Light Reading
Also: Most pay-TV subs still don't use TV Everywhere services; Blockbuster to close another 300 stores; WOW's got a new CFO

FCC Prods More Cities to Go Big With 1-Gig

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
1/22/2013
50%
50%

Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.

  • Call it the Google Fiber Effect. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski issued the Gigabit City Challenge late last week, calling on mayors and ISPs to build at least one community in all 50 states with 1Gbit/s speeds by 2015 -- blowing away the 4Mbit/s downstream by 1Mbit/s upstream benchmarks the agency uses now to define "broadband." He said a national commitment, that will include an "online clearinghouse" of best practices on how to reduce broadband deployment costs, will accelerate a critical mass of markets with "ultra-fast Internet speeds."

    The FCC should have little trouble hitting the goal. The agency, citing Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council data, says 42 communities in 14 states already have hit the mark. A high-profile city in that group, of course, is Kansas City, Kan., which got access to 1Gbit/s service from Google Fiber last fall. If the cable guys decide to help (or get shamed into helping) the Chairman reach this new deployment goal, look for operators to free up more channels for bonding. The latest Docsis 3.0 cable modems are capable of bonding 24 downstream channels -- enough to produce data bursts near 1 Gbit/s. (See FCC: Broadband Starts at 4Mbit/s, More Docsis 3.0 Gateways Gun for 1-Gig, and Google's Pointy Stick.)

  • Pay-TV operators and their programming partners are trying to put TV Everywhere services on tablets, PCs and smartphones, but not everybody is using them. Just 17 percent of pay-TV subs have streamed authenticated TV Everywhere services, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing a 1,000-person study by GfK Media. One big obstacle is the authentication process itself -- 70 percent of those surveyed who have ever watched video online said they'd be deterred from viewing it that way if it required them to sign in. Among other findings, 37 percent accessed online video directly from a programmer's website or app, while just 30 percent said they hooked in via portals operated by their pay-TV operator.

  • Dish Network Corp. will close another 300 Blockbuster Inc. stores nationwide in the coming weeks, reducing its total to about 500, reports The Denver Post, noting that the move will also result in the loss of about 3,000 jobs. Dish closed about 500 stores last year, and continues to close down underperforming outlets or those that are nearing the end of their leases, the paper adds. Dish bought the bankrupt video rental chain in 2011 for $320 million, and has been trying to make something of the acquisition by bundling Blockbuster's by-mail DVD rental and video streaming services into Dish's subscription-TV packages. (See Dish's Latest Buy Is a Blockbuster and Dish Bundles Up Blockbuster.)

  • Competitive cable overbuilder WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) has hired Richard Fish as CFO. Fish most recently was COO of Northwoods Capital Management LLC and CFO of ICG Communications and ITC DeltaCom, a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) that formerly operated in the southern U.S.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



    (6)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/23/2013 | 2:43:24 PM
    re: FCC Prods More Cities to Go Big With 1-Gig
    Good point. I'll also be interested to see how the FCC defines how a community can be counted as a 1-Gig community. If they include university networks in that equation, that will certainly help the tally rise more rapidly. JB
    joanengebretson
    50%
    50%
    joanengebretson,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/23/2013 | 2:21:50 AM
    re: FCC Prods More Cities to Go Big With 1-Gig
    Hello Jeff & Teresa-
    I think there may be ways of obtaining 1 Gbps networks without municipalities having to build them. The Gig U initiative also has the goal of jump-starting the creation of 1 Gig networks in university communities & they've had some success with persuading carriers to make some deployments of that sort. The ability to achieve Genachowski's goal may depend on how you define a "community." if it's an entire city, that could be challenging. But if it could include parts of cities near universities, I think you could see the goal being met in some new states.
    craigleddy
    50%
    50%
    craigleddy,
    User Rank: Blogger
    1/22/2013 | 9:04:15 PM
    re: FCC Prods More Cities to Go Big With 1-Gig
    I think you were correct to link the FCC's move to Google Fiber. This gives political cover to Google that could prove to be valuable should it decide to expand its service provider aspirations beyond Kansas City. It's a not-too-subtle way of endorsing Google versus cable and other ISPs. Follow the bouncing ball. -
    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/22/2013 | 6:55:30 PM
    re: FCC Prods More Cities to Go Big With 1-Gig
    that's some interesting insight...Then some of this will have to fall on incumbent providers, not just munis...but will those incumbents have- much motivation to follow through if this goal doesn't have any real teeth to it? JB
    tmastrangelo
    50%
    50%
    tmastrangelo,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/22/2013 | 6:22:03 PM
    re: FCC Prods More Cities to Go Big With 1-Gig
    Well, considering that 19 states have regulation that prevents munis from offering telecommunications services - will make this "goal" challenging.- Here is our view on it: http://broadbandtrends.com/blo...
    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/22/2013 | 4:44:05 PM
    re: FCC Prods More Cities to Go Big With 1-Gig
    I suppose this sort of declaration would be good news for US municipalities, though I don't know what kind of teeth this goal really has.- Also, it's another easily filled goal... it wasn't all that long about that the FCC was talking about a "100 Squared" initiative ( http://www.lightreading.com/ft... of seeing 100-Mbit/s services available to 100 million households by 2020. JB

