California city uses utility’s fiber network to deliver broadband

Vernon, a small city southeast of downtown Los Angeles, is planning to use its fiber optic network (run by the city’s light and power department) to bring Internet access to residents whose only broadband option is a slow DSL line. The initial sign-up fee is $100 and the monthly fee is around $40. The city already leases […]

My broadband experience in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the US

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This is an article about my experience with broadband service during my travels in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States and what I consider to be the important factors (often ignored by commentators) that determine the speed and price of broadband in different countries. In recent weeks, I have read several articles claiming […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 44: Why the Connect America Fund should be abolished

This article addresses why the Connect America Fund should be shut down and what steps can be taken to encourage competition in the market for wired and wireless broadband services. I’ve mentioned many times that I believe our current government is simply clueless.  Unfortunately, I’ve come to realize that it’s simply far worse than that. […]

Provo, Utah becomes third Google Fiber city

Google has announced that it will be offering Google Fiber service in Provo, Utah, if the city council approves Google’s acquisition of iProvo (the fiber optic network built by the city 10 years ago). Google plans to upgrade and extend the network to every home in the city. Here’s what Google says: Provo started building […]

Austin, Texas is the next Google fiber city

Google Fiber has confirmed that Austin, Texas is the next city to get fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service after the FTTH rollout in Kansas City. Google says: Our goal is to start connecting homes in Austin by mid-2014. Customers there will have a similar choice of products as our customers in Kansas City: Gigabit Internet or Gigabit Internet plus […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 43: Galactus – Destroyer of Wired Worlds

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I’ve seen projections in our industry range from “the WISP market is dying, we need to move to fiber” up to “new technologies in RF are going to make fiber the horse and buggy of bandwidth industry”.  The truth is that the wireless industry is about to put the hurt on the Wired World and […]

Georgia anti-municipal broadband bill goes down in defeat

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The State of Georgia House of Representatives voted down an anti-municipal broadband bill that would have prohibited municipalities from deploying broadband networks. The bill was sponsored by the usual coalition of telecom incumbents aided by their astroturf organisations, and supported by people who believe that cities should not spend money on critical broadband infrastructure, but […]

Comcast’s rise coincides with decline in service

In Corporate Tie Binds US to Slow Internet (Financial Times), Edward Luce makes the connection between Comcast’s near monopoly in American cities and its active lobbying efforts (not to mention its large campaign contributions to Obama),  with the terrible state of broadband service in America: If Dwight Eisenhower had General Motors and George W. Bush had […]

Anti-municipal broadband laws are like bubonic plague

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The bubonic plague (or Black Death) kept popping up in various European cities for hundreds of years. As soon as one city’s population would be decimated, the plague would die out only to reappear after a long hiatus. In the case of anti-municipal broadband bills, as soon as one would get defeated in a state […]

Vint Cerf: there was more competition during the “dial up” days

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Vint Cerf spoke at the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week and decried the lack of competition in the broadband market. He pointed out that today people have a choice between two to three broadband providers, in contrast to the days of dial up access when there were dozens to choose from: I […]