How We Use The Internet? Key Findings of a Cisco Study

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Households worldwide consume 11.4 GB of data per month over their residential broadband connections, with most of that traffic occurring during the peak hours of 9 p.m. through 1 a.m. in local time zones, Cisco (s csco)  discovered in data it put out today tracking web traffic over the third quarter of the year. The data also hints that  today’s top broadband users are less likely the evil, P2P file-seeding misfits that ISPs like to blame for congestion, and are more likely early adopters who are living more of their lives online, which has big implications for policy and  how service providers build out their networks. Read More about How We Use The Internet? Key Findings of a Cisco Study

FCC on Net Neutrality Could Impact Your NewTeeVee

FCC Chair Julius Genachowski delivered a speech this morning about the importance of net neutrality and an open internet. Stacey over at GigaOM has a great recap of the news, and you can read the full text of the speech here. As we are about to embark a whole new world of over-the-top video, anyone who cares about expanding their video choices via the Internet should pay attention to what the Genachowski wants to do.
There were three key takeaways from Genachowski’s speech: first, he expanded the number of FCC network neutrality principles to six from four, and second, he kicked off the process to turn these principles into actual rules, and third, he said he would make all of these principals effective for wireless and wired networks. Here are some key excerpts from his speech (emphasis ours):

The fifth principle is one of non-discrimination — stating that broadband providers cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications. This means they cannot block or degrade lawful traffic over their networks, or pick winners by favoring some content or applications over others in the connection to subscribers’ homes. Nor can they disfavor an Internet service just because it competes with a similar service offered by that broadband provider. The Internet must continue to allow users to decide what content and applications succeed.

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Vid-Biz: VidiMAX, ActiveVideo, Emmys

VidiMAX Gets $4.5 Million; Troika Dialog takes a majority stake in the on-demand online movie service. (Quintura Blog)
ActiveVideo Networks Partners with Videon Central; AVN’s software to be embedded in Videon’s middleware stack found in CE devices, will allow delivery of up-to-date video apps to connected devices. (VideoNuze)
TV Stars Poke Fun at Network TV’s Death at Emmys; jokes about the dwindling audience and troubled industry pepper the evening’s affair. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Hybrid Televisions Hitting Europe; new technology uses over-the-air transmissions as well as broadband to bring catch-up viewing services to the TV set. (The New York Times)
Would-be Pirate Bay Buyer Facing Bankruptcy; former director and board member of Global Gaming Factory files request for bankruptcy against his former company because of outstanding debt. (TorrentFreak)
FOX’s The Cleveland Show Going Mobile; Airborne Mobile to develop and distribute ringtones and other content around the Family Guy spin-off. (emailed release)

Comcast Speeds Up Its Superfast Broadband Deployment

comcastComcast (s cmsca) will deploy superfast broadband in 80 percent of its footprint by the end of this year, CEO Brian Roberts said during the cable company’s second-quarter earnings call today, up from the 65-percent figure the company had committed to last year. The quicker rollout may be because it’s relatively cheap to deploy faster broadband through DOCSIS 3.0, or perhaps because the number of Comcast’s new broadband subscribers plummeted in the most recent 3-month period. Read More about Comcast Speeds Up Its Superfast Broadband Deployment

Will TV Everywhere Swamp Cable Networks?

[qi:032] Comcast (s cmcsa) may take on more than its network can handle by offering its cable TV via the web under its TV Everywhere program, which has me wondering if cable providers will weather the influx of TV content delivered over their data network as opposed to their video network. Unsurprisingly, Comcast and industry equipment vendors say the network will be just fine for TV Everywhere delivered as so-called over-the-top video.
But streaming potentially popular cable TV content over cable companies’ limited pipes could cause problems for the providers. Read More about Will TV Everywhere Swamp Cable Networks?

Is Verizon FiOS Putting the Hurt on Cable?

verizonlogoVerizon (s VZ) reported second-quarter results this morning, and saw revenue rise while profits fell. But those of us who care about the fate of broadband should note that the carrier is ramping up its fiber-to-the-home triple play — and likely stealing customers from cable providers. Verizon added 303,000 net new FiOS fiber-to-the-home Internet customers, to end the quarter with 3.1 million of them. That’s a 56 percent growth in subscribers from the previous year for the super-fast service. Verizon also added 300,000 net new FiOS TV customers, bringing its total to 2.5 million FiOS TV consumers by the end of the quarter — an 82 percent boost from the year prior.

FiOS, which is the driving force behind several cable operators’ planned DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades that will boost broadband speeds to 50Mbps or even 100Mbps, is putting pressure on the cable industry. Read More about Is Verizon FiOS Putting the Hurt on Cable?

Comcast Cuts Price on 50 Mbps Service

logoUpdated: Comcast (s cmcsa) will drop the price of its ultrafast 50 Mbps up down/10 Mbps down up broadband to $99.99 per month with the purchase of one other Comcast service. That’s almost 30 percent less than the original price of $139.95 per month. The new pricing takes effect on June 15. For those who prefer to go naked, and only buy high-speed data access, the cost will drop to $116.95 per month. The price cuts are likely a response to increasing competition from Verizon’s (s vz) FiOS service (which costs $139.95 per month for a similar tier with faster upload speeds), as well as a way to entice more users to the top tier. Update: Comcast competes with Verizon FiOS in 12 percent of its footprint. Comcast’s 22 Mbps downstream/5 Mbps upstream tier remains at $62.95 per month. Comcast also announced plans to deliver superfast broadband powered by its DOCIS 3.0 rollout to Washington, D.C., in the next few weeks.

Time Warner Cable Adds Tier-Friendly Terms to Its Contracts

[qi:004] Updated: Time Warner Cable (s twc) has modified the language of its consumer subscriber agreement that is directed at legitimizing the cable company’s ability to throttle and measure a consumer’s bandwidth. The new additions to the agreement also sanction tiered pricing. After Time Warner Cable’s failed attempt to expand tiered billing trials, which created different pricing plans for consumers based on the amount of data they downloaded, the company promised it would shelve the plans while it educated consumers. It looks like that education campaign may come now that the legal bases are theoretically covered. Here’s the new language: Read More about Time Warner Cable Adds Tier-Friendly Terms to Its Contracts

Cablecos Look to Businesses for Growth

[qi:107] The cable industry, in an effort to boost sales, is looking to business customers. As broadband growth slows, revenue from consumer households is fairly flat, and as a new report out today shows, most consumers aren’t willing to pay more for their Internet service, which may bode ill for expensive speed boosts.

Only about 10 percent of 600 participants in a survey conducted by Pike & Fisher said they were willing to pay more than what they already spend for Internet service. This is despite a third of them ranking Internet access as the most important discretionary item in their budgets — and the service they’re least likely to cut. These results complement findings last year that price will be a big driver in winning over consumers to telco TV. So with residential markets apparently tapped out, most providers are looking at businesses. Read More about Cablecos Look to Businesses for Growth

Is There Such a Thing As a Better Broadband Cap?

istock_000004000555xsmallWe know many of our readers have strong opinions about the idea of consumption-based broadband, and we’ve come out against plans that constrain folks’ access to broadband, especially by way of metered packages that consist of low ceilings and high overage fees. But Rob Pegoraro over at The Washington Post is making a case for consumption-based broadband that many consumers could get behind.

His argument consists of these four essential points, although I also suggest you read the article in its entirety: Read More about Is There Such a Thing As a Better Broadband Cap?