Today Google announced the details of its Google Fiber
), rolling out in Kansas City (both Missouri and Kansas versions) within the next few months. [more inside]
In the state of West Virginia, the government has just purchased 1064 Cisco 3945 routers
at a price of $22,600 each. These are being used to service small public libraries with as few as four PCs
when a much smaller router such as the Cisco 1801
would be more appropriate. Local journalists
have found out about this and are starting their own investigation. A consulting firm
has been retained to audit what exactly happened. [more inside]
is a $10/month internet plan available to any family with one child eligible for free lunches at American public schools. [more inside]
PBS's excellent weekly news magazine, Need to Know
why European broadband speeds are racing ahead of the USA. Britain now has 400 broadband suppliers with service available for as little as $6/month. Bonus: Harvard's Berkman Center reports
on broadband supply trends around the world.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently announced
the rollout of a searchable map
, which also offers a nation-wide view of internet service providers with filters for various technologies
. The map is based on information collected from broadband providers or other data sources. [more inside]
According to official Chinese stats, make of them what you will, there are now 457 million internet users in China
. They are said to include 450m who have broadband, and 303m who use mobile internet. 304m play online games, 140m use online banking, and 63m microblog. These users are estimated to spend an average of 18 hours a week online. As a benchmark, the current US population is estimated at 312m
The FCC has announced its National Broadband Plan
-- the FCC wants you
to have broadband, and to get what you're paying for. They've created a site which will benchmark your broadband for you.
"For the month of March 2010, the city of Topeka will be known as Google, Kansas
." Mayor Bill Bunten says the proclamation is an attempt to stand out from the crowd
, as cities around the United States have until March 26 to tell Google they're interested in participating in the Fiber for Communities
program, part of the company's recently announced plans to build a series of superfast broadband networks across the country [previously on MetaFilter
]. Other cities are trying to get Google's attention, but Duluth, Minnesota, has upped the ante
by pledging to name its firstborn sons "Google Fiber" and its firstborn daughters "Googlette Fiber" in a video [YouTube, 3:34]
spoofing Topeka's efforts.
Using the Web to buy a carton of milk in Nunavut.
Satellite Internet in Nunavut (Canada’s newest territory – the White Stripes played there
) is slow and has such draconian bandwidth caps (2GB a month) that nobody downloads audio or video. But they use it for every kind of online banking and E-commerce in a territory with barely any retail stores. [more inside]
The End of the Internet?
"The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online."
Looking for a broadband connection in the UK?
Dont believe all you read
from all providers (even well known ones, like Pipex
A geek fights back
; annoyed by his download rates being cut down from 200kb/sec, to 1kb/sec (with a geeky video of wow, gta and him downloading stuff). A bit more info
(some annoying pop ups - and the videos a bit slow paced - but Pipex users beware!)
What do you pay for dsl/broadband? (salon.com article)
Next time you sit down to pay your cable-modem or DSL bill, consider this: Most Japanese consumers can get an Internet connection that’s 16 times faster than the typical American DSL line for a mere $22 per month.
Across the globe, it’s the same story. In France, DSL service that is 10 times faster than the typical United States connection; 100 TV channels and unlimited telephone service cost only $38 per month. In South Korea, super-fast connections are common for less than $30 per month. Nations as diverse as Finland, Canada, and Hong Kong all have much faster Internet connections at a lower cost than what is available here. In fact, since 2001, the U.S. has slipped from fourth to 16th in the world in broadband use per capita. While other countries are taking advantage of the technological, business and education opportunities of the broadband era, America remains lost in transition.
How did this happen? Why has the U.S. fallen so far behind the rest of its economic peers?
The BBC announces plans to make its TV channels available on the internet.
As you already know, you can already listen to all BBC radio channels
live and view news clips and some news programmes
. Now the BBC has ambitions to expand its internet offer even further. Starting next year, on demand radio and tv content will be available through MyBBCPlayer, with the past seven days of programmes, along with live streaming of BBC tv channels (apparently to be restricted to UK viewers only) and access to the archives. Plans also include the ability to purchase music downloads
As dial-up internet access begins to fade,
a fight is happening over the right of municipalities to install and run their own broadband Internet access networks.
Various think tanks like the market oriented Heartland Institute
and the community oriented Institute for Local Self Reliance
have chimed in on the debate. Last week the Supreme Court ruled that cable companies do not have to provide "open access" to rival Internet providers.
And down in Lafayette Louisiana,
where the community will soon vote on whether to install a municipal Fiber to Home Network, some of the citizens decided to inject some humor into the issue by holding a film festival.
Robot planes may make phone towers obsolete "...it's a "Stratellite", and its makers believe it will revolutionise the broadband and wireless industry; if it ever gets off the ground.
Wisconsin communications company Sanswire on Tuesday unveiled its almost-finished prototype of a hard-framed, unmanned airship designed to fly in the stratosphere 21km above the earth and send broadband and cellphone signals to an area the size of Texas."
This in my opinion is an example of truly innovative technology.
There are now more home internet users using broadband than dialup in the U.S.
