Tuesday, July 28
Monday, July 27
A new study from the Pike & Fischer Broadband Advisory finds that when asked to rank “advanced communications” services, respondents said high-speed Internet is most important:
Pike & Fischer asked some 280 executives, engineers, and consultants from the cable, phone, satellite TV, broadcast, and technology equipment industries of their opinions on the appeal of various services to customers. When asked to rank a number of “advanced communications services” on a scale of one to five (five being the highest), almost 40 percent of Pike & Fischer’s survey respondents gave high-speed data the highest rating. Comparatively, only about 25 percent ranked HDTV as high, and digital phone service was at the bottom of the list, with under 10 percent ranking it a five.
A crippling allergy to…wi-fi?
A new study from the group LogMeIn finds that 85% of small business workers say they prefer to stay connected while on vacation. This prompts Om Malik of GigaOm to wonder whether vacations of the future will be all about staying away from the Internet.
That’s certainly a better solution for Internet addiction than shock therapy—just ask China.
Telehealth can save money and improve quality of life and quality of care. In Pennsylvania, diabetic patients using a remote home monitoring system averaged hospitalization costs of $87,000, versus $232,000 for members of a control group who received only traditional in-person nurse visits.
Rintels, Jonathan. “An Action Plan for America: Using Technology and Innovation to Address our Nation’s Critical Challenges.” The Benton Foundation. 2008
More facts about broadband and health care.
Cell-phones turned communication wireless. Wi-Fi made surfing the Internet sans cable a reality. Now, via the L.A. Times, word comes that the long-held dream of actually powering devices without cords may soon be a reality. The company behind the innovation, WiTricity of Massachusetts, says their product will be on the market within a year and a half. Stay tuned…
Friday, July 24
As the traditional news model continues to struggle, the old journalism guard is exploring ways to protect—and keep profiting from—their content. Leading the charge is the Associated Press, which after experimenting with forcing bloggers and aggregator sites like the Drudge Report to take down AP content, has shifted gears and created a “news registry” to monitor the use of its content. Read Write Web explains:
The AP’s content will be attached to a digital-permissions framework and monitored for its usage. This means that every time a blogger uses AP materials, they’ll be alerted to its permissions and someone will be watching to see that it’s being used correctly. AP posts will actually bare pop ups with permissions and sources.
Whether this new idea will solve the online content sharing riddle remains to be seen, but other media conglomerates are surely paying attention.
Leroy Jones, Jr. of the site Technical Jones interviewed Jonathan Orszag for his “Talking Technology” podcast. The topic: the findings in Orszag’s study “The Substantial Consumer Benefits of Broadband Connectivity for U.S. Households.”
Check out the podcast.
Geoff Daily of App-Rising noticed something on a recent trip to Lafayette, Louisiana: the city is arguably becoming the most wired city in America.
Thursday, July 23
Recently, San Jose CIO Steve Ferguson complained that the government’s definitions of “un-served” and “underserverd” under the broadband stimulus guidelines risked leaving urban areas out in the cold.
Now, as GigaOm reports, a handful of consumer groups—including the Consumers Union and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisers, among others—have sent a letter to NTIA administrator Larry Strickling voicing concern that the initial grants and loans won’t address improving speed and prices for urban areas:
The group’s full letter is available here.