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The big battle over net neutrality will go to a vote on Thursday but, for many people in small cities, it’s the other item on…
San Francisco pilot continues
Sonic, the regional ISP that is transitioning from a copper-based DSL and telephone company to a fiber-to-the-home provider, has announced plans to…
Big stuff coming near Reno
The stretch of land that will house Tesla’s new massive battery factory just outside of Reno, Nevada, will become home to another…
Diplomacy through fiber optics
President Obama has instructed U.S. Secretary of State of John Kerry to reopen the U.S. embassy in Cuba after more than 50 years,…
State laws that hinder efforts to build municipal broadband networks can be repealed or dismantled, and showing startups using gigabit networks and the promise of economic development is a good place to start.
Small cities want the federal government’s help in sweeping aside state laws that prevent them from offering better internet service. The dispute has triggered a broader debate about the FCC’s power under the Constitution.
Gigaom got a tour of AT&T’s disaster recovery drill in Chicago, an exercise in restoring communications in the unlikely event that an entire core network goes down.
There has been too much talk and too little action when it comes to making sure the U.S. continues to stay at the forefront of high-speed internet access, and that needs to change.
Large phone and cable companies added nearly half-a-million broadband subscribers during the third quarter of 2013. The U.S. seems to be on its way to 100 million subscribers, and Comcast seems to be the big winner of the broadband sweepstakes.
Boingo’s(s wifi) acquisition of military base ISP Endeka appears to paying dividends. Boingo revealed this week that it has won contracts with…
Everyone knows that companies like Comcast(s cmcsa) throw money around to protect their interests, but it can still be surprising how far…
LA is putting out an ambitious proposal to build a city-wide gigabit fiber network — perhaps too ambitious. It would require the network provider to not only absorb all costs but deliver a free baseline service.
Time Warner Cable (s TWC) of New York is spending $600 million in cash to buy DukeNet, a fiber optic network that…
Data centers have been hobbled by using optical interconnections designed and optimized for telecom applications, but what’s next for interconnect technology designed for scale out computing?
Servers and switches are getting better, faster and cheaper, but the cables and ports linking them aren’t keeping up. Can we ever find an interconnect that’s better than 1 GigE?
Gigabit Squared, the company providing fiber to the home service in six cities around the U.S., has announced pricing for its Seattle network.
From 2.5 Gbps in 1990 to 400G in 2012, the optical technology keeps getting better. Good news for Internet. What’s bad is that our access to the Internet remains in control of oligopolies who are the real gatekeepers of our broadband future, not science or technology.
A resurgent housing market and stronger economy, along with our growing need for speed and connectivity is the reason why demand for US broadband is booming. Here are some numbers to give you an idea as to who is winning and who is losing.
The University of Florida has implemented the next-gen computing architecture of Internet2, the consortium of universities and research institutions. The Innovation Platform should bring superfast connections and software-defined networking (SDN) to campuses across the country.
Sometimes an April Fools’ fake news item is more than just a gag. Here are a few pranks we think hint at larger trends in the tech industry.
The EU still wants to meet its lofty fast-broadband goals despite having had to slash funding, and it sees simplification of roadworks and 4G mast planning as key to achieving this.
Getting to a gigabit city in every state is going to take money, partnerships and a willingness to play politics. Incumbent ISPs are willing to go to the state house to keep projects in limbo.
Without the underlying pipes connecting data centers, cell phone towers and telco points of presence, there would be no internet. A $2 billion deal to merge two fiber providers shows how the new infrastructure demands of the consumer web and cloud computing are driving deals.
Seattle, the University of Washington and Gigabit Squared have teamed up to build out a gigabit network. The plan was announced on Thursday but I followed up with Gigabit Squared’s president to get more information on costs, technologies and when this network might be live.
Plexxi has made a new networking box that it calls a switch, but is radically different from the switches on the market today. The switch contains software plus an optical transceiver that link to other Plexxi boxes to form a fast connection between thousands of servers.
Not all fiber optic cable is created equal, and miles of older fiber deployed in Japan aren’t able to keep up with the latests electronics. This is why a test that delivered 8Tbps of bandwidth across DSF fiber in Japan is s big deal.
The European Commission has green-lit a vast chunk of UK state aid for a rural deployment of superfast connectivity. Most of it will probably go to one company – BT – but at least the countryside is finally set to get decent broadband.
Formula 1 racing has returned to America with last weekend’s race in Austin, Texas. And with it came a jumbo jet packed full of 160 tons of IT and broadcasting equipment and F1’s amazing traveling IT staff. Learn more about the tech powering the sport.
AT&T will invest $14 billion in its networks as it tries to maximize the use of LTE in combination with small cells. By the end of 2014, the carrier expects to blanket 300 million people with this approach, which includes more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems.