- Does this mean that web designers will continue down the same path as some programmers and create bloated code? Are the days of trying to be efficient and keeping pages less than 70k a thing of the past?
Proposal to have companies rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping by police
"A far-reaching proposal from the FBI, made public Friday, would require all broadband Internet providers, including cable modem and DSL companies, to rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping by police. The FBI's request to the Federal Communications Commission aims to give police ready access to any form of Internet-based communications. If approved as drafted, the proposal could dramatically expand the scope of the agency's wiretap powers, raise costs for cable broadband companies and complicate Internet product development." Read more about the FBI's proposal at Cnet.com.
But where is the actual proposal?
screens different full-length movies every week for broadband users. Showing this week: Airheads
, Live From Baghdad
, Pacific Heights
and Extreme Ops
Got Dog Food Cans? Get Broadband.
David Taylor, an IT manager in Britain, has built a 802.11 receiver out of dog food cans, in order to have his access reachable at a Travelodge hotel across town. A fascinating arrangement, and quite the entreprenuerial showing.
Stringing broadband connections through the city sewer system
is a dirty smelly job but something has to do it! Check out the companies and the sewer-bots that are doing this dirty work.
Buy SBC now.
"In order to make sure the economy grows, we must bring the promise of broadband technology to millions of Americans,'' Bush said at a White House-sponsored economic forum. "Government at all levels should remove hurdles that slow the pace of deployment.''
Is the USTA
happy about this type of talk? You bet
. They would like to see passage of S.2430, also known as the Broadband Regulatory Parity Act of 2002
. Others wouldn't
(300K PDF) that argue local phone companies
are slowing the growth of DSL for anti-competitive reasons.
Also, notice how the President said "bring the promise of broadband technology to millions of Americans", not all
Americans? Might have something to do with the fact that rural DSL is really, really expensive to provide
FBI enforcing the bandwidth CAP.
With broadband caps
spreading across North America, I wonder if we will see more stories like this, as users find they want to use more than 4 to 6 gigs a month.
Are you an AT&T Broadband cable internet customer?
Did you buy your cable modem to save on your monthly fee?
You made a mistake.
75% of dial-up users are satisfied with their current speeds.
This opinion piece states that, out of those people that have not yet made the switch to broadband, only 25% of them even would
Thus, little ISP's shouldn't worry about losing dial up business so much anymore.
Can the Internet continue to evolve at 56K speeds?
Congress is now calling for public comments
on the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA). EFF
has a new action alert
about it and a sample letter. Everyone should write, even if you have already.
a Metropolitan Area Network (or MAN). In short, it is broadband for the masses in the Chicago area to be developed over a span of 10 years (if you're lucky). To be clear: I am not the man.
at+t broadband cable units to be bought by comcast. this means chicago cable service will shift to its third owner in two years (at+t broadband having purchased prime cable just last year, and having just gotten cable modems back online from the excite@home failure two weeks ago). anyone have any clues about the ramifications of this purchase?
? *gasp* Well, according to this ZDNet article, it's a movement. With price hikes and a souring economy, some people can't justify the cost. Could you let it go?
a series of articles from Forbes ASAP
on such things as the coming broadband revolution
through private/public consortiums, security and reliability
improvements, Washington sclerosis
and various other interesting miscellania.
(and an update
on Michael Milken!) Reminds me of the heyday of Wired :)
AOL may buy AT&T broadband
in a deal that could allow them to own the browser, net access, data pipes, and content for a vast majority of internet usage and users. How far will AOL/TW go to control any and all forms of media? Are hearings to break the company up far off?
Cringely's insight deepens
with this new article on Excite@Home
's troubles. Is broadband here to stay? If so, is it going to go anywhere? Three years from now, what will the options be and what kind of performance can be expected?
Back to two tin cans and a string?
With so many of the broadband providers going down (and with it, their service), will the promise of broadband ever be fulfilled, or will consumers decide we can get by without it?
I don't get it. I have AT&T@home, but this still loads as fast as on my dialup.
Are you too displeased with your cable modem connection? Do you think there is anyone out there who has actually called tech support about this? Or other ad's like it. "You have new mail" masquerading as a real window etc.
This is a very stupid thread I'm starting. Be advised
Alternative broadband delivery systems
So now that all the DSL providers are going bankrupt, and the cable modem providers can't meet the demand, scheming entrepeneurs are looking for other ways to bring broadband to you. The guy with the plan for the hi-altitude airplanes sounds like he escaped from some lame-brained dot-com.
beam me up!
the ultimatetv thread made me wonder which satellite TV system would be best for me (and why is directTV evil?) -- anyway with this gadget you can watch DISH
channels plus upload AND download via satellite IP. too good to be true?
AOL's walled garden.
Anyone who doesnt think that AOL will only link to AOL/Time Warner properties in the broadband future is fooling themselves.
Holy Schnikies! Broadband video that doesn't look too bad.
I don't know what they're using for the tech behind this (besides some shockwave 7 and a plugin of their own design), but the video is compression-free and clear (well, if you ignore the stupid scanlines). If you're on a fast line, by all means check it out, pretty amazing stuff (now they just need to stream some good content, like the simpsons :).