FCC's Adelstein and Copps Respond to NTIA Broadband Report
“Despite the hard work of broadband providers and the dire need for greater bandwidth, the U.S. continues to slide down virtually every measure of the international rankings of broadband competitiveness. The truth is we're behind, we are falling further, and we pay more per megabit than many of our global competitors."
From CED Magazine, February 01, 2008
Successful Wi-Fi Pilot Testing on Bay Area BART Trains
WiFi Rail has completed the installation and successful testing of a multi-terrain demonstration of their proprietary wireless network. The demonstration network encompasses four underground stations in San Francisco, interconnecting tubes, and above ground for 2.6 miles at the BART Hayward test track.
From Wi-Fi Rail, February 01, 2008
Philly Eyes Options Should EarthLink Pull Out
Philadelphia's CIO said today that he believes there is a 75% chance that EarthLink Inc. will sell or abandon its ambitious citywide Wi-Fi network operation in a year. As a result, the city is already making contingency plans in case that happens.
From ComputerWorld, January 30, 2008
Annapolis Readies Wireless for Public Safety
Annapolis, Maryland, is taking the first step in a plan to bring wireless broadband to the city. The city recently contracted with Tele-Tector of Maryland, a local integrator focusing on security applications, to deploy an initial pilot for video surveillance.
From MuniWireless, January 30, 2008
Sprint, Clearwire Shares Rise on WiMax Report
The Wall Street Journal reports that the two companies have revived talks to form a joint venture to build a high-speed wireless network using WiMax technology.
From Reuters, January 30, 2008
Georgia Technology Authority Awards $600,000 for Savanna Wireless
The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) awarded the City of Savannah a $600,000 grant to help construct the infrastructure and programming for the MLK Wireless Project.
From WSAV, January 30, 2008
United States: Broadband's Growing Need for Speed
Verizon Communications (VZ) has given no indication it will tap the brakes on plans to spend $23 billion installing fiber-optic cables to customers' homes through 2010. AT&T is investing $6.5 billion to $7 billion on its own version, U-verse, which involves installing fiber cables in neighborhoods, though not right up to homes, through 2008.
From BusinessWeek, January 28, 2008
Rural Vermont Towns Pool Resources for Fiber Network
Using Burlington Telecom's municipal broadband network as a model, 22 rural Vermont towns are poised to pool their resources and launch a fiber-optic project that could go online by the end of 2009.
From Burlington Free Press, January 28, 2008
Wi-Fi for Worcester-Boston Commuter-Rail Passengers
Worcester-Boston commuter-rail passengers will be able to surf the Web on their laptops, iPhones and hand-held PDAs as the MBTA starts a free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet service.
From Telegram & Gazette, January 28, 2008
South Carolina Task Force to Promote Broadband
South Carolina is plugging into broadband much more slowly than the rest of the country. At the end of 2006, 34 percent of South Carolina homes had a high-speed Internet line, compared with 46 percent of all U.S. homes.
From Post-Courier, January 28, 2008