Archive for May, 2014

FCC: Redefining Broadband at 25Mbps?

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 30th, 2014

The FCC is beginning to consider whether to raise the definition of broadband from 4 Mbps to 10 Mbps, or even as high as 25 Mbps, reports the Washington Post. These days, 4 Mbps may not get you very much, explains The Post. An HD-quality Netflix stream requires at least a 5 Mbps connection. And […]

T-Mobile/Sprint Agreement?

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 30th, 2014

Softbank Chairman Masayoshi Son has been eager to buy T-Mobile and merge it with Sprint, although the FCC and Justice have had a dim view of such a merger. U.S. regulators previously rejected AT&T’s $39 billion takeover bid for T-Mobile US in 2011. Now Reuters reports that Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and Softbank have been talking […]

Self-Driving Cars

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 29th, 2014

Google is now developing self-driving prototype cars. The driver will be able to summon the car using a smartphone application and the car will automatically drive to the destination selected on the app, the New York Times reported. It doesn’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal. Their software and sensors do all […]

Facebook WiFi Router from D-Link

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 29th, 2014

D-Link today announced it is working with Facebook to deliver D-Link’s first wireless router with Facebook Wi-Fi. The Facebook Wi-Fi will redirect users to your Facebook page. Facebook Check In can be made optional, but redirection to the business Facebook page cannot. The Facebook Wi-Fi 802.11ac router delivers advanced, connectivity for small businesses and their […]

Rooftop Small Cells: Big Gamble?

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 29th, 2014

It’s tempting to think that Sprint or Dish could use rooftops as a basestation platform for urban small cells. But is it practical? I have no clue. Wireless backhaul is currently running $10K a link while a small cell basestation unit can run another $10K or more. Multiply $20K by 1 million homes. That’s a […]

Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Report

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 28th, 2014

Every year, former analyst and venture capitalist Mary Meeker releases an in-depth look at the state of the web. The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner also hints at up-and-coming startups and uncovers digital trends with a great slide deck. This morning, Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends report was released at the Re/code’s CodeCon conference. […]