The Ninth Court in April rejected the FCC's attempt to reverse the court's decision that cable broadband services could be forced to open their lines to third parties. More specifically, the court said cable companies have elements of telecommunications and information services in their technology. Current rules require telecommunications services to open their lines to third parties. Up to … Read more
I'm off to spend a week in the Trinity Alps, away from anything that looks like a computer. Weaverville, Calif. isn't quite Lake Geneva, but I'll be quite happy complaining to the local deer. Who I'm guessing aren't Wi-Max enabled yet, but I'll ask.
This is why group blogs are a great thing. More room for vacations.
These are the perils of automatic copyright protection plans. Apparently Dreamworks sent a note to a Swedish BitTorrent tracker site asking that its content be removed, citing the American Digital Millenium Copyright Act. The site responded (warning: profanity involved) with the following:
"As you may or may not be aware, Sweden is not a state in the United States of America. Sweden is a country in northern Europe. ... US law does not apply here. For your information, no Swedish law is being violated."
Thanks to Broadband Reports for the link.
According to this interview with Bill Gates, the next version of Windows (Longhorn, now due 2006), may have support for all kinds of high-speed networking technologies, partly at Intel's behest. He mentions ultrawideband and Wi-Max specifically.
When Microsoft released Windows 95 with TCP/IP support, it helped a lot of early Internet applications take off ?? not least being just basic dial-up ISP access. Maybe Longhorn will have similar effects.
This is part of the company's attempt to sell AOL for Broadband as a way to stop its blood loss from dial-up consumers defecting to faster access. AOL hopes that selling a $14.95 version will be enough an incentive to keep its subscribers.
The Justice Department's announcement that it had raided file-swappers' homes should be closely watched by peer to peer types. Yes, it was meant to scare them. But it should. Some attorneys' initial take on this was that the investigation was really just like the old warez busts, targeting a highly organized group of pirates. Not exactly Grandma on her Kazaa (who the Recording Industry Association of America has sued).
Is there a disconnect here? Possibly some smoke and mirrors in the way telephone companies are reporting DSL subscribers? Or are they just working off inventory, and this quarter's real subscriber growth will result in a bounce in DSL equipment sales next quarter? Either way, it's something to watch in the upcoming … Read more
WSJ writes about the price wars hitting the VoIP business (subscription required). AT&T is undercutting Vonage, cable companies are jumping in, startups are adding features, and it's all winding up cheaper and cheaper. That's surely good news for the consumer, but the article doesn't say much about the other result.
What's likely to happen is consolidation and a slimming of the market to just a few players. AT&T thinks its experience in back-end networking will allow it to offer carrier class service, and wind up a survivor. My back-of-the-napkin guess is that … Read more
I'll be the first one to admit that I thought Redback Networks was a goner. But thanks to U.S. bankruptcy laws, the company could be on the comeback trail.
Now the Silicon Valley broadband networking gear maker has been announcing contracts left and right. On Wednesday, it announced a deal with Bosnia Herzegovina Telecom to build out its next generation broadband network. Earlier this week it announced Turk Telekom in Turkey would be using its SmartEdge gear … Read more
Intel Capital has given Speakeasy, a Seattle-based broadband ISP, an undisclosed amount of money to help roll out Wi-Max wireless broadband services . Intel has been one of the biggest boosters for Wi-Max, hoping its success with WiFi chips can be replicated as the new long-range technology becomes more popular.
Other ISPs are looking closely at the technology too. Recent Federal Communications Commission decisions have made it increasingly difficult for independent ISPs to offer service using telephone companies' DSL lines or cable companies' networks, and so they're desperately scrambling for a role in the broadband future.