Laws that prevent cities from operating their own broadband networks have a long history — but things are changing.
State laws that hinder efforts to build municipal broadband networks can be repealed or dismantled, and showing startups using gigabit networks and the promise of economic development is a good place to start.
The biggest firestorm is likely to erupt over Rockefeller’s bid to legitimize Aereo-like services by exempting antenna rental services from broadcast retransmission fees.
AT&T, which lost 61,000 broadband customers during the second quarter of 2013 is launching a faster version of its U-verse service to stem losses and fight off competition from cable companies. It should make residents of 40 new markets reasonably happy…. I think!
The internet has changed the world, boosted the economic fortunes of many and disrupted entire industries. And it has done so despite an interconnection model that’s built on verbal agreements with no contracts and no money changing hands. And governments should just leave it alone.
Our computer networks and broadband connections are reliant on both light and electronics, but a breakthrough at the University of Minnesota might help take the electrons out of the equation. A new device can use light to switch states, which could enable faster, more efficient broadband.
The EU is preparing a package of loans to boost broadband speeds and access across Europe. Neelie Krose, the VP of European Commission is meeting with telecom CEOs and government leaders to push a broadband loan package worth €9.2 billion.
Mobile operator profits have more than doubled in the last 10 years. But operators can’t rest on their laurels. As voice, texting, and data revenues fall over time, operators must step up to take up the role of becoming an over the top provider.
Last week’s announcement that a $200 million broadband investment fund is in play courtesy of Gigabit Squared is part of a quiet trend of communities searching for new ways to fund broadband. From promissory notes to bonds, towns are building networks in new ways.
The Senate is investigating video competition during a hearing on Tuesday and public interest groups are using it as an opportunity to ask tough questions on broadband caps. I would love the Senate to demand answers on how caps can thwart the burgeoning industry.