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Google's headache: After patents, what to do now with Motorola? | ZDNet

Google's headache: After patents, what to do now with Motorola? | ZDNet | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

It's no longer about the patents, but the post-honeymoon period is giving Google one heck of a headache.

 

There's no doubt that Motorola Mobility's vast portfolio of 17,000 patents will stand Google in good stead over the ongoing litigation with Apple, but it's clear that other factors are now taking priority.

 

Google's move to shuffle up its dedicated smartphone-making unit should come as no surprise. "[Motorola Mobility] lost money in fourteen of the last sixteen quarters," says an 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Google also warned that investors should expect to see "significant revenue variability" from the company in the coming quarters.

 

In a nutshell, Motorola isn't turning a profit, and now Google has its patent treasure trove, it doesn't want to lose out in the long run.

 

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UPDATE 1-Mobile phone sales outlook stalling-Gartner | Reuters

Research firm Gartner reported a dip in global sales of mobile phones for the second quarter in a row and will likely cut its 2012 outlook as consumers hold back on handset upgrades due to economic uncertainty.


The research group, whose data is widely used in the mobile
sector, also said handset maker Samsung extended its
lead over Apple and grew its market share to more than
one fifth in the second quarter of 2012.


"For 2012, the overall market is looking weaker than what I
had actually forecast at the start of the year," said Anshul
Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner, which previously
expected 2012 mobile phone sales of around 1.9 billion units.

"Consumers are really holding on to their old devices," he
said.

 

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OTT: The monster under the bed | FierceBroadbandWireless

OTT: The monster under the bed | FierceBroadbandWireless | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Newsflash: European mobile operators are a bit freaked out about the whole OTT thing.

 

Actually, that's far from news. Anyone who attended this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain got an earful of comments from European carriers lamenting the rise of over-the-top service providers. The problem is, no matter how frustrating the rise of this new business model is, it keeps spreading, and at some point, it might be time to concede that "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

 

Apparently that's what U.S. operators have done to some degree. Germany-based tyntec, which bills itself as a "global mobile interaction service provider," released findings from a survey that showed 100 percent of U.S. mobile operators already partner with OTT service providers. Not surprisingly, only 18 percent of European operators have struck up OTT collaborations.

 

But European operators may have good reason to fear the OTT service providers. The survey, which was conducted by consultancy mobileSquared, also revealed that 25 percent of European operators have already experienced up to a 5 percent loss in revenue from OTT competition, whereas U.S. operators have yet to experience losses on operator messaging services or revenue because of OTT. Further, 79 percent of European operators believe that OTT clients on smartphones are a threat to traditional SMS and voice-based services.

 

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There's only one truly open platform: the web | GigaOM Tech News

There's only one truly open platform: the web | GigaOM Tech News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

As Twitter and Facebook continue to fight a variety of skirmishes in the ongoing “platform wars,” with both companies trying to control as much of their networks as they can in order to monetize them as quickly as possible, it’s worth remembering what Sir Tim Berners-Lee did 21 years ago, when he created the first truly open internet-based platform: namely, the World Wide Web. In an early interview about his invention, Berners-Lee confessed there was a time where he considered taking a different route and trying to profit from what he had developed, but he chose a different path. The amount of social and commercial value that has been created as a result is almost impossible to calculate.

 

This is something that’s worth thinking about as we see the social web becoming a mainstream phenomenon, with all that implies. The choices we make when it comes to the platforms we use, and the choices those platforms make about how they choose to monetize their networks, will have far-reaching implications.

 

The story of how Berners-Lee created the web is pretty well-known: how we was working as a researcher at the CERN Institute in Switzerland and decided to try to put the theories of earlier thinkers such as Ted Nelson and Vannevar Bush into practice and developed a series of programs and standards that would allow a scientist in one lab to connect his thoughts or research to information that was located on a computer somewhere else. The result was hypertext markup language, or HTML, as well as the hypertext transport protocol, or HTTP — concepts that most of us barely even think about anymore, as they have become such an integral part of our lives.

 

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Data analysis continues to grow in universities and job market | ChicagoTribune.com

Do you wonder how businesses know your buying habits or your driving record? They mine for data. Data mining is sifting through large volumes of information that could not otherwise be done manually, explains Bamshad Mobasher, professor in the school of computing at DePaul University and associate director of the DePaul Center for Data Mining and Predictive Analytics.

