Uneasy detente on the set-top

Comcast and Netflix are in talks about adding the Netflix streaming app to Comcast’s new X1 set-top boxes, allowing Comcast subscribers to access Netflix content directly through their cable box without having to switch inputs.

Can cloud computing spur ubiquitous broadband?

Buried in the talk about security, privacy and transnational data laws, it looks like the federal government’s cloud computing push also could bring progress on broadband accessibility. If Congress actually does push more, faster broadband, I think the promise of economic growth will drive it.

Today in Cloud

You might have heard that Cisco today changed the Internet with its new CRS-3 routing system. It will be quite a while before the CRS-3’s true effects are discernible, but the potential is staggering, when paired with actual high-speed fiber. And while we’ll all benefit from improvements in content delivery, a lesser-covered aspect of this news is the CRS-3’s potential implications for the cloud-computing market. Cisco is pairing the CRS-3 with its UCS systems and intercloud Nexus switches, which could prove irresistible for large-scale cloud providers looking to deliver maximum performance. The network can be a hindrance for certain cloud apps, and Cisco’s data center business should benefit to the degree it helps drive better network performance.

Today in Connected Consumer

It wasn’t quite an Apple-like frenzy, but Cisco (CSCO) had network geeks fired up ahead of this morning’s invitation-only unveiling of something it promised would “revolutionize” the web. So what was the big news? A new router, which the company claims can handle 322 Terabits of data per second, enough to enable the “entire printed collection of the Library of Congress to be downloaded in just over one second,” or for every “man, woman and child in China to make a video call, simultaneously.” Cisco may have over done it on the pre-announce hype, though, because Wall Street responded by sending its shares down sharply after the news broke. On the other hand, tweeters went nuts over the news.