The Chaos Scenario on NPR

Bob Garfield of NPR did a great 12-minute segment on the chaos scenario facing the media business, as new technologies like PVRs, BitTorrent and Podcasting take hold. He pulls together many bits of information and remixes them in a nice bite sized chunks. Hear comments from JD , Jeff Jarvis (briefly), and a couple of others. My comment were expectedly a little less enthusiastic, but then that’s me. ‘We cease to be demographics, we become individuals again,’ Garfield concludes. ‘Mass media will be overthrown by micromedia,’ adds Drazen Pantic of Unmediated, perhaps a bit too melodramatically. Listen to the stream!

More Spectrum Means More Broadband

Having made sure that there is little room for competition in legacy and wired broadband businesses, the FCC it seems is using wireless as the iron rod to keep cable and phone companies in check. In order to promote broadband wireless, FCC is opening up more spectrum. That doesn’t take away from the fact that US is one nation where spectrum is on a strict atkins diet. Still, encouraging signs. For starters FCC opened up the 3.6 GHz band, which is lightly regulated/licensed. Earlier it had opened up the high end 70-to-86 Ghz bands with light licensing, allowing folks like GigaBeam to offer their WiFiber services. The Register says even the “long neglected 2.3GHz bands look appealing again, with a new deployment in Massachusetts pointing the way forward.” ISP MegaNet in Bristol County around New Bedford is going to offer $20 to $40 a month (depending on speed) package to those who live within the five mile range of its transmission towers. They are using Navini Networks’ equipment. The network can handle 3000 users in the initial phase but will eventually be able to handle 10,000 customers. I must point out that most of the 2.3 GHz swath is held by Verizon, BellSouth, AT&T and owners of bankrupt operator Metricom.

Blame it on Beaver

Phone companies are never to blame for anything. It is always someone else’s fault. Now, Verizon is blaming a beaver for being the cause of a service outage in North Eastern Michigan.

The outage began shortly after 8 a.m. on Thursday and lasted about six hours. About 62,000 customers were affected, including long-distance, Internet and cellular phone services. “From all indications, it appears a beaver picked it up and chewed it in half,” spokesman John VanWyck said. “I’ve heard of squirrels chewing aerial cable, but not this.