    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Using Service Quality to Drive WiFi Monetization

    10|22|14   |   6:51   |   (0) comments


    Live from the SCTE conference: Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick explores the forces shaping the WiFi opportunity in an interview with CableLabs' Justin Colwell and Amdocs' Ken Roulier.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Distributed Access Architectures – 2

    10|21|14   |   8:51:00 AM   |   (0) comments


    ARRIS CTO Network Solutions Tom Cloonan discusses why many if not most MSOs will continue with integrated CCAP, while addressing why some are also looking at two futuristic, distributed access architectures: Remote PHY and Remote CCAP.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Distributed Access Architectures – 1

    10|21|14   |   9:01   |   (0) comments


    SCTE Sr. Director of Engineering Dean Stoneback discusses the pros and cons of distributed access architecture (DAA) and its various forms, which range from basic Remote PHY to full CMTS functionality in the node.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The WiFi Road to Riches – 2

    10|21|14   |   3:58   |   (0) comments


    ARRIS Senior Solution Architect Eli Baruch talks about how MSOs can enable public and community WiFi through 1) outdoor access points, 2) businesses seeking to offer WiFi to customers, and 3) residential WiFi gateway extensions.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The WiFi Road to Riches – 1

    10|21|14   |   10:15   |   (0) comments


    SCTE Director of Advanced Technologies Steve Harris discusses WiFi deployments, drivers, challenges and advances, including 802.11ac, carrier-grade WiFi, community WiFi, Hotspot 2.0, Passpoint, WiFi-First and voice-over-WiFi.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Advantech Accelerates 100G Traffic Handling

    10|17|14   |   7:56   |   (0) comments


    Paul Stevens from Advantech explains why handling 100GbE needs a whole new platform design approach and how Advantech is addressing the needs of equipment providers and carriers to give them the flexibility and performance they will need for SDN and NFV deployment.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Holland's Imtech Traffic & Infra Discusses Huawei's ICT Solution and Services

    10|16|14   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


    Dimitry Theebe is from the business unit at Imtech Traffic & Infra which delivers communications solutions for transportations. His partnershp with Huawei began about a years ago. In this video, Theebe speaks more about this partnership and what he hopes to accomplish with Huawei.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Comprehensive Storage Solutions Vital for SVR

    10|16|14   |   6:16   |   (0) comments


    SVR Information Technology provides cloud services for academic and special sectors. With Huawei's support, SVR and Yildiz Technical University has established Turkey's largest and most advanced High Performance Computing system. CSO Ismail Cem Aslan talks about what he hopes Huawei's OceanStor storage system will bring for him.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Mexico's Servitron's Impression of Huawei at CCW 2014

    10|16|14   |   6:35   |   (0) comments


    Servitron is a network operator in Mexico that has been in the trunking industry for the past 20 years. Its COO, Ing. Ragnar Trillo O., explains at Critical Communications World 2014 that his company has been interested in the long-term evolution of LTE technology and its adoption for TETRA.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Building a Better Dubai

    10|16|14   |   2:06   |   (0) comments


    Abdulla Ahmed Al Falasi is the director of commercial affairs, a telecommunications coordinator for the government of Dubai. Their areas of service span across multiple industries, including police, safety, shopping malls and more. In this video, Abdulla talks about his department's work with Huawei.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Lights Up Malaysia Partner Maju Nusa

    10|16|14   |   1:59   |   (0) comments


    Malaysia's Maju Nusa is an enterprise partner to Huawei in networking, route switches and telco equipment. At this year's Critical Communications World in Singapore, CTO Pushpender Singh talks about what Huawei's eLTE solutions mean to his company and for Malaysia.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Evolving From HFC to FTTH Networks

    10|15|14   |   2:19   |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Todd McCrum delves into the future of cable's HFC plant, examining how DOCSIS 3.1 and advanced video compression will extend its life and how the IP video transition will usher in GPON and EPON over FTTH.
    Upcoming Live Events
    October 29, 2014, New York City
    November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
    November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
    December 2, 2014, New York City
    December 3, 2014, New York City
    December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    February 10, 2015, Atlanta, GA
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    WhoIsHostingThis.com presents six of the world's most extreme WiFi hotspots, enabling the most epic selfies you can imagine.
    Hot Topics
    Google: Carriers & Cloud Providers Need to Cooperate
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/16/2014
    Could Data Be the New 'Currency'?
    Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 10/16/2014
    iPad Air 2 Lets Users Switch Carriers Any Time
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/17/2014
    Analysts Warn of Major NFV Gaps
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/22/2014
    CBS Takes OTT Plunge
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/16/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed