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Municipal Broadband over WiFi … a new paradigm

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James Dao reports: If Mayor John F. Street has his way, by next year this 135-square-mile metropolis will become one gigantic wireless hot spot, offering every neighborhood high-speed access to the Web at below-market prices in what would be the largest experiment in municipal Internet service in the country.   City officials envision a seamless […]

Kirstie Alley in Fat Actress

Phat Concept for “Fat Actress”

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The NY Times reports:   Those who have been looking forward to Kirstie Alley’s comedic role in “Fat Actress,” the new seven-episode reality-based series about her experiences as a woman who doesn’t meet Hollywood’s age and weight requirements, will have two viewing options when the first episode is shown next month. Showtime Networks announced yesterday […]

Special Agent Jack Bauer

Mobisodes and V Cast … a new Verizon!

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Verizon was in the news again, announcing the launch of V Cast – a new service which provides almost full frame rate video to your 3G cell phone.  The service offers hundreds of feeds from popular content providers like NBC, CNN, FOX, etc.   There is a ton of experimentation going on with the format. […]

Verizon

IPTV Wars Loom Large

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Unless you live under a rock, you know about the Verizon-MCI deal.  I don’t want to comment about the business part of this merger, you can get about a zillion subject matter experts to weigh-in about the dollars and sense.  However, I do want to highlight the relative prominence of IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) in […]

FCC

FCC says no to Must-Carry

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In a 4-to-1 vote, the FCC ruled that cable only “must-carry” one digital signal from each broadcast licensed station in their footprint.  This is being seen, rightly or wrongly, as a stunning defeat for the broadcasters and a serious win for the cable industry. “This is a major victory for consumers …” said exiting CEO […]

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