WASHINGTON, January 29, 2014 – President Obama highlighted the importance of broadband connectivity in his State of the Union address Tuesday, and announced that Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon were contributing funds to enable ultra-high-speed broadband connections “over the next two years, without adding a dime to the deficit.” The statement appears to be a… Keep Reading
January 23, 2014 - This press release come over the wire from the Internet Innovation Alliance: Ten years after he founded the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) alongside still-Co-Chair Bruce Mehlman, Larry Irving this month returns to the coalition, the IIA today announced. In 2009, Irving stepped down from his role with IIA to join Hewlett… Keep Reading
PARK CITY, Utah, January 23, 2014 - On the internet, no one knows you're a child. That, at least, was the message I took from watching the film about the life of Aaron Swartz. The film, "The Internet's Own Boy," premiered this week here at the Sundance Film Festival, during which it received a sustained standing ovation. The documentary is a biography of, and tribute to, the all-too-short life of Swartz, who died a year ago this month, at age 26. Swartz had been under intense pressure from the federal prosecutors in Massachusetts. Criminal charges filed against him, if proven, could have imprisoned him for 35 years. Those charges stemmed from Swartz's having downloaded millions of articles from JSTOR, a digital library of academic journals, onto a computer at the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While it is unclear what Swartz intended to do with the articles, it seems implausible that he would have republished them in an act of copyright infringement. [...] Keep Reading
This press release caught our eye, signaling the end of Intel's venture in interactive television. Where is the next major advance in television going to come from: the technology industry, entertainment industry partners, or communications companies like Verizon Communications and Comcast? NEW YORK and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 21, 2014 -- Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE,… Keep Reading
Wall Street and K Street are separated by a mere 225 miles, but for many companies they are worlds apart. In particular, industry observers would do well to compare everything said to policymakers with statements by the same competitors made to Wall Street investors. Defense companies, for example, warned policymakers that sequestration would spell the… Keep Reading
WASHINGTON, January 14, 2014 - The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a setback for the Federal Communications Commission, on Tuesday stuck down the agency's Open Internet Order, issued in 2010. The open internet rules built upon a prior policy statement issued by the FCC in 2005. In 2010, former agency chairman Julius Genachowski attempted… Keep Reading
DENVER, January 9, 2014 - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper referred to the significant of high-speed internet, or broadband access, in his state of the state speech on the floor of the Colorado Capitol on Thursday, as reported by the Denver Post. Moving forward, our priorities are clear: We are going to remain focused on jobs,… Keep Reading
SEATTLE and CHICAGO, January 9, 2014 - The City of Seattle has parted ways with Gigabit Squared, the private company tasked by the city with building a fiber-optic infrastructure in the city. In Wednesday statement of the web site of City Mayor Ed Murray, the city declared: The City is now at a crossroads and… Keep Reading
LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2014 - Coming to the International Consumer Electronics Show year after year enables a technology observer to see the evolutionary power continuously wrought by the digital revolution.
Herewith follows Broadband Breakfast's impressionistic list of five top trends emerging from the mammoth trade show here.
As the trade show isn't even half-over, we're not aiming for definitiveness with this list. Rather, we aim to glimpse the future of technology in a context that changes with the start of every year.
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LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2014 - Just six months on the job, the new CEO of Silicon Valley computing giant Intel came to the International Consumer Electronics Show here to hail the power of tiny. "Most of my career, computing has been something that you hold in your hand, in your pocket, or that sits on a desk," said CEO Brian Krzanich. "That idea is about to be transformed." "We are entering this tiny world," he said, referring to the Intel Tri-Gate three-dimensional 22 nanometer transistor, and "tiny could not be better." Future advances toward 14 nanometer transistors are in the works, he said. [...] Keep Reading
LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2014 - Broadband Census News is reporting from the Consumer Electronics Show #CES2014 in Las Vegas. We'll be tracking the key issues of broadband internet services in the home, connected computing (or machine-to-machine communications), robotics, and alternative interfaces. Follow our Twitterstream at http://twitter.com/broadbandcensus. I was disappointed to learn, in the CES analyst presentations on Sunday, it looks as though the year 2014 will see a global 1 percent DECLINE in tech spending for 2014, to $1.055 trillion, from an estimated $1.063 trillion in 2013. The 2013 figure represented a three percent increase on 2012 tech spending of $1.034 trillion. Drew Clark is Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and tracks the development of Gigabit Networks, broadband usage, the universal service fund, and wireless spectrum policy at http://twitter.com/broadbandcensus. Nationally recognized for his knowledge on telecommunications law and policy, Clark brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband: job creation, telemedicine, online learning, public safety, the smart grid, eGovernment, and family connectedness. Clark is also available on Google+ and Twitter. Keep Reading