In this week's edition of Gigabites: making movies with a gigabit, AT&T's progress toward deployment in San Antonio and more.
What's a gigabit good for? Uploading lots of video. And that's why Chattanooga has been hosting a 48-hour film contest for three years running, that encourages citizens to upload video clips for filmmakers to use in producing their own movie shorts. In a change this year, however, Chattanooga extended an invitation to gigabit sibling Kansas City to play along. And lo and behold, the "Best in Show" award went to a KC-based team made up of video editor Kyle Hamrick and musician Mark Buergler. (Winning video available here.)
Uploading videos doesn't require a gigabit network; nor does exchanging large media files between an editor and a musician working in two separate physical locations. But having local gigabit connectivity certainly speeds things along and eases the collaboration process. No doubt that’s the message Chattanooga and Kansas City were hoping to impart.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is now building up a head of steam behind its U-Verse with AT&T GigaPower project. The telco announced this week that it's putting executive Kevin Ryan in charge of launching its gigabit network in San Antonio, with service expected to become available starting next week. AT&T will have to contend with rival Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) in the Texas town, as the Internet giant has also said it will target San Antonio for gigabit deployment. (See Gigabites: Ting Scouts NC for New Gig Sites.)
Not to be outdone by the big-name telco operators, Midcontinent Communications (Midco) released word this week that Fargo, N.D. will be the first city to receive its gigabit service. The smaller ISP has already said it will offer gigabit Internet to everyone in its customer footprint by the end of 2017, and it's planning to use DOCSIS 3.1 for the rollout.
In case you missed it, the White House is doing its part to encourage more gigabit city development. The administration tasked a newly created Broadband Opportunity Council with providing recommendations on how "to identify and assess regulatory barriers and opportunities" related to broadband expansion and adoption. The council released its report this week, which includes recommendations for modernizing federal funding programs and improving the sharing of information and tools from successful gigabit deployments. (See White House Lines Up Broadband Playbook .)
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading