Comcast Adds Antivirus to Its Broadband Package

Comcast said today that it will bundle a subscription to Norton’s antivirus software for its business and residential broadband customers, adding yet another perk for broadband subscribers. As competition increased in some markets, providers are luring customers with more perks.

I Want to Be a Swiss Mrs.

The world has a lot to teach us about broadband competition, which is why I checked in on the latest customer for Cisco’s data crunching edge router to discover how Swisscom is taking steps to lower its own deployment costs and get fiber to the home.

Mobile Tech Minutes: Consumer ThinkPad Edge on Video

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The ThinkPad brand has long been associated with top-notch business-class notebooks. The famous black notebooks have appeared in conference rooms the world over, and the ThinkPad brand has come to mean fine quality business notebooks. The folks at Lenovo look to bring the ThinkPad into the consumer space, and the ThinkPad Edge is the first effort to get folks to bring the ThinkPad home.

The Edge is available in three sizes, 13, 14, 15 inch screens, and all have a sporty cover that is available in either glossy black or red. Lenovo has attempted to make a consumer notebook that fits into the high-quality mold of the ThinkPad, and the Edge is a good first effort.

I have been fortunate enough to receive a ThinkPad Edge prior to launch, and have been using one for a few weeks. In the video I show the build quality and nice design touches that Lenovo has put in this first consumer ThinkPad. The model in the video is the 13-incher, with a glossy (smudge magnet) black lid. I demonstrate the unique features of the Edge, including the nice chiclet keyboard and the inclusion of both a multitouch trackpad and a ThinkPad trackstick.

I state in the video that the Edge will be available for a starting price of $450, but I have received updated information from Lenovo that corrects that figure. The Edge pricing will start at $549, still a good price for a ThinkPad product. The 13-inch model is available from Lenovo currently, and the 14 and 15-inch models will be available in the second quarter of this year.

Can We Kill Off Copper Next Decade?

The heads of British Sky Broadcasting and Carphone Warehouse, two smaller British ISPs, so far aren’t impressed with BT’s planned fiber-to-the-cabinet network because it isn’t flexible enough, nor is it future-proof. Is this a sign that copper has no place in broadband networks any longer?

Hard Questions for the Broadband Stimulus Program

The government is spending $7.2 billion to bring broadband to underserved and unserved Americans as part of the stimulus bill. However, the first grant allocations raise several questions about missing data, missing money and whether or not the government can spend the money before its deadline.

The Small Cable Co. Squeeze

Service providers appear ready to rebel against content companies, in particular against the cost involved with providing an end subscriber 500 channels of television as part of a pay-TV package. Among them is Gustavo Prilick, CEO of the small cable provider Broadstripe.

Qwest Is Betting on New TV

Qwest isn’t betting that the pay-TV model will last beyond the next five years. In a video interview, Neil Cox, a Qwest executive, discusses the future of pay TV and how Qwest will profit off its wired network in a wireless world.

The Real Reason Verizon Is Backing Away From Landlines

ivan_seidenberg_fVerizon (s vz) CEO Ivan Seidenberg yesterday said the giant carrier is giving up on the landline and will be reorganized to reflect those changes. He cited the inevitable decline in landline subscriptions and said that video is the core product in this new era of telecommunications (notice he didn’t say data, because that would relegate his infrastructure to being a bunch of dumb pipes). What he didn’t say was that as the landline business dies, it’s expensive to maintain, nor did he say that the 17.2 million remaining copper-based phone line subscribers might find themselves in trouble. Read More about The Real Reason Verizon Is Backing Away From Landlines

Qwest Sees 100 Gbps in Its (Long Haul) Future

qlogoQwest (s q) today said it has purchased gear from Alcatel-Lucent (s alu) that will one day allow its long-haul network to achieve speeds of 100Gbps.  Since the company decided last June to keep its long-haul network, the upgrades were part of a continued and necessary investment in greater speeds and capacity, Qwest CTO Pieter Poll said. However, before folks get too excited, the new equipment makes the Qwest backbone network 100Gbps-ready, rather than delivering those speeds anytime soon. Current long haul networks are delivering about 40Gbps.
Just for fun, the Qwest release offers examples of how fast a 100Gbps network can transfer data: Read More about Qwest Sees 100 Gbps in Its (Long Haul) Future