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
WSJ writes about the price wars hitting the VoIP business (subscription required). AT&T is undercutting Vonage, cable companies are jumping in, startups are adding features, and it's all winding up cheaper and cheaper. That's surely good news for the consumer, but the article doesn't say much about the other result.
What's likely to happen is consolidation and a slimming of the market to just a few players. AT&T thinks its experience in back-end networking will allow it to offer carrier class service, and wind up a survivor. My back-of-the-napkin guess is that … Read more
I'll be the first one to admit that I thought Redback Networks was a goner. But thanks to U.S. bankruptcy laws, the company could be on the comeback trail.
Now the Silicon Valley broadband networking gear maker has been announcing contracts left and right. On Wednesday, it announced a deal with Bosnia Herzegovina Telecom to build out its next generation broadband network. Earlier this week it announced Turk Telekom in Turkey would be using its SmartEdge gear … Read more
Intel Capital has given Speakeasy, a Seattle-based broadband ISP, an undisclosed amount of money to help roll out Wi-Max wireless broadband services . Intel has been one of the biggest boosters for Wi-Max, hoping its success with WiFi chips can be replicated as the new long-range technology becomes more popular.
Other ISPs are looking closely at the technology too. Recent Federal Communications Commission decisions have made it increasingly difficult for independent ISPs to offer service using telephone companies' DSL lines or cable companies' networks, and so they're desperately scrambling for a role in the broadband future.
Reliance WebWorld, a nationwide chain of retail stores for digital entertainment and communication in India, is taking the old AT&T tagline "Reach out and touch someone" into the broadband age.
The retailer, which offers broadband connectivity for web surfing and video conferencing from its stores, announced earlier this week a special videoconferencing offer on the eve of Rakshabandhan, a Hindu festival which celebrates the bond between a brother and sister. As part of the celebration women tie specially made threads or "rachis" to their brothers to ensure their welfare and protection from evil. It'… Read more
The Wall Street Journal has a page one story (subscription required) on the trials faced by the big local phone companies, which are seeing their core business lost to Internet voice services, cell phones, and other rivals. The big local phone companies have lost 18 percent of their lines to rivals since the end of 2000, the article says.
Nor is technology such as DSL necessarily their salvation. The reporters cite the post-World War II railroad business, which threw money at new tracks and trains, only to see its passenger traffic evaporate in favor of airlines and automobiles.
It's … Read more
Somebody's gone and made a high-quality re-edit of the original Planet of the Apes as if it were a Twilight Zone episode. Yes, Virginia, there are video mash-ups. Somebody else got tired of waiting for the download, and put it on BitTorrent. Boing Boing has the link.
Legal? Don't ask me, I'm not a lawyer. Record companies have spent money on trying to keep music mash-ups ?? such as the "Grey Album" mix of Jay-Z's "Black Album" and The Beatles' "White Album" ?? offline. If you're interested, I'd watch this … Read more
At least one top U.S. Department of Justice official isn't crazy about a proposed law that would let federal prosecutors target online copyright infringers with civil lawsuits. "There's something to be said for those who help themselves," Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Hewitt Pate said at a conference in Aspen Tuesday.
The Recording Industry Association of America has backed the idea of federal civil prosecutions as a way to cut down on file swapping. The idea is contained in the Pirate Act, short for Protecting Intellectual Rights Against Theft and Expropriation Act of 2004, which … Read more
LambdaRail, a consortium of universities, research institutions and private industry, has been quietly buying long stretches of fiber from carriers across the country at bargain basement prices. The organization is building the first nationwide fiber backbone owned by the research community.
Cisco Systems has donated all the optical gear used in the LambdaRail network. And Internet2 is using fiber … Read more