Welcome to the Broadband Blog

11:30 AM -- More than ever before broadband is getting unwired. From mesh networks, to hotspots, to WiMax, and new advances in 3G; it's getting easier to surf, chat, and watch over the air.

Which means its a good time to introduce a broadband newsletter and blog dedicated to rounding up the week unwired -- with some commentary, laughs, and out-and-out rants along the way.

So let's get started.

Talk Is Cheap:
But is it cheap enough? We'll soon find out as EarthLink Inc. (Nasdaq: ELNK) is testing WiFi phones on its municipal network in Anaheim, Calif. (See EarthLink's Cheap WiFi Vision.)

4G for Me?
Nortel Networks Ltd. will be showcasing a bunch of so-called 4G broadband technology at the CTIA Show in Florida next week. One small problem, 4G hasn't even been fully defined yet. That won't stop Nortel and others pushing WiMax as the future of wireless at the show.

Sleepless in Space:
WildBlue, a broadband satellite Internet provider, has been piggybacking on a Canadian broadcaster's spaceship in July 2004. It has finally got a satellite of its own.

WiFi Eyes in the Sky:
Can citywide broadband reduce crime? (See Fighting Crime With WiFi.)

Pronto, Trento!
In the heart of an Italian winemaking region, the city of Trento will have one of Europe's largest muni WiFi networks, thanks to Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU). (See Trento, AlcaLu Deploy WiFi.)

Broadband Evolution
By 2009, carriers will be able to squeeze 1 Mbit/s out of their EDGE networks with the recently standardized EDGE Evolution software upgrade. This excites financial analysts with the prospect of broadband delivered with low capex-to-sales ratios. But Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) said it will take a "very large volume market," such as China or India, to drive this market faster.

WiMax Who?
In a bid to increase competition, the Malaysian regulator overlooked the telcos Telekom Malaysia Bhd. , Maxis Communications Bhd. , and DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd. , and isssued four WiMax licenses to these companies: Bizsurf, MIBComm, Asiaspace Dotcom, and RedTone-CNX Broadband. Who?

— The Staff, Unstrung

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