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 you might have missed. This month we feature the stampede to offer VoIP and share some statistics on worldwide broadband growth.
To provide IP-based television services, companies need a way to move video streams from the home gateway to the TV set. That's where the next generation of "whole-home wireless" technologies and products are important. Recent announcements from Ruckus Wireless, Metalink, and a big one from EWC are all pieces in the puzzle of how quickly 802.11n standards will be adopted and products get to the market.
You've heard it before: the healthcare system worldwide is facing a crisis. At a symposium in Boston on "The Accelerating Use of Communication Technology in Healthcare" there were two pieces of good news. A committed core of thought leaders from the medical community, corporations and governments is starting to act as a catalyst for experimentation and change. And the health care impacts and after-effects of Hurricane Katrina may act as a rallying cry to speed attention to this critical problem, at least in the US.
"Video on the go" is growing by leaps and bounds. The contest is underway to find out which implementations of the concept will stick and which are a flash in the pan.
Here's an update on transforming our Sanibel retreat to prepare for the digital future. Setting up broadband and wireless networking for multiple PCs was trivial compared to all the decisions that had to be made in choosing cabling and equipment for both analog and digital audio and video. With many things in transition, like the move toward digital TV and the lack of a two-way CableCard, we've made our best guesses at how to future proof what we're putting in the walls.
Concepts like "global village" and "making distance irrelevant" have new and personal meaning for us, thanks to satellite communications. We've grown accustomed to having laptops, communications links and Websites in a lot of places, but having them from one of the highest mountains in Tibet was a very different experience.
If IPTV and entertainment are on your radar screen, the next couple of months will be a good time to immerse yourself in IPTV in the US and in Asia, plus the content, services and home products that will be finding their way into more and more living rooms.