Posts about Broadband Access

Most of us enjoy our broadband connectivity through traditional methods of fixed (DSL, cable, fiber) or wireless (3G/4G, satellite, FWA). However, there remains a significant portion of the world’s population where those methods of connectivity are either impractical or simply too expensive to pursue ...
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Am I the only one shocked, mouth agape at the valuation that music streaming companies are receiving? Isn’t that called a radio station, and weren’t they meant to be dead by now? The sheer madness of it forced me to pause and ponder it all for at least a moment or two. And, if you think about it enough, it all sort of makes sense … sort of. The epiphany came with the realization that business models, especially in the music business, have become very dependent on the average bandwidth consumers have access to. The iPod revolution was really about being able to buy just the song you want, when you want, and having the ability to build your own customized library of tunes to take with you anywhere. Finally, after decades of being a slave to the whims of record labels, the average consumer was back in the driver’s seat ...
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Earlier this year, I gave one of the biggest keynotes of my career at OFC/NFOEC. The focus was whether or not the optical networking industry has lost its mojo. At the time, I didn't realize how many conversations this topic would start. Since then, thousands of people have watched the video of my keynote and reviewed the supporting slides. What's more, people continue to start discussions with me on this topic.
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Supercomputing and the development of High Performance Computing (HPC) is an area that fascinates me. Over the past few years I've worked on a number of projects in the Research and Education (R&E) space that focus on sharing enormous amounts of data processing power on a global scale. These networks use this processing power to develop applications that are addressing some of humankind's most critical needs.
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The U.K.’s digital strategy was thrust into the media spotlight again this week as the government announced its plans to spend £362 million improving broadband connections throughout England and Scotland’s underserved rural areas. This money has been allocated from the larger £530 million budget for the government’s ‘Digital Britain’ campaign that aims to provide 90% of the U.K. with superfast broadband access by 2015.
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