June 14, Good Afternoon Broadband


  • NetCraft: Small and regional banks and credit unions more vulnerable to phishing attacks. Makes sense, after all the big guys are spending big bucks and trying to plug the holes at the very least.
  • Carlo Longino on the Sprint/Sirius deal: I have a hard time seeing subscribers shelling out to listen to such a one-way broadcast medium. It’s highly unlikely that the Sprint service will offer any of Sirius’ exclusive content — the PR says “select” Sirius programming, and only mentions music channels, so no Howard Stern or NFL.
  • Mark Evans asks and answers the question How much is Skype worth? If Vonage has an estimated valuation of $1 billion to $1.5-billion, my totally unscientific, back-of-the-napkin number-crunching suggests Skype is worth $250-million to $300-million.
  • MuniWireless says WiFiSalon, a NYC company is rolling out super speedy wifi networks in New York City parks. The first is at Battery Park, which you are seeing on the video, which has 7 APs fed with 46 mbps backhaul. The next, Central Park and eight other locations are to be completed in July. They are also doing VoIP.
  • Engadget says Sprint’s EVDO plans are for real. “It should be available in as many as 39 markets this month, and 60 by early 2006 (including the venerable Kansas City, Mo., Las Vegas, Nev., and Des Moines, Iowa). Their ultimate goal is 200 total markets serving data at between 300 to 500kbps (with burst speeds of 2.4mbps),” writes Ryan Block.
  • Broadband Reports says we might have 14 megabits per second on our handhelds. “According to Nokia, the arrival of HSDPA (high speed downlink packet access) – software to tweak 3G – should bring about speeds of 14Mbps on mobiles. Of course third generation solutions need to be deployed before you can tweak them.” Of the course, the chips to process the data firehose are nowhere near being ready.
  • AlterNet: Corporate vs. Community Internet
  • Verizon does cheap DSL. Almost. Andy says, ‘A few weeks back the CEO of Verizon criticized SBC’s move to lower DSL prices.’

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