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Broadband over powerline's pulse still beats

Broadband over powerline (BPL) service is just one of those technology trends that, just when you think it's dead, it rises once again. Last week, IBM Global Financing established a financing

Loosening bans, tightening control

After an appeals court recently struck down the long-standing ban on cable TV firms being able to serve more than 30 percent of U.S. pay TV customers, I figured it would take just a few weeks for the

Teleworking: a challenge and an opportunity

Being a full-time teleworker, it's good to see that the FCC is now turning its attention to this topic as part of the broadband plan it will submit to Congress in February. At this point, the FCC is

The business of services

The new service providers are network equipment vendors, all the biggest ones, and they are bringing their solution-oriented, "I-want-to-be-your-best-friend" pitch right to the doorstep of those

Service providers answer the health care call

While my focus has always been on service provider technology trends, it's interesting to see how certain verticals, especially healthcare, are finding greater utility in telecom services. Given the

The rural space-time continuum

Somewhere out there in the long, dark shadow of the healthcare reform debate, broadband reform for rural markets may be dying a slow death. I will admit right away that this is probably on

Attention broadband providers: There's gold behind that demarc point

There's been a lot of clamoring lately around how the speed of broadband should be defined in the U.S., and according to a Wall Street Journal article, the FCC is looking for clarity on how to define

Broadband stimulus: Clarity is needed, say service providers

Last week, Qwest and its RBOC brothers announced they would not apply for the first round of funding from the Obama administration's $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program. Qwest, whose 14-state

Waiting on the feds

No competition worth winning is going to be easy, right? There may be no better way to describe the federal government's storied Networx program, in which several pre-qualified service providers are

Don't take my broadband connection away!

The latest economic crisis may be causing consumers to wait on buying that new car or taking a vacation, but a broadband connection is one thing consumers just won't give up. And new studies confirm