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OR: Eugene Opens Up Dark Fiber for Commercial Connectivity | community broadband networks

OR: Eugene Opens Up Dark Fiber for Commercial Connectivity | community broadband networks | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Businesses are now finding affordable connectivity in Eugene, Oregon, through a partnership between the city, the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG), and the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB), reports the Register-Guard. A new pilot project has spurred gigabit Internet access in a small downtown area for as little as $100 per month.

According to the article, the city contributed $100,000, LCOG added $15,000, and EWEB spent $25,000 to fund last mile connections to two commercial locations. LCOG's contribution came from an $8.3 million BTOP grant.

The fiber shares conduit space with EWEB's electrical lines; the dark fiber is leased to private ISPs who provide retail services. XS Media and Hunter Communications are serving customers; other firms have expressed an interest in using the infrastructure.


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More Than 65,000 Homes in Quebec to Benefit from Better Broadband Connections | Benzinga.com

More Than 65,000 Homes in Quebec to Benefit from Better Broadband Connections | Benzinga.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Everyday tasks that were once done in person, such as shopping, communicating, learning and banking, are now done online. To help Canadian communities, businesses and families have better access to these and many other online opportunities, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, together with Pierre Arcand, Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Plan Nord and Minister responsible for the Cote-Nord region, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide 13 companies and organizations with up to $146.68 million to connect more than 65,000 homes throughout Quebec to faster Internet services.

The Ministers highlighted the fact that more than 65,000 households across the province will benefit from today's announcement. These broadband infrastructure projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2017, with some completed as soon as the end of 2015, delivering Internet download speeds of up to 15 megabits per second (Mbps), three times as fast as the national target speed of 5 Mbps.


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An Update on Our Appeal of the FCC’s Title II Order | NCTA.com

An Update on Our Appeal of the FCC’s Title II Order | NCTA.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Today, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and other petitioners filed our joint legal brief with the D.C. Circuit highlighting the reasons why the FCC’s February 2015 order to subject broadband Internet to public utility-style regulation under Title II of the Communications Act was unlawful. The filing is a must read for those who have been following net neutrality since the mid 2000’s (or more recently) and strongly rebukes the FCC’s rationale for their unnecessary action.

With the FCC’s Title II order now before the Court, it’s important to restate something we have already said repeatedly – we are not appealing the FCC action because of net neutrality. In fact, we have been vocal in our support of the FCC crafting reasonable net neutrality protections for consumers.


Unfortunately, the FCC went well beyond that sensible mission and chose to impose an outdated, far-reaching and punitive regulatory model on today’s dynamic Internet. With Title II opening the door for rate regulation, higher taxes and fees and the ability for government the set the terms and conditions of business relationships, we had no choice but to appeal.


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Updated: Sens. Slam Pay TV Set-Top Market | John Eggerton | Multichannel.com

Updated: Sens. Slam Pay TV Set-Top Market |  John Eggerton | Multichannel.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) say information they collected from the top 10 pay TV providers indicates a continuing lack of choice and competition in the Pay TV video set-top box market.

That comes as the FCC works on a downloadable set-top security successor to the CableCARD after its integration ban was legislated away in the STELAR satellite reauthorization legislation.

Markey and Blumenthal decried that lack of competition (the ban was scrapped in part because it had failed to prompt a robust competitive box market) and said their info showed that households were spending north of $231 per year on set-top rental fees.

The senators asked for the info last November.


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Policy by the Numbers: Bridging the Digital Divide in Gigabit Cities | Denise Linn | Policy By The Numbers

Denise Linn conducted this research as an MPP Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is currently a Program Analyst at the Smart Chicago Collaborative.

With the rise of coalitions like Next Century Cities and Gig.U and the development of groundbreaking networks in cities like Chattanooga and Kansas City, the buzz surrounding gigabit Internet speeds has swelled in the US. Cities are working closely with companies like Google Fiber or even building out fiber-optic infrastructure themselves. The suggested rewards of these investments include stronger local economies, vibrant tech startup scenes, progress in distance learning, telemedicine, research—and the list goes on.

