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Can Broadband Access Fuel Job Creation?

The message from leaders across rural America is clear — they want broadband access to the internet, and they’re hoping that by raising the awareness of their common cause they’ll see some near-term progress towards that goal (helping to fuel new job creation).

Howard’s prior editorial entitled “Can Broadband Reshape Rural Development” seemed to trigger some spirited commentary. But that’s not surprising, when you consider how well organized and vocal the rural stakeholder groups have been in the past.

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How a B2B2C Cloud Platform Fosters Innovation

By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist

My last post described some of the cloud-based home healthcare services that broadband service providers are beginning to offer. Central to this idea is third-party partnerships: allowing outside healthcare providers into the traditional “walled garden” of telecom services. It’s easy to see how this model could be extended beyond healthcare.

One can imagine all sorts of value-added cloud applications that third parties could deliver over wireline networks. Indeed, one can envision a future in which service providers follow in the footsteps of Apple’s App Store and the Google Android Marketplace, where subscribers can choose from among thousands of third-party cloud apps that take advantage of their home broadband connections, gateways, and TV set-top boxes (STBs).

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How Service Providers Enable the Connected Life

More than ever, access to local telecommunications network infrastructure has become an important part of the way many of us live, work, play and learn — throughout our daily routines. Some of us take it for granted – we expect that the network will simply be there, when and where we need it.

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Without fail, it’s assumed to be omnipresent in our lives. By and large, that objective is purposefully reached, around the world. Truly, that’s an amazing accomplishment.

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Wireless Network Capacity: the Never-Ending Quest

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

For quite a few years, experts within the wireless communications industry have been expressing concern about the potential for running out of wireless network capacity. Moreover, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski noted the ongoing challenges in his 2009 address at CTIA.

In July, the Fortune article, Spectrum Squeeze: The Battle for Bandwidth, envisioned a potential fight for wireless bandwidth frequencies between television networks and telecom service providers. In Canada, earlier in September, Shaw Communications announced it would use Wi-Fi as its next-generation wireless network of choice — in anticipation of future customer demand.

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Beyond Broadband Deployment: The Multiplier Effect

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

Before he was the chairman of George H.W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors, Michael Boskin was my Econ 101 professor. It was from him that I learned about microeconomics, macroeconomics, and their famed multiplier effect — the latter being the theory that money spent creates economic benefits that have ongoing impact beyond the original investment.

In my previous post, Stimulating Economic Growth with Broadband, I talked about quantifying the benefits in terms of what businesses could expect — in essence, the microeconomic view.

Today, looking at a report from Deloitte on 4G deployment within the U.S. market (with applicability anywhere in the world), I’m turning to the more wide-ranging impacts that wireless broadband investment might have for business and the economy — essentially, the multiplier effect of broadband infrastructure investment.

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