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Gangnam Bandwidth, American Style

Gangnam Bandwidth, American Style | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
For most Americans, five years from now, the best network available to them will be the same network they have today.
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Rural Broadband Availability and Adoption

Rural Broadband Availability and Adoption | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
Check out http://nardep.info!

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Bailey White's curator insight, August 7, 2013 3:53 PM

Looks to be a good, fact based analysis of the challenges associated wtih rural broadband.  

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FCC: Landlines Will Only Exist Another 5-10 Years, AT&T Wants Out by 2020

FCC: Landlines Will Only Exist Another 5-10 Years, AT&T Wants Out by 2020 | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
The general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission predicts your landline will stop working within the next ten years, abandoned by companies like AT&T and Verizon in favor of wireless service in rural America or fiber (if you are lucky)...
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What You Knew Already: Fiber Broadband Rules, Says New Report; We Need More

What You Knew Already: Fiber Broadband Rules, Says New Report; We Need More | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
Attention broadband planners: Although broadband deployment strategies differ around the world, a new report decisively concludes there is only one network technology proven to meet the demands of broadband users both today and tomorrow: a national...
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Why Big Telecom's Rural Wireless 'Solution' Is No Replacement for Upgraded DSL/Fiber

Why Big Telecom's Rural Wireless 'Solution' Is No Replacement for Upgraded DSL/Fiber | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
It is no secret that there is an urban-rural broadband divide. The market-driven, private enterprise broadband landscape delivers the best speeds and service to urban-suburban areas, particularly t...
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How to Get Google Fiber—Without Google

How to Get Google Fiber—Without Google | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
There's a huge advantage to having such bandwidth. Web applications are becoming increasingly data-intensive; if you use Dropbox, a file-sharing service, or video chat over Skype, you know what I mean. If bandwidth capacity doesn’t advance apace with online services, sooner or later, bottlenecking will become a major problem.
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NTIA: 18% of Rural Communities Lack 3 Mbps Broadband | TeleCompetitor.com

NTIA: 18% of Rural Communities Lack 3 Mbps Broadband | TeleCompetitor.com | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has done a highly detailed analysis of broadband deployment in the U.S. -– looking at broadband availability by speed, by technology, by state, by county, and by various combinations of these factors. The upshot, the NTIA said, is that although the U.S. continues to make progress on broadband deployment and speeds, gaps between rural and metro areas persist.

 

The report notes, for example, that almost 100% of urban residents have access to download speeds of at least 6 Mbps but only 82% of rural communities can access these speeds. And while almost 88% of urban residents have access to speeds of 25 Mbps, only 41% of rural residents have the same access.

 

One of the most interesting charts in the report was one showing the percentage of counties where people can get broadband at various speeds ranging from basic 3 Mbps downstream service to high-speed 100 Mbps downstream service. In the chart, reproduced here, each speed level has a low and a high mark. The high mark shows the percentage of counties where 25% of the population can get broadband at a certain speed, while the low mark shows the percentage of counties where 95% of the population can get service at that speed.

 

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AT&T Using ALEC to Win Deregulation in Connecticut Despite Poor Service & Repair Record

AT&T Using ALEC to Win Deregulation in Connecticut Despite Poor Service & Repair Record | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
AT&T wants the power to drop telephone service altogether in areas considered unprofitable to repair or continue to serve. A trio of company-backed bills in the state legislature would hand them that right....
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Steve Forbes: You Didn't Need That DSL Line You're Using, Right? - It's the Government's Fault You're Still on 1.5 Mbps DSL | DSLReports.com, ISP Information

News: Steve Forbes: You Didn't Need That DSL Line You're Using, Right? - It's the Government's Fault You're Still on 1.5 Mbps DSL
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Douglasville advances with Google-sponsored Municipal WiFi for downtown - The City of Douglasville in collaboration with Google Network Utility Force of Atlanta and Aerohive of California is advan...

Douglasville advances with Google-sponsored Municipal WiFi for downtown  - The City of Douglasville in collaboration with Google Network Utility Force of Atlanta and Aerohive of California is advan... | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
Douglasville advances with Google-sponsored Municipal WiFi for downtown - The City of Douglasville in collaboration with Google Network Utility Force of Atlanta and Aerohive of California is advancing toward the May 1 2013 implementation date of ...
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Should the Public or Private Sector Control Broadband?

Should the Public or Private Sector Control Broadband? | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
The question of who will install fiber-optic networks and who will control them is key because it could impact decades of economic growth. Telecom giants like AT&T think they should be the only player.

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BroadbandBreakfast's curator insight, April 4, 2013 5:59 PM

Great article about an important leverage point in the broadband landscape: will public sector investment, financing (and decision-making) play a key role in the next-generation fiber-optic investments?

