Why net neutrality does not equal net utility

By Larry M. Elkin

The most strident proponents of "net neutrality" want the Federal Communications Commission to declare broadband a utility, so the government can ensure that everyone gets equal access to the best Internet service that today's providers can offer.

Had they gotten this wish back in 1999, there is a good chance we would all get online today using state-of-the-art dial-up modems.

The FCC is trying to walk a fine line in its regulation of broadband....

By BroadbandNation, 04 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Net Neutrality, Networks, Operators.

Is your ISP delivering the advertised speeds?

New FCC Data Names and Shames Under Performers Like AT&T

Back in 2011 the FCC began collecting real-world user broadband data from customized routers, then issuing reports on which ISPs were failing to deliver advertised speeds. It's one of the few FCC policies in recent years that has truly paid dividends for consumers. The first report "named and shamed" several larger ISPs like Cablevision for offering horrible peak performance, offering...

By BroadbandNation, 08 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, N America, Wireless.

Wireless...is it no substitute for wireline?

....Smartphones are a supplement, not a replacement for fixed line.

As I've been noting more than a little bit, we're at an interesting precipice in the broadband sector where AT&T and Verizon are starting to give up on upgrading tens of millions of DSL customers, instead letting them simply flee to cable. That not only creates a much stronger cable monopoly in an already uncompetitive broadband market, but it raises rates for tens of millions of DSL customers, who suddenly face the high(er) prices and steep overages...

By BroadbandNation, 04 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, N America, Wireless.

Industry think tank pretends US broadband is secretly awesome

When you're indisputably mediocre in nearly every broadband ranking due to limited competition and regulatory capture, what's a monopoly and/or duopoly broadband market to do? For much of the last decade the US broadband industry's answer to that question is to shell out millions to fauxcademics, astroturfers, paid think tankers and assorted hired flacks to argue that United States broadband is secretly awesome and you just didn't know it.

The tactic is far more successful than it should be, thanks to a press that often...

By BroadbandNation, 22 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, N America.

Is cloud computing an overhyped technology?

"Over hyped" is in the eye of the beholder. Cloud Computing (specifically SaaS) provides a great option for small businesses to be able to get access to software solutions that they would never otherwise be able to afford due to the prohibitive cost of entry - servers, support, staff, etc. And getting the word out to a lot of small businesses takes time and a lot of avenues. So, it may seem over-hyped to those of us who work with this stuff on a regular basis, but for small business owners who spend their days just "keeping the joint running", it's necessary to keep it in front of them -...

By BroadbandNation, 28 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud.

US telecoms Industry roundup 2010 To 2015

The U.S. telecom industry has been fast changing owing to numerous technological advancements. This research conducted by Axvoice looks at the U.S. telecom industry from 2010 to 2015 and the different factors that are affecting it over this period of time. This research aims to provide a generic overview of the projections for the U.S. telecom industry by monitoring the current trends.

By BroadbandNation, 18 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, N America, Research.

Hosted PBX - Good Business Choice?

A hosted PBX solution may not be right for every business application. But if you do your due diligence you may find it's a good business choice for you.One key is that when you talk about hosted PBX (VoIP) .... it can mean different things to different people.The intent of hosted PBX / VOIP is to provide the service at a fixed monthly cost rather than taking in the capital cost of a purchased solution. It can also be used to invest in a more feature rich solution than would otherwise be affordable (renting a piece of a very expensive system...

By BroadbandNation, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Networks, VoiP.