It can be hard to figure out the real economic benefits of broadband, which stops some politicians from ever investing in it. But if you define your scope and plan for additional programs to boost the effectiveness of a broadband investment, you’ll see results.
Chicago will become the first city to receive a fiber network as part of Gigabit Squared’s college town connectivity program. The Windy City may not be your classic college town, but the University of Chicago’s south side neighborhood makes an interesting testbed for the technology.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski spoke today on the state of U.S. broadband. He didn’t break new ground, but he did push for faster and higher capacity broadband in the U.S. The question is whether he plans to get the agency to do anything about it.
Backbone provider XO claims it is the first US operator to build an inter-city 100-gigabit fiber network — other carriers have performed the feats in the confines of big cities, but XO has gone coast to coast. The upgrade boosts XO’s capacity by a factor of 10.
Flag Telecom, an undersea cable operator owned by India’s Reliance Communications has cancelled its $1 billion IPO due to market conditions. The failure to launch has implications for its debt laden parent, which is trying desperately to find a way out of a $7 billion mess.
The discussion of wired and wireless broadband often resembles a holy war. Devotees of each camp are adamant that theirs is the only true religion in the national effort to get broadband everywhere it needs to be. But they will have to work together.
Time Warner Cable and I have something in common — we both want to figure out details on Google’s fiber-to-the-home deployment in Kansas City. TWC, which provides broadband access in Kansas City, is fishing for details on the Google deployment and is willing to pay for tips.
Researchers showed off a way to deliver speeds of 2.5 terabits per second over wireless networks — 500,000 times faster than the current low-end LTE speeds and 5,000 times faster than 5.5 gigabits per second, which is the fastest theoretical wireless broadband I’ve encountered.
Verizon’s newly launched 300 Mbps-tier is expensive. What’s amazing here isn’t the price, but the audience for high speed broadband. Verizon expects roughly 70 percent of FiOS customers to take speeds of 50 Mbps or higher — the top-of-the-line speeds four years ago.
On Thursday, the U.S. President will sign an order that would make it simpler and easier to build networks on federal property. In addition, US Ignite will help develop apps to use fast broadband. Here is what I think of this news.
It looks like Google is backing off its commitment to an open fiber to the home network, according to my conversations with sources, a reading of the Google blog and evasions by the search giant when I asked about its stance.
Much like the welfare-to-work reform bill had bipartisan support because it moved people from welfare into a job, the FCC needs to reform the Lifeline program to provide broadband so it moves people from government assistance into jobs. Not just any jobs, but tech-oriented jobs.
If there were an Olympics of pushing the broadband envelope, Verzon would consistently take the gold, because the carrier is always testing out new superfast broadband in its labs and in its test networks. Today’s speed record is 21.7 terabits per second in field trials.
The guys at the Lamp Post Group in Chattanooga, Tenn., have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to bandwidth. The city boasts the first real gigabit speeds in the U.S., but it doesn’t have another gigabit city nearby to talk to. Anyone want to help?
Google has filed applications for a satellite farm and a video franchise license, suggesting it’s serious about rolling out pay TV services in its fiber-to-the-home markets. But what’s that mean for the future of TV, as Google attacks that market?
Consumer applications have driven the rapid take up of faster broadband services in the U.S. in the last decade. But as Google and others build gigabit networks to see what can be done with them, it’s time to bring businesses back into the innovation cycle.
Solarflare, the former maker of 10 gigabit Ethernet silicon, has transitioned from making chips to making network adapter cards to speed up the networking capabilities of servers. Now it wants to take that further by doing real-time processing as data comes in from the network.
Google is ready to start stringing fiber for its gigabit network in Kansas City. The news is a welcome update to the project after the local newspaper reported that Google fiber was delayed over a dispute on hanging its fiber on utility poles.
Google’s Fiber organization is asking the FCC for the ability to test a residential gateway that has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s likely Google is asking the FCC for an experimental licence to test upcoming 802.11ac gigabit Wi-Fi technology inside residential gateways.
San Francisco is slated to get a gigabit fiber network in the coming five years, with the construction on the network to begin next year if Sonic.net gets the permits it needs to begin the build out. But those permits are far from certain.
Johns Hopkins is building a 100 gigabit per second network to shuttle data from the campus to other large computing centers. The network would be capable of transferring the amount of data equivalent to 80 million file cabinets filled with text each day.
Google makes no bones about the fact that it is a speed freak. It loves speedy websites. It wants faster wireless Internet. And now, it’s buying up domain names that indicate it may become a more active agitator for faster wireline networks.
In the U.S. if you want a 50 Mbps-to-a-100 Mbps connection, it is going to cost you plenty – about $105 with a triple play plan. On the other side of the planet, however, you can buy 1 Gbps broadband for $20 a month.
