Surfing the Broad...
Follow
Find
83.1K views | +29 today
Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream
Everything about Broadband Policy, Network Infrastructure, Voice, Video and Data Services, Devices and Applications for Managing our Planet
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Survey: 46% of U.S. Adults Spend More Than $100 Monthly for Mobile | telecompetitor

Survey: 46% of U.S. Adults Spend More Than $100 Monthly for Mobile | telecompetitor | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Nearly half (46%) of mobile phone customers pay $100 per month or more for service, and more than 1-in-10 (13%) pay $200 a month or more, according to the results of an online study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of CouponCabinthat looks into the cost of mobile phone service in the U.S.

 

More than 1-in-5 U.S. adults (21%) with mobile phones reported spending more in a typical month for their mobile service than they do on groceries. When asked to cite typical expenses for which they spend less in a typical month than for mobile telecom service, they responded:

 

--Basic utilities like water, gas and electric – 33 percent

 

--Cable TV – 57 percent

 

--Internet service – 71 percent

 

“Mobile phones are ingrained in our everyday lives, but their high costs can do damage to a monthly budget,” commented CouponCabin’s president and chief savings officer Jackie Warrick. “Many mobile phone owners are now revisiting their plans and looking at ways to cut back.”

 

Click headline to read more--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Powerline communication to survive but in niches | ZDNet

Powerline communication to survive but in niches | ZDNet | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Getting Web connectivity and data at home via electricity lines, or powerline communication (PLC) technology, took a backseat despite the initial hype several years ago, as wireless and mobile broadband became more affordable and pervasive. However, analysts say PLC will carry on in niche uses, such as the smart grid.

 

PLC technology, also called broadband over powerline (BPL), was talked about more than 10 years ago, said Ian Keene, vice president at Gartner Research. He noted that there was a lot of hype back then around the idea of using the power supply lines that existed in homes or offices to become new broadband communication infrastructure.

 

However, the hype never made it to reality: Products were delayed into the market due to technical issues, prices were high, and field performance often did not match up to laboratory performance, he explained.

 

Simultaneously, while all this was going on, the bandwidth available from telco networks continued to increase, so being able to supply a few megabits per second (Mbps) of Web bandwidth was just not competitive from the carriers' standpoint, Keene added.

 

Julie Kunstler, principal analyst for telecommunications at Ovum, said PLC was not infallible in terms of connection quality in the first place. "You could get connected [to the Web], but the connection wouldn't always be good or stable.

 

"Powerlines were never made to handle communications. Think about it, you're asking the electric network to handle communications [besides] electricity," she pointed out.

 

Click headline to read more and access hot links--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Advances in Health IT Promote Patient Well-Being | USTelecom Blog

Broadband continues to play a vital role in unleashing health IT advances. From mobile technologies that aid patients and inform physicians to new studies that demonstrate Internet-backed healthcare gains, broadband is making a difference.

 

Recent articles discuss how AT&T’s mobile health solutions are helping diabetes patients. The program’s mobile application, DiabetesManager, allows users to enter their blood glucose readings – tracking levels that inform patients and alert physicians, as necessary. A recent satisfaction survey with this pilot program found more than 90% would recommend DiabetesManager, and 88% found the app “highly useful” for health management.

 

Along similar lines, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) recently launched a contest to develop a mobile phone app to help fight cancer among women. The goal is to create an effective mobile channel to provide information to women diagnosed with cancer, or who are at high-risk of developing specific types of cancer, including breast, cervical, uterine and ovarian. The winning apps will also be capable of communicating with electronic health record systems and providing users with important reminders.

 

Health IT is also tackling large-scale challenges facing our nation’s health care system – such as reducing hospital readmissions. A recent report from CSC Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practices shows that using electronic health records in conjunction with technology that tracks a patient's health post-hospitalization can effectively reduce readmissions.

