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Even Through a Recession, We Want Our Web

Given recent economic challenges around the globe, one might conclude that demand for the web is down, but apparently not. According to a report from research firm TeleGeography, international bandwidth usage continued to grow in spite of the global recession of the past few years.…

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Comcast's Queen of Convergence Speaks

Comcast is embracing convergence as it recognizes the threat of over-the-top video and seeks to create a communications and entertainment package to keep customers paying for the bundle. I spoke with Comcast's queen of convergence to learn more.…

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Clearwire's Big Bet on Our Broadband Addiction

Mike Sievert, chief commercial officer at Clearwire, said the company's mobile users (those on laptops and dongles outside the home) consume more than an average of 7GB per month of data. Slaking that thirst for mobile data, and doing it cheaply, is essential for Clearwire's strategy.…

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Cisco's New Router Is All About Video

Cisco this morning unveiled a new routing system that it claims can download the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress in about a second. The hardware is designed to play a fundamental role as data consumption ramps up dramatically on fixed-line and wireless networks.…

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FCC Promotes 100 Mbps for 100M Homes

The FCC chairman today outlined a vision for 100 Mbps connections to 100 million homes. But that goal will be easy compared with other aspects of the National Broadband Plan he outlined such as delivering faster universal service, telehealth, a smart grid, and digital literacy programs.…

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How Much Will Google's Fiber Network Cost?

Google today announced an audacious plan to build what a cutting-edge broadband network. It is an experimental network, much like Google's Wi-Fi network in the city of Mountain View, Calif. Google's planned FTTH network won't be cheap, but in the end it is worth the price.…

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Found: Missing Broadband Stimulus Funds!

The two federal agencies responsible for allocating $7.2 billion in broadband stimulus spending today released information about the next round of funding, which total $4.6 million. They also revealed how they would handle the missing $2.3 billion from the last round of grants.…

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The New FCC and a Small Reality Check

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski came to our office today to talk about broadband, and during both the event itself and the conversations I had with people before and after, it became clear to me how optimistic many of us should be about the New FCC.…

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