 

In the old days people used spreadsheets and other predictors to look at data manually, but with the explosion of data in the last few decades there is a need for programs that can help discover patterns, Mobasher says.

 

Bob Hendry, professor of Informatics and Technology Management Systems at IIT, says that organizations have been storing mountains of data for 40 years likening it to disorganized items socked away in a basement.

 

Organizations are information hoarders, says Hendry. Within those piles of data is useful information to determine customer buying trends or the relationships between marketing expenditures and sales.

 

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FiOS Leaves Cities Behind As Verizon Lobbies for Cross-Marketing Deal With Cable Foes | Stop the Cap!

While Verizon customers in more than two dozen towns and communities around Boston can enjoy fiber optic broadband service today, residents inside the city of Boston cannot buy the service at any price. It is largely the same story in Syracuse, Buffalo, and Albany, N.Y., and Baltimore, Md.

 

With Verizon’s fiber network FiOS indefinitely stalled, local community leaders and union workers are more than a little concerned that Verizon is spending time, money and attention promoting a deal with the cable industry — its biggest competitor.

 

The Communications Workers of America is stepping up its protest of a proposed deal between Verizon’s wireless division and large cable operators including Comcast and Time Warner Cable that would result in cross-marketing agreements that sell cable service to Verizon Wireless customers and wireless service to cable customers.

 

The union is urging the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission to stop the deal because, in their view, it will destroy any further expansion of fiber optic-based FiOS, reduce competition, and raise prices for consumers.

 

The union notes that cable operators are not being asked to promote Verizon’s FiOS network, only Verizon Wireless’ phone services. Verizon Wireless, which barely mentions FiOS service in many of its wireless stores, would suddenly be promoting Comcast and Time Warner Cable instead.

 

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New Chattanooga Program Showcases Gigabit Network | BusinessNewsDaily.com

New Chattanooga Program Showcases Gigabit Network | BusinessNewsDaily.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Could you create a game-changing computer application if you had access to a blazing-fast internet connection? That was the challenge hurled to teams of entrepreneurs and students by Chattanooga — now known as the Gig City — as part of its GigTank accelerator program here. As the winner's of yesterday's GigTank Demo Day pitch-off showed, the answer is "yes."

 

The top prize of $100,000 for entrepreneurs was awarded to the Banyan team, which developed a cloud-based version control system to address the logistical and authorship challenges faced by researchers. Banyan will facilitate collaboration and information sharing in the $67 billion U.S. research industry and elsewhere.

 

Babel Sushi, the first crowd-sourcing language mobile app that translates conversations in near-real time, took top student honors and was awarded a $50,000 price.

 

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Carrier data confirms it: Half of US now owns a smartphone | GigaOM Mobilr Tech News

Carrier data confirms it: Half of US now owns a smartphone | GigaOM Mobilr Tech News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

For the first time, more people in the US own a smartphone than a regular talk and text devices, according to a new report from Chetan Sharma Consulting. Smartphone penetration exceeded 50 percent in the second quarter, making the feature phone a shrinking minority among US mobile users.

 

A Nielsen study found in May reached similar conclusions, revealing that 50.4 percent of US subscribers surveyed owned a smartphone, up from a mere 18 percent in 2009. But while Nielsen’s number are based on polling data, Sharma’s come from the operators’ quarterly reports.

 

It was an easy trend to spot as the Big 4 have been selling smartphones at a rapid clip, especially AT&T which gained a big lead over its competitors through years of exclusivity with the iPhone. In the second quarter, AT&T’s smart-device penetration rose well over 60 percent and three-quarters of all devices came embedded with an OS.

 

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AZ: Saddleback Communications Adds GigE to Support Business Customers | Broadband Communities

Saddleback Communications, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based incumbent local exchange carrier, added the CalixE7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) to its network to serve businesses and residents in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community with point-to-point gigabit Ethernet. Saddleback also uses the Calix C7 Multiservice Access Platform (MSAP), E7-2 ESAP, and 700GE optical network terminals to support a mixed network of fiber and copper technologies in the urban and rural areas of its 85-square-mile service territory.