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Cable Angry About Higher 6 Mbps FCC Broadband Definition - We Like Our DSL Competitors Slow and Cash-Strapped, Thanks

The FCC still has around $185 million out of the $300 million broadband funds available from phase one of their Connect America Fund, dedicated to shoring up broadband coverage gaps.
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How Broadband May Help Roll Out the Rural Smart Grid Georgia

How Broadband May Help Roll Out the Rural Smart Grid Georgia | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
Emerson and partners pilot a home-to-cloud-to-utility energy platform in Georgia.
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Interesting..... "Think of it as a test of multiple propositions. First, it opens the potential for broadband to supplant advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) as a utility-to-home-communications pathway -- particularly for rural utilities that can make use of federal broadband funding."
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America’s Worst Rated Companies: Charter, Time Warner, Cox, Cablevision, Verizon, Comcast…

America’s Worst Rated Companies: Charter, Time Warner, Cox, Cablevision, Verizon, Comcast… | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
Nine of the ten lowest ranked firms in America are cable and telephone companies, according to a new report from research firm Temkin Group.
A poll ranking customer service at 235 U.S.
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Southern Telecom extends dark fiber to Tower Cloud's Ga. wireless backhaul network

Southern Telecom extends dark fiber to Tower Cloud's Ga. wireless backhaul network | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
Southern Telecom, the telecom subsidiary of power utility Southern Company, is leasing more dark fiber to help wireless backhaul specialist Tower Cloud increase network capacity in Florida and Georgia.
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The U.S. Needs A Federal-Aid Highway Act For Affordable Broadband -- Now

The U.S. Needs A Federal-Aid Highway Act For Affordable Broadband -- Now | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
A once-in-a-generation opportunity is about to be squandered The U.S. economy remains in the doldrums. But we have a once-in-a-generation chance to invest in our country’s future and put people to work on a vital project.

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BroadbandBreakfast's curator insight, July 1, 2013 6:58 PM

A major push for a big federal investment in fiber broadband, from a Forbes magazine contributor!

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When Do You “Need” Faster Speeds? When Competition Arrives Offering Them

When Do You “Need” Faster Speeds? When Competition Arrives Offering Them | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
“We just don’t see the need of delivering [gigabit broadband] to consumers.” — Irene Esteves, former chief financial officer, Time Warner Cable, February 2013 “For some, the discussion about the broadband Internet seems to begin and end on the...
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Utilities Want a Piece of the FCC’s $4.5B Rural Broadband Push : Greentech Media

Utilities Want a Piece of the FCC’s $4.5B Rural Broadband Push : Greentech Media | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
Will utilities and the smart grid share in this rural broadband bonanza?
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Verizon to Rural America: Voice Link is Coming Soon; Buy a Satellite Dish If You Want Data

Verizon to Rural America: Voice Link is Coming Soon; Buy a Satellite Dish If You Want Data | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
Verizon FiOS is off limits to rural customers. Wireless voice and satellite broadband is in your future.

 

For rural Verizon customers, the changes could be profound, dramatic, and not exactly a win-win scenario:

No more wired phone service, which means medical monitoring, many home security systems, and inexpensive dial-up service that all rely on landline technology will be rendered unusable;No more unlimited use DSL service, no business broadband service, no credit card processing or other electronic business transactions that depend on a wired connection;No enforced quality of service standards, rate oversight, or guarantee of access to quality voice service;No prospect of advanced fiber optic FiOS services, including high bandwidth video and broadband.
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Verizon Files Tariff Allowing Company to Abandon Wired Phone/Broadband Service in New York; Fire Island First to Go

Verizon Files Tariff Allowing Company to Abandon Wired Phone/Broadband Service in New York; Fire Island First to Go | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
Verizon Communications has filed a formal tariff obtained by Stop the Cap! with the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) that would establish conditions under which it can abandon its wired network in favor of wireless-only service.
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The $1 Fiber Optic Network | Transmission

The $1 Fiber Optic Network | Transmission | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it

Some day the US may wake up and find that we’ve installed another communications giant that needs to be broken up. I have lobbied hard for the past decade for open municipal fiber infrastructure, and will continue to do so, but so far, that idea is shrinking rather than growing.

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North Georgia School Systems Form Education Network To Share Digital Learning

North Georgia School Systems Form Education Network To Share Digital Learning | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
A new high-speed fiber optic network in North Georgia prompted a meeting March 15, 2013, of eight school systems, the University of North Georgia, the Georgia Department of Education and the North Georgia Network to talk about developing a regional...

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Iowa Municipal Utility Expands Fiber to the Home Service With “Money Already in the Bank”

Iowa Municipal Utility Expands Fiber to the Home Service With “Money Already in the Bank” | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
While large private corporations return profits to shareholders and avoid major infrastructure upgrades, publicly owned municipal providers are moving customers to carefully planned and budgeted fiber-to-the-home networks that offer service at...
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How-To Conference on Building Superfast Networks to Feature Google's Medin, Case Western's Gonick

How-To Conference on Building Superfast Networks to Feature Google's Medin, Case Western's Gonick | S&S - Telecommunications | Scoop.it
Conference to Assist Civic and Community Leaders Pursue Gigabit Connectivity (WASHINGTON) – Google Fiber head Milo Medin and Case Western Reserve University Chief Information Officer Lev Gonick will join other pioneers of ultra high speed...
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