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June 27, 2012
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  • Using "white spaces," Air.U plans Super Wi-Fi for small college towns
    A partnership involving Google, Microsoft, hundreds of colleges and the team behind the Gig.U project has turned its attention to providing broadband service to universities in rural areas using Super Wi-Fi technology that exploits the "white spaces" of unused broadcast spectrum. The Air.U partnership will deliver slower service than the gigabit-per-second speeds that Gig.U provides to its institutions, but the consortium hopes the project will promote white-space spectrum technology with the launch of six trials by early next year. GigaOm (6/26), Network World/IDG News Service (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Telehealth market continues to thrive
    The global telehealth market is expected to expand to $2.5 billion by 2018, according to a Companies & Markets report. Growth is being fueled by telehealth's ability to improve clinical care while avoiding costly emergency room visits and hospitalization. Healthcare IT News (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Glitches aside, Intelsat preps trans-Pacific broadband launch
    Intelsat's four-week-old satellite has overcome a damaged solar panel array and will soon complete its goal of expanding broadband service between the U.S. and the northern Pacific Ocean for aircraft and ships, the company announced Tuesday. The new beams are expected to enable seamless broadband service between the U.S. and East Asia. CIO Asia (6/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cable broadband providers test usage-based plans
    Time Warner Cable, Suddenlink and Comcast are among the broadband providers testing usage-based services. Time Warner Cable subscribers in South Texas can choose a plan that includes 5 gigabytes of broadband each month; Suddenlink is offering "allowance plans" linked to high-speed service; and Comcast's options in its test include one in which subscribers receive 300 GB a month. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Thursday: Free webinar discussing session-delivery networks
    Join Acme Packet and USTelecom this Thursday for this free webinar discussing the foundations of session-delivery networks and ways to extend their reach to deliver more applications and additional devices. Leave with a better understanding of the challenges and solutions to building end-to-end session-delivery networks. Register today -- it's free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Netflix testifies on capping broadband data
    Netflix urged a House subcommittee today to prevent multichannel-TV companies from capping broadband data. The communications and technology subcommittee is holding hearings on the future of video. Bloomberg (6/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vizio brings out $99 Google TV "puck" to challenge Apple TV
    Vizio has introduced the Co-Star, a Google TV-based set-top box priced at $99. The product is expected to provide competition to the Apple TV media box, which carries the same price, and to similar products from Roku and Sony. Meanwhile, Variety reports that Google is reinvigorating its television software, as exemplified in Sony's NSZ-GS7 Internet Player. VentureBeat (6/26), Multichannel News (6/26), Variety (subscription required) (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Opinion: Fiber-backhaul demand sparks fresh options
    The increasing demand for 4G wireless data services will place an ever greater burden on stringing fiber to cell towers, and a solution is not in sight, said Hunter Newby, the head of Allied Fiber, who added that government efforts at solutions will likely fall short. "We need to understand the reality of what it is going to cost to build that and where we are going to build it," he said. Light Reading (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More operators tapping small-cell architectures to boost LTE reach
    Providers of 4G wireless are turning to small-cell networks deployed at the edge of their backbones to extend the reach and speed of their Long Term Evolution services. The architectures -- which were originally used to address limitations of earlier 3G networks -- are deployed using radio components on poles and lampposts. Experts say the trend could lead to new opportunities for third-party access providers, including cable companies who maintain a fiber presence in dense urban areas. Light Reading Mobile (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The cat, having sat upon a hot stove lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again. But he won't sit upon a cold stove lid, either."
--Mark Twain,
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