But when superfast gigabit speeds are available in a city, what does that mean for people beyond tech entrepreneurs and other heavy Internet users? How can cities make sure that technological innovation lifts up the lives of every resident? This all leads to the ultimate question I examined in my recent research: What does the availability of high speed Internet mean for the digital divide?


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Celebrating 20 Years at the Benton Foundation | Kevin Taglang | Benton Foundation

Celebrating 20 Years at the Benton Foundation | Kevin Taglang | Benton Foundation | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

“Welcome to the Benton vortex,” a colleague said to me 20 years ago today and, noticing how startled I appeared added, “Don’t get me wrong; it’s a very nice vortex.”

That’s how it started for me, a nervous man of 29 – new to DC, a couple of weeks away from being married, just out of Northwestern University’s graduate program and in my first “real” job or, for sure, the first job in what I hoped to be a career.

Telecommunications policy, of course, was a hot topic in August 1995. The Telecommunications Act was still being debated and tweaked daily, it seemed. And we were all wondering how the Internet would impact communications.

Not because of my anniversary, but because of the passing of our founder, Charles Benton, this spring, we’ve all been a bit reflective the past few months. Lately I’ve recalled my first encounter with Charles who, for me in those days, was not “the boss” but my boss’ boss’ boss. At a DC reception, Charles spotted Andrew Blau, the policy director who hired me on, and started to inquire, in a not-soft voice, “Andrew, who wrote this memo? Who wrote this memo?” I noticed he was holding a brief that I, in fact, had written. Andrew did a half turn and said, “Well, Charles, the author is right here. Let me introduce you to our new associate, Kevin Taglang.” I was like a deer in headlights, sure that what I had written must have enraged Charles – why else was he yelling at this party? “Fabulous! Absolutely fabulous,” Charles bellowed – and then launched into the finer points of the brief and two or three changes he had (he was a great editor).

This year, I’ve been thinking back to realize that Charles was in his mid-60s when first we met; the age when most are thinking of retiring. And I appreciate all the more how much we got done together in the next twenty years because Charles was not the retiring type.


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Consumers Storm FCC With 2,000+ Net Neutrality Complaints About Data Caps, Poor Service | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap!

Consumers Storm FCC With 2,000+ Net Neutrality Complaints About Data Caps, Poor Service | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap! | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

It didn’t take long for consumers to start flooding the Federal Communications Commission with thousands of complaints about poor Internet service, usage caps, and speed throttles.

The complaints arrived as the FCC began formally enforcing Net Neutrality by reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service, subject to oversight by the federal agency.

Consumers used the occasion to deluge the commission about the sorry state of Internet access in the United States, whether it constituted a Net Neutrality violation or not.

National Journal obtained a sample of 50 complaints through a Freedom of Information Act request and it was clear data caps were at or near the top of the complaints list and consumers wasted no time slamming cable and phone companies over the practice.


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Comcast Messing Around With MSNBC Again; Major Program Shifts Help Comcast's Politics | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap!

Comcast Messing Around With MSNBC Again; Major Program Shifts Help Comcast's Politics | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap! | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Morale at MSNBC is reported to be very low this week as Comcast/NBC imposes some major programming changes that don’t seem to make much sense.

The cancellation of The Ed Show, hosted by Ed Schultz, has proved to be the most controversial, sparking a protest from a presidential candidate and new questions about how much influence Comcast brings to bear on how the news is reported.

Although never a ratings king, Schultz’s pro-labor, very anti-TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership — the latest controversial trade agreement) views, along with his harangues against executive pay and wealth inequality run contrary to the business agenda of parent company Comcast. While many other MSNBC meh-rated shows survived the culling, Schultz is out, along with The Cycle and Now with Alex Wagner.

Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders is not happy:


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Wired to fail? Or learning to wire hard to serve places with government support? | Ann Treacy | Blandin on Broadband

I’ve seen two articles this week that address or allude to the amount of money being spent to get more people online. One addresses the efforts spent on broadband adoption efforts – and I hope to talk about that soon. The other talks about federal funding (the 2011 ARRA stimulus funds) to deploy broadband. Specifically Politico looks at the Rural Utility Service (RUS) and investigates what they did wrong as they administered the broadband deployment funds.

