Sunday, February 24, 2013

N.M.’S Daunting Digital Divide | ABQ Journal

N.M.’S Daunting Digital Divide | ABQ Journal: If matching dollars from telephone companies that won stimulus grants are included, plus development loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service, broadband investments in the past five years surpass $400 million, according to the state Department of Information Technology.

But many of New Mexico’s rural zones still have no Internet coverage, and many that do are still using dial-up modems, or aging digital subscriber line (DSL) technology, said USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner.
And don't expect Google to come in any time soon and build fiber to the premise infrastructure as it is doing in a single metro area, Kansas City.

“New Mexico still has a digital divide because in some areas it’s just so hard to go through mountains or rock formations, and then you get to the end of the route and find there just aren’t enough homes and businesses to pay for the construction,” said Valerie Dodd, CenturyLink Inc.’s vice president and general manager for New Mexico.

Not a valid explanation because it fails to take into account aerial fiber, using (and upgrading as necessary) the utility poles that deliver POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) via copper cable.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

France undertakes public private partnership to build out fiber telecom infrastructure

France launches 20 bln euro fibre broadband rollout | Reuters: Feb 20
Three tranches of more than 6 billion euros each will fund the planned network rollout, Hollande said. One will come from network operators, one from a mix of operators and local government and the last from state and local-government money.
Local governments' outlay will be funded using tax-free, regulated deposits gathered by state bank Caisse des Depots.
By 2017, the end of President Hollande's first term, 50 percent of the country will be covered under the plan.
This clear implication here is telecom infrastructure build needs cannot be adequately funded purely by an investor-owned telecom market.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Study: Poor Online Video Quality Costly | Home Media Magazine

Study: Poor Online Video Quality Costly | Home Media Magazine: Global video content companies left as much as $2.16 billion on the table in 2012 due to poor online video streams, according to a new study.

San Mateo, Calif.-based video streaming company Conviva studied 22.6 billion video streams from 2012, and found approximately 60% experienced quality issues of one kind or another (20.6% impacted by buffering; 19.5% impacted by slow video startup time; 40% impacted by low-resolution picture due to low bitrates).
This item illustrates the significance of having Internet infrastructure capable of delivering quality video content.  Fiber to the premise remains the best current and future infrastructure for the job.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

FCC looks into rural call completion problems - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

FCC looks into rural call completion problems - The Hill's Hillicon Valley: In a statement, Chairman Julius Genachowksi said the evidence of rural call completion problems is overwhelming.

"In too many towns across the country, the basic ability of all Americans to reliably receive phone calls — a bedrock of America’s communication policy — has come into doubt," he said. "This has serious economic, safety and other consequences."

The United States faces serious telecommunications service problems with 20 million Americans disconnected from premises Internet service and now voice phone service becoming spotty in rural areas.

In his State of Union address one year ago, President Obama pointed to the nation's "incomplete high-speed broadband network," calling on Congress to fund telecom and other critical infrastructure.  Let's see if the President revisits this continuing problem in this week's 2013 State of the Union address.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Outdated telephone regulation matches dominant obsolete telco infrastructure

Coalition says broadband means new jobs: SPRINGFIELD — Investments in broadband technology created more than 13,000 jobs in Illinois in 2010 and 2011, according to a study funded by AT&T.

The study also reported that in 2012, Illinois had almost 20,000 jobs related to mobile applications.

The study was released Thursday by a new coalition of 12 Illinois groups representing business and job creation proponents, taxpayer advocates and communications companies.

The new coalition — the Illinois Partnership for the New Economy & Jobs — formed to urge Illinois to modernize its telecommunications law.

“Illinois’ law mandates investment in the 100-year-old technology of wired telephones to your home,” said coalition chair David Vite, who is also president of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. “Those dollars would be better used for private investment in broadband networks that are currently creating new jobs.”

The stated implication of this study is fallacious.  It assumes but for government regulations requiring telcos to maintain obsolete copper cable wireline infrastructure to provide required telephone services, incumbent telcos would be able to replace it with fiber optic plant delivering Internet Protocol (IP)-based services.  The outdated laws and regulations appropriately remain on the books because the outdated publicly switched copper POTS infrastructure remains the dominant infrastructure in most of the nation, much of it incapable of delivering any IP-based services.
Web Analytics