So There Will Be No Covad Wireless

TelePacific, a Los Angeles-based business CLEC is buying Covad Wireless, from its owner, NextWeb, which in turn is owned by MegaPath. Covad acquired NextWeb in 2005 for about $28 million. TelePacific gets 3,500 profitable broadband fixed wireless business customers in California, Nevada and suburban Chicago.

A Net Neutrality Timeline: How We Got Here

The FCC today approved an order that will enshrine the policies of network neutrality — the idea that ISPs can’t hinder or discriminate against lawful content flowing across their pipes — as regulations enforced by the FCC. Here’s how we got here.

Sonic.net Will Manage Google’s Stanford Fiber Network

Sonic.net — a well-known, albeit small, independent ISP — is going to operate the trial fiber-to-the-home network to be built by Google on the Stanford Campus. Sonic.net will “manage operation of the network, provide customer service and support and perform on-site installation and repair

Predictions 2011: If Pay-Per-Use Comes to Broadband, Then What?

If broadband pricing plans are no longer “unlimited,” but increasingly granular and usage-sensitive, one can predict massive disruptions in the current ecosystem. As with all such shifts, this will create new opportunities and drive new technology breakthroughs. Here are some thoughts

Is Pay-Per-Use for Broadband Inevitable?

Two decades ago Tim Berners-Lee invented the browser, HTML, and the web, but things took off six years later when America Online switched from pay-by-the minute dial-up to unlimited flat-rate plans, causing usage per sub to more than triple. But pay-per use is coming back.

Forget Net Neutrality; Comcast Might Break the Web

The fight that erupted today between Level 3 and Comcast involves an esoteric agreement and equally esoteric policy arguments, but at its core this fight is about money. Yet what has begun as commercial dispute may change how the web works and who pays for it.

Boom or Not, Internet Bandwidth Prices Still Falling

You’d think the need for copious amount of bandwidth would drive up prices. And yet, the price of Internet bandwidth continues to fall. Telegeography shows prices for the IP transit are declining as traffic volumes grow more than 60 percent annually.

In U.S., Demand for Broadband Is Back

During the third quarter of 2010, top U.S. cable and phone companies added about 818,000 new connections, up sharply from a mere 350,000 connections added during the second quarter of 2010. Thanks to the growing number of web-based services, demand for new broadband connection is up.

Why Broadband Changes Everything

Consumers are using the Internet more often for more things, such as voice communication and streaming video, according to the Cisco Systems Visual Networking Index Study. Peak hours, when Internet traffic is up to 72 percent higher than average, could soon become the new prime time.

E-books and White Spaces on the Rise in Q3

Amid other announcements, two specific areas of the connected consumer industry had especially significant developments in the third quarter: e-books and TV-band white spaces. And as we discuss in a new report at GigaOM Pro, developments in these areas could have tremendous effect on the industry.