What concerns me is that we’re going to throw out the baby with the bathwater!

It’s important to look at history – but at least from my chair, I’m much less concerned about blame as I am about how can we learn from history to make broadband deployment better.


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Imagine life without broadband Internet | Van Jones Opinion | CNN.com

Imagine life without broadband Internet | Van Jones Opinion | CNN.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Can you imagine a life without electricity? For most people, the answer is probably no.

What about a life without broadband Internet?

It would mean: no emails; no ability to quickly look up health information for managing your diabetes or helping your sick child; no way to pay bills, search for jobs, or take classes online.

When you stop to think about it, one thing becomes clear: access to fast and reliable broadband is just as essential now as electricity was during the last century.

But millions of Americans still don't have access to affordable broadband services. Specifically, rural, low-income and people of color are getting left behind.


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Union Ads Attack Verizon's FiOS Deployment Failures | Karl Bode | DSL Reportss

Union Ads Attack Verizon's FiOS Deployment Failures | Karl Bode | DSL Reportss | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has ramped up its attacks on Verizon ahead of a possible strike this weekend, as the two sides continue to negotiate a new contract with an August 1 deadline looming. The CWA is running ads in numerous markets attacking Verizon specifically for letting its DSL lines deteriorate in many markets as the telco focuses on wireless (something the telco calls a "myth").

The ads are also taking aim at Verizon's failure to upgrade to FiOS across numerous key markets despite record profit:


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FCC's Clyburn: Cost at Root of Digital DIvide | John Eggerton | Multichannel.com

FCC's Clyburn: Cost at Root of Digital DIvide | John Eggerton | Multichannel.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn says lowering the price, not raising the relevance, of broadband for low-income Americans is the key to bridging the ongoing digital divide.

That came in a speech to the National Urban League Thursday, according to a copy of her remarks.

"Broadband is breaking down barriers to achievement for minorities, people with disabilities, and the poor," she said, but added that for too many affordability continues to be the great un-equalizer.


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Time Warner Cable Continues Commitment to Keep Unlimited Data, Expand Maxx Upgrades | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap!

Time Warner Cable Continues Commitment to Keep Unlimited Data, Expand Maxx Upgrades | Phil Dampier | Stop the Cap! | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Time Warner Cable will continue to offer customers unlimited data plans and further expand its Maxx upgrade program until it reaches the company’s entire service area or the merger with Charter Communications is approved by regulators.

CEO Robert Marcus told investors on a morning conference call the company has been “completely committed to delivering an unlimited broadband offering in connection with whatever else we do, because we know customers do place a value on the peace of mind that comes with unlimited plans.”

Marcus continued to admit his company’s experiments with voluntary usage pricing have largely failed, noting the “vast majority” of customers choose unlimited plans, and Time Warner “never had any intention of substituting the availability of unlimited with exclusively usage-based programs.”


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Doug Dawson explains why telco wireless can't substitute for FTTP | Fred Pilot | Eldo Telecom

Doug Dawson explains why telco wireless can't substitute for FTTP | Fred Pilot | Eldo Telecom | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

What is 5G? | POTs and PANs: What all of this means is that a 5G network is going to require a lot more cell sites packed closer together than today’s network. That has a lot of implications. First, it means a lot more investment in towers or in mini-cell sites of some type. But it also means a lot more fiber to feed the new cell sites. And those two factors together mean that any 5G solution is likely to be an urban solution only, or a suburban solution only for those places where a lot of users are packed tightly together. No wireless company is going to invest in a lot more 5G towers and fiber to cover suburban housing sprawl and certainly nobody will invest in the technology in rural areas.

We already have a cellular wireless divide today with urban areas getting pretty decent 4G and rural areas with 3G and even some 2G. Expect that gulf to become greater as high-bandwidth technologies come into play. This is the big catch-22 of wireless. Rural jurisdictions have always been told to wait a while and not clamor for fiber because there will eventually be a great wireless solution for them. But nobody is going to invest in rural 5G any more than they have invested in rural fiber. So even if 5G is made to work, it’s not going to bring a wireless solution to anywhere outside of cities.

