Table of Contents For This Issue
News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
Mark Francisco of Comcast writes about Comcast's ongoing trial of energy management services in collaboration with the electrical utility. This is an example of a “Broadband without Internet” application which requires a persistent broadband connection but does not require high speed or other features associated with the Internet.
Last month's Broadband Wireless World was a fascinating mix of WISPs serving rural America, independent telcos, vendors large and small, and mega-players like Intel and Verizon. Although there was plenty of focus on Wi-Fi and the use of unlicensed spectrum, there was also a growing focus on other standards like 802.16 and licensed frequencies, particularly by the established players.
Chip companies have the unenviable task of forecasting the future, so their silicon can be ready for not-yet-designed products and services. One way we get a view of the future is to see where companies like Broadcom are putting their resources, and speaking with their leaders to understand why. Broadcom is placing resources behind wireless networking because they believe it will be embedded into many consumer products based on systems-on-a-chip. They want to be ready with all the pieces to create those systems.
We've heard so much hype about Wi-Fi that we thought we'd try to provide a dose of reality. We do believe that broadband wireless has a great future -- but it's not all Wi-Fi in spite of what you read in the press.
We're testing a ViewSonic airPanel V110 - one of the new wireless networking devices based on Microsoft's "Windows-powered Smart Display" technology. Here are our initial--and favorable--impressions.
With all the discussion about broadband's increasing speeds and applications, it's easy to take for granted the life-style changes that an always-on service makes. We talk about some of these in our home, and how hard it is to describe to people who aren't experiencing it.
We've written a lot about how IP communications would be a "disruptive technology" to incumbent telephone companies. Now we're seeing the impact in falling prices for traditional voice services, and increased competition for high-speed Internet.
One reader said his venture capital company is looking for "broadband deals with a homeland security focus"; another pointed to a more positive analysis of using PLC for broadband access.