By Tom Wheeler – “Here’s how the telecom industry plans to defang their regulators,” a September 12, 2013 Washington Post headline announced. “[T]elecom giants including Verizon, AT&T and Comcast have launched multiple efforts to shift regulation of their broadband business to other agencies that don’t have nearly as much power as the FCC,” the article explained.
The companies’ goal: to move regulatory jurisdiction from the Federal Communications Commission to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Strategically, it is a brilliant sleight of hand since the FTC has no rulemaking authority and no telecommunications expertise, yet the companies and the policymakers who support them can trot out the line that the FTC will protect consumers.
With this vote, the FCC walked away from over a decade of bipartisan efforts to oversee the fairness and openness of companies such as Comcast, AT&T, Charter, and Verizon. These four companies control over 75 percent of the residential internet access in America, usually through a local monopoly. Henceforth, they will be able to make their own rules, subject only to very limited after-the-fact review.
The assertion that the FTC will be able to provide that protection adequately is an empty promise. The people at the FTC are good people, but they have neither network expertise, nor the authority to make rules. more>
Posted in Broadband, Business, Communication industry, CONGRESS WATCH, Economy, FCC, History, Net, net neutrality, Regulations, telecom
Tagged Broadband, Congress Watch, FCC, Government, Internet, Net Neutrality, United States, Wireline
Boeing and subsidiary Liquid Robotics team up to explore deeper possibilities for autonomous systems
BY Dan Raley – Created by Boeing subsidiary Liquid Robotics, this maritime innovation known as the Wave Glider was originally intended to record the songs of migrating whales. When integrated with Boeing’s advanced sensors for defense applications, the Wave Glider can locate undersea vehicles at substantial distances, hunt for mines, monitor land radar, and gather and relay data to other systems, all while operating on solar and wave power for months at a time.
“It’s a hidden treasure,” said Jim Bray, Boeing autonomous systems technology integrator in St. Louis. “There’s a lot going on under the sea.”
Covered with fiberglass panels and small antennas topside and tethered to a wing-like propulsion system beneath it called a sub, the Wave Glider communicates by low-Earth-orbit satellite through a command-and-control unit and surface radio modem, similarly to someone sending a text message by smartphone.
“It’s revolutionary stuff,” said Scott Willcox, Liquid Robotics technology lead. “It’s like reinventing the sail — fundamentally, it’s a new way to get around the ocean. What you can do with it is almost limitless.”
In Ventura, Calif., in July, seven months after Boeing acquired Liquid Robotics, the companies teamed to test new Wave Glider capabilities in the ocean that would be presented to a customer for the first time. The testing demonstrated how transponders placed on the ocean floor by the Wave Glider conceivably could provide an oceanic GPS. An unmanned undersea vehicle in need of updating its location could use these underwater acoustics to determine where it is and never have to surface. more>
Posted in Communication industry, EARTH WATCH, Nature, Net, Technology, Transportation
Tagged Boeing, Business improvement, Net evolution, Ocean, Sensors, Technology
By George Mattathil –
In a nutshell, the current situation with cyber security
] is the direct result of the developments during the the “internet bubble,” in the 1990s. Collapse of the Bell Labs permitted the unchecked growth of the “internet bubble” and related hype.
The divestiture and the collapse of the Bells Labs left a vacuum for network technology leadership, that was substituted by hype that surrounded the “internet mania.” As a result, current network industry is operating on flawed foundational principles.
This added to the deficiencies in economic decision systems for (network) technology adoption, with the results we are seeing today: cyber security  challenges, internet malware  attacks and political controversies .
One of the consequences of the flawed network foundations is that the Broadband  adoption (which includes IoT) is progressing much slower than it could.
Another side effect is that ongoing network deployments are architecturally incoherent, resulting in enhanced complexity and cost. more>
Posted in Broadband, Business, Communication industry, CONGRESS WATCH, Economic development, Economy, Education, FCC, History, Net, net neutrality, Telecom industry
Tagged Broadband, Business improvement, Government, Internet, Technology, Technology adoption, United States
By Sarah Wray – Bettina Warburg explained that throughout history, we have created “middlemen” to deal with uncertainty about trade – who are we dealing with, how do we know we are getting what we were promised, and what if we don’t receive the goods? These middlemen include banks, corporations and government entities, as well as online platform marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Alibaba.
Now for the first time, she said, we can lower this uncertainty using technology alone – blockchain, meaning no middlemen are required.
Blockchain unlocks the idea of a “network state … which you can think of as shared reality. Blockchain is in some ways giving us an autonomous network state — the ability to manage all that information and make choices on it by transacting it without middlemen,” she said.
“It’s a matter of urgency that public services, and the leadership of those public services, is able to anticipate technology and the disrupted business models it creates; and that it can respond to that by setting out the key demands. We cannot find ourselves in situations again where we have to regulate after the event. That is government not doing its job properly,” commented Andrew Collinge. more>
Posted in Broadband, Business, Communication industry, Economic development, Economy, How to, Net, Science, Technology
Tagged Blockchain, Business improvement, Government, Internet, Leadership, Smart City, Technology
By Steve Denning, Carlota Pérez – To simplify and summarize: there have been five technological revolutions over the last 240 years.