Doug Dawson provides a good explanation of why the economics and technology of telco wireless service -- including the next generation 5G service -- can't provide an economical solution compared to fiber to premise. Aside from spectrum providing inadequate bandwidth for growing household demand that only fiber can satisfy, telcos would have to invest in a lot more cell sites to feed the network, which as Dawson explains can't pencil out except in very densely populated areas.


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This controversial Internet policy has divided Americans for years. Now Canada’s just adopted it. | Brian Fung | WashPost

This controversial Internet policy has divided Americans for years. Now Canada’s just adopted it. | Brian Fung | WashPost | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Let's play a game. What if any company could go to Verizon and say, "I want to sell Internet service using your FiOS network, but under my own brand"? Under today's rules, Verizon could say no — and with good reason. After all, allowing rivals to piggyback off of pipes you built and paid for simply gives them an advantage. But under a recent change in Canadian policy, a company like Verizon would have to say yes.

It sounds like a small difference. But Canada hopes it will have a big impact, ranging from lowering the cost of Internet access to consumers to generating more market competition. And how it plays out will offer some important lessons for the United States, where the idea has been hugely controversial.

"Large incumbent companies will now have to make their fibre facilities available to their competitors," said Canada's top telecom regulator, the CRTC, in a statement last week. "This measure will ensure that Canadians have more choice for high-speed Internet services and are able to fully leverage the benefits of the broadband home or business."


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You’re paying a shocking amount to rent cable boxes every year | Brian Fung | WashPost.com

You’re paying a shocking amount to rent cable boxes every year | Brian Fung | WashPost.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

With the money you spend renting your cable box every year, you could buy a whole separate TV.

On average, Americans pay $231 a year to use their TV providers' set-top boxes, according to new figures from a Senate study. If you break that down, it adds up to nearly 50 Big Macs from McDonald's, or 65 lattes from Starbucks, or a 32-inch LED TV from Samsung.

The finding isn't likely to sit well with consumers who believe they're already being charged too much by their cable or satellite service companies. And for Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), that's the whole point: The two lawmakers are incensed by what they say is a lack of choice in the set-top box market, with 99 percent of pay-TV subscribers renting their boxes from companies like Comcast, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV.

"Consumers should not be forced to rent video boxes from their pay-TV provider in perpetuity," said Markey.


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Marcus: OTT Resistance Is ‘Foolish’ | Mike Farrell | Multichannel.com

Marcus: OTT Resistance Is ‘Foolish’ | Mike Farrell | Multichannel.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Rob Marcus told analysts Thursday that the cable industry should embrace over-the-top video, but added that at this stage of the game, the full cable bundle still appears to present the best value.

“At the highest level, we embrace over-the-top video,” Marcus said on a conference call to discuss second quarter results. “It highlights the value of the high-speed data offering that we deliver. We think it would be foolish to resist what might otherwise be an attractive behavioral trend.”

At the same time, Marcus said operators want to make sure they don’t lose customers to OTT and so far he said cable offers more content, better picture quality and more on demand choice.

“I feel like we can compete on that front,” Marcus said. “To the extent we don’t, shame on us.”


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New Leak Confirms the Secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Is a Horrorshow | Jordan Pearson | Motherboard

New Leak Confirms the Secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Is a Horrorshow | Jordan Pearson | Motherboard | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

At a luxury hotel in Maui, representatives from the 12 countries participating in the highly controversial and secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal are negotiating behind closed doors. Thanks to a secret letter from a 2013 meeting, released today by WikiLeaks, we now have a clearer idea of what they’re discussing.

Unsurprisingly, based on what we know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, so far, the letter is mostly about limiting the power of government in favour of private commercial development.

The TPP is a massive free trade deal that is set to impact everything from the cost of medicine in Australia, to milk production in Canada, to internet governance the world over. The letter was drafted for a ministerial meeting of the TPP countries in early December, 2013, and seeks guidance on key topics relating to the negotiations. Namely, how state-owned enterprises (SOEs) should be treated under the trade deal.