 

Click headline to read more and access hot links--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

EUROPA Antitrust: Commission market tests commitments proposed by Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Hachette, Holtzbrinck and Apple for the sale of e-books

EUROPA Antitrust: Commission market tests commitments proposed by Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Hachette, Holtzbrinck and Apple for the sale of e-books | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The European Commission is inviting comments from interested parties on commitments offered by four international publishers - Simon & Schuster (CBS Corp., USA), Harper Collins (News Corp., USA), Hachette Livre (Lagardère Publishing, France), Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck (owner of inter alia Macmillan, Germany) – and Apple.

 

The proposed commitments aim to alleviate concerns that these companies may have engaged in an anti-competitive concerted practice affecting the sale of e-books in the European Economic Area (EEA). If the market test confirms that the commitments are suitable to address the Commission's competition concerns, the Commission may make them legally binding on the companies.

 

The Commission considers at this stage that these companies may have breached EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive practices by jointly switching the sale of e-books from a wholesale model to agency contracts containing the same key terms (in particular an unusual so-called "Most Favoured Nation" – MFN – clause for retail prices). The agency model allows more control by publishers over retail prices.

 

The Commission has concerns that this switch may have been the result of collusion between competing publishers, with the help of Apple, and may have aimed at raising retail prices of e-books in the EEA or preventing the emergence of lower prices.

 

Click headline to read more and access hot links--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

CA: Industrial and commercial broadband action plan, strategy adopted by San Leandro City Council | Steve Blum's Blog

CA: Industrial and commercial broadband action plan, strategy adopted by San Leandro City Council  | Steve Blum's Blog | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Seven action plan recommendations and an overall commercial broadband strategy were unanimously adopted last night by the San Leandro City Council. The goal is to bring new jobs, businesses and shoppers into the City's industrial and commercial areas by developing better broadband infrastructure and availability, and encouraging companies and consumers to take advantage of it.

 

The strategic vision and specific recommendations were developed by Tellus Venture Associates, working closely with City staff. Businesspeople, major employers, property owners, school officials and the general public were involved throughout the process, participating in online surveys, workshops, one-on-one meetings and other events.

 

The action items approved last night for implementation are:

 

Click headline to read more and access hot links--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Choosing an iPhone 5 carrier | CNET Blogs

Choosing an iPhone 5 carrier | CNET Blogs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Now that CNET's verdict is in about the iPhone 5 and preorders are through the roof, you might want to consider how important a carrier is in terms of overall user experience, if you're even remotely eyeing the device for yourself.

 

While Cricket Wireless and the regional carrier, C Spire, will offer the iPhone 5 starting September 28, it'll be sold under the major carriers -- AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint -- starting September 21.

 

Each of these three networks have different plans, prices, and bundles, with Sprint being the only one with a full unlimited plan. However, with all the little nuanced phone plans offered by these companies, it can get confusing for those of you who are free agents looking for a new carrier contract to sign.

 

To make it a bit clearer, we broke down some of the basic but important facts worth considering when shopping for the new iPhone. And if you have more questions about the device itself, be sure to check out our FAQ and our full iPhone 5 review.

 

Click headline to read more and access hot links--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

The Latest on Rural Broadband Network Traffic | Calix Community

The Latest on Rural Broadband Network Traffic | Calix Community | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Today, we issued the Q2 Calix U.S. Rural Broadband Report, our third installment of the quarterly series. We have been systematically growing the report from quarter to quarter and this time is no different.

 

The Calix Compass Flow Analyze is now tracking over 250,000 endpoints across 65 communications service provider networks from every region in the county to provide the data for these reports.

 

Some of the highlights from the Q2 report include:

 

--Internet traffic generated by rural broadband subscribers grew 53 percent quarter over quarter.

 

--Video streaming continued to dominate all Internet traffic with 62 percent of all downstream traffic.

 

--Copper endpoints produced significantly more traffic in Q2 with an average of 6.5 GBs in the quarter, up from 4.4 GBs in the previous quarter.

