Table of Contents For This Issue
News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
Each month, we collect miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations that you might have missed. This month we feature a study on broadband usage reflecting "media meshing," thoughts on the emergence of the "prosumer," some broadband statistics and much more.
The "C word" is back. Convergence. You'll hear it in phrases like "fixed-mobile convergence" and a host of other places. We take a brief look at the myriad ways the word is being applied, each of which now has some very real examples.
TV on your mobile phone? Video greeting cards? These and more were subjects of conversation at the cable industry's annual show, where the new nirvana was services delivered to the customer wherever they are, on whatever device is with them. The show floor and session topics acknowledged that the triple play is becoming yesterday's story. Tomorrow's customers have grown up in an increasingly digital world so their expectations are very different than those of their parents.
We recently added a vacation home to the mix of places we spend our time. As with our home, we're equipping our new condo as a comfortable place to work and play with broadband.
AT&T, Verizon, Lucent and Bell Labs all call it home. The telecom industry has played an important role in New Jersey for many years, but wired telecom employment in the state dropped by half over a seven year period. A "Summit on Shaping New Jersey's Telecommunications Future" explored what new technologies are bringing to the telecom industry and grappled with what lessons can be learned from other states and countries.
Imagine what it's like to be a city mayor. Not only do you have constituents knocking on your door, you also have this new world of broadband that some people think should be on your agenda. Broadband Properties Magazine asked us to help their readers, especially municipal officials, understand the basics of broadband access technologies, how well they work and why one might fit a particular set of needs better than another.
Several interesting conferences are coming up soon. We wanted to let you know about them, especially if you will be near London, Amsterdam or Boston in the next few weeks.
We heard from readers commenting on our RSS feeds and municipal broadband.