Mimosa is trying to turn Wi-Fi from a local-area networking technology that connects devices in your home to a wide-area networking technology that connects homes in your neighborhood.
Tension is building between the telecom industry, which is using state laws to shut down cities from building broadband networks, and the FCC, where chairman Tom Wheeler repeated a warning that he will overrule such laws.
In its FCC filings, AT&T says it will connect 13 million additional homes to a tolerable broadband connection with new wireless local loop technologies. It’s failed at this in the past, but this time it might succeed.
Sprint’s new chairman claims merging Sprint and T-Mobile would allow him to challenge wireline ISPs. Today Sprint would charge a committed Netflix user $10,000 a month for broadband service. Son’s got a long way to go.
Wednesday’s Senate hearing on Verizon’s spectrum deal with the cable operators certainly isn’t going to be a love fest. Verizon and Comcast will square off not only against its toughest critics – The Free Press and the RCA – but the unions as well.
Verizon’s blockbuster deal with the major cable operators has made casualties of its future residential broadband expansion plans and its partnership with DirecTV. Verizon is wasting little time in embracing its rivals Comcast and Time Warner and overturning the competitive dynamics of the residential broadband industry.