 

As we introduced in the last report, the Q2 edition continues to track peak broadband speeds for rural America. Overall, rural Internet subscribers saw a slight increase in their peak broadband speeds; however two-thirds of this group still experienced peak speeds that fell below the 4 Mbps target of the Connect America Fund.

 

Click headline to read more and access hot link to report--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

FCC's Wireless Backhaul Reform | Electronic Communications Regulation

"The Federal Communications Commission ... adopted measures promoting further deployment of mobile broadband service, continuing its reform of rules governing use of microwave frequencies for wireless backhaul as part of the FCC’s Broadband Acceleration Initiative and its regulatory reform agenda.

 

Building on recommendations in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, and following up on the Commission’s August 2011 Wireless Backhaul Report and Order, today’s actions will speed the rollout of fourth-generation (4G) broadband networks, accelerate the role of expanded wireless broadband communications in national economic revitalization and job creation, and bring new broadband services to rural areas. Today’s actions also continue the FCC’s regulatory reform agenda by eliminating unneeded regulations and ensuring that necessary regulations reflect current technology.

 

The Second Report and Order permits fixed microwave operators to use smaller antennas in certain microwave bands, which can result in significant cost savings to operators. The Rural Microwave Flexibility Policy adopted today will provide increased opportunities for broadband deployment in rural areas, increasing coverage and reducing cost. The Commission also updates existing microwave efficiency standards to reflect modern digital technologies.

 

Click headline to read more and access hot links--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Verizon Wireless set to entertain rural carriers | RCR U.S. Wireless News

Scheduled conveniently ahead of next week’s Competitive Carrier Association event, Verizon Wireless this week kicked off its second LTE in Rural America program. The event is designed to bring together smaller wireless operators looking to launch LTE services with the help of the nation’s largest wireless operator.

 

Verizon Wireless noted that a pair of carriers have already launched commercial services through the program – Cellcom in Wisconsin and Pioneer Cellular in Oklahoma – with six more carriers expected to offer services by the end of the year and nine additional carriers signed on for 2013. Verizon Wireless noted it has signed agreements covering more than 2.7 million potential customers across 14 states.

 

The program, which was initiated in 2010, calls for Verizon Wireless to lease all 22 megahertz upper C-Block, 700 MHz spectrum it controls to the rural operator until at least 2029. Those rural operators are then charged with building out the physical network that can then have back-end services run through Verizon Wireless’ switches.

 

In return for building out the network, Verizon Wireless has agreed to not build out its own network in those markets and will rely on the rural operator to provide roaming services for Verizon Wireless customers, and in turn to provide nationwide LTE roaming to the rural operators. The agreement is similar to the affiliate program used by Sprint to build out its PCS network in the late 1990s, which in the end resulted in Sprint having to acquire most of those affiliates due to competitive clauses in their contracts following Sprint’s $35 billion acquisition of Nextel Communications in 2004.

 

Click headline to read more and access hot links--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Time Warner Cable plans to offload 7.8% stake in Clearwire | TeleGeography

Time Warner Cable (TWC) is planning to sell its entire 7.8% stake in US WiMAX operator Clearwire, Bloomberg reports. The cable company has notified all other major Clearwire investors, including Sprint Nextel and Comcast.

 

Interested parties will be given the option to buy part or all of the stake; New York-based cableco TWC’s disclosed its intention to offload the stake in a regulatory filing last Friday.

 

In 2008 TWC agreed to acquire a stake in Clearwire to help fund the rollout of its WiMAX network, paying USD550 million for the shares, which Bloomberg notes were worth as little as USD71.5 million at the close of trading yesterday.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Canada: Thaw point: fresh trio unwrap Ice PoPs, hope warm reception to Arctic rollout melts digital divide | TeleGeography

Ice Wireless – an independent far-north Canadian cellco – and its associate Iristel – a Canadian competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) – have entered into a ‘multi-million’ dollar contract with China’s Huawei Technologies to roll out a 3G cellular network for rural and remote communities in Canada’s Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut by the end of 2013.

