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Intelligent Content: Soon your media will know you better than you know yourself | paidContent.org

Intelligent Content: Soon your media will know you better than you know yourself | paidContent.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

With the introduction of analytics into the visual design of written content, we are on the cusp of an era of incredible evolution: one where the design of information changes in real time in response to data about the readers consuming it.

 

New technologies from Amazon, Apple, Google, WordPress and Tumblr already provide a preview of Intelligent Content. In essence, it won’t be long before the media we consume knows us better than we know ourselves.

 

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Dedicated t1 Line | T1Everywhere Blog

Dedicated t1 Line | T1Everywhere Blog | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Are you getting ready to launch a new business?

 

Do you have a work from home business that you are ready to move to an office space?

 

Is your business about to move to a new location?

 

Do you currently run a business and facing constant headaches do issues with your dial up internet?

 

Is your business internet constantly subjected to disconnects, slowdowns and partial downloads?

 

If you answer yes to any of these questions it is undoubtedly time for you to evaluate or reevaluate your Business internet options. One of the most prominent and successful options to consider is a dedicated t1 line. Businesses all over the world rely on dedicated t1 lines to provide unmatched, uncompromised support day in and day out.

 

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Deutsche Telekom Risks U.S. Exit Without Boost: Real M&A | Bloomberg

Deutsche Telekom Risks U.S. Exit Without Boost: Real M&A | Bloomberg | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Unless Deutsche Telekom AG is prepared to abandon another attempt to exit the U.S. market, it has to sweeten the terms of its $33 billion deal to combine T- Mobile USA Inc. with MetroPCS Communications Inc.

 

Deutsche Telekom agreed in October to the merger, which gives MetroPCS investors $1.5 billion of cash and a 26 percent stake in a new entity that’s taking on $15 billion of debt from Deutsche Telekom. To win support from MetroPCS shareholders in an April 12 vote, New Street Research LLP says Deutsche Telekom may have to cut the debt component by $6 billion, while Nomura Holdings Inc. says MetroPCS owners want a bigger equity stake.

 

MetroPCS has rallied the most among Standard & Poor’s 500 Index phone stocks in the past three months amid optimism the offer will be improved, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The shares closed at a five-month high on April 1 after two investor-advisory firms joined Paulson & Co., the biggest MetroPCS holder, in opposing the deal terms. While Deutsche Telekom could choose to walk away, that would represent another failed attempt to exit the business, following a 2011 agreement to sell T-Mobile to AT&T Inc. that regulators blocked.

 

“Deutsche Telekom has a problem: It’s probably going to be tough to get the votes it needs,” Keith Moore, an event-driven strategist at MKM Partners LLC, said in a telephone interview. “It’s highly unlikely that they do nothing and lose the opportunity, especially if you think back to how long they’ve been working to extricate themselves of T-Mobilr."

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Intelligence lawmakers to amend cybersecurity bill behind closed doors | The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Intelligence lawmakers to amend cybersecurity bill behind closed doors | The Hill's Hillicon Valley | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Members of the media and the public will not be able to watch the House Intelligence Committee's markup next week of a controversial cybersecurity bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

 

Lawmakers will be allowed to discuss what happened in the meeting afterward, and the committee plans to release information about what amendments were offered and how lawmakers voted. But the public will not be allowed in the room, and the meeting will not be streamed online. 

 

Susan Phalen, a spokeswoman for the committee, explained that the Intelligence Committee often restricts access to hearings and that it is possible that lawmakers will need to discuss classified information.


"Sometimes they'll need to bounce into classified information and go closed for a period of time to talk," she said. "In order to keep the flow of the mark-up continuing forward, you can't stop in the middle of an open hearing, move everyone to another location for a portion of it, and then move back."

 

She noted that the committee used the same procedure when it marked up CISPA last year. 

 

The committee has yet to formally schedule the markup, but it is expected to happen next Wednesday. 


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What Happened to IPv6? | GovTech.com

What Happened to IPv6? | GovTech.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

One could feel the excitement building as June 6, 2012, approached. This was to be World IPv6 Launch Day, the day the Internet Society would replace the old IPv4 with a new, permanent Internet address protocol. While heavy hitters like Bing, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Comcast and AT&T joined the parade, few others noticed the event.

