Drew Clark: The Year of Community and Municipal Gigabit Broadband
December 18th, 2014
December 18, 2014 – While net neutrality captured Washington policy headlines, the most significant communications development in 2014 was the emergence of new and more viable approaches to building community and municipal Gigabit Networks.
A confluence of factors in the worlds of broadband, energy, transportation, manufacturing and civic engagement have underscored the need for next-generation internet networks. Evidence of this gathering momentum behind global Gigabit Cities include the high-profile emergence of public-private financing models and a growing network of high-bandwidth computing applications.
This year’s fight over net neutrality is not unrelated to the push for Gigabit Networks. The Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet proceeding is a battle over scarcity: The prioritization of traffic on lower-capacity networks. From the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision striking down FCC rules in January to President Obama’s decision to directly intervene in the new FCC proceeding, it’s been an all-consuming public battle.
But viewed from the vantage point of the future, the far more significant development will be the emergence of opportunities outside of Washington for high-capacity broadband networks. It’s a world in which cities and municipalities are playing the leadership role.
How Internet Companies Are Driving a Public Utility Regulation Approach to Net Neutrality
FCC, Net Neutrality
September 12th, 2014
WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – In what would have seemed highly unlikely just a few months ago, growing support for public utility regulation is emerging. Tech companies, politicians, internet service providers, and component makers have started to outline their views regarding their policy approach to the issue of net neutrality. In order to understand the […]
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.
Cisco’s Immersive Television of the Future, Merging Broadband and High-Value Content
CES2013, Intellectual Property
January 7th, 2013
LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2013 – Cisco is demonstrating how immersive technologies of the near-future will include broadband television from a wall-screen display. The goal is to demonstrate a future use of its Videoscape Unity Platform, being launched here today. These technologies will integrate broadcast, social and user-generated-technology.
The Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas 2013: Better Electronics, Richer Content, Higher-Speed Broadband
Broadband Updates, CES2013, The Innovation Economy
January 7th, 2013
LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2013 – Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show here is a veritable extravaganza of technology, high-value content, and broadband connections. Countless product announcements for this dynamic industry area are made here every year. It’s also the place where digital business models and public policy questions intersect. Given the interest that our broadband […]
Smarter Cities Need Better Broadband to Realize Their Networking Potential
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Smart Grid
September 19th, 2011
September 19, 2011 – America’s unique concept of federalism – joint sovereignty between the states and the federal government – sometimes obscures some on-the-ground realities when it comes to the all-important topic of economic growth and development. The simple fact is that cities serve as the engine of life, commerce, culture and sociality.
Tomorrow, at the Broadband Breakfast Club event on September 20, 2011, at 8 a.m., we’ll engage on this subject. The discussion will feature Gale Brewer, a New York City Councilmember who has been one of the country’s leading advocates of better broadband. Gail has represented the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and currently chairs the Committee on Governmental Operations, where she has worked to make better use of technology to save money, improve city services, and bring residents, businesses and non-profits closer to government and their communities.
Gale Brewer will keynote this event, which is titled, “Making Cities of the Future Smarter Through Broadband.”
Cisco Predicts Four-Fold Growth in IP Traffic Over Next Four years
Asia, Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact, International, Mobile Broadband, North America, Spectrum, Wireless
June 2nd, 2011
WASHINGTON June 2, 2011 – Cisco predicted the next four years of global broadband consumption via virtual forum when it unveiled its annual visual networking index Wednesday.
Each year Cisco produces a networking index that predicts internet use and broadband consumption for the next five years. While a number of firms produce similar reports, Cisco’s has consistently proven among the most accurate in recent years.
Analysis: Apple Widens Tablet Market Gap With iPad 2, But Will Wireless Benefit?
Broadband Data, Mobile Broadband, Wireless
March 17th, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2011 – Apple’s initial iPad 2 sales and projections for 2011 say while that Apple probably will not face much competition in tablet sales, the competition for wireless data plans for the device are heating up.
Apple sold over 15 million of the original iPad, and brisk resales of used iPads on eBay, Gazelle, and other resale sites indicate that the original model is still quite popular. Analyst Mike Abramsky of RBC Capital Markets sees upgrades from the original iPad comprising only a fifth of iPad 2 over the next 12 months. That means that the remaining 80 percent of iPad 2 purchasers will likely be new to the tablet platform. Abramsky projects Jobs and Company will sell 28 million of its new model touchscreen tablet by the end of the calendar year.
Cisco Study Shows Wireless Data Use Rising Faster Than Expected
Broadband's Impact, International, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Uncategorized, Wireless
March 7th, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 7, 2011 – A study to track and forecast trends in the global mobile network that was released by Cisco Systems last month shows that mobile internet traffic is rising faster than expected.
Patent Reform Bill Flies Through Senate Judiciary Despite Tech Community Split
Intellectual Property, Patents
February 4th, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 4, 2011 — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a patent reform package despite a sharp division of opinion about it among the biggest names in the technology industry.