 

Presently, residents of the three territories of Northern Canada have the lowest availability and highest costs for telecommunications services in the country. According to a recent report by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), only 66% of the North has access to wireless internet and just 48% has access to 3G cellular services – compared to 99% in the rest of the country.

 

The network upgrade and expansion by Ice Wireless-Iristel, using Huawei networking equipment, will improve 3G and wireless broadband services for 60,659 people across the three territories, and provide access to services that were previously unavailable to local residents.

 

Click headline to read more--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Why The Internet Archive Says It Can Show You Every TV News Program | Techdirt

Why The Internet Archive Says It Can Show You Every TV News Program | Techdirt | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Like many folks, I saw the news today about the always-wonderful Internet Archive offering up a treasure trove of TV news broadcasting and thought it was a great thing. They're basically making available every TV news recording they could get from 2009 forward, including all of the major TV networks, the news channels (CNN, Fox News, etc.), etc. They'll also have a bunch of local TV broadcasts as well, which is cool. All in all, it's launching with 350,000 clips. They'll even have recordings of The Daily Show as a part of the archive -- which seems fitting, since Internet Archive mastermind Brewster Kahle noted that with this collection, they can "let a thousand Jon Stewarts bloom" by letting them find interesting (or contradictory) news clips.

 

You can go check out the TVNews Search & Borrow site right now. The search feature is pretty cool, combing through closed captions to find the relevant content. So it's neat to do a quick search on topics of interest and see what they turn up. Of course, there are still a few kinks to work out. Out of curiosity, I did a search on SOPA, and got back some relevant news stories (including the Jon Stewart story about blackout day. But... I also got a bunch of Spanish-language programs about soup. Even when I limited the language to English. I assume those things will get better over time. Each clip is split into 30 second increments, so it's not like you're automatically getting the full broadcast, though you can piece together the clips.

 

Click headline to read more--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Aereo Distributes Local TV Channels via the Internet | NYTimes.com

Aereo Distributes Local TV Channels via the Internet | NYTimes.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

On the ninth floor of an old tire factory in Downtown Brooklyn, Joe Lipowski, chief technology officer of a company called Aereo, proudly showed off a steel sheet covered with TV antennas.

 

These were not your standard rabbit ears. They were thumbnail-size slivers, neatly arranged in rows. Behind Mr. Lipowski stretched rows of rectangular shelving units with dozens of sheets just like the first.

 

“There’s enough in here to accommodate a half million people,” he said. “And that’s just the beginning.”

 

The army of antennas is at the core of the ambitious service Aereo is introducing, first in New York and then across the country. Aereo picks up local broadcast channels like Fox and ABC and streams them over the Internet to mobile devices and TV sets. Its subscribers, who can record shows to watch later, pay fees starting at $8 a month.

 

Aereo executives say they are looking ahead to a future in which many “television” watchers have never had cable, or even a TV, and grab their favorite shows piecemeal from a number of online sources. In that sense they are joining the many other companies, including start-ups like Boxee and hardware juggernauts like Apple, that are trying to position themselves for the next wave of entertainment and media spending.

 

“The goal is not to recreate the cable companies but to create an alternative for people who are coming into television from the Net side first,” said Chet Kanojia, Aereo’s founder and chief executive. “There’s an emerging population of people who have never signed up for traditional cable packages, who are used to customizing their own TV experience.”

 

Click headline to read more--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Incumbent mentality drives the wireless communications industry to the crisis point | betanews

Incumbent mentality drives the wireless communications industry to the crisis point | betanews | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

It's been almost three years since the Federal Communications Commission began warning us that we are consuming more wireless bandwidth than the airwaves can support, and in those three years, relatively little has changed to fix the situation. Lightsquared attempted to cleverly utilize satellite-band spectrum to build a ground-based 4G network, but those attempts were squashed by the GPS lobby, and could take another five years to come back.

