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Nationwide Sprint WiMax Network Idea Revived

Deep-pocketed cable companies have a newfound interest in helping Sprint and occasional partner Clearwire launch a high-speed wireless network based on the WiMax standard.

Google Connected To New Undersea Cable

Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, KDDI Corporation, Pacnet, and SingTel, along with one other corporation, are building an undersea fiber optic cable connecting America and Japan.  The cable should cost around $300 million, and the last member of the six-company consortium is Google.

Cable’s Dying, The FCC’s Killing It
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The cable industry’s in trouble, and the FCC isn’t all that interested in helping it. Six cable networks are suing the Federal agency in an attempt to block "dual must-carry" requirements set to take effect in 2009. The nuances of the issue highlight that cable just isn’t keeping up with the competition in terms of capacity, and it appears the FCC is very content to help telephone and satellite companies steamroll an entire industry.

FCC Looking into Comcast

Back in November, we mentioned how Free Press and other groups wanted ISP/cable company Comcast brought before the FCC for the way the company imitated users on BitTorrent to terminate downloads. And now, the FCC will be looking into it—at least according to Chairman Kevin Martin, speaking at CES.

Verizon Internet Speed Blows Away Cable

Some Verizon FiOS customers will see an increase in speed due to a new Internet service that has upload and download speeds up to 20 megabits per second.

TV Broadcasters Oppose Microsoft, Google Proposal

Microsoft and Google want some of the digital TV spectrum opened to mobile devices, but executives at the four big broadcasters complain of interference and a degraded over-the-air experience.

Rumor: Google Planning Giant Undersea Cable?

Grahame Lynch of CommsDay reports (my emphasis):

Google Ready To Lay Some Pipe

A trans-Pacific cable could be ready to launch in 2009, connecting Google to Asia and the Pacific while delivering a significant cost savings to the company.

TV Guide Partners With Cable Companies

Gemstar-TV Guide International, an entertainment and technology company has announced that Mediacom Communications and Insight Communications, both cable operators in the U.S., will launch TV Guide’s Lsitings2Go online television guide on their portals in early August.

Is Buying An iPhone A Vote Against Net Neutrality?
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One name we haven’t seen in the Net Neutrality debate is Apple, Inc. Though Jobs & Company are cozy with neutral net advocate Google, they also just launched iPhone with AT&T exclusivity. And that brings up some interesting questions, the most interesting of which: Is buying an iPhone a vote against Net Neutrality?

Google Files Net Neutrality Pleas With FCC

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.

YouTube Losing Viacom Deal to Joost

We should have suspected YouTube’s chances of signing a deal with Viacom were nil, when the cable company demanded more than 100,000 video clips be removed from the Google-owned video site.

A Plea: Don’t Overthrow King Content

Traditional media powerhouses, who spent the better part of the 20th Century perfecting content production and distribution, will have to change everything or risk being left behind. But there are some old-world moves, according to Bear Sterns, that will keep them afloat in a world to be ruled by Google and Yahoo.

Al Jazeera Launches English Service

Arab TV network Al Jazeera launched an English-language service yesterday that, inevitably, attracted criticisms in the US and elsewhere where some see the station purely as a mouthpiece for Osama Bin Laden.

Is Diggnation Really a Success?

Frank Shaw, who is Vice President of Waggener Edstrom (Microsoft’s main PR firm), asks an interesting question:

Cisco CCNA Exam: Connected Serial Interfaces
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To pass the CCNA exam, you’ve got to master quite a few services and routing protocols that may be new to you.

Who Benefits From A Non-Neutral Net?
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The new question on Net Neutrality is “who benefits?” There’s been a lot of talk on both sides of the issue, and it can be difficult for those outside the Internet industry to get a handle on what’s true. Perhaps if we look at who is talking, and from what pedestal, we can better understand.

When the Electric Company Gets RSS

I had to put a call into my local power company – the Long Island Power Authority – today to take care of a customer service issue.

Newspaper Sales Fall, Web Traffic Increases

Newspapers’ websites are receiving more hits than ever, but paper subscriptions are falling throughout the industry. Nielson and NetRatings report that traffic to newspaper sites increased roughly 8% from 2005 to 2006, with 56 million Internet users dropping by.

Advertising Auctions: An Unstoppable Force?

Welcome to the brave new world of convergence, one in which the Web more closely resembles TV, and new forms of TV advertising rely on methods and technologies which proved their worth on the Web.

Time Warner Cable Thinking TV Ad Auction

Once Time Warner spins off its Cable division, the cable company may offer advertising spots placed within on-demand programming through an auction process.