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South Korea Set to Launch 100Mbps Wireless, Seamlessly Combines Mobile Broadband & Wi-Fi | Stop the Cap!

South Korea Set to Launch 100Mbps Wireless, Seamlessly Combines Mobile Broadband & Wi-Fi | Stop the Cap! | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

While you ponder Verizon Wireless’ latest LTE 4G outage or try to convince yourself Sprint really is selling “4G” service from Clearwire, South Korea’s Sunkyoung Telecom (SK Telecom) is deploying new technology to enormously boost wireless Internet speeds to as high as 100Mbps.

 

SK Telecom has developed new Heterogeneous Network Integration Solution (HNIS) technology that weds 3G/4G service with any open Wi-Fi network to deliver speeds many times faster than North Americans can get from their wireless providers. The technology is designed to work without a lot of consumer intervention. For example, HNIS will automatically provision open Wi-Fi access wherever subscribers travel. The combination of mobile broadband with Wi-Fi works seamlessly as well. Currently, smartphones can use Wi-Fi or mobile data, but not both at the same time. HNIS changes that.

 

While mobile operators cope with spectrum and capacity issues, HNIS can reduce the load on wireless networks, without creating a hassle for wireless customers who used to register with every Wi-Fi service they encountered. The theoretical speed of an HNIS-enhanced 3G and Wi-Fi connection in South Korea will be 60Mbps when SK Telecom fully deploys the technology this year. As SK expands the technology to its 4G networks, theoretical maximum speeds will increase to 100Mbps.

 

SK is so confident in the technology, it plans to equip all of its smartphones with the new technology starting in 2013.

 

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Petitions for Preemption of State Restrictions on Broadband Deployment | FCC.gov

On July 24, 2014, the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the City of Wilson, North Carolina (collectively, Petitioners), filed separate petitions asking that the Commission act pursuant to section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 19961 to preempt portions of Tennessee and North Carolina state statutes that restrict their ability to provide broadband services. 


The Electric Power Board is an independent board of the City of Chattanooga that provides electric and broadband service in the Chattanooga area. The City of Wilson provides electric service in

six counties in eastern North Carolina and broadband service in Wilson County. Both Petitioners allege that state laws restrict their ability to expand their broadband service offerings to surrounding areas where

customers have expressed interest in these services, and they request that the Commission preempt such laws. 


Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.415, 1.419, interested parties may file comments on or before August 29, 2014 and reply comments on or before September 29, 2014.


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CA: FCC should help reach deal to end Dodgers TV standoff, lawmakers say | LATimes.com

CA: FCC should help reach deal to end Dodgers TV standoff, lawmakers say | LATimes.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A group of Southern California lawmakers wants the Federal Communications Commission to broker a deal to end the bitter standoff between Time Warner Cable and other pay-TV providers over distribution of SportsNet LA, the new channel that is home to the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Launched this year, SportsNet LA is not available in the majority of pay-TV homes in the Los Angeles market. Time Warner Cable secured rights to distribute the Dodgers-owned channel in a 25-year deal worth $8.35 billion, according to a valuation by the Dodgers and Major League Baseball.


Time Warner Cable has been unable to land carriage agreements with other distributors serving the market including DirecTV, Cox Communications, Charter Communications and Verizon FiOS. Only Time Warner Cable subscribers have access to the channel which means about 70% of the market has been unable to see Dodger games on TV except for the handful that have been nationally televised on Fox and ESPN.


At issue is the price Time Warner Cable is seeking to carry the channel. According to people familiar with the talks, Time Warner Cable wants more than $4 a month per subscriber in the first year with the price rising steadily through the life of the deal. Distributors including DirecTV have said they want flexibility to offer the channel only to subscribers who want it and not all subscribers.


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Killing The Golden Goose: Copyright Holders Demand More Cash Even As Streaming Music Services Struggle To Be Profitable | Techdirt.com

Killing The Golden Goose: Copyright Holders Demand More Cash Even As Streaming Music Services Struggle To Be Profitable | Techdirt.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

For years, we've pointed to the legacy entertainment industry's history of trying to kill the golden goose any time a new and successful service has come along that actually helped drive them into the modern era. These services never actually come out of the industry itself, and thus are almost always hated (often with a passion) by the legacy players who failed to innovate, and now fear the potential alternative power in their industry. It's no secret that the legacy record labels and studios maintain their position by trying to control every aspect of their market, rather than by innovating to what the public wants.

