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What's the Case for Home IoT? | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs

What's the Case for Home IoT? | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Some of the biggest names in tech have invested heavily into the Internet of Things for the home. But when I look around the marketplace and among people I know, almost nobody is yet using any of this technology. In fact, several recent polls have shown that over half of the people in the country haven’t yet even heard of IoT. This leads me to ask if there is yet a business case for home IoT.

The initial promise of home IoT is that it will make our life easier. The picture painted by the industry is one of having scores of smart devices in the home that all act in harmony to make daily life easier. I’m a huge fan of Star Trek and I look at their future with automatic doors and lights, background music, holodecks, and food replicators and I get it – and I want it.

But the IoT devices on the market today are still a long way away from that Star Trek future. The reality of the situation is that this is an industry that so far only caters to geeks and hobbyists.


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5G Wireless Could Interfere with Weather Forecasts | ScientificAmerican.com

5G Wireless Could Interfere with Weather Forecasts | ScientificAmerican.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.
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U.S. Tech Companies Dominate The World. So Now What? | MediaPost.com

U.S. Tech Companies Dominate The World. So Now What? | MediaPost.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
These companies can shape public opinion ANYWHERE, and have so much power that governments all over regulate against them.
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GOP resistance to Biden FCC nominee could endanger board's Democratic majority | TheHill.com

GOP resistance to Biden FCC nominee could endanger board's Democratic majority | TheHill.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Republicans pushed back on President Biden’s nominee to join the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Gigi Sohn, at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday over past comments she’s made regarding conservative media — resistance that coul
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Biden's FCC pick will be instrumental in net neutrality fight | CNET.com

Biden's FCC pick will be instrumental in net neutrality fight | CNET.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Gigi Sohn, a longtime consumer advocate and former FCC official, faced Republican opposition at her Senate confirmation hearing.
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The Internet Needs Fair Rules of the Road – and Competitive Drivers | EFF.org

The Internet Needs Fair Rules of the Road – and Competitive Drivers | EFF.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
In the past few weeks, the Biden Administration has finally moved forward with nominations to the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. One of those nominees, Gigi Sohn (who, fair disclosure, has been an EFF board member), is testifying right now, and we expect
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Broadband Growth Continues 3Q 2021 | POTs & PANs

Broadband Growth Continues 3Q 2021 | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Leichtman Research Group recently released the broadband customer statistics for the end of the third quarter of 2021 for the largest cable and telephone companies. LRG compiles most of these numbers from the statistics provided to stockholders other than for Cox, which is estimated. Leichtman says this group of companies represents 96% of all US…
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Our View: Corporate giant tries to kill small Maine town’s broadband plans | PressHerald.com

Our View: Corporate giant tries to kill small Maine town’s broadband plans | PressHerald.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
What we saw in Leeds last week offers a glimpse of the fights ahead on internet expansion.
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Senate Committee OK's Rosenworcel, Questions Sohn on Mapping, Net Neutrality, Broadband Standards | BroadbandBreakfast.com

Senate Committee OK's Rosenworcel, Questions Sohn on Mapping, Net Neutrality, Broadband Standards | BroadbandBreakfast.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Gigi Sohn explained her positions on issues facing the FCC.
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Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Report | Blandin on Broadband

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Report | Blandin on Broadband | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The folks who manage Universal Service and the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) programs just published a report on EBB, the fund established during the COVID pandemic to subsidize broadband access to make it more affordable to households that needed that help. In Minnesota, 76,301 households have signed up for EBB. Here are some of the…
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Texas Court Blocks Sec. 230-Related Social Media Law | NextTV.com

Texas Court Blocks Sec. 230-Related Social Media Law | NextTV.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
NetChoice, CCIA had sought injunction
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Incumbents Fight Broadband Improvement | POTs & PANs

Incumbents Fight Broadband Improvement | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
There was a recent article in the Bangor Daily News about Charter fighting a move by small towns in Maine to bring fiber broadband. To anybody who has been in the business for a while, this is nothing new. The big cable companies and telcos have fought municipal broadband for decades. The article highlights a…
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Shrihari Pandit: States Can Enable Broadband Infrastructure Through Open Access Conduits | BroadbandBreakfast.com