The Netherlands might be a tiny country, but when it comes to broadband, it is one that likes to make big moves. It had been quick to embrace fiber broadband. And now it is enacting a law that guarantees “net neutrality” for its citizens.
Want to improve the economy? Then demand better broadband. Policymakers at all levels of government need to watch municipal efforts such as those in Kansas City, Kan. with Google’s fiber network. That gigabit network could prove the link between broadband and economic development.
Verizon refuses to stop in its quest to support the future of our connected society, with the nation’s largest ISP testing terabit backbone speeds with NEC out in the field. At terabit speeds, performing high performance computing and big data analytics in real time become possible.
The horrific earthquake and the ensuing tsunami in Japan have caused widespread damage to undersea communications, according to data collected by telecom industry sources. Initially, the damage to the cables that connect Japan to other parts of the world was said to be limited.
Japan is a hub for trans-Pacific undersea cables that provide Internet access between many regions of the world. About 20 submarine cables land in Japan, giving Friday’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake the potential to disrupt communications around the globe. Luckily reports of cable damage have been low.
Infinera has demonstrated that it can built an optic transmitter capable of delivering multi-terabit speeds, paving the way for growth of the next generation of the Internet. The world is moving toward 100 Gbps in the coming years, but this enables growth for decades to come.
A new telecom infrastructure is emerging out of the disruption of old-style, twisted copper, public switched, telephone network-based business. It’s based on Ethernet, and is cheaper, more flexible and performs better than its legacy copper counterpart. Welcome to the new telecom network.
Sonic.net — a well-known, albeit small, independent ISP — is going to operate the trial fiber-to-the-home network to be built by Google on the Stanford Campus. Sonic.net will “manage operation of the network, provide customer service and support and perform on-site installation and repair
Municipal fiber may the fastest way for smaller communities and those in areas without competition to bring better broadband to their community. But these networks generally aren’t popular with incumbent communications providers, which have a history of suing to stop them. But their tactics have changed.
MIT’s brains have figured out how to deliver a faster Internet using optical connections throughout the entire transmission, which could result in a web that’s up to 1,000 times faster, cheaper and more power efficient. But this faster network requires new routers — an expensive proposition.
Google’s planned experimental fiber network will be so open that a project manager says it hopes to see other ISPs riding its connection to deliver their own services. Now’s the chance for ISPs to prove they can be more than a dumb pipe.
Two years after a series of cable cuts disrupted Internet and telephony operations in Europe, the Middle East and other parts of the world, word comes of yet another outage. SeaMeWe-4, a cable that connects Europe to Middle East has been cut.
Google earlier today announced that it would be launching an experimental fiber-to-the-home network that would offer speeds of as much as 1 gigabit per second. The question is what can you do with this much speed? Share your ideas with us.
Google will build a fiber network that offers speeds of 1 Gbps. The network could become an indirect threat to ISPs, because Google could disclose competitive data on actual network costs and it could lead to services that would suck more bandwidth on existing networks.
BT, a company known for dragging its feet when it comes to deploying a super-fast broadband network for its consumers, has surprised everyone by saying that it will ramp up the deployment of its ultra-speedy network and have it ready by the London Olympics in 2012.
In a move that could have a major impact on the lives of Cubans, a small Miami-based firm is hoping to give…
Alcatel-Lucent (s ALU) today said that scientists at Bell Labs have set an optical transmission record that could deliver data about 10…
I guess we’ve run out of names for application stores. Intel’s version of an app store for their Linux-based netbook operating system…
Hard drives and network-attached storage devices aren’t supposed to be stylish, right? If so, nobody told Iomega (s IOM), whose Home Media…
Eight-two percent of home buyers who have had broadband service over fiber all the way to the house rank it as the…
Since Dell (s dell) keeps telling folks it wants to buy some companies, we’ve written out a list that Michael Dell should…
Carriers are building out long-haul network capacity like it was 2001, but they’re not going to break the bank this time around,…
Cablevision (s CVC), the Bethpage, N.Y.-based cable and Internet service provider, has continued its tradition of being a cable industry innovator by…
Weeks after Australia announced its grand plan to build a $31 billion super broadband network, tiny Estonia says it will spend $374…
The Fiber to the Home Council yesterday released data that, in these times of carrier-constrained broadband, offers a glimmer of hope. Thanks…
[qi:036] During his weekly radio address, President Barack Obama offered some specifics about his economic stimulus plan, but none related to the…
[qi:046] For the past two years, I have been pointing towards a subtle but important shift that has started to take place…
In Japan and South Korea, Fiber-based consumer broadband connections now represent the most popular Internet access technology, ahead of DSL and Cable, according to a report issued by OECD earlier today.
Verizon recently launched its FiOS TV and fiber-based broadband service in New York City, The New York Times is taking stock of…