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 […]
Broadband Roundup: Baltimore Fiber, T-Mobile Throttling, and Cybersecurity Legislation Concerns
Fiber, Mobile Broadband, Net Neutrality
July 3rd, 2014
WASHINGTON, July 3, 2014 – Leaders of the Baltimore Broadband Campaign are saying that Comcast has a monopoly over fast internet services in the city of Baltimore. Over a course of two years, Comcast customers pay about $1,000 for standard “triple play service, write Philip Spevak, Stan Wilson and Anthony Gill in an Op-Ed in […]
Individuals, Not Corporations Are Key To Regional Economic Development, Argues Cisco Researcher
Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan
April 22nd, 2010
LAFAYETTE, La., April 22, 2010 – The growth of the internet-connected workplace will force political leaders to re-think the policies needed to foster economic growth, argued Cisco Systems researcher Norman Jacknis Wednesday.
FiberFete Celebrates City’s Efforts To Build Its Own Information-Age Utility
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan
April 20th, 2010
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.
An Organized Broadband System at the State Level
Broadband Stimulus, Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan, Wireless
April 8th, 2010
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2010 – The elements of an organized broadband system at the state level will vary depending upon geographic and economic characteristics. Urban and more populous areas will require middle-mile infrastructure to serve larger institutions, while existing last mile coverage may be adequate. Secondary and rural markets may require less extensive institutional capacity, while last mile coverage remains unacceptable.
More Than 600 Groups Responded to Google’s Broadband Stimulus
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact
March 26th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2010 – On Friday, Google announced the latest responses to their request for information on town seeking ultra high speed broadband connectivity to. A number of small towns assembled projects, and otherwise sought to publicize their efforts to become among the few selected Google sites. More than 600 community groups have responded, and with more than 190,000 responses from specific individuals.
Google Shakes Up Broadband Landscape With Fiber Build Initiative
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Net Neutrality
February 10th, 2010
WASHINGTON, February 10, 2010 – Google shook up the broadband world on Wednesday with the announcement, on its blog, that it plans to offer super-fast broadband, at speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second, to up to 500,000 homes.
Google framed its entrance into the marketplace to deploy fiber-optic services as a “testbed” to understand more about the way that consumers and businesses use internet applications when truly high-speed services are available.
“We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections,” said Minnie Ingersoll and James Kelly, project managers at Google. “We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.”
National Telecommunications Cooperative Association Survey Shows Fiber Reaching Rural Areas
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact
November 21st, 2009
According to a survey of rural carriers conducted by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, these rural providers are deploying fiber considerably faster than one would expect. Consumers are seeing an increase in broadband speeds due to the increase of fiber availability that was given to the communities, said NTCA.
U.S. Broadband Performance Less-Than-The-Best, Berkman Center Reports to FCC
Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact
October 14th, 2009
WASHINGTON, October 14, 2009 – In a draft 232-page report that the Berkman Center of Harvard University conducted for the Federal Communications Commission – and was released by the agency on Wednesday – the United States was rated less-than-the-best in broadband performance.
Success of Fiber to the Home in Japan Spurs Envy Among Telecom Experts
Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact
September 26th, 2009
ARLINGTON, Va., September 26, 2009 – Fiber to the home has been touted by many as the next great leap in broadband connectivity, and in Japan has already become the leading method of broadband connectivity, with speeds reaching 1 Gigabit per second.