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Occam Podcast about the NOFA

July 21, 2009

Alphabet Soup in Broadband

July 18, 2009

If you have been even slightly following the Broadband Stimulus program, you will notice that there is an increasing amount of acronyms to keep track of - ARRA, BIP, BTOP, etc. Luckily, here's a glossary from the Knight Center of Digital Excellence.

The key words to know are Unserved and Underserved because that is where the money is earmarked to go. But you have to decide if you will apply for the RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) for broadband projects in rural areas or for the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) for broadband projects in unserved and underserved areas of the United States.

Each program has separate criteria. On a soon to be released podcast with Occam Networks, we discussed much of this.



Is Cellular the new Crack?

July 13, 2009

Stacey at GigaOm writes about the data problem for cellular companies. On the one hand, data revenue of $40 to $60 more per month from an account seems pretty good; on the other hand, 70% of the traffic on a tower is from data cards (about 3-4% of subscribers). This seems like they should have known this.

Voice calls take up less than 10K per stream. 3G data takes up to 3MB.

USF and Rural Reform

July 4, 2009

In a recent conversation with a buddy of mine at a state PUC, we were discussing small rural ILEC's. Many are cash strapped which makes providing advanced services difficult - no cash to buy a head-end (half a million or more). 

RLEC's can get RUS loans for the upgrade to fiber, but OPEX and labor for installation are not covered by the loan. That creates a quandry.

Why are the RLEC's cash strapped? They get all that Universal Service funding (both state and federal).



Wouldn't Eminent Domain Work?

June 19, 2009

BellSouth and Cox fought Lafayette (LA) over the municipal fiber project (LUS) to the  tune of $500,000 in legal fees. Who do you think paid those fees? Taxpayers and consumers.

Then there's the Embarq, TimeWarner Cable fight over the Wilson (NC) municipal fiber project called Greenlight. It was a $28M project.

Usage Based Billing Rant

June 18, 2009

Occam Networks has a pretty good blog. Today's topic is usage based pricing. I disagree with the usage based pricing.

As I see it, we have had (mainly telco) rate hikes since 1999 on the promise of Broadband. In fact, in Penn. Verizon promised DS3 to the home.



Broadband Funding Round-Up

June 15, 2009

Everyone has some plan to spend money for broadband now that the BTOP is out there.  Much of the broadband problem revolves around lack of fiber. There's no conduit and no fiber, so what do you do?

This one blog post explains the conduit and fiber access dilemma and how if it is not addresses will create problems down the road. 

Then you have a couple of Congresspeople pushing a bill to build conduit into any highway expenditures. Except the Highway Trust Fund is broke.

Maybe we need to stop looking at the federal government for broadband deployment and start looking at the business plan for after you sink all those assets in the ground. Need we forget that there is plenty of fiber in the ground from companies that have long been forgotten that lies unused (because no one knows where it is, where it goes or who owns it). 

At the end of the day, there needs to be a business plan that allows for sustainable broadband.







What About AOL?

April 29, 2009

Tonight, Steve Case was on twitter tweeting, "Sad AOL went from being Internet pioneer/leader to also-ran. But still more there then most understand; hopeful can return to greatness." My replies were as follows: what they need are some young, hungry start-up execs, but what they will get is a stodgy exec that wants to cost cut and ride it out.

Why do I say that? Look at Embarq. Hesse had a couple months to pick a team and formulate a plan for the soon-to-be spun off Embarq.

When Will Level3 Pull the Trigger?

April 28, 2009

Speaking with some industry channel folks today, we got to discussing Level3. Rob Powell says it best, "The Economy Takes a Big Bite Out of Level 3". This is a company with $6B in debt compared to $4B in revenue and negative free cash flow. Everyone wondered when the BK filing woud happen.

Level3 is as much at fault as Cogent and Hurricane Electric in leading the way to pricing underwater. Plus with operational challenges they aren't creating happy customers or agents.

Broadband is Productivity

April 28, 2009

I think that broadband has made some people "too connected". Between twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, email, text messages, etc. When do you get a recess? But for those that can in fact walk away from the tech and live a normal life, broadband allows for increased productivity.

If you think I am making this up, Broadband Properties magazine has a nice article with supporting facts.

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