In the music space, there have been a growing number of complaints from industry insiders about just how unfair it is that companies like Pandora and Spotify are successful. You see complaints that these services don't pay enough and a search for regulatory changes to demand more cash from these companies. And yet, Pandora and Spotify are both having tremendous difficulty reaching anything approximating profitability -- in large part because the existing costs of the music they stream is so ridiculously high.

John McDuling at Quartz has a good overview of the state of the streaming music space, which (among many other points) highlights this problem:


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The only way legalizing cellphone unlocking will make a difference | NetworkWorld.com

The only way legalizing cellphone unlocking will make a difference | NetworkWorld.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Last last week, President Obama said he would sign a new bill (s.517) that would once again make it legal to unlock mobile phones, ending a year and half of uncertainty following a Library of Congress ruling in January 2013 that removed cellphone unlocking’s exemption from the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).


Unlocking is the process that allows a mobile device owner to use their device on any compatible carrier, not just the carrier that provided the phone. In theory, unlocking is clearly a “good thing,” as it makes it easier for owners to use their devices on the network they choose (as long as they have no ongoing business service agreement or other deal with the original carrier).


The question, though, is whether this decision will make a big difference in the real world. Removing restrictions on unlocking should save a few dollars for the relatively few individuals who want to reuse an existing phone or buy a cheap device to use on a more expensive carrier. And because the bill that passed Congress allows “bulk unlocking,” it will likely revitalize the cottage industry in unlocking phones. But it’s unlikely to have a big, immediate effect on corporate phone buyers.


Sure, there are a couple of scenarios where unlocked phones might save some businesses some money. When organizations switch carriers, they wouldn’t have to buy all new phones, for example. And when workers travel or move to areas best served by carriers different than the company’s prime carrier, unlocking the phones would make it easier for them to keep their existing devices. 


But those situations don’t seem very common. For one thing, high switching costs (and hassles) make changing carriers a big deal for most organizations, whether unlocking is legal or not.


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Facebook posts can land Americans on watchlists | Ms. Smith | NetworkWorld.com

Facebook posts can land Americans on watchlists | Ms. Smith | NetworkWorld.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

As we’ve seen in the past, there’s nothing reasonable about supposedly suspicious activities as numerous you-might-be-a-terrorist-if lists are often filled with harmless behaviors. You know there are “hot” keywords monitored by government agencies and that anything you might say on social media could come back and bite you at a later date; those facts were again highlighted in the 166-page document issued by the National Counterterrorism Center to give “watchlisting guidance.”


Although this guidance includes advice on determining whether or not there is reasonable suspicion that someone is a terrorist and should be nominated to watchlists, the more worrying aspects involve getting around reasonable suspicion. According to “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance” published by The Intercept:


"In determining whether a reasonable suspicion exists, due weight should be given to the specific reasonable inferences that a nominator is entitled to draw from the facts in light of his/her experience and not on unfounded suspicions or hunches. Although irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary, to be reasonable, suspicion should be as clear and as fully developed as circumstances permit."


Americans are protected by the First Amendment; the guidelines do say that constitutionally-protected activities cannot be the basis for nominating a person to be added to watchlists, yet how many times has that proven to be untrue? Way before Snowden spilled the beans on NSA surveillance, back in 2010, the ACLU reported that FBI spying on free speech was nearly at Cold War levels.


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States, stand down! Let community broadband innovate. | Craig Settles | GigaOM Tech News

States, stand down! Let community broadband innovate. | Craig Settles | GigaOM Tech News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

In 2010, Chattanooga, Tennesee public utility EPB sent ripples through the broadband world when it announced the first U.S. citywide network to deliver gigabit internet access speed.


This week EPB, along with Wilson, North Carolina, sent waves through the broadband and political worlds when they petitioned the FCC to intercede against state intrusion into their ability to deliver gigabit services to other communities.


Tennessee, along with 18 other states, has a telco/cableco-influenced law prohibiting public utilities from offering broadband services outside of the area covered by their utility service. However, EPB is besieged with requests from surrounding communities for their gigabit and other high-end services that the same large providers can’t or won’t offer. It wants to provide services and has now asked the FCC to overrule state laws so it may do so.


