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Comcast offers 105 Mbps to more than 40 million U.S. homes


Comcast (www.comcast.com) has announced that it’s Extreme 105 (sounds like a radio station!) broadband service is now available to more than 40 million homes in major cities across the country, including San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Miami, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and the majority of Boston.

Pricing for the service, which includes up [...]

Level 3 acquiring Global Crossing


Level 3 (www.level3.com) is picking up Global Crossing (www.globalcrossing.com) for around $3 billion, including about $1.1 billion of debt on GC’s books and the rest in stock to GC shareholders.   The total company will (well, would have) combine 2010 revenues of $6.26 billion and adjusted EBITDA of $1.27 billion “before synergies” (i.e., job cuts, [...]

Cox gets 350 mile fiber network in Rhode Island


Cox has won a contract to build and operate a 350 mile fiber network throughout the state of Rhode Island.

Cox Business will build out a 48 strand fiber network that passes through 38 of the 39 towns and cities in Rhode Island for OSHEAN.  The Beacon 2.0 fiber backbone will connect hospitals, [...]

France Telecom-Orange loads up on undersea cable deals


France Telecom Orange (www.orange-ftgroup.com) is making a heavy play into the submarine cable business.  It has acquired Elettra, Telecom Italia’s submarine cable business and earlier this month announced an agreement for a new undersea cable in the Indian Ocean.

With Elettra, France Telecom will get two cable ships along with 100 percent of the [...]

Verizon announces beefed-up Cloud Computing, big pipes for content providers


Verizon Business (www.verizonbusiness.com) announced enhancements to its cloud computing offering and dedicated delivery pipes for large content providers; Verizon is bragging about “flowing” up to half a terabyte per second from Internet and video content owners directly onto its network.

Verizon Computing as a Service (CaaS) now supports server cloning for rapid deployment of [...]

The emerging broadband wars


With members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) flitting about dropping the broad outline of what a national broadband strategy could encompass, it is clear some service providers are much better positioned than others to live up to a goal of 100 Mbps in 100 million homes by 2020.  Others are clearly scared and [...]

Google and Gigabit to the home – It smells funny


Google (www.google.com) says they’re going to invest in an “experimental” gigabit to the home network for anywhere between 50,000 to 500,000 subscribers. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this the same Google that said they were going to bid on 700 MHz wireless spectrum a couple of years ago?

Let’s look at the [...]

GAO has swine flu broadband panic


If you weren’t worried enough about getting your H1N1 shot, now the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has sounded the alarm about The Internet blowing a fuse from a sudden influx of daytime telecommuting workers bogging down broadband links, causing bottlenecks and slowdowns.   It could get so bad as to slow down Securities industry trading [...]

Republican indecision delays FCC Chairman vote


Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee announced it would hold a confirmation hearing for Mr. G, Julius Genachowski, to move forward on his nomination to be chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Today, the hearing was canceled.

If you are asking “WTF?,” join the club.

Apparently, says a Wall Street Journal blog and various [...]

Quick pictures – Cox DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem service


My other piece on Cox DOCSIS 3.0 service:

Cox DOCSIS 3.0 high-speed cable service delivers – but will your home gear?

Some quick and dirty pictures of what I’m using to trial/beta Cox’s 50/5 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem service.

Test configuration – Linksys WRT310N router and Cisco DPC3000 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem