09/19/2004 Broadband bits

  • US News & World Report: You know this wifi thing is getting close to the end of the wi-fi cycle when magazines like USNWR start writing about it. Big article on why more and more cities are trying to enable broadband connectivity using WiFi. The story looks at Philadelphia, West Monroe, La. andMontpelier, Vt.
  • New Jersey Star Ledger: Internet phone calls could be the biggest thing to hit telecommunications since Congress began deregulating the industry in 1996. But one big question mark is hanging over this booming market: how to regulate it.
  • BPL doesn’t work, but that won’t stop folks from trying: Western Massachusetts Electric Co. will begin offering high-speed Internet access via a combination of its power lines and wireless links to a small section of Agawam later this month with as few as a dozen customers.
  • Los Alamos scientists Michael Chertkov, Yeo-Jin Chung, Ildar Gabitov and Avner Peleg have developed a theory about why optical signals degenerate. The upside, now we can figure out how fix those problems. the theory proposes that an understanding of the physics of signal propagation is important for evaluating and optimizing the performance of optical lines since the natural nonlinearity and disorder of optical fibers results in the corruption of signals traveling through the fiber which, in turn, can lead to information loss.
  • Michael Powell: IP Video is Coming…soon!
  • Quietly ITC-Deltacom grows: ITC^DeltaCom, a facilities-based CLEC in the southeastern U.S., has signed stock-for-stock merger agreements with Florida Digital Network (FDN) and Network Telephone Corp. (NTC), two privately held CLECs also in the southeast. ITC^DeltaCom will add more than 120,000 business customers in more than 45 markets, to total 635,000 access lines (an increase of 257,000). ITC^DeltaCom expects to close the mergers in Q4 2004 or early in 2005. “While the mergers will get BellSouth’s attention, few other large carriers will be affected by the move,” says Kate Gerwig at Current Analysis. 
  • After Level 3, Wiltel gets into wholesale VoIP businessCurrent Analysis rightly quips, “There’s no shortage of carriers selling wholesale minutes – whether through a VoIP interface into their traditional phone networks, or across an all-IP network. The roster includes Tier 1 IXC heavyweights such as AT&T, MCI, Sprint, and competing providers targeting high-end customers such as Level 3 Communications and Broadwing.”
  • Meru’s VoWLAN plans