Chattanooga’s and Wilson’s actions moved what have been individual battles into a national showdown as Congress now jumps in to intercept the FCC’s intersession. While incumbents’ legislative allies paint the FCC as stepping on states’ rights, community broadband advocates seek protection from anti-competition laws that stifle economic development and local innovation.


One main motivation that drives communities nationwide to cheer on Chattanooga and Wilson is the economic development impact these networks deliver, as proven by many of the 400 communities with public networks. “At EPB, we believe that high-speed Internet is critical infrastructure [that] gives citizens and businesses the opportunity to fully participate in – and to lead – our emerging knowledge economy,” said Harold DePriest, EPB’s President and CEO. Equally compelling is the ability of these networks to transform communities into innovation centers.


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New Yor City's free WiFi plan knocked offline after contractor goes belly up | NYPost.com

New Yor City's free WiFi plan knocked offline after contractor goes belly up | NYPost.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A city push to establish free Wi-Fi hotspots in business districts across all five boroughs was knocked offline by the abrupt insolvency of the program’s contractor.


Madrid-based Gowex went bust early this month after Wall Street analysts reported that CEO Jenaro Garcia had cooked its books.


Gowex had a $245,000 contract with the New York City Economic Development Corp. to establish Wi-Fi corridors in Harlem; Long Island City, Queens; Brownsville, Brooklyn; Roosevelt Island; St. George, Staten Island; and on East Fordham Road in The Bronx.


The EDC has paid $185,000 on the contract, said agency spokesman Ian Fried.


Since Gowex’s sudden collapse, “about a dozen” of the 60 hotspots have gone down, the EDC says. They include parts of the system in The Bronx and Long Island City and the entire Staten Island system.


“We are working on finding a ­solution,” said Fried.


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MLB Throws Bean Ball At FCC's 'Commercially Reasonable' Regime | Broadcasting & Cable

MLB Throws Bean Ball At FCC's 'Commercially Reasonable' Regime | Broadcasting & Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

In a filing in the FCC's network neutrality rule docket, MLB Advanced Media, the arm that oversees the MBL.TV subscription service and other online video, says that cable is the only game in town for many viewers and that inadequate broadband competition should inform the FCC's network neutrality policy, which should be to prevent ISP's from charging Internet content providers, like MLB, for faster or preferential treatment.


The Commission would be rolling the dice by allowing 'commercially reasonable' fast lane deals, subject to amorphous regulations and limited oversight capability," MLB said. "We are equally as concerned about how fast/slow lane regulations could be adequately enforced."


"As the nation's largest edge provider of live event video, we fail to see how the proposed regulatory scheme could provide the type of timely enforcement that would be needed to adequately protect against such harms," MLB said.


FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler followed the advice of a D.C. federal court in proposing to reconfigure the old Open Internet order's ban on unreasonable discrimination into an allowance for commercially reasonable discrimination, given that the court threw out that ban because smacked too much of applying common carrier regs to Internet access service, which the FCC defines as an information service not subject to mandatory access.


MLB sees too much downside to the approach. "We urge the Commission to prohibit Broadband ISPs from charging Internet content distributors ("Edge Providers") for faster or otherwise preferential delivery of content to American consumers.


Wheeler has gotten lots of pushback from Silicon Valley on the proposal.


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Only A Giant Telco Could Introduce Bandwidth Throttling And Spin It As 'Network Optimization' | Techdirt.com

Only A Giant Telco Could Introduce Bandwidth Throttling And Spin It As 'Network Optimization' | Techdirt.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Oh, Verizon. The company is ramping up its mobile data throttling on its LTE network. Basically, if you're a heavy user, your packets get "de-prioritized" (i.e., throttled). However, Verizon insists it's, like, totally, totally different.


"Is this the same as throttling?


No, this is not throttling.

How is this different than throttling?


The difference between our Network Optimization practices and throttling is network intelligence.  With throttling, your wireless data speed is reduced for your entire cycle, 100% of the time, no matter where you are. Network Optimization is based on the theory that all customers should have the best network possible, and if you’re not causing congestion for others, even if you are using a high amount of data, your connection speed should be as good as possible. So, if you’re in the top 5% of data users, your speed is reduced only when you are connected to a cell site experiencing high demand. Once you are no longer connected to a site experiencing high demand, your speed will return to normal. This could mean a matter of seconds or hours, depending on your location and time of day."


