Uncommon Wisdom:

September, 2009

September 30, 2009  4:40 PM

FCC universal broadband cost estimate doesn’t factor in performance

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, FCC, FTTH, regulation

The FCC said that giving 100 Mbps broadband to every home would cost $350 billion, which is about half what we think it would cost to give every household FTTH and therefore pretty consistent with our own models. The FCC also said...

September 29, 2009  11:02 AM

Verizon DirecTV acquisition could ease FiOS video load

Posted by: Tom Nolle
DirecTV, DOCSIS 3.0, FiOS, satellite tv, Verizon, video on demand

Some financial industry speculation is buzzing about the possibility that Verizon might buy DirectTV. While Verizon is clearly committed to FiOS, it’s not clear just how far FiOS could extend toward thin geographic areas or...

September 28, 2009  5:53 PM

AT&T swipes at Google in net neutrality debate

Posted by: Tom Nolle
AT&T, Google, net neutrality

AT&T is punching back at Google’s long advocacy of net neutrality, accusing the...

September 25, 2009  1:12 PM

Does Gmail outage open the door for Operations as a Service?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
carrier services, Google, OTT, over-the-top

Google’s Gmail suffered yet another publicized outage, which is raising concerns not only about whether the Google system is really ready for serious use, but whether SaaS and cloud computing overall might be exposing enterprises to more risk than they bargained for.

Data on the paid...

September 24, 2009  1:51 PM

New cable ad platform — EFIB — set for launch

Posted by: Tom Nolle
cable, Online advertising, video on demand

The cable industry’s advertising consortium, Canoe, is launching its ad exchange and interactivity platform (Enhanced Binary Interchange Format, which it calls EBIF — catchy, huh?) This format...

September 23, 2009  2:04 PM

AT&T to jump to 4G, abandon HSPA+

Posted by: Tom Nolle
3G, 4G, AT&T, HPSA, iPhone, LTE, procurement zones, Verizon

AT&T has abandoned its HSPA+ (high speed packet access) plans in favor of a migration to 4G LTE, a move that isn’t at all surprising, given Verizon’s commitment to LTE and the extreme competition between the...

September 22, 2009  2:15 PM

FCC net neutrality proposal confuses the issue

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, FCC, net neutrality, P2P, Quality of Service, Regulations

Reviewing FCC Chairman Genachowski’s comments on the net neutrality process, we find that there are a number of interesting points.

  • First, the FCC is indeed...

September 21, 2009  1:44 PM

Google Voice, Apple, AT&T and the FCC: The flap continues

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Apple, AT&T, FCC, Google, regulation, smartphones

Google has released some information that suggests that Apple’s statements to the FCC in July about blocking Google Voice were...

September 18, 2009  1:05 PM

Verizon’s new telco model: Traditional voice doesn’t matter

Posted by: Tom Nolle
voice services, VoIP, wireless

Verizon made official what we’ve been saying for a year or more; wireline voice doesn’t matter. Verizon CEO Ivan Sidenberg told an investor conference that he was no longer...

September 17, 2009  11:50 AM

Alcatel-Lucent’s converged backbone meets carrier needs

Posted by: Tom Nolle
core networks, IP, Optical Networking, Quality of Service

Alcatel-Lucent has announced a converged optical/IP backbone strategy that is aimed at a much more seamless coupling between core routing and core optics, the very thing that service providers have been demanding in RFPs. Further,...

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