The document circulating around the convention advocated a moratorium on broadband access taxes to spur growth as its central pillar. It noted that the amount of spectrum for wireless broadband nearly doubled since the Bush administration began its term, IDG said.
I remember as a kid seeing motels with signs saying, "We have cable," or "We have HBO." They've been replaced by "We have broadband." Believe it or not, more hotel rooms have broadband than the 25 percent that have ATM machines in their lobbies. Shocking.
In a darkened suite in San Francisco's trendy Clift Hotel, a familiar face sat quietly while Yusuf Mehdi, the head of MSN, briefed reporters on its new music download service.
Sporting a shaved head and goatee, the looming figure during the presentation was none other than Rob Bennett, now on the MSN Music team. Bennett in the mid-'90s fought in the trenches with Mehdi in plotting the strategy for Internet Explorer.
The Associated Press reported today that the chief operating officer of the defunct Enron Broadband Services will change his innocent plea to guilty for allegations of conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading and money laundering.
Enron, one of the greatest corporate failures in history, has planned for the division to create an on-demand video service. The company partnered with Blockbuster but scrapped the deal in 2001.
Another day, another Enron executive to change a plea.
While it's too early to tell if this is a winning play for AOL, it's certainly a good step for its objectives. Beaten up by subscriber losses in its dial-up service, AOL needs to convince broadband customers that it's got something that nobody else has. This HBO model could work if there's enough exclusive content that people … Read more
TV networks need to get into the game. Sports nuts want their sports when they … Read more
Kudos to BroadbandReports.com for its ability to scour its ripe message boards for the latest skinny on what's working in the world of broadband and what's not. Today, folks over there reported that community members received notices from AOL to beta test a VoIP product. BroadbandReports also consistently gets the first notice of service changes, such as speed upgrades, in certain cable or DSL areas.
Good for them. Proves that user generated content provides enough smoke to reveal a fire.
The Ninth Court in April rejected the FCC's attempt to reverse the court's decision that cable broadband services could be forced to open their lines to third parties. More specifically, the court said cable companies have elements of telecommunications and information services in their technology. Current rules require telecommunications services to open their lines to third parties. Up to … Read more
I'm off to spend a week in the Trinity Alps, away from anything that looks like a computer. Weaverville, Calif. isn't quite Lake Geneva, but I'll be quite happy complaining to the local deer. Who I'm guessing aren't Wi-Max enabled yet, but I'll ask.
This is why group blogs are a great thing. More room for vacations.
These are the perils of automatic copyright protection plans. Apparently Dreamworks sent a note to a Swedish BitTorrent tracker site asking that its content be removed, citing the American Digital Millenium Copyright Act. The site responded (warning: profanity involved) with the following:
"As you may or may not be aware, Sweden is not a state in the United States of America. Sweden is a country in northern Europe. ... US law does not apply here. For your information, no Swedish law is being violated."
Thanks to Broadband Reports for the link.