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by Karl Bode 05:23PM Tuesday Sep 23 2014
A lot of the 1 Gbps deployments from cable operators like Cox and Suddenlink are going to depend on the faster speeds provided by the as-yet-undeployed DOCSIS 3.1 standard, which should support 10 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream (albeit shared). To that end, CableLabs this week stated that deployment of the standard is slightly ahead of schedule. The first chips should ship late this year, though broad deployment still isn't expected until 2016.

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Comcast's on record stating that it should take significantly less time to deploy the standard tha it took to develop it. CableLabs executives admit that while many customers don't need 1 Gbps, there will be other benefits to the standard beyond just speed:
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“Today, there’s nothing in the marketplace that needs a 1-Gig sustained speed. However, one service today that consumers do value when you get to those kinds of speeds is really not so much the issue of speed overall as it latency, is what I call the ‘fast sync.’ You come into your house and if you could burst to 1-Gig to get your email synchronized, your TV shows onto your iPad because you’re dashing out to a flight…it’s that feeling of having instantaneous access to your information so you can be productive everywhere you go."
The first plugfests and interoperability tests are slated for this December. It looks like "GigaSphere" is going to be the sexier-sounding, consumer-facing branding for the standard.

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by Karl Bode 02:39PM Tuesday Sep 23 2014
Back in April AT&T announced that they'd formed a joint venture with the Chermin Group named Otter Media, the new outfit spending $500 million to "acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services." The latest major acquisition was announced this week, with Otter Media buying a controlling stake in FullScreen, one of the largest YouTube networks. According to the AT&T announcement, FullScreen "works with more than 50,000 content creators who engage 450 million subscribers and generate 4 billion monthly views,' with the acquisition supporting AT&T's "focus on youth-based content."

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by Karl Bode 12:25PM Tuesday Sep 23 2014
DirecTV says they'll begin broadcasting in the 4K ultra-high definition standard sometime this year, as the cable and broadcast industry continues to wait for 4K set ownership to reach critical mass. Even though pricing on 4KTVs have dropped in recent years, the industry remains hesitant after the mega-flop that was 3D television -- something DirecTV CEO Michael White admitted was fueling cable and broadcast reservations about 4KTV:
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“This year is probably the first year you will start to see some critical mass of television sets in the home — still tiny but more than prior years … our plan is to have an Ultra-HD [Video on Demand] VOD capability by the end of this year,” he said.
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by Karl Bode 10:25AM Tuesday Sep 23 2014
Back when the FCC's neutrality rules were crafted in 2010, Google, AT&T and Verizon worked in unison to make sure they didn't cover wireless networks, something the FCC hints may change this time around. Meredith Atwell Baker, formerly an FCC Commisioner turned Comcast lobbyist turned wireless industry lobbyist, has been making the rounds the last two weeks trying to argue that the FCC was correct the first time around.
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by Karl Bode 09:02AM Tuesday Sep 23 2014
Earlier this month we highlighted how Google was under fire for funding the lobbyist organization ALEC, a group that helps companies submit draft legislation that then gets lobbied into law. These efforts by and large are anti-consumer, with ALEC opposing network neutrality and supporting blockades on municipal broadband.
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by Karl Bode 08:04AM Tuesday Sep 23 2014
User cosmokramer See Profile writes in to note that Great Works Internet (see our user reviews) has announced they'll be working to bring fiber-optic broadband services to businesses and residential customers in portions of South Portland. The Bangor Daily News notes that the company will pay about half of the $300,000 needed to connect municipal buildings, then offering 1 Gbps speeds for $70 to residences and $200 per month for business users. The company recently announced a similar public/private municipal partnership with Rockport, Maine.

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by Karl Bode 06:31PM Monday Sep 22 2014
Back in August Suddenlink Communications joined the 1 Gbps fiber to the press release craze by proudly proclaiming they'd be bringing 1 Gbps service to 90% of the company's footprint by 2017. Like Cox, Suddenlink hopes to do this using the unfinished DOCSIS 3.1 standard, which isn't expected to be commercially available in volume until 2016.
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by Karl Bode 04:32PM Monday Sep 22 2014
A new study by Media Science paid for by A&E networks insists that most customers actually are ok with having the ability to fast-forward disabled. Not too surprisingly, the study found that when advertisement fast-forwarding is disabled, users were more likely to recall the contents of the advertisement.
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by Karl Bode 02:14PM Monday Sep 22 2014
Paul Bunyan Communications in Minnesota is the latest ISP to jump into the 1 Gbps public relations race. According to the company's announcement, their "GigaZone" initiative will be one of the largest gigabit networks in the country, promising to offer gigabit services over the ISP's 5,000 square mile footprint over the next five years. Right now, it appears however that these new speeds are only available in just one location: Bemidji, Minnesota. The ISP is now offering users within range of the service the option of symmetrical 50 Mbps for $60 a month, symmetrical 500 Mbps for $80 a month or symmetrical 1 Gbps for $100 a month.

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by Karl Bode 12:08PM Monday Sep 22 2014
Ever since former AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre's "pipes for free" comment in 2005, large ISPs have insisted that they're somehow owed more money simply because content touches their network, and that companies like Google and Netflix somehow use far more than their fair share of network resources. This is nonsensical argument pops up often when ISPs try to get Google and Netflix to subsidize their network upgrades and maintenance.
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by Karl Bode 09:43AM Monday Sep 22 2014
DSLReports regular Darknessfall See Profile directs our attention to the fact that AT&T is running a new promotion for U-Verse customers that offers users broadband, HBO, and a year of Amazon Prime for $40 for one year. Like Comcast, Verizon and others, AT&T has been offering a $40 broadband, HBO and limited TV bundle the hopes of appealing to (almost) cord cutters.
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by Karl Bode 09:07AM Monday Sep 22 2014
Torrent Freak has an interesting piece on the 21 "raid proof" virtual machines (VMs) currently running The Pirate Bay website. Two years ago the website switched all operations to the cloud, scattering their operations across a number of cloud storage providers located all around the world.
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by Karl Bode 08:26AM Monday Sep 22 2014
Back in May Verizon Unveiled their new "XLTE" branded speed upgrades, powered by the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum Verizon acquired that spectrum from the cable industry back in 2011. Since last year Verizon has been using this spectrum to bolster their existing LTE network, bringing speed and capacity improvements to existing LTE markets. Verizon has announced that they've extended these XLTE upgrades into an additional 22 markets, and now offers the upgrades in 400 of the company's roughly 500 LTE markets.

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by Revcb 08:24AM Monday Sep 22 2014

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