Giants of Broadband: A Personal Remembrance of Scott DeGarmo
August 31st, 2015
Editor’s Note: The broadband world has lost three visionary giants over the past several months: Scott DeGarmo, Charles Benton and Don Samuelson. Each of these men had a significant impact on the world of advancing high-speed communications. Personally, each of them also had a significant impact on my professional career in broadband. I have had countless interactions with each of them over the course of many years.
SALT LAKE CITY, August 31, 2015 – I learned of the passing of Broadband Communities CEO Scott DeGarmo from pancreatic cancer two weeks ago this morning. One of my colleagues on the board of the non-profit Rural Telecommunications Congress had shared the news. His death came just one month prior to his company’s next conference, “Fiber for the New Economy” in Lexington, Kentucky.
I immediately sent off my condolences — now joined with dozens of others on the Broadband Communities web site — to those in his company whom I have known and with whom I have interacted on my levels.
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.
Obama Administration Officials Push Patent Reform As Senate Continues Debate
March 1st, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011 — Top Obama administration officials moved to assuage American inventors’ fears Tuesday that a fundamental change being sought in the nation’s patent system won’t put them at a disadvantage .
Hu Jintao Pitches China To U.S. Start-Ups
January 20th, 2011
Chinese President Hu Jintao invited U.S. entrepreneurs to build start-ups in China during his visit in Washington Wednesday.
Las Vegas: Ground Zero For the Battle of 4G Wireless Technologies
Mobile Broadband, Wireless
January 10th, 2011
LAS VEGAS, January 10, 2011 – After last week’s slew of press conferences and unveilings, the latest new products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) left little doubt: 2011 will be “The Year of 4G.”
In fact, CES 2011 was as much about the networks as it was about the devices themselves. As the Tech Industry’s leaders rolled out a host of new offerings, nearly every big announcement boasted 4G-ready or 4G-upgradable devices.
San Francisco Partners with Motorola On New LTE System
Broadband's Impact, Mobile Broadband, Public Safety, Spectrum, Wireless
July 30th, 2010
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2010 – San Francisco area public officials have announced that they would enter into a partnership with Motorola to construct a 700 MegaHerz LTE system – one of 21 in the country granted the right to do so by the FCC.
Nokia Siemens to Acquire Motorola Infrastructure Assets for $1.2 Billion
International, Mobile Broadband, Press Releases, Wireless
July 19th, 2010
WASHINGTON July 19, 2010 – Nokia Siemans is set to acquire Motorola’s network infrastructure assets for $1.2 billion in cash. The firms will finalize the deal by the end of the year. With the purchase Nokia Siemans will become the “#3 wireless infrastructure vendor in the United States, the #1 foreign wireless vendor in Japan, and strengthen its current #2 position in the global infrastructure segment”.
Emergency First Responders Suffer from Lack of Interoperable Communications Equipment
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, Mobile Broadband, States, Wireless
May 28th, 2010
WASHINGTON, May 28, 2010 – Emergency first responders should be able to use similar technological standards on their equipment so that they can effectively communicate during times of crisis, but rapidly evolving technology makes it difficult to stay in sync, said experts at a Thursday House hearing.
Cisco Systems Partners With Grid Net, Linking WiMax to the Smart Grid
Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, Smart Grid, Wireless
March 26th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2010 – On Friday, Cisco Systems announced a partnership with Grid Net, a smart meter company that employs WiMax Technology to send data about electricity usage back to utility companies. Grid Net has also garnered with ClearWire, Motorola, Intel, and General Electric. With the investment by Cisco, Grid Net is poised to become the leader in smart meters in America.
Broadband Competition and Pricing: Lessons Providers must Learn
Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan
March 15th, 2010
I believe everyone can agree that Broadband Competition and Pricing are high on their lists of (all things broadband). Yes, consumers and businesses alike want a high quality broadband experience with dynamically fast upload and download speeds, and with seamless and unbridled applications to fill their Christmas wish lists.