 

How could that be? In 2011 and early 2012, the government world was abuzz with concerns about the impending need for a new protocol. As June 6 approached, “there was a feeling that we were going to be cut off,” said Alan Shark, executive director of the Public Technology Institute, a nonprofit that focuses on using IT to improve government services.

 

But the big day came and went quietly. “And when the hype evaporated, things just continued on,” Shark said. “We found out that the world is still round. We did not fall off.”

 

With the world still turning, the sense of urgency has cooled — but that doesn’t mean state governments are ignoring the issue. Some are taking steps to migrate to the new protocol.

 

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ACA Worries FCC Will Subsidize Cable Competitors | Light Reading

ACA Worries FCC Will Subsidize Cable Competitors | Light Reading | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

In the U.S., broadband is defined as Internet service with a minimum speed of 4Mbit/s downstream and 1Mbit/s upstream. However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) thinks that definition may create too much wriggle room when it comes to broadband subsidies. And that worries the American Cable Association (ACA).


In response to a request for comment by the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau, the ACA has submitted its concerns about the requirements for broadband subsidies delivered as part of the new Connect America Fund (CAF). The FCC is proposing a revised "proxy" threshold of 6Mbit/s downstream and 1.5Mbit/s upstream to determine which geographic regions can be classified as unserved, and therefore given CAF funds.

 

The ACA, however, wants to keep the proxy requirement at 3Mbit/s downstream and 768kbit/s upstream, arguing that cable's Docsis technology means services with speeds advertised at the lower rate are likely to deliver actual speeds of 4 Mbit/s downstream and 1Mbit/s upstream.

 

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AT&T excludes U-verse data users from data caps | Fierce Telecom

AT&T excludes U-verse data users from data caps | Fierce Telecom | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

AT&T is one of the early adopters of broadband usage caps, but only subscribers to its legacy DSL services are targeted, not its U-verse broadband service.

 

In 2011, a Broadband Reports article revealed that the telco would impose a 150 GB monthly cap on DSL and then a 250 GB cap on U-verse services. Any user that went over their limit would have to pay $10 for every additional 50 GB data they consumed.

 

Although users were given a meter to track users, a number of users recently said in Broadband Reports' forums said that the meters were not accurate and AT&T could not share how it collected data because they said it was proprietary.

 

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Your Fat, Happy DVR | Cable Tech Talk

Your Fat, Happy DVR | Cable Tech Talk | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A new study by Motorola recently revealed some interesting trends about multi-screen and time-shifting technology and highlighted our voracious appetite for video on every device, platform and location available.  This is the kind of data that we love to sink our teeth into.

 

One interesting nugget that the study revealed was that 41 percent of content recorded on digital video recorders in the U.S. is never watched, suggesting that we are “the most wasteful content marketplace”. This may at first sound tragic, but it really isn’t and is probably best categorized under the “first world problems” complaint banner.

 

Some coverage of the report implied that there is a something wrong with unwatched content – a sign that we’re not taking full advantage of our technology and TV options. But if you think about it, unwatched DVR content really is a product of the technology and programming working so well that you have TOO much to watch.  This isn’t something that we should spend our time fretting over.

 

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How Broadband May Help Roll Out the Rural Smart Grid | Greentech Media

How Broadband May Help Roll Out the Rural Smart Grid | Greentech Media | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Emerson, the power and building equipment giant, has been putting a lot of thought into how to make its business compatible with the smart grid. It’s not alone on that front, of course. Global competitors including Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Eaton, Siemens, Schneider Electric, Panasonic and LG have all been making moves to connect energy-aware building technologies to the people and systems that need the info, including stakeholders like building owners, managers and tenants -- and utilities.

 

Like Honeywell, Emerson has a lot of smart thermostats in the field under its White-Rodgers brand, taking utility commands to shave peak power use across whole neighborhoods, as well as working with partners like demand response provider Comverge. It’s also selling thermostats along with in-home displays for utilities that want to give customers a deeper view of their energy use, using data from smart meters.