According to the letter, “the majority of TPP countries” support obligations for these companies—which can include public utilities, telecommunication providers, mining companies, and state-run investment firms—that “go beyond existing obligations” laid out in existing free trade agreements and by the World Trade Organization.


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FCC Chairman Wheeler Circulates Charter-TWC Protective Orders | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable

FCC Chairman Wheeler Circulates Charter-TWC Protective Orders | John Eggerton | Broadcasting & Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The FCC should be getting closer to soliciting public and industry comment--and launching its informal shot clock--on the proposed Charter-Time Warner Cable merger now that a protective order has been issued for information in the deal.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler signaled at a Hill hearing this week that he had circulated for a commission-level vote an order responsive to a federal appeals court remand of the FCC's decision in a protective order to make program contract documents available to third parties in the Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV mergers.

Sources say that comes in the form of a new protective order for documents in the proposed Charter-TWC deal, but an order that is also responsive to the court's issues with how the FCC handled the previous protective order.

Such orders set out how relevant, sensitive, documents submitted by the companies for FCC perusal are handled, including how they are made available to outside parties interested in the deal.


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This idea by the FCC is terrifying Apple, Amazon and Microsoft | Cecilia Kang | WashPost.com

This idea by the FCC is terrifying Apple, Amazon and Microsoft | Cecilia Kang | WashPost.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Streaming video services by Apple, Amazon and Google have thrived off the idea that they are alternatives to cable TV. Now, the Federal Communications Commission is considering if it should begin to regulate online video services, like they do cable companies. And that's causing anxiety in Silicon Valley.

As early as October, the FCC is expected to vote on a proposal that would put some streaming video firms into the same regulatory bucket as multichannel video programming distributors, or cable and satellite TV firms, such as Comcast, Dish Network and Cox. The idea, according to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, is to help online video providers become stronger competitors to cable and satellite firms by making it easier to obtain valuable TV programming for the Web.

Under the plan, streaming companies would be able to use the FCC's program access rules to ensure TV networks offer the licensing of their programs. That would allow Apple, for instance, to bring ABC, NBC and Comedy Central to the bargaining table for their programs.

Small streaming companies, such as SkyAngel, Pluto TV and FilmOn, are championing the idea. But big tech firms don't like it.


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I Do It For My Aunt Ethel | Bruce Kushnick Blog | HuffPost.com

I Do It For My Aunt Ethel | Bruce Kushnick Blog | HuffPost.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

I was sitting here about to explain how we got into this telecom mess and why things will get worse unless we stop it, and throw in why you should read my new book. But then I started to reflect on how I ended up in the mess -- this personal journey about my love and obsession with, well, telecommunications (though you may call it broadband, Internet, cable, wireless, etc).

For me, it started with a gang of my friends from Brooklyn Technical High School, taking the train to the New York City World's Fair, circa 1965, and running around like maniacs, trying then-AT&T's fiber optic-based video-conferencing system, where you could go into an egg-shaped 'phone room', and like magic, see you other friends in other eggs spread throughout the Fair. And it was everywhere. Star Trek, the original TV series, had large screens to talk to the other space ships and aliens, and even in the 1968 movie, 2001: a Space Odyssey, you could talk and see your loved ones, even if you were on the way to the moon.

And having a technical bent, and my other obsession, 'sound', (been playing the piano for 59 years), and then finding myself working in the psychoacoustics labs at MIT (sound and technology) in the 1970s, to being a senior telecom analyst for International Data Corp's Link Resources in the '80s, I would, over the next few decades, help to shape the Interactive Age, rolling out new products and services, like the first three-digit information service, "511", with Cox Newspapers, way back in 1992.

And by the 1990s I was expecting to see my friend's children, my god-children, cousins and nephews grow up, watching them on the TV set, even though they were spread across the US (and in far off lands) and me and my clients, the phone companies, would make this happen.

In 1992, however, three things happened that sometimes I wish I just didn't have a conscience, or ethics, or could have looked the other way. I have to blame my mom and dad (resting in peace) for this. My mom was feisty, and when she didn't like something she would try to fix it. I'll never forget that canned ham that was 1/3 of the size of the can and she was so annoyed she wrote the company and got a new one... with an apology. Or my dad's belief was that at your core you are an ethical person; you don't lie, you don't cheat someone, and you do your best, always, even if it was harder to do.

