Chattanooga Goes Choo-Choo with 1 Gbps Broadband

Chattanooga, TN today become one of few places in the world where it is possible to get 1 Gbps broadband connections to their homes and businesses, thanks to their muni-owned network operator & utility, EPB. The GPON-based network is one of the fastest anywhere.

U.S. Broadband Growth Continues to Slow

The number of new broadband subscribers continues to slow in the U.S., according to data gathered by UBS Research, driven primarily by market saturation. The Wall Street firm estimates that there are 67 million broadband subscribers in the U.S., or roughly 60 percent of the nation’s households and about 70 percent of those with a PC.
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As we’ve previously noted, the number of net new broadband subscribers during the first half of 2009 was down 27 percent from the first half of 2008, to about 2.1 million. UBS Research expects this downward trajectory to continue. Read More about U.S. Broadband Growth Continues to Slow

Broadband Growth Falls Sharply in the U.S.

q22009broadbandstats.gifAfter years of breakneck growth, U.S. broadband is in slowdown mode. During the second quarter of 2009, U.S. service providers added less than 650,000 new accounts, down more than 50 percent from 1.6 million additions in the first quarter. (Stats below the fold.)
To be fair, the second quarter is seasonally the slowest for the U.S. broadband industry, but overall subscriber gains are down 28 percent from last year’s 887,000 net new additions as well. So far, the U.S. has added about 2.25 million new subscribers in 2009, down about 27 percent from 3.1 million additions during the first two quarters. At this rate, the U.S. will add significantly fewer subscribers during 2009 vs. 5.4 million in 2008.
The slowdown is fueled by two major trends: First, nearly two-thirds of U.S. homes have broadband. Secondly, the overall economic slowdown and bursting of the housing bubble have chilled demand for Internet connections. Read More about Broadband Growth Falls Sharply in the U.S.

Is BBC iPlayer a Typical App For Our Hyperconnected Future?

Over the last few weeks, we have started to see cable companies offering broadband connections with speeds ranging from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Several fiber-based broadband network providers are already marching to even higher speeds. (I like to call it ultraband.) At the same time, we are hearing about faster 3G, 3.5G and 4G wireless networks that would also keep us constantly connected. This hyperconnected network means we will need a special class of applications that can utilize the capacity. One such application is the BBC iPlayer. Read More about Is BBC iPlayer a Typical App For Our Hyperconnected Future?

Vyyo Out of Air?

Vyyo, loosely translated, means “air” in Hindi. And air is what the Norcross, Ga.-based cable broadband equipment maker with that name might have run out of. The company, which used to trade on Nasdaq under the ticker VYYO, is down to some $5.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, according to an SEC filing. The sad turn of events for the company comes a year after it received a big cash infusion — $35 million — from Goldman Sachs. It now has a market capitalization of around $3 million and trades on the Pink Sheets OTC market.

Vyyo makes spectrum-overlay technology that allows cable providers to give big boosts to both upstream and downstream bandwidth. Unfortunately, with the exception of a handful of buyers, the company couldn’t get its technologies widely deployed. And according to Cable Digital News, Vyyo has been fighting a losing battle with vendors that make switched digital video and 1 GHz bandwidth expansion gear.