 

Saddleback is a division of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community that serves more than 2,500 residential, small business and corporate enterprise customers in the Phoenix metropolitan area. When it was founded in 1997, the Community had no broadband service and only 75 percent wireline voice coverage. Since then, Saddleback built a fiber-based self-healing network over which it provides state-of-the-art telephony, Ethernet and IP solutions. Today, the service area has 100 percent coverage for ultra-high-speed data and voice services.

 

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M-Lab Data: U.S. ISPs Throttle Less, Canadian ISPs Throttle More - Rogers Continues to be the Worst Offender in North America | DSLReports.com

While the 2007 Comcast traffic shaping fiasco has resulted in fewer U.S. ISPs throttling BitTorrent traffic, Canadian ISPs continue to throttle BitTorrent connections (legitimate or otherwise) happily, according to the latest data from M Labs.

 

In the United States, throttling among ISPs has taken a sharp dive since 2010 when ISPs throttled 50%; tests now show only 3% of Comcast BitTorrent connections are throttled, with Cox the worst offender at around 6%.

 

In the UK throttling is heading the opposite direction, with incumbent British Telecom now throttling 67% of all BitTorrent transfers. In Canada most ISPs continue to throttle with Rogers continuing to be the worst at 80% -- despite promising throttling was going away.

 

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8 mobile technologies revolutionising how companies talk to people | memeburn

8 mobile technologies revolutionising how companies talk to people | memeburn | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Gauging audience attitude toward your business is can sometimes be challenging. If you’re a small neighbourhood business it’s easy because you can just ask them. The bigger you become however, the more difficult that becomes.

 

That’s where the field of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) comes into play. Using technology to ask the right the right questions you can find, attract, and win new clients as well as nurture and retain those you already have.

 

There are a few ways you can do this, one of which is social media, but that limits the number of people you can reach. In most emerging markets, there are a lot more people with cellphones than there are on the likes of Twitter and Facebook.

 

As with all technologies, mobile CRM tools are constantly changing. Here are eight technologies that have completely changed the face of the industry. Some of them have become tried and tested but we’re only just beginning to see the potential impact of others.

 

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16 Meg Muni WiFi Network - Chattanooga Continues to Rock! | Gigbit Nation on BlogTalk Radio

16 Meg Muni WiFi Network - Chattanooga Continues to Rock! | Gigbit Nation on BlogTalk Radio | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Many people know about Chattanoogas fiber network. But did you know that the largest U.S. gigabit network also supports a 16 Mbps symmetrical WiFi mesh network, the fastest municipal-use wireless network?

 

City CIO Mark Keil joins Gigabit Nation to discuss the success and future plans of Chattanooga WiFi, and how other communities can implement a similar network for the general public. Currently, City agencies run 55 applications on their wireless network, and more are in development.

 

Chattanooga's future plans include taking advantage of next generation wireless technology, such as LTE 700. Keil gives listeners a peek at some exciting new initiatives happening around the city. He also discusses the role of integrated fiber and wireless networks in communities efforts to maximize broadband buildouts.

 

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EUROPA Digital Agenda | Commission rules against Czech regulator's plans to regulate access to its broadband networks

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The European Commission has ruled that the Czech telecoms regulator (ČTÚ) must withdraw its plans to include wholesale broadband services based on cable and Wi-Fi platforms into its definition of the wholesale broadband access product market.

 

In its veto decision adopted today, the European Commission considers that ČTÚ failed to provide sufficient evidence that cable and Wi-Fi platforms, over which no wholesale offers exist, would be substitutes of the prevalent copper and fibre technologies on the wholesale market in the current Czech context. The Commission also does not accept ČTÚ's geographic market definition, which is based on its product market definition and results in the finding of two separate geographic markets.

 

Today's decision means ČTÚ must withdraw its proposed measure, and may not implement its plans, which would result, in some cases, in the lifting of obligations (including wholesale broadband access) on the main Czech telecoms operator Telefónica. This Commission action will protect consumers against a likelihood of paying higher prices for higher speed Internet connections.

 

The Commission has not, however, ruled out the possibility of geographically differentiated remedies that reflect the different conditions of competition across the Czech market. If ČTÚ wishes to pursue this option, it must produce a revised analysis based on a new product and geographic market definition.

 

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President responsible for the Digital Agenda, said: "The current evidence does not justify the Czech Regulatory authority's plans, but I am confident that a revised analysis could allow for geographical differentiation of remedies."

