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San Francisco reveals latest #Resist effort – resisting sub-gigabit internet access
Thursday, 16 March 2017 06:56

The City of San Francisco has already put in place numerous plans to resist the policies of the Trump Administration – from immigration to healthcare to labor agreements. Now it is moving on to internet access.

Supervisor Mark Farrell has set up a "blue ribbon panel" to look at how to get the City by the Bay wired up with super-fast fiber that will offer gigabit speeds at vastly reduced costs.

Farrell will co-chair the panel with Harvard Law School Professor Susan Crawford, who has become a figurehead of a movement to introduce dark fiber across the United States as

Sources: Liberty Global, Vodafone take seats at negotiating table AGAIN
Thursday, 16 March 2017 03:38

Exclusive A corporate tie up between Vodafone UK and Liberty Global is back on the negotiating table, multiple sources have told The Register .

The fourth floor of Voda’s Newbury HQ has been sealed off with access only granted to execs from both firms, insiders claimed. Andrea Salvato, SVP and chief development officer at Liberty Global, is leading discussions for his company, a source added.

"Only certain high-level members of staff are permitted access. Visitors are permitted but only from Liberty Global," a company insider told us.

In January, the pair completed a merger in the Netherlands to form a

Speaking in Tech: WTH! Bitcoin costs more than Visa transaction?
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:35


speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise

This week in our enterprise tech podcast, Greg, Ed and Melissa are joined by Amy Lewis, who has recently been added as a co-host for the show. This week the team discusses Intel’s big move to redefine itself, Bitcoin problems and Uber podcasts.

The details…

  • (0:00) Bacon and Bourbon in Seattle
  • (2:43) Amy Lewis officially joins the podcast
  • (4:25) New '70s porn intro music
  • (7:40) Aussie and Singapore recap
  • (14:09) Intel nabs Mobileye and buzz words for over $15B
  • (24:07) Bitcoin miners huff and puff
  • (29:30) SXSW crowd get whiny over Uber
  • (30:54) Uber pushes anti-union podcasts
  • (37:15) Secret
UK's BT Openreach settlement highlights wider issues of 5G convergence
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:03

Comment There will be far tighter integration between fixed and wireless connectivity in 5G than ever before. Dense virtualized networks will require huge numbers of high-capacity fixed links; fixed broadband will be delivered over wireless as well as wireline; fixed/mobile convergence for content and service delivery will become table stakes; edge computing and the Internet of Things will be supported by a mish-mash of connection technologies (even ETSI’s Mobile Edge Computing has now been renamed Multi-access Edge Computing).

This development will inform government policies on 5G. On the one hand, authorities will have to rethink M&A and antitrust policies. Consolidation,

Retrotechtacular: How Old is the Remote?
Friday, 17 March 2017 14:01

A few weeks ago we covered a (probably) bogus post about controlling a TV with the IR from a flame. That got us thinking about what the real origin of the remote control was. We knew a story about the 38 kHz frequency commonly used to modulate the IR. We’ve heard that it was from sonar crystals used in earlier sonic versions of remotes. Was that true? Or just an urban myth? We set out to find out.

Surprise! Remotes are Old!

If you are a younger reader, you might assume TVs have always had remotes. But for many of …read more

BT splurges £1.2bn on securing Champions League rights, Sky heads for an early bath
Monday, 06 March 2017 23:00

BT has beaten arch-rival Sky in its bid to splash £394m retaining the rights for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

That is a big increase on the current £299m a year the former state monopoly currently pays, totalling £1.2bn by securing the rights until the end of the 2020/21.

BT has been accused of historically under-investing in its broadband division Openreach at the expense of its push into the TV and content space.

The biz denies those claims, pointing to its plans to connect 10 million customers to its ultrafast hybrid fibre and copper G.Fast technology, which will

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