 

The FCC is still on its quest to free up a total of 300 MHz of wireless spectrum by 2015 for mobile broadband data services, but time is rapidly running out on that promise. Last Wednesday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the commission would be updating its wireless spectrum policies by the end of the year to help free up about 100MHz worth of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band.

 

The main problem with the spectrum crunch is that it requires innovative solutions to deliver results, and as we saw with LightSquared, innovation that disrupts someone else's business model is met with ferocious resistance.

 

If you want to hear a really disruptive solution, take a look at what cognitive radio company xG Technology Marketing president Rick Rotondo suggests: Network carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint should share their wireless spectrum with each other.

 

Crazy talk, right?

 

Click headline to read more and access hot links--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

The Business Cases for Bandwidth Caps | Multichannel.com

The Business Cases for Bandwidth Caps | Multichannel.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Broadband Internet providers are slowly but surely phasing out the all-you-can-eat buffet.

 

But they’re using usage-based billing mechanisms for two distinct purposes: one’s a carrot, the other’s a stick.

 

Comcast’s approach falls in the latter bucket. As of Oct. 1, most of the operator’s customers in Tucson, Ariz., will be capped at 300 Gigabytes per month -- an increase over Comcast’s previous 250 GB ceiling -- while those on higher-speed tiers will get more to play with. What’s new is that customers who bust the caps will be charged $10 for every 50 GB they use beyond their limit.

 

It’s the MSO’s second market test for usage-based pricing, after Comcast initiated a 300-GB cap for all users in Nashville, Tenn., as of Aug. 1.

 

Only 1% or so of Comcast’s users are even close to nearing those limits, according to the MSO. So what’s the point?

Here’s the stick part: As bandwidth consumption continues to climb, driven by Internet video, ISPs need a way to keep a lid on overall traffic usage. Hitting users with fees if they’re way over the norm is one way to do that.

 

The FCC’s Net Neutrality Order not only explicitly gives the go-ahead for usage-based pricing -- it will actually accelerate the move to metered broadband, according to Sanford Bernstein senior analyst Carlos Kirjner.

 

“By preventing broadband service providers from discriminating by type of traffic, the order leaves them few alternatives to introduce differentiated services, and discriminating by amount of traffic, that is, caps and metered broadband, seems to be one of the few alternatives left,” Kirjner wrote in a Sept. 7 research note.

 

Click headline to read more and access hot links--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Romney video shows collapse of private spaces | Wash Post

Romney video shows collapse of private spaces | Wash Post | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Mitt Romney’s mistake in speaking bluntly at a May fundraiser was not only in the words he spoke but also in failing to anticipate the ears they might reach. An audience that looked like an exclusive group of Republican donors this week multiplied — thanks to the pervasiveness of video technology — to the entire world.

 

Rapidly changing technology is shrinking traditional zones of privacy faster than most people can adjust, and the future looks no easier to navigate. Some technology companies are creating “wearable devices” that put video cameras in eyewear and watches. Others promote “frictionless sharing” of user locations, reading lists and music choices.

 

Campaigns desperate to prevent embarrassing video and audio snippets already are confiscating smartphones at closed-door events. But they have largely been overmatched, as time and again moments intended to be kept secret have turned up on the Internet.

 

“There is a total collapse of the notion of private space,” said Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, a top adviser to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008. “Increasingly, politicians who say one thing behind closed doors and another to the public get caught doing it.”

 

Click headline to read more--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

NY: North Country Regional Economic Development Council submits one-year progress report | Watertown Daily Times

NY: North Country Regional Economic Development Council submits one-year progress report | Watertown Daily Times | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

The North Country Regional Economic Development Councilsubmitted its one-year progress report to the State on Sept. 14, which provides detail on the Council’s achievements in implementing its five year strategic plan and includes a list of the 21 priority projects the Council has endorsed for the second round of the Regional Council competition.