 

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Verizon, Cable Deal Approval Nears - Deal Coverage Area, Time Will Be Limited | DSLReports.com

Previous leaks had suggested that while the FCC was happily ready to approve Verizon's massive co-marketing deal with the cable industry, the DOJ was more concerned about the competitive impacts of the deal.

 

As such the DOJ was preparing several significant conditions, including restrictions on where and for how long cable operators and Verizon can cross promote their products.

 

According to the Wall Street Journal the deal is weeks away, and the two sides have agreed to not promote bundled services in markets they compete head to head while limiting the length of the deal:

 

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Leichtman: 540,000 Cable Subscribers Left in Q2 - And Only Some of Them Went to TelcoTV | DSLReports.com

Leichtman: 540,000 Cable Subscribers Left in Q2 - And Only Some of Them Went to TelcoTV | DSLReports.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

According to the latest analysis by Leichtman Research Group, the top nine cable operators lost about 540,000 video subscribers during the second quarter -- which was actually down from the 600,000 subscribers lost during the second quarter of 2011.

 

 A good chunk of those customers fled to telcoTV alternatives (U-Verse TV, FiOS TV), but the industry still lost some 325,000 net additional video subscribers on the quarter, and companies like Dish saw their first customer net loss ever.

 

Still, like most TV sector analysts (and the cable industry), Leichtman is quick to downplay the impact that cord cutting had on the continually sagging user additions:

 

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How Chattanooga Transformed Itself into America's First Gig City | ReadWriteWeb

How Chattanooga Transformed Itself into America's First Gig City | ReadWriteWeb | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

What can you do with a ubiquitous metropolitan gigabit Ethernet connection? Google has recently gotten lots of attention with the metro fiber network that it is beginning to build in Kansas City. Welcome to Chattanooga, Tenn. The city has laid its fiber network just about everywhere, and is beginning to reap the rewards of ultra-fast Internet service. What lessons can Google and others learn from the experience?

 

Chattanooga's gigabit fiber network wasn't installed in the name of civic progress, or as a calling card to attract IT-related entrepreneurs, or to improve city services or to encourage telecommuting - all things that are happening as a result of the network.

 

Instead, it began as a project from the municipal electric utility, EPB, to improve power delivery to its customers. Chattanooga suffers many violent storms that can knock out its power grid for hours or days. The utility wanted to increase the reliability of its operations through having a smarter grid that could minimize these outages.

 

As part of the effort, EPB automated 1,200 power switches and added technology capable of anticipating potential transformer overloads by measuring power flows every 15 minutes using the fiber network. This smarter grid has cut the number of power outages by more than 40%. The utility says it has also saved money.

 

But the same infrastructure that provides the control network for the utility can also be used to deliver Internet connectivity, and once the fiber network was in place, the utility became a fast Internet service provider.

 

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US broadband growth slows to a trickle with only 260,000 new connections | GigaOM Tech News

US broadband growth slows to a trickle with only 260,000 new connections | GigaOM Tech News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

US broadband is growing – albeit much more slowly according to data collected by Leichtman Research Group, a market research company. During the second quarter of 2012, US added 260,000 broadband subscribers, down sharply from 350,000 broadband subscribers added during the second quarter of 2011. According to Leichtman, “the net broadband additions in the quarter were the fewest of any quarter in the eleven years LRG has been tracking the industry.”

 

As we have previously reported – the decline of traditional DSL has created problems for phone companies, who are losing customers to cable broadband providers. Here are some other insights from the data they collected.

 

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Lawmakers Look to Block Verizon-Cable Spectrum Deal | CIO.com

Lawmakers Look to Block Verizon-Cable Spectrum Deal | CIO.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

House members join with labor union to oppose a to blockbuster transaction that would give Verizon Wireless new spectrum and establish joint marketing and operating agreements with cable firms.

 

"We should be very careful about approving deals like this which turns competitors into collaborators," Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) told reporters on a conference call. "This should raise serious red flags."

 

In July, Nadler was one of 32 members of Congress who signed a letter to the heads of the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission urging a close review of the transaction and suggesting that the deal violates provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act concerning marketplace diversity.

 

"We want firms to compete, not capitulate or collaborate," Nadler said.

