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Google Joins New Submarine Cable Partnership

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 11th, 2014

Google is investing in another submarine cable project — at least its third in the last six years – reports Light Reading. Google is one of the partners in the FASTER subsea consortium, which just tapped NEC to build out a $300 million Trans-Pacific cable. The other partners in FASTER are China Mobile, China Telecom, […]

Oceanic Fiber: Threat and Promise

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 28th, 2014

Builtvisible has a detailed history of undersea cables along with their role in espionage, starting with Operation Ivy Bells through the USS Jimmy Carter and the latest threats from earthquakes and terrorists. Some factoids from the story: There are 277 undersea fibre optic cables in the world today. These cables carry 99% of all international […]

More Broadband Subs Than Video Subs

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 28th, 2014

US MSOs will soon have more broadband subscribers than video subscribers for the first time in the industry’s 65-year history, reports Moody’s. In a new report issued last week, Moody’s Investors Service predicts that US cable operators will have more high-speed data customers than pay TV customers by next year. It calculates the crossover point […]

Tour de France 2014

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 24th, 2014

The 101st Tour de France (NY Times, Wikipedia and Twitter), began on Saturday July 5, 2014 and continues until July 27, 2014. The 21-stage race began in Yorkshire, U.K., and stretches across Europe including Spain and Belgium. The race spans a total of 3,664 kilometers (or approximately 2277 miles). Some 3.5 billion people watch some […]

Google I/O 2014

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 23rd, 2014

Google I/O, June 25–26, 2014, is the year’s biggest nerd party, says The Verge, and lists 11 things to watch out for. Google’s Nexus line could get at least one more Nexus device, an HTC 8.9-inch tablet powered by a Nvidia Tegra K1 64-bit processor, according to a report by Android Police. The tablet features […]

FCC to Fund WiFi in Schools

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 23rd, 2014

The FCC’s E-rate program, which funds classroom internet access is focused on wired connections. Today nearly all schools have access to the Internet, and two-thirds of American schools now have fiber connections. But in an era where many laptops and tablets are WiFi-only, fiber connections are of little use. FCC head Tom Wheeler says nearly […]