In other words... it's throttling. It may be temporary, and it may only impact top users, but it's still throttling. No matter what they say. As Broadband Reports notes, this bit of Orwellian speak probably doesn't work in reverse:


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NYC: Proposed merger of cable giants could pose threat to Community's Right to Public Access | DailyNews.com

NYC: Proposed merger of cable giants could pose threat to Community's Right to Public Access | DailyNews.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Randy Kearse spent 13 years in federal prison, but after his release began to provide a voice to the unique issues faced by those in working-class communities.


Gilbert Roman, a high-school student from El Barrio, was recently selected for a full scholarship to travel to Senegal as part of the International Youth Leadership Institute.


A 94-year-old activist, Florence Rice, has campaigned against elder abuse and been a vocal consumer advocate for low-income New Yorkers.


What in the world do these three people have in common? Their work is only made possible through the free and low-cost programs offered by New York City’s Community Access Organizations (CAOs). And those unique local resources are at great risk as a result of market changes such as those inherent to the proposed merger of Time Warner Cable and Comcast.


Each borough has its own CAO; they include BRIC of Brooklyn, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Queens Public Television, BronxNet and Staten Island Community Television. Each of these nonprofits has managed production facilities and cable channels as a public trust for more than 20 years.


These organizations train nearly 10,000 people a year in video production, editing, graphics, sound and lighting, and provide facilities, technical support, equipment, an organized volunteer base, free channel time and an audience to give people a voice.


CAOs are funded through agreements with cable companies and facilitate partnerships with the New York City public school system, public libraries, city agencies, public-service nonprofits and cultural institutions. Our agreements support programming as diverse as our great city.


By publicly reaffirming their intent to honor their commitments to the city and the CAOs, Comcast and Time Warner Cable can prove media consolidation does not always threaten local communities. There is too much at stake. The PSC and the FCC have a unique opportunity to ensure that these vital community resources are preserved and strengthened in the years ahead.


The public can submit comments to the New York State Public Service Commission on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger until Aug. 8. For information, go to www.dps.ny.gov.


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Comcast’s Internet for the poor too hard to sign up for, advocates say | Ars Technica

Comcast’s Internet for the poor too hard to sign up for, advocates say | Ars Technica | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A California nonprofit says that a Comcast Internet service program for poor people is too difficult to sign up for, resulting in just 11 percent of eligible households in the state getting service.


Comcast had to create the $10-per-month Internet Essentials program in order to secure approval of its acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011. About 300,000 households containing 1.2 million people nationwide have gotten cheap Internet service as a result, but the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) complains that the signup process is riddled with problems, a charge Comcast denies.


CETF itself was created by the California Public Utilities Commission when approving the mergers of SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI, and its purpose was to accelerate broadband deployment for unserved or underserved populations. The group says additional requirements should be imposed on Comcast as part of its pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable.


In comments filed with the FCC, CETF said Comcast has signed up 35,205 households out of more than 313,000 eligible ones in California. Nationwide, 300,000 families out of 2.6 million eligible have signed up, Comcast said in March. The service offers 5Mbps download and 1Mbps upload speeds and a computer for $150, of which 23,000 have been sold.


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CO: The Past and Future of Muni Fiber in Boulder - Community Broadband Bits Episode 108 | community broadband networks

CO: The Past and Future of Muni Fiber in Boulder - Community Broadband Bits Episode 108 | community broadband networks | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Boulder is the latest Colorado community to recognize the benefits of using city-owned fiber to spur job growth and improve quality of life. Boulder Director of Information Technology Don Ingle joins us for episode 108 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast.


We discuss the many ways in which Boulder has benefited from community owned fiber over the past 15 years and the smart policies they have used to expand conduit throughout the community.


We finish with a discussion about the upcoming referendum that Boulder will likely place on the November ballot to regain local authority to use and expand its fiber assets to encourage job growth and increase residential options.