And, foolish me, of course, I bought into that line for the original Superman TV show, 'Truth, justice and the American way'.

So, by 1992, I'm somewhat rich, almost famous, (was on the front page of the NY Times in 1988, for example) and traveling around the world talking up about how my clients, now AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink were going to change the way we communicate with this thing called the "Information Superhighway". It was a plan laid out by the Clinton-Gore campaign to have America completely rewired with fiber optics, replacing the existing copper wires, which were going to be built and managed by the telecommunications utilities, and it would be all done by some far off date... the year 2010.

But it was those three, damn things that just got in way.


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Time Warner Cable expects year-end closing with Charter | Kathryn Bachman | Katy on the Hill

Time Warner Cable expects year-end closing with Charter | Kathryn Bachman | Katy on the Hill | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Time Warner Cable is expecting to close with Charter by the end of the year.

“We’re well into the process of seeking regulatory approvals,” Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus said Thursday morning during the company’s quarterly earnings call. “But if there’s anything we’ve learned, we don’t control the timing of the process.”

Time Warner Cable agreed to be acquired by Charter Communications in a $55 billion transaction one month after the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger fell apart in the face of opposition from the FCC.

The Federal Communications Commission earlier this week issued a public notice that the agency accepted the application of the companies. Next step is another notice that would start the agency’s 180-day informal review shot clock.

“We hope that’s imminent,” Marcus said.


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CWA Launches Radio Ads in Seven Regions Slamming Verizon’s Failure to Develop FiOS Broadband Service | NH Labor News

CWA Launches Radio Ads in Seven Regions Slamming Verizon’s Failure to Develop FiOS Broadband Service | NH Labor News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The Communications Workers of America announced today a series of seven radio ads slamming Verizon’s failure to build out universal FiOS broadband across the East Coast. The 30-second ads are scheduled to begin running Wednesday across NYC/New Jersey, Upstate New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware [full scripts below and audio files can be heard here].


The ads come on the heels of an announcement that 86% of Verizon workers voted to authorize a strike if necessary. Their labor contract expires at 12 midnight on Saturday August 1 and covers 39,000 CWA and IBEW represented telephone workers from Massachusetts to Virginia.

“Verizon isn’t doing right by their customers or their workers. The company made $9.6 billion in profits in 2014, and reported $4.4 billion in profits just in the 2015 second quarter alone, yet refuses to build its high-speed FiOS network in numerous areas across Verizon’s footprint, especially in lower-income cities like Baltimore, Buffalo and Bethlehem, PA. At the bargaining table, management has refused to budge off harsh contract demands that unfairly penalize the hard-working men and women who make Verizon work,” said Bob Master, Legislative and Political Director for CWA District One. “We reject these demands, and we’re fighting to ensure that Verizon’s workers and customers get the good jobs and good service they deserve.”

The union and its supporters point to the company’s refusal to build out its state-of-the-art FiOS network and its lack of investment in maintaining the original copper network.


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Opponents focus on defeating CISA cyberthreat info sharing bill | Grant Gross | NetworkWorld.com

Opponents focus on defeating CISA cyberthreat info sharing bill | Grant Gross | NetworkWorld.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Opponents of a U.S. Senate bill intended to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats may have stalled a vote on the legislation.

Recent news reports had Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushing for a vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) before a four-week summer recess starting Aug. 10, but a spokesman for the Kentucky Republican said Thursday there were no immediate plans for a vote.

CISA is “one of the bills we want to get done,” however, the spokesman said by email.


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Report: Google is distributing a business version of Glass that attaches to different glasses | Lauren Hockenson | The Next Web

Report: Google is distributing a business version of Glass that attaches to different glasses | Lauren Hockenson | The Next Web | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

It seems that Google hasn’t given up on Google Glass — it’s just taken it to a practical direction. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Google is distributing a new version of Glass for business use, in industries such as healthcare and manufacturing.

According to the report, Google won’t be heralding this new hardware in an official launch — instead opting to distribute the hardware to software developers directly.


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