Posts about Gigabit

After many ambitious starts by operators hoping to build gigabit networks, the reality sets in. Building out fiber to all premises is difficult, slow, complicated and expensive. In order to achieve a reasonable ROI, many operators avoid locations that are difficult to serve, resulting in these high-speed, high-quality networks going to only a chosen few. This not only widens the digital divide but also makes the goal of a “gigabit society” difficult to achieve ...
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Google Fiber’s recent announcement about Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah has sparked a flurry of reactions from other service providers in the US. AT&T and Century made (somewhat dubious) assertions that they would match Google’s Gigabit. Comcast, Time Warner and Frontier on the other hand insisted that no one needs a Gigabit.
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Late last week, ComScore announced its annual US Digital Future in Focus report. While there were no major surprises here regarding digital use, there were a couple of figures that caught my attention. ComScore noted that web-based email usage among 12-17 year olds dropped in 2011 by 31%. This figure was even higher for 18-24 year olds with a decrease of 34%.
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