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UT: Utopia at a Crossroads: Part 3 | community broadband networks

UT: Utopia at a Crossroads: Part 3 | community broadband networks | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

This is the final installment of a three part series, in which we examine the current state of the UTOPIA network, how it got there, and the choices it faces going forward. Part I can be read here and Part II here


In Part I of this story, we laid out the difficult situation the open access UTOPIA network finds itself in and how it got there. Part II gave the broad outlines of Macquarie’s preliminary proposal for a public-private partnership to complete and operate the network. The numbers we deal with here are mostly from the Milestone One report, and assumed the participation of all 11 cities. It should be noted that since five of eleven UTOPIA cities opted out of proceeding to Milestone Two negotiations, the scope and scale of the project is subject to change. The basic structure of the potential deal is mostly set, however, allowing us to draw some reasonable conclusions about whether or not this deal is good for the citizens of the UTOPIA cities.


Let’s first turn to why Macquarie wants to make this investment.  This would be the firm’s first large scale broadband network investment in the U.S., allowing it to get a foothold in a massive market that has a relatively underdeveloped fiber infrastructure. To offset network build and operation costs, it will also be guaranteed the revenue from the monthly utility fee, which my very rough calculations put between $18 and $20 million for the six cities opting in to Milestone Two (or between $30 and $33 million per year for all 11 cities) depending on whether the final fee ends up closer to $18 or $20 per month.


Jesse Harris of FreeUTOPIA puts Macquarie’s base rate of return between 3.7% and 4.7%, which is slim enough that they should have the incentive to make the network successful and truly universal, boosting their share of the revenue from transport fees in the process.


The monthly utility fee is a difficult pill for UTOPIA cities to swallow politically, and has allowed opponents to paint it as a massive new tax.  But this claim ignores the costs of the existing $500 million debt (including interest), which will have to be paid regardless of whether the network is ever completed or any more revenue is generated.


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Former CIA/NSA Boss Michael Hayden Admits Ed Snowden Was A Whistleblower | Techdirt.com

Former CIA/NSA Boss Michael Hayden Admits Ed Snowden Was A Whistleblower | Techdirt.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Ever since Snowden first leaked the documents he took from the NSA, there's been a (somewhat ridiculous) debate over whether or not he was a "whistleblower" or "a traitor" (or potentially somewhere in between). However, it seems like many fall into one of those somewhat polar opposite positions. To many of us, it's been quite clear that he's a whistleblower. However, to folks like former NSA and CIA boss Michael Hayden, the view has been somewhat different. After all, Hayden has directly called Snowden a traitor, claimed that he was worse than a variety of spies (including the Rosenbergs, Klaus Fuchs, Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen), and publicly fantasized about killing Snowden.

So it seems at least somewhat noteworthy that, in a moment of what appears to be accidental honesty, Hayden admitted that Snowden was really a whistleblower (spotted by Snowden legal advisor Jesselyn Radack).


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HBO Pushes Web Expansion as Bewkes Battles Murdoch Bid | Bloomberg.com

HBO Pushes Web Expansion as Bewkes Battles Murdoch Bid | Bloomberg.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Jeff Bewkes is looking to the Internet to accelerate growth at his prized TV network, HBO, as he seeks to demonstrate to investors that Time Warner Inc. is worth more on its own than with Rupert Murdoch.


HBO, home to “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” may expand a $49-a-month trial introduced last year with Comcast Corp., people with knowledge of the plan said last week. The pilot, and a similar one from AT&T Inc., offers Web access paired with HBO and limited basic TV.


HBO and its growth prospects are a big part of why New York-based Time Warner rejected a $75 billion buyout offer from Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc., saying it will be better off independent. HBO was already developing ways to reach more consumers. The plan relies on more aggressive marketing, an upgraded HBO Go app and expanded access to the network for broadband-only customers of companies like Comcast who don’t want to buy a full cable-TV package.


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Bose sues Beats over noise-cancelling headphones | NetworkWorld.com

Bose sues Beats over noise-cancelling headphones | NetworkWorld.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats won't be finalized until later this quarter, but the company should already feel right at home under the Apple umbrella. Apple is of course no stranger to big-time patent litigation, and now comes word via Bloomberg that Beats has its own patent problem to deal with.


Late last week, Bose filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Beats alleging that the noise-cancelling headphones sold by the Dr. Dre-backed company infringe upon their own patents.


"The Beats Studio and Beats Studio Wireless headphones use technology covered by five patents, Bose said in a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington July 24. A mirror lawsuit, filed the next day in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, makes the same allegations and is likely to be put on hold while the ITC case is pending.


