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 Katrina's aftermath, Verizon's Broadband campaign and a mobile TV trial in Finland.
What's the future for a small company in IPTV, when Microsoft has decided to win the market? We interviewed Mauro Bonomi, CEO of IPTV vendor Minerva Networks, to understand how one experienced company is approaching that issue. While Mauro believes Minerva's open systems approach is best for customers, he understands the risks a big telco might see in choosing "not-Microsoft". Bonomi shared his thoughts on how the dynamics of this game might be changed.
We're into the second phase of preparing our Florida condo for the digital future. As part of a complete remodeling, we're pulling new wires through the walls and installing new video, audio, data and telephone equipment and services. We found it isn't easy to decide what to do in the midst of the transition from analog to digital media.
In our "always connected" world, it's not just technology that keeps changing. People's lifestyles, industry structures and the products and services they count on, are morphing in front of us. Our concepts of "real time", "at home" and "living room TV" are being changed by PVRs, devices like Slingbox, and MobiTV. As new devices keep flowing at the consumer, it will be interesting to see which have real value and which are simply "how many functions can I put in one box"?
You won't get much chance to unpack your suitcase. Several very interesting conferences are coming up in the next few months--covering municipal broadband, powerline networking, telemedicine, home networking and IPTV.
We heard from readers commenting on cable bandwidth as well as seeking answers on mixed mode Wi-Fi, HomePlug problems and Dynamic DNS for VPNs.