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.
According to this interview with Bill Gates, the next version of Windows (Longhorn, now due 2006), may have support for all kinds of high-speed networking technologies, partly at Intel's behest. He mentions ultrawideband and Wi-Max specifically.
When Microsoft released Windows 95 with TCP/IP support, it helped a lot of early Internet applications take off ?? not least being just basic dial-up ISP access. Maybe Longhorn will have similar effects.
This is part of the company's attempt to sell AOL for Broadband as a way to stop its blood loss from dial-up consumers defecting to faster access. AOL hopes that selling a $14.95 version will be enough an incentive to keep its subscribers.
The Justice Department's announcement that it had raided file-swappers' homes should be closely watched by peer to peer types. Yes, it was meant to scare them. But it should. Some attorneys' initial take on this was that the investigation was really just like the old warez busts, targeting a highly organized group of pirates. Not exactly Grandma on her Kazaa (who the Recording Industry Association of America has sued).
Synergy Research reports that sales of cable broadband equipment rose by a healthy 7 percent last quarter. But DSL equipment sales fell, despite strong growth in DSL subscriber lists in the United States. (Synergy hasn't posted the press release, but it should be up soon.)
Is there a disconnect here? Possibly some smoke and mirrors in the way telephone companies are reporting DSL subscribers? Or are they just working off inventory, and this quarter's real subscriber growth will result in a bounce in DSL equipment sales next quarter? Either way, it's something to watch in the upcoming … Read more