There’s a few new geeks in Charlotte and they’d like to meet you. Anyion is proud to announce its latest business partner in the North Carolina region…
From their bio:
CLT Geek strives to have all technical assistance provided to its customers by a geek who is geographically nearby. This allows us to respond quickly and provide the highest possible levels of customer service.
You know things have gotten bad in the technology patent war arena when government officials start to come out and say that the whole quagmire is not a healthy thing. Hopefully this will settle down in the next year but don’t get your hopes up.
Frontier Communications has just announced they agreed to accept $775 per line currently unserved by broadband in exchange for promising to deliver high speed access to every subscriber in its territories. They monies will come from the Connect American fund. While there is no word on what speeds will be used or what technology will be deployed, this is good news for customers who are in underserved or non-served rural areas of Frontier’s territory.
Android: If you ever lose your phone and don’t have a contingency plan in place, you can remotely install Plan B on your phone and locate it instantly.
As part of an FCC effort to improve their broadband data collection, the company last year hired UK firm SamKnows to provide a better glimpse at the real speeds consumers were seeing. SamKnows gave 9,000 volunteers home routers with custom firmware designed to monitor daily connection performance, and the FCC today released their first report based on that data. The report examines the performance of thirteen major U.S. ISPs, and by and large shows that most ISPs deliver at least 80% of the speeds advertised. However, some ISPs perform better than others in this regard, and several ISPs aren’t delivering the speeds consumers are paying plenty for — particularly at peak hours.
“Speedy meetings: Encourage meeting efficiency and get to your next meeting on time. 30 minute meetings end 5 minutes early, 1 hour meetings end 10 minutes early, etc.” We hold meetings like this and haven’t had a staff meeting go over 30 minutes in over 3 years.
It should come as no surprise that many ISPs are trying to boost profits while curtailing capital expenditures. The question is whether or not we let them get away with it.
Speaking at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners summer meeting in Los Angeles, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson apparently was quite unusually transparent:
“We built DSL back in 1997 to chase David’s company and now that’s obsolete,” Stephenson stated (and confirmed by attendees), referring to Comcast and Comcast EVP David Cohen.
Yes, Stephenson is admitting that their ONLY reasonably priced and widely available broadband product is obsolete. Guess maybe they should have thought about that before they decided to forego investment in fiber to the home in order to placate shortsighted, short term profit oriented investors.
So now they’ve built out part of U-Verse… which can’t compete with cable, have no backup product waiting in the wings, and will likely have to switch to fiber-to-the-home at some point - which will mean they will have spent money on new deployments twice and spent twice as much as Verizon in the process.