 

In January, Emerson announced a new partnership with Georgia electric cooperative utility Habersham EMC to tackle a different challenge: turning energy-hungry devices like air conditioners and water heaters into real-time utility assets. To get there, Emerson and partners EnerSphere and Jetlun are tapping a $1.5 million federal grant (not from the Department of Energy’s $4 billion smart grid pool, but from the USDA) as part of a consortium delivering rural broadband, said David Drew, business development director at Emerson Climate Technologies.

 

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Time Warner Cable bids to build 1-gig broadband service in North Carolina | Fierce Cable

Time Warner Cable bids to build 1-gig broadband service in North Carolina | Fierce Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that it submitted a bid to build a regional high-speed Internet service in North Carolina that would offer download speeds of 1 gigabit per second.

 

The nation's second largest cable MSO said it wants to play an "integral role" in the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) project, which includes the cities of Cary, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Raleigh and Winston-Salem. NCNGN said it is focused on delivering "affordable" broadband access to consumers, businesses and universities in North Carolina, including Duke University, NC State University, UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University.

 

Time Warner Cable, which is the largest incumbent cable operator in North Carolina, didn't detail how much money it would invest in the project. But the MSO said it has already spent $1.5 billion and built 28,000 miles of fiber and coax plant in areas covered by the NCNGN.

 

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Another vendor wants in on the market for Broadband Internet in the Triangle. Competition for Google.

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U.S. Digital TV Users Soaring | MediaPost News

U.S. Digital TV Users Soaring | MediaPost News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

U.S. digital TV users are climbing faster than expected.

The number of U.S. digital TV users -- those who view at least one TV show per month via the Internet -- will climb 37% in four years to 145 million in 2017, from 106 million in 2012. This amounts to digital TV user growth climbing at a 6.9% compound annual growth rate -- a higher increase than previously forecast in August 2012 by eMarketer.

Next year, it says digital TV viewers will cross a critical tipping point -- surpassing 50% of the U.S. Internet user population. Those users who watch at least one movie per month on any Internet-capable device will climb to 115 million in 2017 from nearly 80 million in 2012, a 9.7% annual growth rate.

A Belkin and Harris Interactive survey of U.S. Internet users said 12% would consider replacing their cable or satellite subscription with a streaming media subscription, such as Netflix or Hulu Plus in 2013. A total of 30% of respondents were inclined to at least consider cord-cutting.

Still, another 37% "strongly disagreed" when asked whether they would consider replacing cable and satellite with only digital Internet TV.


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AT&T Details its $14 Billion Project Velocity-IP (VIP) | BroadbandTrends.com

First it should be noted that AT&T – after considerable studies – will not implement a structual separation of its wireline operations nor will they sell off large portions of its wireline network.  The main reason?  It simply did not provide shareholder value.  Instead they plan to operate this portion of their network under a new model.

 

As such, AT&T will invest $6 Billion to expand U-verse to an additional 8.5 million locations, bringing the total to 33 million that can receive the U-verse bundle of voice, video and data by the end of 2015.

 

In addition, they will upgrade (currently in the process and likely to be completed end of 2012) ATM DSLAMs serving 24 million locations to IP-DSLAM.

 

According to AT&T, broadband market share is growing in U-verse markets, versus non U-verse markets where DSL declines are prevalent.

 

There remains a portion of the market that will not be upgraded – in these markets, AT&T will offer its LTE product to offer faster broadband speeds.

 

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So what does this mean for Georgia?  Anyone know?

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Robert Reich: What Immigration Reform Could Mean for American Workers | Truthdig

Robert Reich: What Immigration Reform Could Mean for American Workers | Truthdig | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Their agreement on is very preliminary and hasn’t yet even been blessed by the so-called Gang of Eight Senators working on immigration reform, but the mere fact that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue agreed on anything is remarkable. 

 

The question is whether it’s a good deal for American workers. It is, and I’ll explain why in a moment.

 

Under the agreement (arrived at last weekend) a limited number of temporary visas would be issued to foreign workers in low-skilled occupations, who could thereafter petition to become American citizens.

