5:30 PM -- What do the early days of POTS telephone service and new FTTP services have in common? Kermit Ross of Millennium Marketing recently pointed out at the IEEE monthly meeting in Austin that both technologies required batteries at the customer premises.
Ross wonders: Have we really come that far if there's still a chance that the phones (and now Internet and TV service) could go dead if the batteries aren't changed regularly?
Smart cities are taking shape in small ways, as the technology develops and makes its way to market. Orange Silicon Valley's Will Barkis discusses some of the newer tech he's seeing, where it might be used and privacy concerns that come up.