All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Broadband’
The number of new broadband connections in the U.S. declined in the second quarter to the lowest level in seven years according to the Leichtman Research Group.
There were 887,000 new connections in the quarter among the top 20 cable and phone providers. The top broadband providers now account for 65.1 million subscribers with cable companies having 35.3 million broadband subscribers, and telephone companies having over 29.7 million subscribers.
Delta Air Lines announced today that it will offer broadband Wi-Fi access onboard the airline’s domestic fleet.
Delta has partnered with Aircell to install the company’s Mobile Broadband Network on the carrier’s domestic fleet. The system, Gogo, will allow Delta passengers traveling with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs to access the Internet. The service will be available to customers for $9.95 on flights of three hours or less, and $12.95 on flights more than three hours.
UK based BT said today that it plans to invest $3 billion in super fast broadband providing access to 10 million homes by 2012.
BT says the new broadband will have speeds of up to 100 Mb/s with the potential for speeds of more than 1,000 Mb/s.
The company says its broadband plan will only be rolled out if regulator Ofcom allows it to receive a good return on its investment.
Over half (55%) of all adult Americans now have a high-speed Internet connection at home, according to a new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
The percentage of Americans with broadband has increased from 47 percent in early 2007 and 42 percent in early 2005. Of those who access the Internet at home, 79 percent have a high-speed connection and 15 percent use dialup.
Adults who live in households whose annual incomes are less than $20,000 a year, home broadband adoption was at 25% in early 2008, compared to 28 percent in 2007.
The Network Neutrality debate is, to understate it, heated. On one side are ideals, on the other side is money, which is not a new dichotomy in any sense, and both can be equally powerful motivators*. Also, while passion tends to color an issue (sometimes incorrectly), economic theory tends to mire subscribers in stubborn dogma.
Neither side wants to budge for fear of losing, or for fear of the embarrassment of choosing the wrong team.
More than half of Europeans are now regular Internet users, 80 percent of them have broadband connections and 60 percent of public services are online according to a new report from the European Commission.
In 2007, the Internet attracted close to 40 million new regular users in the EU (now 250 million in total). More than 96 percent of European schools are now connected to the Internet, two thirds of which have broadband.
Broadband penetration has increased more than 300 percent since 2002, according to a new analysis from Scarborough Research.
In 2002, 12 percent of U.S. adults had a broadband connection in their household. Now, close to half (49%) have broadband. DSL connections have grown more than cable modems, but both have seen significant growth. Since 2002, cable modem penetration increased 188 percent and DSL connections increased 575 percent.
When a company receives money, you’ve got to consider questions of "how much" and "who from" to figure out what sort of attention it’s owed. In the case of broadband service provider Open Range Communications, the answers are "a lot" and "a branch of the U.S. government."
Just a reminder: Traffic prioritization and management won’t matter much once we realize the full potential of fiber and other technologies on the near horizon. Second reminder: Those in control of the networks plan on gouging you the whole way via controlled, incremental upgrades in speed and capacity.
Charging 40 times bandwidth? Sure if it’s still 2005. The network providers are looking at a much better rate than that, at least for the foreseeable future, so long as the future can be delayed long enough to maximize profit.
In order to stimulate economic growth top regulators of the European Commission said they want to increase broadband coverage in the European Union from 20 percent to 30 percent by 2010.
Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding said eight of the EU’s 27 member states have surpassed the United States in broadband penetration, with Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden leading the way with penetration rates over 30 percent at the end of 2007.
The majority (61%) of high speed Internet users watch/download online video content at least once a week and 86 percent do so on a monthly basis, compared to 45 percent and 71 percent respectively, in 2006, according to a new report from Horowitz Associates, Broadband Content and Services 2007.
Broadband over Powerline (BPL) has been steadily emerging over the past several years and the technology continues to grow. With no new cabling needed, broadband powerline networking is turning into a winner according to In-Stat’s "Powerline Home Networking 2007 Update: Gaining Power in the Global Market" report.
In case you’re still convinced there’s a true open market in broadband space and the handful of companies running it are sufficient competition for each other, consider this: in Hong Kong, you can get a fiber-to-the-home connection 20 times faster than Verizon’s FiOS connection for about the same price.
High-speed Internet service continues to attract new subscribers, but satisfaction measurement for high-speed customers indicates that service providers are not making significant progress in producing loyal customers, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Internet Service Provider Residential (ISP) customer Satisfaction study out today.
With the nationwide expansion of fiber-optic wiring and digital delivery at the turn of the century, the federal government reclaimed and is still reclaiming large amounts of spectrum. Much of it, according to a former government official, has remained unused for seven years, and he blames the Federal Communications Commission for stifling competition in the wireless space.
Though M2Z Networks threatened to take to the FCC to court to force a decision on the company’s "family friendly" free nationwide wireless broadband proposal by September 1, a likely "no" vote from the commission has made M2Z decide more public debate is necessary.
In case you had any hope left that the FCC really works for you, the taxpayer, and not for telecom incumbents, or even a smidge of optimism that the regulatory agency is competent, leave this article now, I’m about squash what hope you have remaining.
Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps isn’t happy about how the commission has handled a number of recent issues, and is speaking loudly about it. And if one is as disgruntled as much of the public is, then that might be a positive sign.