 

The agreement is an important step toward a comprehensive immigration reform package to be introduced in the Senate later this month. Disagreement over allowing in low-skilled workers helped derail immigration reform in 2007.

 

The unions don’t want foreign workers to take jobs away from Americans or depress American wages, while business groups obviously want the lowest-priced workers they can get their hands on.

 

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AT&T increases LTE footprint to 175 markets | TeleGeography

AT&T Mobility has announced that it has expanded the total number of locations with Long Term Evolution (LTE) access to 175, giving it coverage of 288 million US citizens.

 

The 14 new markets added to the carrier’s footprint are: Beaumont and Temple-Killeen (both Texas), Binghamton (New York), Carbondale-Marion (Illinois), Fort Pierce, Palm Coast, Lakeland-Winter Haven (all Florida), Fort Smith (Arizona), Fresno (California), Houma (Louisiana), Jefferson City (Missouri), Las Cruces (New Mexico), Montgomery (Alabama) and Mount Vernon (Washington).

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Top 10 Companies That Pose the Biggest Threat to Pay TV | Variety.com

Top 10 Companies That Pose the Biggest Threat to Pay TV | Variety.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Intel may be the ambitious entry in the so-called “over the top” movement aimed at making an end run around the pay-TV business, but it’s far from the only game in town.

 

There’s a wide field of players with no shortage of innovative — but often flawed — strategies. Here’s how they stack up.

 

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Skype Now Serves Two Billion Minutes Each Day - Across All Skype Communication Formats | DSLReports.com

A post over at the Skype blog proudly proclaims that Skype users are collectively using the communications platform for more than 2 billion minutes each day. "That’s enough time to travel to the moon and back over 225 thousand times, walk around Earth more than 845 times or travel to Mars more than 5,400 times," proudly proclaims the company.

 

The total of course includes voice, video, and people staring at the screen using instant messaging, so it's likely a very generous number. Skype has certainly had help on numerous fronts, from the death of the PSTN to Microsoft's announcement that they'll be closing Windows Live Messenger

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Australia: Day of reckoning for the NBN ItWire.com

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Things are about to get a lot worse for NBN Co. This week the ACCC rules on its access arrangements and pricing, and explosive documents leaked over the Easter weekend show it was aware back in February that its contractors were way behind schedule.

 

It will be an interesting week for CEO Mike Quigley and the senior management at NBN Co. The ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) will release its long awaited decision on the NBN’s access arrangements, probably on Thursday or Friday. The ruling will determine if NBN Co’s plans for pricing and accessibility – the so-called ‘special access undertaking’ – will be allowed.


There is a good chance they will not, and will need to be substantially altered. Many in the industry have pointed out that 30 years is a very long time to be making any sort of projection, and that for that reason it will be impossible to determine a pricing model that will guarantee the rate of return on (7.1% a year) on its investment that NBN Co is forecasting.

 

iTWire will cover the ACCC’s ruling, and its ramifications, when it is brought down later this week. But meanwhile a bigger problem looms. The Australian Financial Review this morning published excerpts from confidential internal NBN Co documents it has acquired that show a poisonous relationship between NBN Co and many of its contractors.

 

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Report Helps Separate Universal Service Fact and Fiction | TeleCompetitor.co,

Report Helps Separate Universal Service Fact and Fiction | TeleCompetitor.co, | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A 90-page report released last week from the FCC contains a wealth of data about the Universal Service program – and it’s useful data to have at a time when there is a considerable amount of misinformation floating around from people who like to portray the program as a wasteful one.

 

That’s not to say the program hasn’t had its problems. In recent years, the FCC has taken several steps to correct the more objectionable aspects of the program – and the new report, titled “Universal Service Monitoring Report 2012,” underscores the impact or potential impact of some of the steps the FCC has taken.

