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Sep
27
2012

Newspaper Wants Tax on Broadband to Save Failing Newspapers – $3 Per Broadband User Reward for Failure to Adapt

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Like the recording industry, the newspaper industry has struggled to adapt to the new broadband age, and spends more than a little time blaming everyone other then themselves for the latency. UK newspaper The Guardian thinks it has a novel solution: applying a tax on all broadband users (no more than 2 a month insists author David Leigh) which is then given to the newspaper industry as a subsidy. That will supposedly save papers, improve […]

Sep
25
2012

14% of Broadband Users Want ISP Home Security Services – ISP Interest in Home Automation, Security Grows

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Broadband ISPs for years have dreamed of being everything to everyone, delivering every potential service to the home imaginable, including home monitoring and security services. Several (like Comcast) have made major efforts into home automation and home security, though ISPs often don’t release adoption numbers for these services. A new study suggests that just a fifth (14%) of all U.S. broadband subscribers are interested in such services. Home security interest has been slow during the […]

Sep
19
2012

GoGo Quietly Raises In-Flight Broadband Prices – ‘Experimenting’ With Pricing on Certain Flights, Says Company

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Aicell’s GoGo has quietly hiked the price of their in-flight broadband service. Several flyers have noticed that GoGo has effectively tripled their prices, eliminating the company’s $17.95 per flight charge in exchange for either a $30 monthly pass or $10 per hour of use. GoGo’s website still shows a $12.70 24 hour option if you buy before you fly, but many in-flight customers on popular flights appear to no longer be getting that option. The […]

Sep
19
2012

City of Sandy, OR, to Build Fiber to All Homes and Businesses

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SANDY, OR — The city of Sandy, with a population of just under 10,000, will soon offer “the best Internet value in Oregon,” according to a city council member. It has entered into an agreement with i3 America to provide fiber-based Internet service to all homes and businesses. The city plans to offer its SandyNet residential 100 Mbps fiber service for $39.95 per month. Prices for business services will range from $69.95 up to $499.95 […]

Sep
18
2012

Colombian Provider Selects Alcatel-Lucent for FTTP Network

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PARIS – Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia, a leading communications services provider in Colombia, selected Alcatel-Lucent as a major supplier for the deployment of a nationwide broadband network that will connect 753 municipalities across the country. The network will bring high-quality TV, video, voice and high-speed data services to millions of consumers and business users throughout Colombia. The National Fiber Optic Network from Compartel Program is a flagship project of Colombia’s Ministry of Information Technology and Communication. […]

Sep
14
2012

Earthlink to Offer Wireless Over Clearwire Network – Service Will Launch in Early 2013 as Fixed Residential Service

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Earthlink has returned from the somewhat dead to partner with Clearwire for a new wireless project. Earthlink of course has failed utterly to remain relevant to the broadband market, despite ventures in MVNOs, municipal Wi-Fi, and broadband over powerline. A joint press statement indicates that Earthlink’s again putting a toe into the wireless broadband waters, striking a wholesale arrangement with Clearwire that will allow them to offer high-speed fixed and mobile broadband service using Clearwire’s […]

Sep
12
2012

FCC Boss Suddenly ‘Concerned’ About Bandwidth Caps? – Genachowski Tells Silicon Valley What it Wants to Hear

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FCC boss Julius Genachowski back in May heartily embraced usage caps and overage penalties, insisting that “business model innovation is very important.” While Genachowski was speaking to the audience of a cable trade show at the time, the FCC boss showed absolutely no understanding of the potential ways caps and overages could be used anti-competitively, or the problems we’ve repeatedly seen with carriers measuring data accurately. Visiting Silicon Valley this week his position miraculously shifted, […]

Sep
12
2012

Utopia Close to Running Out of Cash? – Though Options Remain for Beleaguered Fiber Network

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The financials for the nation’s largest municipal broadband deployment are getting somewhat dire. According to the latest numbers from Utah’s Utopia, the fiber to the home project will be out of cash by the end of September. According to the project’s director, that won’t be the end of the road — the UTOPIA board of directors can still decide to draw down more operating funds from an existing $65 million bond. The company also still […]

Sep
10
2012

FCC Plays Dumb, Points Fingers Over Broadband Tax – FCC Disavows Idea as Press Notices New Levy

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As we noted back in March, our new national broadband plan involves reconfiguring the Universal Service Fund (USF) so that money paid into it is put toward broadband expansion (currently the funds only address school broadband and rural phone connectivity). It also involved increasing consumer broadband fees, estimated to be between $1 to $5 per broadband connection, in order to pay for it. Though we’ve been discussing the idea since March, for whatever reason nobody […]

Sep
7
2012

FCC Lays GroundWork for Incentive Spectrum Auctions – Rules by 2013, Actual Auction by 2014

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FCC boss Julius Genachowski has made getting more spectrum to market his top priority. His proposal to accomplish this has primarily been something called incentive auctions, which allow broadcasters to voluntarily give up spectrum in exchange for some of the auction proceeds. The National Broadband Plan recommended the reallocation of 500 MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband, with 120 MHz of it coming from the spectrum used for local TV broadcasts. According to Genachowski, such […]

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