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News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
Reykjavik Energy has ambitious plans: to connect every home in its area with a fiber connection. The results of their initial trial in 100 homes were shared last month at the Digital Reykjavik conference. In this guest article, a conference organizer says that if the rollout goes forward, Iceland will be "a living laboratory for broadband" delivered to a whole society.
We're busy getting some audio and video clips so that those of you who won't be able to take the "Connected by Design Tour" at the Las Vegas showhouse will be able to share some of the experience. Equipment and services from many of our readers' companies will play a big part in the tour.
The final Western Cable Show reflected the consolidation and maturing of the cable industry. It's great that many of the services which started as a vision are now realities, but like all adults it was easy to be nostalgic about the childhood and adolescent days now past. The very successful CableNet will live on in a new setting at the National Cable Show.
The emerging world of "whole home networking" is like a big jigsaw puzzle with lots of pieces including a wide variety of current and emerging networking technologies. DigitalDeck is working on a key piece -- it manages all the content and moves it around the house from whereever it is stored to wherever you want to view it. We interviewed their VP of Strategic Development and saw an impressive demo.
Thomson is a major player in film and television production, distribution and home video reception. With the introduction of a new family of IP-TV set-top boxes based on advanced compression technologies, it is providing telcos with a strong argument for moving fast with TV services over existing ADSL networks.
In the US this month, there suddenly seemed to be that confluence of events that marks the tipping point for a technology. Local exchange carriers, interexchange carriers and cable companies all announced new VoIP services.
A reader wrote to complain that the text version of this report had "too much info". We've clearly not done a good job in getting out the word that the HTML version is much shorter and allows readers to pick and choose only those topics of interest to them. We were also directed to an Internet home in Italy.