 

Take the high-cost program, for example. Some people like to claim that small telcos have seen a big increase in recent years in the support they collect from the program to help cover the cost of bringing telecom service to areas that are expensive to serve. But if you only look at small landline telcos – the traditional recipients of high-cost support — total disbursements have changed very little since 2003, as the chart below, reproduced from the report, illustrates. Most of the growth in the high-cost fund has come from competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (CETCs), primarily wireless carriers, who have collected funding at the same level of support as the landline carriers — even though their costs are lower and even though the wireless services sometimes duplicate landline services for the same customers.

 

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Verizon, New York City to Test Way to Spread Fiber Network

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Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and New York City agreed to test a method to more quickly install fiber- optic cables under sidewalks, potentially enabling the company to offer faster connections in more neighborhoods.

 

The pilot program allows Verizon to use “micro-trenching” or “saw cutting,” in which narrow, shallow grooves are carved out of the ground, opening space for cables, the city said today in a statement. The trial will start with 12 sites across the five boroughs, after which the government and the company will assess whether it can be adopted citywide.

 

The plan would help Verizon, the nation’s second-largest phone company, sell higher Internet speeds and television service in more parts of the city, competing with Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) and RCN Corp. Verizon is counting on those offerings to help keep its phone customers from switching to cable.

 

“Whether it’s restoring service to storm-ravaged areas or extending it to new ones, the innovative micro-trenching pilot will allow the City to speed deployment of fiber optics,” New York City Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul Merchant said in the statement.

 

While Verizon has been offering its fiber-optic service, called FiOS, in parts of New York City since 2008, it still hasn’t reached every neighborhood. The program could also help the carrier provide service to areas affected by Superstorm Sandy last year, the city said.

 

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Spencer, Iowa, Upgrading from Cable to Fiber | community broadband networks

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Spencer Municipal Utilities (SMU) of Spencer, Iowa, will be replacing old copper cable with fiber this summer. According to the Daily Reporter, customers can expect the upgrade with no increase in rates. From the article:

 

"Just like internet service has evolved from dial up to DSL and cable modem, fiber will give customers the next level of service to continue to improve the way they live, work and play here in Spencer," Amanda Gloyd, SMU marketing and community relations manager," said.

 

"We want to keep our customers on the cutting edge," she said."

 

Plans are to upgrade around 700 customers in one section of town during this first phase at a cost of around $2 million.

 

"This project is all paid for with cash in the bank," [General Manager Steve] Pick said. "This is an investment in the system."

 

SMU has offered telecommunications services to customers since 2000 and supplies water, electric, cable tv, Internet, telephone, and wireless service in the town of about 11,000. Rates for Internet range from $20 to $225 per month with cable tv analog Basic service as low as $14 and Basic Plus at $46. As options are added, monthly fees increase.

 

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USPTO Issues Final Rejection Of Apple's Rubberbanding Patent, Which Were Among Those The Jury Said Samsung Infringed | Techdirt

USPTO Issues Final Rejection Of Apple's Rubberbanding Patent, Which Were Among Those The Jury Said Samsung Infringed | Techdirt | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

We've argued repeatedly how silly it is for courts to move forward with cases over patent infringement while the USPTO is reviewing those same patents. Considering just how often patent re-exams lead to changes in the patents (including rejecting key claims), moving forward before the USPTO has ruled is kind of silly. It's guaranteed to lead to bad rulings. The latest is that the USPTO has issued a "final" rejection of Apple's "rubberbanding" patent (US Patent 7,469,381), which was one of the patents at issue in the Samsung Apple patent fight, and which the jury said Samsung infringed. In fact, the specific claim (19) that Samsung was said to have infringed was rejected by the USPTO.

We had noted a non-final rejection last fall, and now the USPTO has reiterated that with a final rejection. Of course, even "final rejection" is a bit of a misnomer, since Apple can (and probably will) still appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Still, given the significant doubt over the quality of the patent, it seems crazy to assume that it was valid as part of the lawsuit.

 

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The Wrong Tool for the job: Data Caps, Price Discrimination, and Bandwidth Pricing | Public Knowledge

As the discussion surrounding data caps shifts from one about “data hogs” to one about pricing models, it is critical to examine the issue with precision.

 

This short paper examines the role that price discrimination can play in broadband pricing, and considers the different ways to implement a price discrimination strategy.

