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's briefs focus on recent WiMAX news; new IPTV statistics from the DSL Forum; Microsoft's new Media Center Extenders and Internet TV Beta; and an outlook on the upcoming holiday shopping season for consumer electronics.
If Bret Swanson of the Discovery Institute is right, we're in for an "exaflood". P2P, movie downloads, Internet video, remote backup and more will create a consumer-driven bandwidth explosion. At the recent Fiber-to-the-Home Conference, we heard about the progress of FTTH in the US, saw infrastucture that supports it, and heard about CPE that will drive IP traffic growth.
The focus at this year's UPLC was more on utility applications than broadband services. Utilities are facing an aging workforce, increasing energy demand and the pressure of green initiatives. Communications networks are key to addressing these problems and "home area networks" are likely to play a role for energy control and demand response. What will this mean for BPL?
We hope to see some of you at TelcoTV in Atlanta October 22-25. For those located in the Middle East/Africa, or in Asia, there are upcoming IPTV conferences in your regions as well.