Seventy-two percent of U.S. adults have access to a broadband connection and over half of American households subscribe to broadband, according to new research from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). "Broadband in America: Access, Use and Outlook" found that 57.8 million U.S. households subscribe to broadband at home, a 21 percent increase in the past 12 months.
As predictable as daylight, AT&T isn’t happy about Google’s plan to bid on the 700MHz wireless spectrum. The telecommunications giant is poised to claw any competition out of the equation, and is hoping its traditional ally, the FCC, will have its back again.
Around 81 million people, or 63 percent of the 129 million people with broadband Internet access in the U.S. watch broadband video at home or at work, according to new research from Nielsen for the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM).
The tension must be palpable in the lobbies of Capitol Hill. Just as Verizon was pleading its closed network case to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Open Internet Coalition took a whole band of experts to House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.
A chief argument against Net Neutrality has been that it will remove incentive to invest. Recent moves by Verizon to lock customers into fiber shows that the incentive is most certainly present, and the company will do what is necessary to muscle the future into being.
Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel Google has put together a three-part blog post outlining Google’s approach to Net Neutrality, what the company feels is okay for broadband providers to do, what’s not okay, and where they have misled the public.
It’s sad to think parts of our free market economy have failed, become gummed up by the sludge of its own engine. It’s supposed to work, to drive us, keep us ahead of everyone. Only, it’s not so much anymore, the engine is aging, and though we try to wish it away, reality is setting in, even as vested storytellers perpetuate the myth to keep us wishing.
While the world seems to be waking up to a larger, more powerful Google than they anticipated, the company’s heft can work to the consumer’s advantage, especially in matters of government influence (da gov’ment does seem to prefer corporations over its citizens). On Friday, Google filed 47 pages worth of comments with the FCC about Net Neutrality.
Broadband users spend close to half of their spare time online during a normal weekday according to Media-Screen’s "Netpop|Play" report.
The study found that the average broadband user spent an hour and 40 minutes of their weekday spare time online. More than half of that time online was focused on entertainment and communication.
The study also revealed a range of users spare time activities and found that email and personal Web surfing were more popular than TV viewing.
Comcast subscribers are finding out the hard way that excessive bandwidth use could lead to an unexpected termination of service, as well as a subsequent one-year reconnection ban. The kicker, however, is that Comcast refuses to provide any hard data to customers documenting their bandwidth usage.
Taken from the storied pages of the How To Stick It To Your Customers manifesto, Comcast has once again proven that just when you think a company can’t possibly tarnish their public image any further, there’s always a new low that can be achieved.
When it comes to a preference of devices for US broadband users the PC is by far the most popular choice with 94 percent favoring their desktop, while 40 percent use their laptop and only 5 percent use the mobile Internet according to Media-Screen.
Mobile users can be broken down into three categories: those who access the Internet from mobile devices (5%), those who have Internet mobile devices but don’t use them to go online (58%) and those who don’t have Internet enabled mobile devices (36%).
Google, Yahoo, and eBay have enlisted satellite carriers EchoStar and DirecTV to help them lobby the Federal Communications Commission about keeping a close eye on how spectrum auctions are conducted. The alliance aims to put tighter reins on incumbent last mile providers of broadband access.
The last mile and who controls it has been a mounting concern among the major "network-less" players like Google, Yahoo, and eBay. The concern rises from suspicion of the telecommunications industry, and its control over chokepoints.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project recently conducted a study gauging the increasing prevalence of wireless connectivity among Internet users as a whole.
According to the findings of the report, nearly 34% of Internet users have logged onto the Internet using a wireless connection either around the house, at their workplace, or some place else.
This means that one-third of Internet users, making use of laptops or other mobile devices have surfed the Internet or checked email by means of a WiFi connection or a cell phone network.
Strong mining = strong exports
Strong banking = strong commerce
Strong telecommunications = strong economy, society, connections.
There is a clear relationship between economic growth and investment in technology.
The building and construction industry has the lowest level of technology adoption and the lowest productivity growth. (Note: The new NextG network will help that)
What most refer to as “the last mile” is the last little bit of space between high-speed broadband lines and homes. But for others, the last mile is getting digital information to those who have a harder time accessing it. For one British entrepreneur, it is the blind who struggle traversing that last mile – for US politicians, the poor.
The U.S. is ranked 12th in broadband penetration, says AT&T CEO Ed Whiteacre, and in order to bring America up to speed through fiber-to-the-premises (fttp) wiring, content providers are going to have to pony up to use his “pipes.” He doesn’t mention that the new pipes to be built have already been paid for, and they’re very late in coming.
A large percentage of the U.S. is still dialing up Internet service, especially in rural areas where broadband is unavailable due to lack of infrastructure. The expense of laying that infrastructure has Internet providers looking to satellite-based services as a work-around.
Rural America is closing the gap in broadband usage. Two years ago, only nine percent of rural homes had high-speed Internet, compared to 22 percent of urban and suburban America. At the end of 2005, broadband Internet had made its way into 24 percent of rural homes, compared to 39 percent closer to the city.
The most recognizable Grandpa story involves a multi-mile trek to a one-room schoolhouse in the most oppressive inclement weather up a spinning hillbarefoot. Let me be the first to call it. Intel and a bunch of others have just delivered our generation’s Grandpa story.