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Utilities’ Economies of Scale for Broadband Fiber + Smart Grid Applications = Ultra-Fast Broadband Everywhere?

June 17, 2013 – The smart grid and broadband go together like mashed potatoes and gravy. And yet why is it so hard to get electric utilities and broadband experts to dialogue on the role that electric companies can play in expanding super-fast broadband? Tomorrow’s June 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club, on Advanced Energy, Smart Grid… Keep Reading

Freedom to Connect in Washington: ‘Let’s Hope This Isn’t the Golden Age of the Internet’

SILVER SPRING, Maryland, March 15, 2013 – A somber tone was set last week during the opening day of the 2013 Freedom to Connect conference here. Opening remarks by conference organizer David Isenberg were peppered with references to Wikileaks mastermind Julian Assange, Pvt. Bradley Manning currently under military trial for releasing classified State documents, and… Keep Reading

FiberFete Celebrates City’s Efforts To Build Its Own Information-Age Utility

LAFAYETTE, La., April 20, 2010 - To the extent that the city of Lafayette is famous for anything, it’s probably for its cultural status as the throbbing heart of America’s Cajun country. This week, the burg of 120,000 hosts an annual music and performance arts festival that celebrates its Francophone heritage. Thousands will fly in from all over the world to attend the event. But among them will also be those who are flying in to both celebrate and to share experiences about building ultra-high-speed internet networks. Those people include urban planners, network engineers and policymakers from around the world who are coming to toast Lafayette’s unlikely achievement of building a 100 Megabit per second (Mbps) peer-to-peer broadband network directly to every single business and residential premise within its city limits. Keep Reading

Fiber at the Federal Communications Commission: Broadband Speeds Are Key

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2009 - Broadband speeds are important because technologies such as multi-way high definition video communication require next generation services to run, Benoit Felten of the Yankee Group said during a Federal Communications Commission meeting Thursday. Felten said he expects in the next few years there will be many more offerings of 100 megabytes or higher broadband service that homes can subscribe to for reasonable prices, but currently this speed can only be found mainly in parts of the European Union or Asia. Felten, who was one of many experts the FCC had outline the specifics of broadband technology, focused his talk on fiber deployments around the world. Keep Reading

Broadband People Column: New Faces on FCC’s National Broadband Team

WASHINGTON, November 13, 2009 - The Federal Communications Commission this week named David Isenberg and Mohit Kaushaul as the latest members of its broadband team. The group is being led by Blair Levin, a former telecom analyst, who has been charged with crafting the FCC's national broadband plan. “The plan is due for delivery to Congress on February 17, 2010. Everybody working on the plan takes this date very seriously. The work will continue after this; how long I stay at the FCC after February 17 is anybody's guess at this point,” wrote Isenberg in a blog entry. Keep Reading

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