Posts Tagged ‘broadband’

Netflix Unworried About Broadband Caps – Though Maybe They Should Be

Friday, December 10th, 2010

I’m sure Blockbuster is happy to hear this …

Back in July Netflix launched a streaming only video option in Canada, which immediately raised the question of how well this service would play with the low bandwidth caps and high per gig overages common to most Canadian ISPs. Given that Netflix HD streaming potentially eats bandwidth like popcorn shrimp and Canadian ISPs like Cogeco and Rogers currently charge up to $5 per extra gigabyte of usage it seems inevitable that Netflix users and low caps won’t get along as usage ramps up. However, at an investor conference this week Netflix stated that so far, they aren’t particularly worried about it. From an MSNBC report:


FCC Approves White Space Device Rules

Friday, September 24th, 2010

It’s hard to say if this is good news or bad; I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it works out …

White Space broadband would use unlicensed and partially vacated spectrum created by the shift to digital television to create a new broadband delivery system. As expected, the FCC today voted to approve rules governing devices that use these white spaces, issuing a press release (pdf) stating these rules would require that white space devices consult a frequently-updated geolocation database to avoid interference with nearby TV broadcasts or wireless microphone transmissions. Says the FCC:


Ripe FCC Data – Our Broadband is Still Pretty Slow

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Will the US end up with an “information superhighway” or just an “information two lane gravel road”?

As we’ve long noted, the FCC has made broadband policy decisions based on flawed and incomplete data for years. Part of the 1996 Telecom Act required that the agency release quarterly reports on the status of broadband deployment. Unfortunately for consumers, that data has always been essentially useless — with the FCC declaring any zip code that has just one served broadband customer in it to be “wired” for service. This rose-colored glasses mentality is (very) slowly changing.


Virgin Media Steps Up Battle Over Broadband Speed Advertising

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

You just can’t believe everything you read these days … especially the things that you read in advertisements.

Cable provider promises monthly average speed tally, and publishes survey claiming 93% of public support its case

Virgin Media has promised to publish its typical broadband speeds each month, as it publishes a survey suggesting that most customers find internet service providers’ advertisements misleading.


Show Me the Money (Financing) in Broadband

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

This definitely raises some important questions …

Few people question the need for broadband and the value it can bring to a community. However, for proponents of community broadband networks, the challenges of financing buildouts, generating revenues, and ensuring a network’s long-term financial security are ones not easily resolved. So the question becomes: Who’s going to pay for community broadband networks, and how?


Vermont Is Wiring Itself With Fiber Because Nobody Else Will – East Central Vermont Community Fiber Network moving forward

Friday, July 30th, 2010

It will be interesting to see how this works out; if Vermont can do this more economically than Verizon, then more power to Vermont.

Vermont already wasn’t exactly a great state for broadband, given the largely rural state is a ROI nightmare for large ISP bean counters. Their broadband fortunes were recently made substantially worse by Fairpoint Communications, who acquired Verizon’s unwanted New England DSL network, then subsequently imploded under the not so watchful eye of Vermont regulators. Vermont’s been tired of waiting for uninterested ISPs to wire them so they’re working hard at wiring themselves.


Pay Us $0.00 Or We’ll Cancel Your Broadband – Adventures in dysfunctional broadband billing

Friday, July 30th, 2010

It would be interesting to see what Comcast would do if you sent them a check for $0.00 … would they try to cash it?

Gizmodo notes that several Comcast customers are apparently being told that they need to pay their outstanding balances of $0.00, or they face having their broadband connection disconnected. The website also posts the complaint of a Charter Communications customer who actually did have their broadband service terminated for failing to pay their $0.00 bill. These kinds of errors aren’t that uncommon, and you’ll often see them in other sectors outside of telecom. One user has an explanation for the billing phenomenon:


Who is the World’s Biggest Broadband Company?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

It’s kind of shocking how the US continues to lag behind China when it comes to internet technology (and equally shocking how China lags behind the US when it comes to internet content.)

Given that Asia dominates the list of 100 Fastest Internet cities and China is the most populous nation in the world, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that China is home to the largest broadband service provider in the world. The latest data gathered by Telegeography, a research firm, shows that at the end of the first quarter of 2010, China Telecom led the top 10 broadband service providers rankings. It was followed by China Unicom.


When it Comes to Broadband, UK Still A Laggard

Friday, July 16th, 2010

It’s unfortunate that a technologically advanced country like the UK would lag behind when it comes to broadband …

A few years ago, the British government claimed that by 2012 it would have minimum broadband speeds of 2 Mbps available across the country. But that isn’t happening, and yesterday the British culture secretary Jeremy Hunt blamed it on lack of funding and pushed the date to 2015, according to a report in The Financial Times.


FCC To Propose Spending $400M to Connect Rural Docs

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

This is how the internet was supposed to work …

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to propose a new program to help rural doctors get access to broadband in hopes of improving patient care. At the meeting set for Thursday, the agency will propose that $400 million a year from the Universal Service Fund should go to linking doctors and hospitals to the Internet at speeds of at least 10 Mbps.