 

Rep. Brian Higgins, another New York Democrat, called the deal "anti-city" and "anti-rural communities," adding that he "urge[s] a renegotiation or rediscussion of this deal."

 

Of particular concern are the joint agreements that raise the prospect of Verizon ceding its television and broadband Internet businesses to the cable outfits while strengthening its position in the wireless market.

 

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Kansas City Pivoting To Create A Smart City | Co.Exist

Kansas City Pivoting To Create A Smart City | Co.Exist | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Kansas City seemed to be a sleepy Midwestern city, but its recent move toward super-fast Internet represents a bold shift in plans.

 

Famous examples of pivots in the startup world include Burbn, which started off as a location-based gaming platform similar to Foursquare and pivoted to become Instagram; The Point, which began as a service to get groups of people to start a campaign once a critical mass had been obtained and pivoted to become Groupon; and YouTube, which formerly was a video dating site.

 

Cities can also pivot. While much attention has been paid to the new smart cities emerging from scratch around the globe (such as Skolkovo, Russia, and PlanIt, Portugal) there are thousands of existing cities around the world seeking solutions to becoming smarter.

 

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of attending the Vancouver Cities Summit. Kansas City’s charismatic mayor, Sly James spoke with Milo Medin, Google’s VP of Access Services, about the incredible collaboration between Kansas City and Google. These two seemingly strange bedfellows agreed to pilot (think MVP) a fast Internet rollout (Google Fiber Internet) that’s 100 times faster than typical broadband networks to create fiberhoods, or places where groups of 40 to 80 people get together and deposit $10 each to get Google Fiber Internet.

 

I consider this to be a pivot in Kansas City’s strategy. Until recently, it was considered a typical Midwestern city, far removed from high-tech centers on the East and West Coasts. As the first city in the world to adopt Google Fiber Internet, Kansas City is now on the bleeding edge of the next frontier of ultra-high-speed access.

 

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NE Ohio's broadband network key to region's economic growth: Sari Feldman and Scot Rourke | Cleveland.com

NE Ohio's broadband network key to region's economic growth: Sari Feldman  and Scot Rourke | Cleveland.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

This summer, we attended a White House ceremony for the launch of two important national initiatives related to high-speed Internet (also known as broadband):

 

• The signing of an executive order to make broadband construction cheaper and more efficient.

 

• The announcement of the US Ignite partnership, a national network of communities (including Cleveland) and campuses with ultrafast, programmable broadband services.

 

Interestingly, the assembled dignitaries and thought leaders couldn't stop talking about Northeast Ohio. They were awed by the fact that we have the nation's largest and fastest broadband network. What that White House crowd understood is that broadband is the infrastructure of the future.

 

What does this mean in practical terms? Put simply, Northeast Ohio's broadband network can be the tool that changes the way we conduct our lives. If we want to be innovative and to create high-paying jobs, we need a national broadband infrastructure that can support the software and technology of the future. It is the key to sustained economic growth.

 

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Can Google be trusted? - David Saleh Rauf | POLITICO.com

Can Google be trusted? - David Saleh Rauf | POLITICO.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Google got slapped with a record $22.5 million fine Thursday for breaking a promise to stop snooping on its users — shocking news to the average Internet user.

 

But regulators across the globe weren’t surprised because this isn’t the first time the search giant has been dinged for failing to keep up its end of the bargain with government enforcers.

 

The track record of going back on its word when it comes to privacy has regulators around the globe wondering: Can Google be trusted?

 

Two weeks ago,Google confessed that it didn’t dump all the personal data it scooped up from Wi-Fi networks by its mapping cars. In April, a U.S. agency accused the company of holding up a probe into the same scandal.

 

Last year, it agreed to two years of privacy reviews by the Federal Trade Commission after it botched the rollout of a social network called Google Buzz that turned private email address books into public friend lists.

 

“Google’s defense that ‘we didn’t know;’ … that raises red flags for regulators,” said David Vladeck, the FTC’s director of Bureau of Consumer Protection. “As a regulator, it’s hard to know which answer is worse — ‘we didn’t know’ or ‘we did it deliberately.’ Both are bad.”

 

The FTC highlighted the trust issue Thursday when it levied the largest civil fine the agency has ever issued for Google’s flouting of the 2011 Buzz settlement. The offense: FTC officials say Google bypassed the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser while telling users it wasn’t tracking the websites they visited.