Bose, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, said it began developing its noise-canceling technology almost four decades ago and started selling its QuietComfort headphones in 2000. The technology in the latest patents, used in more recent models of Bose headphones, involves the use of sound waves to cancel out unwanted noise."


As for the damages Bose is seeking, the complaint didn't specify a precise amount, but it did note that infringing Beats products have caused Bose to suffer tremendously in the marketplace due to lost sales and lost profits.


Bose's complaint reads in part:


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California sees IT shifting to IBM-built cloud | ComputerWorld.com

California sees IT shifting to IBM-built cloud | ComputerWorld.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

California is moving its IT services to a cloud, on-demand, subscription-based service that state officials believe may meet as much as 80% of its computing needs.


IBM has created the cloud-based service, operating in state-run data centers, under a five-year contract. The system went online July 10.


Operating a statewide cloud is new for California, and something they have no experience with, said Ron Hughes, the state's chief deputy CIO of operations. But as part of the contract, IBM is also obligated to train state workers to operate the cloud service, "so by the end of the contract, we can do it," Hughes said.


That doesn't necessarily mean that vendors will ultimately be out of the picture at the end of five years, but that California wants the ability to run its cloud service on its own, Hughes said.


California's move to cloud-based delivery and centralized IT with shared services is mainstream among the state and the federal government. But the approaches differ.


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LTE network for US public safety taking it one step at a time | Stephen Lawson | NetworkWorld.com

LTE network for US public safety taking it one step at a time | Stephen Lawson | NetworkWorld.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The organizers of the FirstNet LTE public safety network have the frequencies and standards they need to build the system, and they know where the money’s coming from. They know how to get there from here, but it won’t be a quick trip.


FirstNet will realize a vision that emerged in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, using technology that didn’t exist until years later. It will be a single network linking all federal, state and local public-safety agencies in the U.S., based on the same radio spectrum and technology throughout. Though it won’t replace every public-safety radio system in use today, FirstNet will help to eliminate the crazy quilt of incompatible radio systems and frequencies that makes it hard for different teams to coordinate their efforts.


That’s no small matter when the news is bad enough to send first responders from multiple cities, counties or states converging on one area. For example, the many firefighting forces that battle summer blazes around the West often can’t communicate directly with each other because they use different types of radios and different frequency bands, said TJ Kennedy, acting general manager of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which is in charge of making the network a reality.


The systems that first responders use now, including more than 10,000 separate LMRS (land mobile radio system) networks, also fall short of many users’ needs. Some public-safety employees have to use their own smartphones in order to use apps, send photos and make calls in the field, according to Kennedy.


Once FirstNet’s built, all agencies will be able to sign up for the same national service, built on modern mobile broadband technology. It will span not just the 50 states but also U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands, and is intended to cover as much land as possible. In some cases that will probably require satellite, but most wireless will go over land-based LTE.


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Live from Chattanooga! Gigabit Nation 3rd Anniversary Broadcast | Gigabit Nation on BlogTalk Radio

Live from Chattanooga! Gigabit Nation 3rd Anniversary Broadcast | Gigabit Nation on BlogTalk Radio | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Three years ago, July 27, 2011, Gigabit Nation launched to help public, private and nonprofit organizations get better broadband everywhere it needs to be. Chattanooga's gig network was my first feature.


Join the show's 3rd Anniversary broadcast live from EPB, Chattanooga's public utility and operator of the first U.S. citywide gigabit network.


Chattanooga is one of the rock stars of U.S. broadband. Meet key players from center stage and behind the scenes driving innovation, economic development and a better quality of life for the city's diverse constituents. An all-star cast of stakeholders are stopping by to help Gigabit Nation celebrate, and also share some of the inside scoop on three years of network milestones, marketing wins and plans for future successes. Learn about Chattanooga's fight against states' intrusion on communities' broadband decisions, and other ways in which the gig city is influence national discussion on broadband.


