On Broadband …

THE FIRST week in January is traditionally a time to look back – hmm, let’s review top 10 trends of 2010? Or maybe a time to predict – top 11 trends of 2011, anyone? Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the perfect time to make a grand gesture. I’m going with the third. I started thinking […]

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LAST WEEK, WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION hosted a gentleman named Terry Huval. Huval serves as Director of the Lafayette, LA, Utilities System. In the morning, before other scheduled activities, he graciously met with a group of people from around the Cape region. The topic? How Lafayette ended up in the broadband business. As it turns […]

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INCENDIARY LANGUAGE FIRED BETWEEN COMBATANTS, clandestine meetings, highly-charged rhetoric … who knew that dry ole’ telecomm policy making could be so dramatic? Over the past few months, the normally bureaucratic Federal Communications Commission keeps taking a starring turn at the center of public debate and corporate wrangling in moments like these: The April federal appeals […]

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A BROADBAND NETWORK is like a slice of that delightfully squishy Wonder Bread: It is is a carrier for other things. The region’s OpenCape open access middle mile network is pretty cool, but it takes some peanut butter to turn it into a tasty sandwich. In other words, it is the applications that ultimately matter. […]

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TIME TO VISIT broadband again! I’ve been watching all the back and forth with legal debates and policy setting and general jockeying for position and the one thing that strikes me is this: the train has left the station. And the local regions are driving. I like to think that our very own OpenCape project […]

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In some ways, it resembled the metaphorical a mustard seed. It was just a document, just some words on paper, words that reflected the ongoing operating principles of CERN, the European research center for understanding how the universe works. On April 30, 1993 CERN put this simple document into the public domain. That small act […]

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