 

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Level 3 to provide fiber backbone services to Time Warner Cable - FierceTelecom

Level 3 to provide fiber backbone services to Time Warner Cable - FierceTelecom | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Level 3 Communications on Monday announced an arrangement with Time Warner Cable to help the cable MSO expand its national network and provide core infrastructure services.

 

The service provider said its core infrastructure services will help Time Warner Cable enhance network redundancy and reliability.

 

Another key piece of the relationship with Time Warner Cable is that they have updated their peering arrangement to exchange IP traffic between their respective backbone networks.

 

Strengthening the relationship with another major cable operator such as Time Warner Cable could possibly lead to other new agreements with other cable operators.

 

While Level 3 has been providing cable operators with backbone and transit services for years, its relationships in the cable industry, particularly with Comcast, have been somewhat strained.

 

 

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The state with the fastest Internet is... | CNNMoney

The state with the fastest Internet is... | CNNMoney | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Kansas City is getting super high-speed Internet thanks to Google, but the state with the fastest connection speeds may surprise you.

 

It's not California, home to Silicon Valley, or New York, with all of its research institutions. It's tiny Delaware.

 

Delaware had an average connection speed of 10.2 megabits per second in the first three months of 2012, according to Internet provider Akamai's quarterly State of the Internet study, released on Thursday.

 

Delaware has "historically been a very strong performer in the years we've been covering," said David Belson, director of market intelligence at Akamai. "One key reason is that it's fairly small state, which likely makes it easier to bring higher speed connectivity to a larger percentage of the population."

Delaware clocked in nearly 9% faster than the average speeds in New Hampshire, the state with the second-fastest Internet connections.

 

Vermont, Utah and Rhode Island round out the top five U.S. states.

 

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School Librarians: Allies in Teaching 21st Century Critical Thinking | Teachers Lounge

School Librarians: Allies in Teaching 21st Century Critical Thinking | Teachers Lounge | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Increasingly, the school library/media/information specialist has become an important key player in helping students understand the limitations of the Internet and sites such as Wikipedia. Unsuspecting students believe Google, the web, and Wikipedia are THE encyclopedias with ALL of the answers. As we all know, nothing could be further from the truth. (In 2009, a student posted a fake quote on the Wikipedia site of music composer Maurie Jarre, and several news organizations mistakenly used the quote in Jarre’s obituary.) “The flaws in Wikipedia, and other kinds of media” says Dan Gillmor, director of the Center for Citizen Media, ”demonstrate how much we need to update our media literacy in a digital…era.” (Source)

 

Several studies have revealed that many of today’s youth don’t question what they find online. In their searching, they often don’t bother to consider anything other than the top (first) result, assuming Google has done their vetting for them. And if it’s a dot com, they’ve reasoned, then it’s unreliable. One recent study finds that most of us distrust the Internet. A UK survey found that one in three 12-15 year olds believe that information on a website listed by a search engine must be truthful. A 2011 report from the University of Southern California’s Center for the Digital Future said while most people rely on the Internet, most still don’t deem the content they see online reliable.

 

But I am here to suggest that there is another literacy that is just as important, if not more so than information literacy. It is media literacy, and it has been identified as one of the 21st century skills all students need to succeed. Groups like the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Future Work Skills 2020, and the 2012 Horizon K-12 Report all point to media literacy as a necessary skill to be taught.

 

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Iowa: Indianola's Fiber Optic Network To Soon Serve Residents | community broadband networks

Iowa: Indianola's Fiber Optic Network To Soon Serve Residents | community broadband networks | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

We told you earlier this year about Indianola, Iowa's network, filling the gap for businesses where private providers had failed. At that time, the network only served local businesses and community anchor institutions, but plans to provide fiber-to-the-home in their community of 15,000 are now unfolding.

 

The town passed a referendum back in 1998 to build a fiber ring which was used first by the local Indianola Municipal Utilities (IMU) for SCADA and for pubic safety. The goal was to expand incrementally. It later partnered with Mahaska Communications Group (MCG), located in Oskaloosa, Iowa, about 50 miles west of Indianola.

 

According to the IMU website, residential retail services will be available from MCG after October 1, 2012.

 

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