 

It concludes that, while price discrimination can be an effective way to increase access to broadband, data-based pricing is an inefficient and counter-productive means to that worthy end.

 

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Kansas City: Google Fiber – A Step Function Connectivity Improvement | The Viodi View

Kansas City: Google Fiber – A Step Function Connectivity Improvement | The Viodi View | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

A step function improvement in capability is how Milo Medin described Google’s Kansas City fiber project at the February 13th IEEE ComSoc meeting in Santa Clara. That huge improvement in customer experience is in contrast to the incremental gains of MSO [Multiple System Operator] and telco broadband networks, which have much lower access speeds.

 

Medin, who is VP of Access for Google, described a Gigabit/second fiber network that eliminates the bottleneck between home and the cloud, unleashing new applications and devices both in the home and, by implication, throughout a city. Google’s incremental improvements in its construction and operations, its relatively simple offering and its grass-root marketing are as important to its success as its innovative fiber and home networking technologies.

 

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Iowa: City Moves Toward Communication Utility | EmmetsburgNews.com

Emmetsburg City Council and Emmetsburg Municipal Utilities took another step toward establishing a communication utility last week. The City Council adopted an ordinance establishing the Board of Trustees of the Emmetsburg Municipal Communications Utility.

 

Ordinance #557 references the May 5, 1998 vote of the residents of Emmetsburg to establish a municipal cable communications or television system (including video, voice, telephone, data or any other form of telecommunications and cable communications). The new utility will be under the management and control of the Board of Trustees of Emmetsburg Municipal Utilities.

 

Emmetsburg City Administrator John Bird and DJ Weber, General Manager of TCA (The Community Agency) talked about the utility and partnership with TCA.

 

"The ordinance passed its first reading and the city is just now taking the first step that we were authorized to do when the referendum was held and that is to create a communications utility," said gird. "The City Council also, and the Board of Trustees, too, authorized the mayor and the board chair to sign engagement letters with Ahlers Law Firm of Des Moines. They (Ahlers) are going to assist us in creating the utility and assisting us as Emmetsburg Municipal Utilities moves forward where the sale of revenue bonds is concerned. They're going to be our bond counsel."

 

Bird explained the financing.

 

"The dollars that will finance the construction of the system, primarily, will be generated by the sale of municipal revenue bonds," explained Bird. "The Board of Trustees intends to use some existing cash revenues, which they can do for the purpose of constructing the system, because there will be some benefit to existing utilities. We're moving toward a bid date, and we're moving toward preparing ithto make a public offering for the bonds."

 

Emmetsburg will be joining TCA, originally known as The Community Cable Television Agency of O'Brien County and now referred to as The Community Agency. The four communities involved with TCA are Hartley, Paulina, Primghar and Sanborn.

 

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Author Claims That If Apple And Microsoft Started Today They'd Fail Without Stronger Patent Protection | Techdirt

Author Claims That If Apple And Microsoft Started Today They'd Fail Without Stronger Patent Protection | Techdirt | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The NY Times has a slightly odd op-ed piece, written by Eamonn Fingleton, author of a book about how China is going to dominate the US economically. That may absolutely be true, but this oped tries to bend over backwards to prove that China will be more innovative than the US... and uses patents as a proxy:

 

Meanwhile the evidence of international patent filings is looking increasingly ominous. According to data compiled by the World Intellectual Property Organization, the world’s single most prolific filer of international patents as of 2011 was ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications corporation. Its filings were up an astounding fivefold from 2009. Another Chinese corporation, Huawei, moved up to third in the 2011 league table. The only United States corporation to make the Top 10 was Qualcomm.


First of all, the number of patents filed is meaningless. You can file a ton of patents and it means absolutely nothing concerning innovation. Applications files are different from granted patents. Second, and more importantly, patents show no relation to innovation. Third, when it comes to Chinese patents, the Chinese realized long ago that patents are merely a tool for protectionist tariff-like policies that can be enacted with less scrutiny or trade war issues and have acted accordingly. Basically, nothing in the paragraph above actually supports Fingleton's argument.

 

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