Daily Archives: January 10, 2013

Is Broadband Internet Access a Public Utility?


In Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Guilded Age, Author: Susan Crawford.

Susan Crawford is the author of 'Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Guilded Age.' Courtesy of Yale University PressBy Sam Gustin – Should broadband Internet service be treated as a basic utility in the United States, like electricity, water, and traditional telephone service? That’s the question at the heart of an important and provocative new book by Susan Crawford, a tech policy expert and professor at Cardozo Law School. In Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Guilded Agereleased Tuesday by Yale University Press, Crawford argues that the Internet has replaced traditional phone service as the most essential communications utility in the country, and is now as important as electricity was 100 years ago. more> http://tinyurl.com/axrj95d

U.S. mulls tougher rules on telecom firms to keep 911 running

West Virginia

West Virginia (Photo credit: Dougtone)

Reuters – The FCC criticized some 911 providers for suffering outages that resulted from “avoidable” problems as basic as a lack of backup power, following a freak 2012 storm.

The FCC, in the summary of a report on 911 outages during the derecho, noted that the powerful winds knocked out emergency services in isolated areas of four states but caused serious breakdowns in northern Virginia and West Virginia.

Verizon Communications Inc provides 911 service in Virginia while Frontier Communications Corp is the service provider in West Virginia. more> http://tinyurl.com/asogeup

The Industrial Internet of Things

By Al Presher – At the end of last year, GE made a huge splash, which is having ripple effects in the national media with headlines such as “New ‘Industrial Internet’ Report from GE Finds That Combination of Networks and Machines Could Add $10 to $15 Trillion to Global GDP.”

The digital energy revolution is underway, but it’s hard to know what will cause it to accelerate and generate the huge benefits that seem within reach. Automation controls suppliers are telling me there is strong interest among its large end-user customers, especially on the issue of cutting energy costs, for example. more> http://tinyurl.com/ahqmna7

IDC Report: 1.7 Million Cloud Computing Jobs Remain Unfilled, Gap Widening

English: Cloud Computing visual diagram

English: Cloud Computing visual diagram
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Saroj Kar – Research firm IDC titled in a new report “Climate Change: Cloud’s Impact on IT Organizations and Staffing” sponsored by Microsoft reported that the demand for cloud-savvy IT professionals will grow by 26% annually until 2015 and will create more than seven million cloud-related vacancies worldwide.

This gap in skills is even more alarming as almost two-thirds of global firms are planning to implement or use cloud technology and more than 50% of companies agree that the cloud is a priority. more> http://tinyurl.com/a6u9y9z


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