Category Archives: Other News

In the connected home, do you want your apps from scratch or pre-prepared? (Gigaom) – August 21, 2013

“As the internet of things matures, it’s forcing consumers to think about how they want to build their connected home of the future. And frankly, this is a good thing. On Wednesday, SmartThings, the company that makes a hub that speaks multiple radio protocols, is opening an online store where customers can shop, not just for a mess of sensors and the SmartThings hub, but for packages that solve a specific problem.”


Ethernet Inventor Bob Metcalfe Discusses Gigabit Future (Government Technology) – August 7, 2013

“Gigabit communities are sprouting up across the nation, but what’s the big picture for their future? Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe has a few ideas.

Speaking in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Tuesday, Aug. 6, Metcalfe said it will be critical for gigabit networks to reach critical mass so people can be properly networked. This means gig cities like Chattanooga; Kansas City, Kan. and Mo.; and Austin, Texas; need to connect with one another so that they don’t function as “islands” – only innovating within their own communities.”


Machine-to-Machine. What Does It Mean for Broadband (blogtalktadio) – August 7, 2013

” “The silent market” is a phrase some might use to describe machine-to-machine (M2M), which is the group of technologies that enables sensors, meters and a whole range of inanimate objects to communicate with each other. While broadband project teams typically look to economic development, education and medical services applications to justify the cost of building networks, they may be overlooking M2M as one of the killer broadband apps.”


Statewide payoff: NCREN network attracting more commercial Internet providers (WRAL Techwire) – July 30, 2013

“A fiber-optic network that will make high-speed commercial Internet widely available across North Carolina from one provider is one of numerous private sector efforts focused on taking the net to under-served areas and those with little or no access at all. These networks have one backbone piece in common – North Carolina’s Research and Education Network that stretches from the coast to the mountains after a $144 million expansion program.” (subscription required)


RST Global Communications Announces Aggressive Expansion of High-Speed Services Across North Carolina (Yahoo News) – July 24, 2013

“Despite North Carolina’s reputation as a center of research and higher learning, many businesses and residents struggle with limited or non-existent Internet access. As RST Global Communications, LLC (RST) expands its service footprint statewide, those technology issues could soon be a thing of the past.”



Parks Associates: Over 17 Million U.S. Broadband Households Interested in Live Chat Services With Health Experts (Market Wired) – July 23, 2013

“Digital health research from Parks Associates finds over 50% of U.S. broadband households with access to online services such as prescription refills, real-time video calls with a doctor, or appointments use these services. Demand for additional services is also high, with nearly 20% of U.S. broadband households, over 17 million households, interested in a live chat service with health experts. In addition, 13% are interested in virtual tools to manage medications, and 15% are interested in post-surgery virtual monitoring.”

Responses for Next Generation Network surprise, please Triangle backers (WRAL Techwire) – April 5, 2013

Article on submissions to RFP that were due April 1. “The review of responses has just begun, but the backers seeking to create a Google Fiber-like high-speed network across the Triangle and parts of the Triad are certainly pleased with what they have seen so far.”


Genachowski Stmt on Proposed State Legislation Restricting Broadband – Feb. 15, 2013

FCC Chair Genachowski made a statement discouraging legislation limiting community owned networks. “Last Friday, FCC Chairman Genachowski issued a statement discouraging states from creating (or maintaining) barriers to community owned networks. This statement came just days after Georgia began considering a bill to limit local authority in deciding whether a network were a wise decision.”