 

The report includes a description of how the Council established a framework to advance the plan, revisions to some of its strategies, an implementation agenda and a tracking of the advancement of priority job-creating projects awarded in 2011.

 

The following 21 projects were endorsed by the Council and submitted to the State as regional priorities for the second round of the Regional Council initiative’s competitive grant funding process:

 

Click headline to read more and access hot link to report--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

China to step up broadband development | ZDNet

China to step up broadband development | ZDNet | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

China plans to accelerate the development of broandband Internet access to increase the country's economic and social development.

 

Liu Lihua, the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) vice minister, said in a statement released on the Web site on Tuesday, China aims to have more than 250 million broadband users by the end of 2015, with Internet access speeds in urban and rural areas reaching 20 megabits and 4 megabits respectively.

 

He also said broadband service coverage in the rural parts of China will hit 95 percent by 2015.

 

Relevant companies should intensify research and development inputs to provide high-quality products to meet the different needs of small and midsized businesses (SMBs), schools, households and communities, he urged.

 

Click headline to read more and access hot links--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Coursera doubles number of university partners, increases focus overseas | GigaOM Tech News

Coursera doubles number of university partners, increases focus overseas | GigaOM Tech News | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

With not even a handful of international university partners, Coursera has already attracted a strong global audience — when it announced it reached one million enrolled last month, it said 61 percent of those students students are outside the US.

 

But with its latest round of partners, the online education provider is further strengthening its international position.

 

On Wednesday, the company announced that it has added 17 new university partners — five of which are overseas — bringing its total number of academic partners to 33.

 

The new partners include Ivy League institutions, such as Brown and Columbia, as well as schools like the Berklee School of Music and Mount Sinai Medical School, which bring more diversity to the platform’s course offerings. International partners include the University of Melbourne, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. (See full list of schools below.)

 

Since officially launching the platform five months ago, the company has been on a tear, announcing new partners or milestones seemingly every month. But the company is still at work forging partnerships with more universities, constrained only by its own capacity to meet with interested schools and train faculty and staff, said co-founder Andrew Ng.

 

Click headline to read more and access hot links--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Amazon launches development centre, Cloud Player in UK | Telecompaper

Amazon has officially opened its new new global Digital Media Development Centre in London, announcing the creation of 100 new jobs. The 8-floor, 47,000 sq ft centre focuses on new digital media projects that will benefit Amazon customers worldwide.

 

The jobs being created include software development engineers, user interface experts and graphic designers. Amazon has also announced the launch of the Amazon Cloud Player service in the UK. This allows customers to securely store music in the cloud and play it on any Android phone, Android tablet, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac or PC.

 

All Amazon MP3 purchases – including music that customers purchased previously – are automatically saved to Cloud Player for free. Cloud Player Free customers can store 250 tracks from their PC or Mac to Cloud Player, at no charge. Cloud Player Premium customers can store 250,000 tracks in Cloud Player for an annual fee of GBP 21.99.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Facebook, Google, Amazon join forces in D.C. lobby | Wash Post

Facebook, Google, Amazon join forces in D.C. lobby | Wash Post | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Internet titans Facebook, Google, Amazon and Yahoo on Wednesday will launch a new lobbying association to counter efforts by federal regulators to strap new rules to their industry.

 

The Internet Association, led by Capitol Hill veteran Michael Beckerman, aims to band together Silicon Valley's biggest Internet firms on issues such as piracy and copyright, privacy and cybersecurity.

 

The lobbying shop, with four staff members and plans to hire more, has 14 members that include IAC, LinkedIn and Zynga. Absent from the roster are Microsoft and Apple — rivals to Google, in particular, in mobile software and advertising.

 

The trade association, the first for the Web industry, was created in response to last year’s successful fight against anti-piracy legislation that the firms feared would block or punish their sites for containing pirated movies, books and songs. The bills, known as the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, were derailed after online protests. The bills, supported by some authors and Hollywood, are expected to be revived as Congress grapples with ways to prevent online content theft.

