researcher with Zimperium and co-author of Android Hacker's Handbook. "That's what makes it so dangerous. [It] could be absolutely silent. You may not even see anything."

Here's how the attack would work:


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Don't Hold Your Breath For a Standalone ESPN Streaming Service | Karl Bode | DSL Reports

Don't Hold Your Breath For a Standalone ESPN Streaming Service | Karl Bode | DSL Reports | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

With the channel having lost 3.2 million subscribers in the last year and "skinny" bundle Internet video options taking off -- ESPN is understandably nervous about its traditional TV cash cow (large forced channel bundles) going the way of the dodo.


But as we recently mentioned, ESPN contracts with traditional cable operators have the "worldwide leader in sports" in between a rock and a hard place. Violating those contracts would allow cable companies to unbundle ESPN from channel lineups should a standalone ESPN streaming service be launched.

If you recall, ESPN is suing Verizon after the telco started offering skinny TV bundles without ESPN. As such, turning around and offering a streaming service would give Verizon legal advantage and likely only accelerate ESPN's viewer losses.


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Report: Disney's Iger Says ESPN Could Go Direct to Consumer | Mike Farrell | Multichannel.com

Report: Disney's Iger Says ESPN Could Go Direct to Consumer | Mike Farrell | Multichannel.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger told CNBC Monday that its flagship sports channel ESPN could eventually be sold direct to consumers like a growing number of channels, but that it wouldn’t happen in the next five years.

Iger told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that ESPN could at some point bypass distributors like Home Box Office’s direct-to-consumer HBO Now offering, but said that ESPN would look for much deeper penetration into the marketplace.


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TIS 2015: Small Ops Should Think Customer | Mark Robichaux | Multichannel

TIS 2015: Small Ops Should Think Customer | Mark Robichaux | Multichannel | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A Harvard Business School professor suggested that cable operators may be thinking about new over-the-top competitors in the wrong way, and that they should focus on the customer, not the product.

Bharat N. Anand, a professor of business administration, spoke to a crowd of several hundred small and midsized cable operators at The Independent Show in Boston, on “Lessons from the Digital Transformation of Media.”

As cable operators look for ways to stem video subscriber losses, amid new competitors and consumer preferences, Anand suggested they dissect why customers were sampling OTT packages. And the answers may not be so obvious.


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FCC's Pai Calls AT&T-DirecTV Conditions 'Forced Tribute' | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable

FCC's Pai Calls AT&T-DirecTV Conditions 'Forced Tribute' | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai outlined his partial dissent from the AT&T-DirecTV merger approval Monday with a lengthy statement. Pai approved the underlying merger, as did all the commissioners. But he dissented from the "17 pages of conditions" put on the deal.

Pai has long argued against "regulating by condition"-- applying conditions that serve a particular regulatory agenda but are not merger-specific--and suggested the FCC's demands on the deal were not supported and constituted a regulator "wish list" that had nothing to do with deal at hand. "These conditions are the forced tribute that the company must offer to mollify the Capitol," he said.

In fact, commissioner Pai said that the deal needed no conditions, and pointed to the Justice Department approval of the deal as not threatening competition. To be fair the Justice Department is only making an antitrust determination while the FCC looks at broader public interest obligations.


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The Gigabit Map | George Winslow | Broadcasting & Cable

The Gigabit Map | George Winslow | Broadcasting & Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Google Fiber's subscriber counts may be small — MoffettNathanson estimated they were under 30,000 at the end of 2014. But the Mountain View search giant’s push to launch gigabit services and build fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks has certainly pushed a wide range of larger telcos and cable operators to boost average broadband speeds and increasingly roll-out 1gig Internet connections.

The extent of that influence can be seen in Next TV’s first ever Gigabit Map. In the following pages, the Gigabit Map project shows existing and upcoming deployments of 1-Gigabit-persecond services by major telcos and cable operators on a map of the U.S. and in listings broken down by company.

