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Who will upgrade the telecom foundation of the Internet?

By Andy Oram
December 9, 2013

Although readers of this blog know quite well the role that the Internet can play in our lives, we may forget that its most promising contributions — telemedicine, the smart electrical grid, distance education, etc. — depend on a rock-solid …

Four short links: 19 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 19, 2013

VizCities Dev Diary — step-by-step recount of how they brought London’s data to life, SimCity-style. Google Fibre Isn’t That Impressive — For [gigabit broadband] to become truly useful and necessary, we’ll need to see a long-term feedback loop of utility …

Four short links: 27 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 27, 2012

International Broadband Pricing Study Dataset for Reuse — 3,655 fixed and mobile broadband retail price observations, with fixed broadband pricing data for 93 countries and mobile broadband pricing data for 106 countries. The Dictator’s Practical Internet Guide to Power Retention …

Four short links: 25 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 25, 2012

Stop Treating People Like Idiots (Tom Steinberg) -- governments miss the easy opportunities to link the tradeoffs they make to the point where the impacts are felt. My argument is this: key compromises or decisions should be linked to from the points where people obtain a service, or at the points where they learn about one. If my bins...

A discussion with David Farber: bandwidth, cyber security, and the obsolescence of the Internet

By Andy Oram
January 30, 2012

I pumped Farber for big ideas about where the Internet is headed: how long it can last, slaying the bandwidth bottleneck, and waiting for the big breach.

ePayments Week: Will NFC add value?

ePayments Week: Will NFC add value?
By David Sims
September 29, 2011

Square's COO questions the value proposition of NFC. Also, early reaction to Amazon's Fire tablet, and interesting — and obvious — stats about mobile broadband use.

Four short links: 11 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 11, 2011

The Coming Mobile Data Apocalypse (Redmonk) -- it is clear that the appetite for mobile bandwidth will grow exponentially over the next twelve to eighteen months. With high volumes of smartphones shipping, more and larger form factors entering the market, and the accelerating build out of streaming services, bandwith consumption is set to spike. Equally apparent is that the...

Broadband availability and speed visualized in new government map

Broadband availability and speed visualized in new government map
By Alex Howard
February 17, 2011

The new National Broadband Map is one of the largest implementations of open source and open data in government to date.

Four short links: 13 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 13, 2010

European mobile operators say big sites need to pay for users' data demands (Guardian) -- it's like the postal service demanding that envelope makers pay them because they're not making enough money just selling stamps. What idiocy. Grace Programming Language -- language designers working on a new teaching language. Gawker Media's Entire Database Hacked -- 1.5M usernames and passwords,...

What I get and don't get about the Google/Verizon proposal

By Andy Oram
August 11, 2010

I don't see the proposal being adopted in any regulatory context--it's too vague and limited--but it's interesting for what it says about Google and Verizon.

The Watering Hole - How Slow Can You Go?

The Watering Hole - How Slow Can You Go?
By James Turner
August 9, 2010

Think I'm exaggerating? How about over 24 hours to upload 100 pictures to Flickr?

Report from HIMMS Health IT conference: building or bypassing infrastructure

By Andy Oram
March 5, 2010

lectronic record systems need all kinds of underlying support. Your patient doesn't want to hear, "You need an antibiotic right away, but we'll order it tomorrow when our IT guy comes in to reboot the system." Your accounts manager would be almost as upset if you told her that billing will be delayed for the same reason.

Google Enters the Home Broadband Market

Google Enters the Home Broadband Market
By James Turner
February 10, 2010

In a week already full of Google announcements, another bomb was casually dropped today via Google's blog. The Borg from California announced that it was experimentally entering the Fiber to the Curb (FTTC) market, and that they planned to offer much higher speeds than current offerings (1Gb/sec) and competitive pricing. The announcement also talks about what, when you remove the marketspeak, is a commitment to net neutrality in their service. This, of course, is not surprising, given Google's strong lobbying for neutrality to the FCC and congress.

Obama's Year in Technology

By Sarah Sorensen
January 26, 2010

As President Obama prepares to deliver his state of the union, after a year in office, I thought I would take a quick look at what has been going on with the technology agenda. There have been firsts, a few downright scary incidents and some good progress as the government really enters the Digital Age...

Innovation Battles Investment as FCC Road Show Returns to Cambridge

By Andy Oram
January 14, 2010

Yesterday's FCC panel show that innovation and investment are not always companions on the Internet. An in-depth look at the current state of the debate over competition and network neutrality.

Four short links: 16 December 2009

By Nat Torkington
December 16, 2009

OECD Broadband Portal -- global data on broadband penetration and pricing available from June 2009. Easy Statistics for A/B Testing -- it really is easy. And it mentions hamsters. This is worth reading. (via Hacker News) last.fm's SSD Streaming Infrastructure -- Each single SSD can support around 7000 concurrent listeners, and the serving capacity of the machine topped out...

Only Connect - Should Broadband Access Be a Right?

By Joshua-Michele Ross
October 17, 2009

This week gave us two reasons to reconsider the state of broadband connectivity in the US. First, Finland has announced that it will guarantee broadband access as a right for all its citizens: Starting next July, every person in Finland will have the right to a one-megabit broadband connection, says the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Finland is the world's...

Four short links: 15 October 2009

By Nat Torkington
October 15, 2009

Open Access Week -- world-wide, dedicated to raising awareness of open access to research. (via Creative Commons Aotearoa). 1Mb Broadband Access Becomes Legal Right -- Starting next July, every person in Finland will have the right to a one-megabit broadband connection. The Elements of Statistical Learning 2ed -- classic book (I have the 1st edition) that is now available...

iPhone, the 'Personal' Computer - Future of the Mobile Web

By Mark Sigal
September 15, 2009

The iPhone is the first truly 'personal' computer; more personal to its owners than the PC ever was. Talk to iPhone owners (not to mention, the 20M iPod Touch owners), and this truth bubbles to the top again and again. Read on...

IPv6 addresses for community networks

IPv6 addresses for community networks
By Andy Oram
August 23, 2009

You aren't really on the Internet unless you have a fixed IP address. A proposed policy would spread the power of the Internet more broadly by granting blocks of IPv6 addresses to small non-profit networks.

A Crowd-Sourced National Communications Census

By Carl Malamud
July 18, 2009

The FCC is charged with creating a National Broadband Plan in 2010. But how can we plan for the future is we don't know where we are? Here, we propose a crowd-sourced National Communications Census.


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