What’s interesting for us today is that the historical record reveals a regular pattern in the diffusion process. It takes place in two halves. First, we have the rise of the new technology that occurs during the decline of the previous revolution. It’s like the 1980s, when we had inflation with the old technologies, which were yielding decreasing returns, while the information technology companies were growing fast with steadily increasing returns (and decreasing prices).
That first half is the installation period of the new technology, which leads to and ends with one or more bubble prosperities –as in the late 1990s and mid-2000s– when the financial sector and the casino economy take over.
Then the bubble or bubbles burst and we have a recession, as we have now, that might last anywhere from 2 years to 13 years or more.
Now in 2017, we are in the middle of another turning point, as in the 1930s, and we could have a period of sustained global prosperity if appropriate action is taken. more>
Posted in Banking, Broadband, Business, Communication industry, Economy, Education, History, Leadership, Media, Net
Tagged Banking reform, Broadband, Financial crisis, Government, Internet, Leadership, Super regions, Technology
The FCC is poised to dismantle common carriage for broadband and wireless providers. That’s bad, but the internet itself is worse.
By Ian Bogost – It makes sense to construe broadband and wireless providers as common carriers, like telephone companies and utilities. And a majority of Americans, no matter their affiliation, support regulating internet providers in this manner.Security breaches, privacy violations, election meddling, wealth inequality, and a host of other concerns have sullied the tech sector’s reputation.
A public darling during the Obama years, when net neutrality won out, the tech industry has effectively become Big Tech, an aggressor industry along the lines of pharmaceuticals, oil, or tobacco.Local retailers have to manage their searchability on Google, or pay for ads to compete with big companies like Amazon. Restaurants must make sure they’re listed on Google Maps and Yelp and OpenTable.
Creating a mobile app requires payment of registration fees for listing products on the Google or Apple app stores, and a substantial commission on every sale or subscription.
If the internet is to remain a public utility, it must also become a public utility worth using, and one that doesn’t dismantle the society that would use it through neglect and deceit and malice.
It’s time to stop treating the internet as a flawless treasure whose honor must be protected from desecration. It hasn’t been such for a long time, if indeed it ever was. more>
Posted in Broadband, Business, Communication industry, CONGRESS WATCH, Economy, FCC, History, Leadership, Media, net neutrality, Regulations
Tagged Broadband, Congress Watch, Government, Internet, Leadership, Net Neutrality, Regulations, United States
By Tom Wheeler – Fighting against monopolization in the internet era…meet ideologically-driven “do what the big guys want.”
A fair and open internet is the backbone of the digital economy. The FCC has sold out to the wishes of the companies it is supposed to regulate over the consumers it is supposed to protect.
For more than a decade, previous Republican and Democratic FCCs have tried to bring fairness and balance to the delivery of the internet to consumers. Every one of those efforts has been opposed by the corporations that consumers rely on to deliver the internet. Now the Trump FCC has simply cut to the chase, there is no need for the big companies to sue—they’ll just be given everything they want.
The assertion that the FCC proposal is somehow pro-consumer is a sham that doesn’t pass the straight-face test. It is impossible to find anything pro-consumer in the expert telecommunications agency walking away from its responsibilities in favor of an agency with no telecommunications expertise or authority. more>
- F.C.C. Plans Net Neutrality Repeal in a Victory for Telecoms, Cecilia Kang, nytimes.com
- FCC Plans to Gut Net Neutrality, Allow Internet ‘Fast Lanes’, Klint Finley, wired.com
- FCC plan would give Internet providers power to choose the sites customers see and use, Brian Fung, washingtonpost.com
- <strong>FCC chief plans to ditch U.S. ‘net neutrality’ rules, David Shepardson, reuters.com
- Trump’s FCC has revealed plans to wipe out net neutrality, Tony Romm, recode.net
- A More Fragmented, Costly Internet Within New FCC Proposal, Critics Say, Andrew Soergel, usnews.com
- A More Fragmented, Costly Internet Within New FCC Proposal, Critics Say, Andrew Soergel, usnews.com
- Network neutrality, explained, Timothy B. Lee, vox.com
Posted in Broadband, Business, Communication industry, CONGRESS WATCH, Economic development, Economy, Education, FCC, History, Leadership, Media, Net, net neutrality, telecom
Tagged Broadband, Congress Watch, FCC, Internet, Net Neutrality, United States
By John Hawkins – 100G. One hundred billion bits per second. Let that sink in for a minute.
You may have seen broadband offers from your local phone, cable, or wireless operator for 1 Gb/s services. But 100 Gb/s? Nice as it sounds, who needs it? Well, you’d be surprised.
As it turns out, 100GbE service is in demand for several reasons. Not in your residential context, mind you, but in a growing number of enterprise and operator scenarios – and it’s starting to get noticed. Current industry projections estimate that almost $7B (US) worth of 100G Ethernet services will sell this year, and will approach $20B by 2020.
We have been experiencing continued growth in bandwidth consumption for years. No surprise there. Shipments for 1GbE ports are still the sweet spot and the volume leader, while 10GbE ports are gaining ground according to Ovum. The trend is driven primarily by the growth in enterprise/residential service aggregation, mobile network buildouts, and data center interconnect. more>
Posted in Broadband, Communication industry, Economic development, Economy, History, Product, Science, Technology, Telecom industry
Tagged 100GbE, bandwidth, Broadband, Ciena, Ethernet, Fiber optics, Internet, Technology