While the Gigabit Map highlights the rapid proliferation of these ultrahigh-speed services, it is important to stress that it both understates and overstates the footprint of 1 Gbps services.


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AT&T: FCC Fine Is 'Indefensible,' 'Coercion' | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable

AT&T: FCC Fine Is 'Indefensible,' 'Coercion' | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

AT&T has come out swinging at the FCC over the $100 million proposed fine for allegedly violating the transparency rule in FCC's 2010 network neutrality order, calling it "unprecedented and indefensible" — and in part unconstitutional — and saying a court will throw it out if it is imposed. AT&T wants the FCC to withdraw the proposed fine.

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Groups Ask FCC to Revamp Auction Reserve | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable

Groups Ask FCC to Revamp Auction Reserve | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Public Knowledge, Save Wireless Choice, and T-Mobile lobbyists and former Rep. Henry Waxman are pushing the FCC to revamp its broadcast spectrum forward auction reserve trigger to prevent it from being gamed by dominant wireless carriers.

Currently, the FCC is planning to set aside 30 MHz of spectrum for monodominant carriers. Public Knowledge's Harold Feld pointed out on a conference call with reporters that they would prefer a larger reserve, but in any event says the FCC should no longer condition that reserve on reaching a spectrum clearing and total bidding financial targets that the AWS-3 spectrum auction's success has essentially rendered unnecessary.

The groups argue that AT&T and Verizon would be able to game those triggers and extend the auction until, by the time the reserve is triggered, competitive carriers won't be in a position, or as good a position, to take advantage of it, which Waxman says would run counter to the intent of Congress in the spectrum auction legislation that it promote wireless competition.

Feld likened the issue to the dominant carriers being able to hack the FCC's computer model for the auction to advantage themselves.


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Wheeler to Hill: ISPs Have Certainty to Invest | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable

Wheeler to Hill: ISPs Have Certainty to Invest | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler plans to tell Congress that a court's denial of ISP efforts to stay part of the FCC's net neutrality order means those companies have "the certainty and economic incentive to build fast and competitive broadband networks."

ISPs have argued that new interconnection-targeted complaint processes and a general Internet conduct standard will work against such investment, but according to Wheeler's testimony for a House Communications Subcommittee FCC oversight hearing, the chairman cites statements by the CEOs of T-Mobile, Sprint, Cablevision, Charter and Frontier that Title II reclassification "does not discourage their investment."

He also said that announcements by ISPs including Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable and others that they were expanding broadband service suggested "healthy" network investment would continue.

Wheeler cited the court's denial of the stay as a recent FCC accomplishment, along with the rules themselves.


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Wired to fail | Tony Romm | Broken by Design Series | POLITICO.com

Wired to fail | Tony Romm | Broken by Design Series | POLITICO.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

In September 2011, as the U.S. economy continued to sputter in the shadow of the Great Recession, Jonathan Adelstein offered a bold promise on behalf of a tiny federal agency that had long strived to improve the lives of rural Americans.

The administrator of the little-known Rural Utilities Service had just finished announcing $3.5 billion in aid to expand high-speed Internet access to the hardest-to-reach areas of the country. The awards, part of the federal stimulus passed by Congress two years earlier, had been crucial to President Barack Obama’s blueprint for a recovery that would ensure farmers and remote businesses could compete in an increasingly global economy.

“These investments in broadband will connect nearly 7 million rural Americans,” Adelstein pledged in a report to Congress, “along with more than 360,000 businesses and more than 30,000 critical community institutions like schools, health care facilities and public safety agencies, to new or improved service.”

Judged against the agency’s 80-year track record, those numbers didn’t seem unrealistically ambitious. During the Great Depression, after all, RUS had loaned out millions of dollars to string electric lines to distant farms and small towns in parts of the country that private companies refused to serve — a bold and calculated risk that had transformed America in a single generation.

But more recently, the performance of RUS has been much less than stellar. Even the agency’s staunchest defenders in Congress had learned firsthand: When it came to funding broadband projects, RUS never found its footing in the digital age.