 

Click head line to read more--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

FCC streamlines process for pro-competitive cableco/telco mergers | TeleGeography

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has waived certain restriction preventing domestic cable operators from acquiring local exchange carriers (LECs), admitting that such mergers could lead to the introduction of stronger competition to large telecoms carriers. On Monday the US watchdog approved a request by trade group the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) to relax rules dating back to the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that prohibited cable firms from acquiring more than a 10% stake in any LEC within the cable firm’s franchise area.

 

With the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Congress sought to encourage facilities-based competition by facilitating the competitive entry of LECs and cable operators into each other’s markets. While the Act allowed cable operators to construct telecoms networks and allows LECs to construct cable systems, section 652 of the Act prohibited buyouts and certain other transactions between cable operators and LECs, subject to certain exceptions. The FCC previously noted that this ‘overall statutory scheme contemplates vigorous competition between LECs and cable operators, with appropriate safeguards to avoid elimination of potential sources of competition’.

 

However, in this week’s ruling the FCC notes: ‘Moreover, the Commission has recognised that mergers among non-dominant providers in a specific market are unlikely to raise competitive concerns. The loss of one competitor from the market [the acquisition of a competitive LEC] is unlikely to materially decrease the amount of bottleneck facilities in the market. Such transactions often pose little risk of competitive harm and in fact increase competition with entrenched incumbent providers, and thus would likely put downward pressure on the rates offered by incumbents’.

 

Click headline to read more--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

UK: BT dismisses claims it is artificially hiking broadband rollout costs | TeleGeography

BT Group has reacted swiftly to refute suggestions it is deliberately hiking the cost of rolling out broadband infrastructure under the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme. The carrier, to date the sole beneficiary of the government’s GBP530 million (USD861 million) public broadband scheme, says accusations it is inflating its rollout costs are ‘ludicrous’.

 

Nonetheless, several online journals claim the carrier is now facing an investigation over the way it accounts for BDUK rollout costs, amid concerns that local authorities are being forced to pay more for improvements in high speed internet coverage and transmission speeds.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Time Warner Cable CFO doubts Google Fiber TV will expand outside Kansas City | FierceCable

Time Warner Cable CFO doubts Google Fiber TV will expand outside Kansas City | FierceCable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

It's unlikely that Google will attempt to expand the Google Fiber TV service that it will soon launch in the Kansas City area nationwide, Time Warner Cable CFO Irene Esteves said Wednesday, noting that it could cost $200 billion for it to build a nationwide fiber network.

 

"We can't imagine a model which makes sense for Google shareholders to expand," Esteves said at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif.

 

Esteves pointed to the $30 billion that Verizon  reportedly spent to expand its FiOS network to just 15 percent of U.S. homes. She asked, "What would it take to get national fiber--$100 billion, $200 billion?"

 

Esteves acknowledged that Time Warner Cable would feel the brunt of Google's deployment of a 1 Gbps network and pay TV service in the Kansas City market. She noted that there are 800,000 homes passed in the Kansas City area, including 600,000 homes passed by Time Warner Cable. Google's fiber-to-the-home network could eventually pass 300,000 homes passed by Time Warner Cable, Esteves said.

 

Click headline to read more--

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Scoop.it!

Chattanooga’s Can-Do Broadband: Faster Speeds, Lower Prices While Others Hike Rates | Stop the Cap!

Chattanooga’s Can-Do Broadband: Faster Speeds, Lower Prices While Others Hike Rates | Stop the Cap! | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

While cable and phone companies make excuses justifying rate increases and usage caps, Chattanooga’s publicly-owned EPB Fiber network has been blowing the windows out with hurricane-fast gigabit broadband, and now they are cutting prices for some while boosting speeds for others.

 

At the recent Hackanooga event, EPB customers learned the fiber to the home provider was set to celebrate three years of service by delivering value for speed that Comcast and AT&T can’t touch:

 

Click headline to read more--

more...
No comment yet.