Uncommon Wisdom:

June, 2009


June 15, 2009  1:05 PM

Unresolved: Broadband traffic, profits and investment

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

BT is apparently throttling some video download traffic to optimize experiences overall, in the words of the company. The news shouldn’t be a surprise given that operators worldwide are facing shrinking margins on broadband, demands for more capacity that would drive the need for incremental...

June 12, 2009  1:42 PM

Networks are essential, but higher-layer services are the focus

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

The head of Verizon Business says that the company is battling the perception that it’s a network player, a statement that shows just how much service providers like Verizon are focusing on above-the-network revenue for growth.

Its “strategic services” are growing, according to...


June 11, 2009  10:50 PM

The lessons of digital TV: Don’t follow this model

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

The digital television transition might be something that service providers, OTT players, and their vendors need to look to as an object lesson. When DTV was first proposed it was seen as more of an alternative approach to entertainment than as a way to get a bigger or slightly clearer picture....


June 10, 2009  6:46 PM

AT&T shows cards on national broadband policy

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

AT&T has asked the FCC to accept a goal of 100% broadband penetration by 2014, but also wants the FCC to accept that a “private” approach (meaning not government-sponsored) is the best one to get there. Like most network operators,...


June 9, 2009  1:55 PM

Municipal broadband projects with questionable benefit

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

A Minnesota Appeals Court has ruled that municipalities can fund broadband infrastructure with bond issues, something that a local telco objected to on grounds that the use of public bond issues for the application wasn’t legal. The court said that telecom was a utility and thus could be...


June 5, 2009  6:37 PM

Broadband stimulus and the unsmart debate

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 82% of all Internet users were on broadband and that about 62% of those broadband users were on the Internet, as of 2007. The FCC says that broadband was available in over 99% of zipcodes at that same date.

That’s an interesting set of numbers...


June 4, 2009  5:10 PM

Verizon’s public cloud extension of private cloud

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

In what’s at least a functional up-staging of AT&T’s hosted storage announcement, Verizon has jumped into the cloud computing space with a


June 2, 2009  12:56 PM

Google e-book plans target Amazon

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

Google wants to sell e-books and is working to sign up authors and create a framework for the deal, which would obviously compete with Amazon’s Kindle. We think the two companies have seen each other...


June 1, 2009  1:48 PM

Google’s Wave: Early assessments a bit “off”

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

Google’s Wave is gathering a lot of comment, but in our view, much of it is missing the key points about the notion. Part of that problem lies with Google’s own...

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