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Over-the-top video firms push back against FCC MVPD rule making | Thomas Mocarsky | Katy on the Hill

Over-the-top video firms push back against FCC MVPD rule making | Thomas Mocarsky | Katy on the Hill | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The nation’s biggest online video distributors would rather the Federal Communications Commission not do them any favors by regulating over the top services like cable.

Representatives from Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple, companies that haven’t been regulated by the FCC, have been increasing their face time at the FCC to keep the agency from advancing a proceeding that would regulate some OTT services like facilities-based multi-channel video distributors.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has promised to move on at the order this fall in what is likely to be another divisive proceeding at the agency.


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Don’t Delay the Fiber Future | David Young | Verizon Public Policy Blog

Don’t Delay the Fiber Future | David Young | Verizon Public Policy Blog | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

There is no disputing that fiber is the best wireline broadband communications infrastructure. Fiber provides the fastest speeds, both up and down. Fiber is more resilient than copper. Fiber is better for the environment, using less power than copper-based technologies. Fiber even increases economic development and raises property values where it is deployed.


So it is no surprise that communities across the country are trying to attract fiber deployments in their areas and the President has created a Broadband Opportunity Council to identify ways of removing barriers to new broadband deployment.


And of course, FCC Chairman Wheeler has set 25 Mbps as the new benchmark for broadband, noting that there is little competition at those high speeds except in places where fiber has been deployed. (Verizon’s fiber network – which passes about 70% of the homes in our wireline footprint – provides competition to incumbent cable operators essentially everywhere that it has been deployed.)

That is why it is strange that some parties are asking the FCC to consider rules that, rather than encouraging the move to fiber, would divert investment dollars into the very legacy copper networks that they have already acknowledged cannot provide real competition for cable at the higher speeds. Make no mistake, rules that force companies to invest in copper networks, even where they are already deploying new fiber networks, would significantly delay the fiber future.


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All: In order for this Verizon Public Policy statement to have any credibility at all, then Verizon needs to immediately release its CapEx Plan to buildout the FTTP infrastructure in not just their FiOS franchised service area but thoughout their entire service area. A financial commitment from Verizon needs to back up these words!

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Security researchers hack Roku streaming media player | Ms. Smith | NetworkWorld.com

Security researchers hack Roku streaming media player | Ms. Smith | NetworkWorld.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

If you are sick of your ever-increasing cable bill, have you considered becoming a cord cutter? If you spent a bundle on your TVs but they aren't smart TVs, you likely aren't planning to abandon them.


PCMag has a decent cord cutter's guide; for folks without a smart TV, TechHive's media streamer buyers' guide compared Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Nvidia Shield Android TV, and Roku 3 before recommending Roku 3 "as the best all-around option." TechHive explained:

Roku 3, for instance, has the most complete app selection, but like all other non-Apple devices it can't access iTunes purchases. Meanwhile, Apple TV is missing apps for Amazon Instant Video, Sling TV, and Plex. The Nvidia Shield Android TV covers for its ho-hum app selection through Google Cast support, which lets you launch content from a phone or tablet (marked GC on the chart), but it lacks support for Amazon Instant Video.

While pondering cutting the cord, you have to decide what you want to stream, like Showtime, HBO Now, CBS All Access, or if you are interested in small bundles like Sling TV offers along with a free Roku Streaming Stick.


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Cablevision Follows Comcast Down The Compulsory WiFi Hotspot Rabbit Hole | Tim Geigner | Techdirt

Cablevision Follows Comcast Down The Compulsory WiFi Hotspot Rabbit Hole | Tim Geigner | Techdirt | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Less than a year ago, Comcast was sued over its WiFi hotspot program, which essentially turned residential customers into hotspots for other Comcast customers or hotspot subscribers. Comcast used this to make a great deal of money off of its own residential customers.