Joining the show are:


  • Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke
  • EPB CEO Harold DePriest
  • Jim Ingraham, EPB VP Strategic Research, Gigabit Nation's first guest
  • Katie Espeseth, EPB VP New Products
  • J.Ed Marston, VP Marketing & Communications, Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Steve Angle, Chancellor, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
  • Jack Studer, LampPost, Chattanooga Venture Capitalist
  • Bentley Cook, Senvery, GigTANK graduate
  • Sheldon Grizzle, Managing Partner, Spartan Partners
  • Mike Bradshaw, Executive Director, The Company Lab


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C-SPAN Moving To Authenticated TV Streaming | Multichannel.com

C-SPAN Moving To Authenticated TV Streaming | Multichannel.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

C-SPAN is launching a beta test of its migration of live online feeds of its TV channels -- C-SPANs 1, 2 and 3 -- to an authentication model starting today (July 28), employing the TV Everywhere model of the multichannel video programming distributors that support the public-affairs programmer.

 

C-SPAN added a note on its Web site that "Online access to these three TV channels will soon require registration. Learn more." Authentication, or verification, won't be required right away, but will be an option so folks can start getting used to the idea and be signed-up and ready for the switch.

 

The "soon" is sometime in late summer. The "more" is that "online, live access to C-SPAN's three television channels will be available only to verified customers of C-SPAN's cable and satellite TV affiliates," says Susan Swain, C-SPAN co-CEO in a video explaining the change. (http://www.c-span.org/about/TVeverywhere/).

 

C-SPAN will continue to provide on the Web site live coverage, free, ad-free, and in the clear of House and Senate floor proceedings, committee meetings, White House press conferences, the courts, elections, and coverage of agency proceedings -- FCC meetings, for example -- and other government activities.


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Happy 3rd anniversary, Gigabit Nation! Check out the 10 most popular interviews | Building the Gigabit City

A humongous Thank you! to all of you listeners and supporters of Gigabit Nation.


Three years ago today, with a month’s worth of guests booked, one sponsor (Hiawatha Broadband Communications) and just a general idea of where this would end up, Gigabit Nation launched. The only radio talk devoted to helping organizations improve the sad state of broadband in these United States.


My first guest was Jim Ingraham, VP of Strategic Research for Chattanooga’s public utility and fiber network operator, EPB (Check out the interview). Tomorrow, I’m in Chattanooga to celebrate the show’s third anniversary in a special 90-minute live interview of some of the key leaders and stakeholders who have contributed to the success of the city’s now famous gig network.


We’ll highlight some of the major milestones the city has reached thanks to its network, as well as take a peek at Chattanooga’s gig future. I’ll also be review some of the high points in Gigabit Nation’s 3-year run.


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Mediacom Exec Asks MO Senator McCaskill To Widen Bill Data Net | Multichannel.com

Mediacom Exec Asks MO Senator McCaskill To Widen Bill Data Net | Multichannel.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The battle between cable operators and broadcasters over retrans reform rages on.

 

The latest volley came from Tom Larsen, group vice president of cable operator Mediacom, who has written Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) suggesting that as part of her inquiry into pay TV bills, she should ask Missouri broadcasters to disclose the rates they charge MVPDs for carriage of their stations.

 

That way, according to Larsen, she can better determine how much of a cable or satellite bill goes to those station owners, the rate at which that payment is rising, how much or little of that is being reinvested locally and more.

 

McCaskill, chair of the Consumer Protection Subcommittee, is asking consumers with beefs about their pay TV bills to weigh in via a new "submit the scam" web tool on her Senate website, saying that is part of an effort to "lay the groundwork" for legislation. Broadcasters battling cable operators over retrans reforms, have been celebrating the effort and offering to help.


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Comcast Extends Reach Of 505-Meg FTTP Service | Multichannel.com

Comcast Extends Reach Of 505-Meg FTTP Service | Multichannel.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Comcast confirmed that it has recently extended the reach of Extreme 505, a fiber-based broadband service that pumps out 505 Mbps downstream and 100 Mbps upstream, to several systems in its South Division, including Atlanta, Nashville, Jacksonville, and south Florida.

 

That follows the service’s initial launch in Comcast’s Northeast region in the fall of 2012, and more recently in select cities in its Central Division, including Chicago. Multichannel News reported in February that Comcast was in the process of bringing Extreme 505 to new makets.

