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 expand its fiber construction to Brentwood, a Silicon Valley commuter town that will join Sebastopol, Calif., in getting gigabit networks. Sonic CEO Dan Jasper told me last week that the pilot network in San Francisco is still under construction and he has no sense of the timing on when it will go live, but plans to head to Marin next.

More anti-trust issues?

Now that Qualcomm has to pay $975 million to settle an anti-trust in China, you’d think that’s the last we’d hear about it. Nope. It appears that South Korea is going to take its turn to investigate Qualcomm’s practices in that country according to Mobile World Live. In 2009, Qualcomm paid $200 million in fines for “unreasonable and discriminatory terms for licensing its patents” in South Korea, so this isn’t the company’s first rodeo there. Although Qualcomm chips power the bulk of smartphones and tablets today, nearly a third of its $27 billion in revenue last year came from royalties and licensing of its patents.

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