Archive for January, 2014

The Broadband State of the Union? Obama Touts Apple- and Microsoft-Funded eRate Initiative in Address

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Universal Service January 29th, 2014

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 […]

Internet Innovation Association Announces Return of Founding Co-Chair Larry Irving

Broadband's Impact, FCC, IP Transition, NTIA January 23rd, 2014

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 […]

‘On the Internet, No One Knows You’re a Child’: The Short Life of Aaron Swartz, at Sundance

Broadband's Impact, Copyright, Net Neutrality, People, The Innovation Economy, Transparency January 23rd, 2014

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.

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Press Release: Verizon to Purchase Intel Media Assets

Press Releases January 21st, 2014

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, […]

Expert Opinion: On Backhaul, Sprint is Playing Both Sides of the Street

Expert Opinion, FCC, Fiber, Spectrum January 21st, 2014

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 […]

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

FCC, Net Neutrality January 14th, 2014

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 […]

Colorado Governor Emphasizes Broadband in State of the State Speech

Broadband Stimulus January 9th, 2014

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, […]

Broadband Breakfast Club Webinar on Fiber-Optic Networks in Seattle and in Chicago: What’s the Future for Gigabit Networks?

Fiber January 9th, 2014

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 […]

The Internet of Everything, 3D Printing, 4K Video, and Robotic Drones: Among Broadband Breakfast’s Top 5 Trends From CES

automotive, Broadband's Impact, CES2014, The Innovation Economy, Wireless January 8th, 2014

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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Bringing Moore’s Law Off the Desktop and Into the Cloud By Intel CEO at Consumer Electronics Show

Broadband's Impact, CES2014, Cybersecurity, The Innovation Economy, Wireless January 7th, 2014

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.

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