 

Extreme 505 is a fiber-to-the-premises product that uses Metro Ethernet technology that Comcast typically uses to deliver business-class services. After starting off with a 305/65 residential speed offering, Comcast ramped it up to 505/100 last fall, presumably to keep pace with Verizon FiOS’s fastest residential broadband tier at the time, which was 500x100. Verizon has since moved ahead on an upstream upgrade plan that will enable it to deliver symmetrical speeds across all tiers, including 500/500 for its top-end offering. (A deeper analysis on Verizon's upgrade and its potential implication for the cable industry will be featured in the July 28 issue of Multichannel News.)


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Virginia Counties May Withdraw From Open-Access Broadband Initiative | GovExec.com

Virginia Counties May Withdraw From Open-Access Broadband Initiative | GovExec.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Southwest Virginia’s Roanoke Valley likes to promote itself as a good environment for business. Anchored by the city of Roanoke, Virginia Tech is nearby and the cost of living is low compared to other Virginia and U.S. cities. Industrial electricity rates are below the national average. So too are construction and labor costs.


But approximately three years ago, some influential members of the area’s business community asked local officials to examine where the Roanoke Valley stood in terms of its Internet connectivity and whether the area was losing any competitive edge in attracting new business and supporting existing tech companies or other broadband-dependent businesses.


Smaller Virginia towns were garnering national attention for their local broadband infrastructure efforts. Galax, near the North Carolina border, joined forces with neighboring small communities to create the Wired Road Authority, a public-private partnership, which in 2009 led to an open-access, integrated regional broadband network with 100-megabit connections and, later, gigabit connections in 2013.


In 2007, Danville, an economically languishing tobacco and textiles town also near the North Carolina border, created a high-speed municipal open-access fiber network, nDanville, that first connected schools and later, businesses. It’s since been touted for its local economic development efforts.


In the Roanoke Valley, local leaders hired a consultant to figure out whether the area was falling behind.


Salem City Manager Kevin Boggess, whose city adjoins the city of Roanoke, told GovExec State & Local on Monday that when you examine the area’s digital connectivity, one thing is clear: “We don’t think we have what we need to attract new technology businesses to the Roanoke Valley.”


That led to the creation of the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority, a coalition of two independent cities, Roanoke and Salem, plus Roanoke County and Botetourt County. The group, formed in 2013, has been in the early stages of creating its own open-access fiber network, which is slated to cost $8.2 million.


The aim is to add five rings of fiber throughout the Roanoke area, creating a local network approximately 60 miles in length. That would tap directly into two existing high-speed fiber networks nearby — Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative’s network, which connects to a long-distance line between Atlanta and Washington, D.C., and Citizens Telephone Cooperative’s BTOP network in Southwest Virginia, which has connections to Blacksburg, home to Virginia Tech.


But on Friday, broadband authority representatives from the two counties, including Roanoke County Administrator B. Clayton Goodman III, indicated that they may soon back away from their support of the initiative, citing not just budgetary constraints but also, as The Roanoke Times reported Friday, “a more philosophical debate about the the role government should play in society.”


And that might leave the two cities, which already have pledged their support, to pursue a scaled-back project without the help of the counties.


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Jefferson County, KY: 3 companies angling to provide faster Internet lines | Courier-Journal.com

Jefferson County, KY: 3 companies angling to provide faster Internet lines | Courier-Journal.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Businesses and residents in Jefferson County could see faster Internet service in coming years with the Louisville Metro Council expected to approve agreements with three companies that plan to install more fiber optic cable to upgrade service to coveted gigabit levels.


The council will likely vote Thursday night to approve agreements with three companies that plan to expand high-speed Internet service. Some of the new service would replace slower copper wires.


Officials with Sifi Networks, BGN Networks and Fiber Technologies appeared Tuesday before the council’s public works committee, which unanimously recommended franchise agreements with the three to the full council. The three are considering running fiber optic cable into different areas of the city for both residential and commercial customers. The agreements would be in line with Mayor Greg Fischer’s effort to boost access to ultra-high-speed gigabit Internet, which he argues is critical to economic development.


If any of the three go ahead with the service, they could represent new competition for existing Internet providers such as Time Warner Cable and AT&T. The franchise agreements allow the companies to lay the cable in public rights of way and last for 20 years.


Currently, Louisville has a combination of fiber optics and slower copper lines, Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer said. “That is going to be the key is having this fiber optic more completely across the community,” he said.


Fischer has said having access to a high-speed broadband network “has quickly become viewed as critical urban infrastructure, similar to electricity, water and roadways.”


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