Shrihari Pandit: States Can Enable Broadband Infrastructure Through Open Access Conduits | BroadbandBreakfast.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
By creating open infrastructure systems, states can reduce the barriers to entry and foster increased broadband competition.
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Local Solutions for Expanding Broadband Accessibility - Episode 483 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast | MuniNetworks.org

Local Solutions for Expanding Broadband Accessibility - Episode 483 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast | MuniNetworks.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
On this week’s episode of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast, host Christopher Mitchell is joined by Russ Elliot, the CEO of Siskiyou Telephone in Northern California. The two discuss the importance of small incumbent providers, which often get lumped in with bigger telecommunications companies that leave rural communities behind when building broadband infrastructure.
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Opinion | Biden’s media coverage is worse than Trump’s at times | WashingtonPost.com

Opinion | Biden’s media coverage is worse than Trump’s at times | WashingtonPost.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
An AI study shows it's not just our imagination.
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Biden’s Broadband Package Could Wire NY’s Affordable Housing | TheRealDeal.com

Biden’s Broadband Package Could Wire NY’s Affordable Housing | TheRealDeal.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The Biden administration’s broadband funding could outfit New York’s affordable housing with broadband and raise property values.
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We’re All “Aye” For Wi-Fi: Dynamic Sharing Spectrum Policy | by WifiForward | Medium.com

We’re All “Aye” For Wi-Fi: Dynamic Sharing Spectrum Policy | by WifiForward | Medium.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Welcome to our post-Thanksgiving installment of Frequency Pulse and the start of the holiday season. (Check out past Frequency Pulse editions here and here.) Maybe there were a few heated discussions…
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Charging for Call Whitelisting Could Hamper Robocall Fight, Small Provider Says | BroadbandBreakfast.com

Charging for Call Whitelisting Could Hamper Robocall Fight, Small Provider Says | BroadbandBreakfast.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Small provider says cost and fast-moving deadlines making it hard to implement robocall regulations.
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Comcast buys 2 small municipal internet businesses in Massachusetts | FierceTelecom.com

Comcast buys 2 small municipal internet businesses in Massachusetts | FierceTelecom.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Today, Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) — a nonprofit, publicly owned power utility and broadband internet provider — announced it has sold its internet business to Comcast. | Braintree Electric Light Department’s approximately 2,500 internet and phone customers will have their service transferred to Comcast, beginning this year.
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Mayor Scott Announces $35 Million Investment to Kickstart Efforts to Close the Digital Divide | Mayor.BaltimoreCity.gov

Mayor Brandon M. Scott is announcing Baltimore’s latest investment with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars: $35 million focused on the administration’s efforts to close the digital divide.
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MA: Comcast will talk, but not promise, expansion of broadband

MA: Comcast will talk, but not promise, expansion of broadband | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
RUSSELL — Comcast can’t guarantee that it will serve all of the neighborhoods in Russell that lack cable television and high-speed internet.
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Report Warns of “Snake Oil” Partners Pursuing Public Private Partnerships | Telecompetitor.com

A report from CTC Technology & Energy from the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society offers examples of public private broadband deals that
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Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri To Testify Before Senate Panel | NextTV.com

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri To Testify Before Senate Panel | NextTV.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri has agreed to testify at a Dec. 8 hearing in the Senate Consumer Protection Subcommittee.
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FCC Nominee Gigi Sohn Hears From Critics At Senate Hearing | Deadline.com

FCC Nominee Gigi Sohn Hears From Critics At Senate Hearing | Deadline.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Joe Biden’s nominee to fill a vacancy on the FCC, Gigi Sohn, faced a string of questions — from past tweets about Fox News to her role in the streaming service Locast — as she fac…
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Minnesota has a Broadband Office, Task Force, Agency and Fund | Blandin on Broadband

Minnesota has a Broadband Office, Task Force, Agency and Fund | Blandin on Broadband | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Pew has recently updated their database of which states have a broadband office, task force, agency and/or fund. Minnesota remains in a good position having all four. I appreciate the effort it takes to keep current on this info and it's a good reminder that the source is there and a nice pat of the…
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Broadband Breakfast on December 1, 2021 — How the Telecom and Tech Industries Should Approach Privacy | BroadbandBreakfast.com

Broadband Breakfast on December 1, 2021 — How the Telecom and Tech Industries Should Approach Privacy | BroadbandBreakfast.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Privacy is rising in the landscape of telecom and technology policy issues issues.
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