Gigabit Cities

Gigabites: Let's Make a Movie!

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

  • nasimson 10/4/2015 | 10:13:35 AM
    Re: IMAX cellphone @jabailo: That's a marvelous idea. I'm sure we'll see that. But this will take a while. A few years if not a decade. If everyone becomes a broadcaster, we'll have YouWood.com. If YouTube can change the world so much, I cherish to think how much YouWood will.
    jabailo 9/27/2015 | 2:45:28 PM
    IMAX cellphone What they really need is to invent an iPhone that can take IMAX quality film.  Imagine your DIsneyland vacation in IMAX...3D...streamed on YouTube.

    But yes, it's time to bring back the idea of the Cable Access studio.  We've got the bandwidth.  Let's give people the Means of Production to make use of it and see what happens.   Grants, equipment, maybe even moderate stipdends.   Bring back the old Film School as a High Res, Virtual Reality Internet of Screens.




    KBode 9/27/2015 | 10:09:24 AM
    U-Verse... In most Google Fiber markets AT&T's Gigapower is $70 (or more lke $110 if you chose to opt out of snoopvertising); I wonder if they'll match Google Fiber's price point in San Antonio?
    cnwedit 9/25/2015 | 6:16:49 PM
    So now that I have a gigabit I'm not really using... ...it might be time to rent some of the empty space in my empty nest to young filmmakers, who can just rent upload time. 
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