The problem was that Comcast didn't see the need to have customers opt-in to this program and was perfectly happy using customers' electricity and, in some cases, bandwidth to power the service. That and the fact that the opt-out settings on the router controls were given to bouts of amnesia made the company look pretty crappy, but, hey, you know, Comcast.

Well, now it appears that Cablevision will find itself fighting in court over the exact same thing. Paul Jensen, a Cablevision customer, has sued the company on grounds that it violated the CFAA, gained unjust enrichment, and trespassed.


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DOT presses forward on National Address Database | Richard McKinney | CIO Council

DOT presses forward on National Address Database | Richard McKinney | CIO Council | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

When you call 911 in an emergency, you expect responders to be able to find you. That the system might stumble trying to translate your address into the geospatial coordinates doesn’t occur to you for even a moment. Nor should it.

A complete, current, and accurate address list including street number, street name, city –as well as less commonly used information like Latitude/Longitude, GML point geometry, and spatial reference system– with associated metadata is essential for a variety of government and non-government functions, including emergency response, conducting the Census, income tax collection, delivering the mail, planning, routing, and many others.

But currently, many agencies and organizations either collect, purchase, or lease address information in an uncoordinated fashion. To date, there has been no national database of address points in the public domain, and that’s why, last April, DOT hosted the National Address Database Summit[external link].


A National Address Database (NAD) would provide accurate address location information that could be used to save lives, reduce costs, and improve services for public and private interests. And if it’s going to provide the foundation for the 21st century services we expect, like Next Generation 9-1-1, it needs attention from bright minds inside and outside government.


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TIS 2015: Small Ops Get Bleak Financial Forecast | Mark Robichaux | Multichannel

TIS 2015: Small Ops Get Bleak Financial Forecast | Mark Robichaux | Multichannel | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A favored telecommunications analysts painted a bearish, if not bleak, picture for a loyal following of small and medium cable operators, as he considered new Internet rules and price regulations.

MoffettNathanson principal and senior analyst Craig Moffett, a longtime cable bull, gave the crowd at The Independent Show in Boston a mixed forecast for the next decade.

He reminded the crowd of the painful market forces that have begun to buffet cable operators – and programmers -- of all sizes at this moment in time.

TV ratings are down, and programming costs are up. The biggest programmers are licensing more shows to OTT players.


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8K Looks Sharp, But Questions Remain | Dade Hayes | Broadcasting & Cable

8K Looks Sharp, But Questions Remain | Dade Hayes | Broadcasting & Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

NHK’S Super Hi-Vision system promises nothing less than the future of television. Having seen a couple of demos recently, I can say that the future looks pretty sharp. But as always, the devil will be in the details. The company has been conducting broadcast demos in the U.S. en route to full satellite broadcasts in 2018 and a 2020 Tokyo Olympics push.

One demo in June, during the Women’s World Cup, and another at Yankee Stadium on July 17 left me convinced of the aesthetic potential, but dubious of some practicalities.


First, the positives. The baseball game, a nighttime tilt between the Yanks and the Seattle Mariners, brought a giddy element of science fiction, as if the eye doctor had cranked up the dial to 11. The level of detail, with 8K being 16 times sharper than current HDTV, is extraordinary.


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4K, 8K and Wall Space | Leslie Ellis | Broadcasting & Cable

4K, 8K and Wall Space | Leslie Ellis | Broadcasting & Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Ultra HD television took center stage at last week’s annual Tech It Out here, an all-day program put on by the Greater Philadelphia chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications.

“It’s a very important technology,” Comcast chief technology officer Tony Werner, who opened the afternoon portion of the program, said. “Video fidelity is something we continually go after.”

Plus, noted Paulette Pantoja, CEO and founder of BluFocus, which does quality and performance testing on in-home electronics like Blu-ray Disc players, we’ll likely see Ultra HD titles on packaged media as soon as this Christmas season.

“That includes the player and the discs,” she said. (Up until now, one of the many hitches in the supply chain for Ultra HD was that it’s just too big for standard Blu-ray.)


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