French regulators have approved a cut in broadband prices to 20 euros (about $26) for 2 mpbs, in order to "accelerate the development of high-speed infrastructures and improve coverage in rural areas." Many Americans would call this heavy-handed, and indeed, France has been well behind the US?? and even the rest of the EU -- in broadband penetration. They were late to the Internet, since they got a little stuck on the proprietary Minitel system for too long.
Time Warner and Road Runner say they'll be rolling out a 6 mbps cable modem service in most of the company's 31 operating areas. That's a pittance next to the 15 mpbs or even 30 mpbs "Fios" service that Verizon will be offering over its new fiber optic cables, but I'm not gonna sneeze at it either.
Road Runner says it's aiming the service at gamers and other power users, and will be charging between $65 and $85 month, depending on whether you also subscribe to voice and cable TV services. That makes … Read more
You know broadband has hit the mainstream when you can get service in my hometown of Lewes, Delaware.
With a population of 3,000, Lewes (pronounced with two syllables like Lew-is) is a small beach community at the mouth of the Delaware River. It's a sleepy town for nine months of the year, and bursts to life in the summer. With super low property taxes and no sales tax, Delaware and Lewes in particular have become a haven for retirees.
Two years ago, most people in the community had no clue there was any other way to connect to … Read more
Both Bush and Kerry have said more on the issue. Bush is betting on streamlining regulations and continued tax-free access to reach universal access by 2007. Kerry goes a little farther, advocating 20 percent tax credits for companies that invest in next generation networks.
Hewlett-Packard and T-Mobile will distribute a new version of the iPaq handheld that can bounce back and forth between cellular and Wi-Fi networks. It's a phone, it's a camera, it's an MP3 player, and it can leap tall buildings in a single bound.
I have mixed feelings about all-in-one devices . None of them are going to make me throw away my digital camera or my MP3 player, at least not yet. But the network-switching function is a step forward. I use my cell phone at least half the time at home (since I don't use a … Read more
I'm not sure why it's so addictive because, from an objective point of view, it's really geeky. You get a bunch of friends, sit around for three hours and draft real-life players onto your fantasy team. Then you compete against your friends to see whose team can compile the best scores based on the real-life statistics. Add in doses of trash-talking, taunting, elevated pride and burnt egos, and you get the idea of why there are 7 million fantasy sports players in the United States.
Broadband exacerbates … Read more
But this blog is an experiment too. We … Read more