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Vive la revolution !

PARIS, FRANCE – 40 °C/105 °F – On July 14th, France was on holiday for the celebration of the 1789 Revolution (“Bastille Day”).Is a new revolution about to happen in Paris ? The Mayor of Paris -Bertrand Delanoa« – has announced a few days ago a plan to promote the”digital revolution”! The key points of this announcement :+ Objective is set : 80% of Paris buildings connected to fibre by 2010+ Ease operational deployments of FTTH : 90% discounted rights of way through sewers for 400 last meters to access buildings. + Make next generation broadband more visible : Creation of a label “smart building” to make the fibre-connected building more valuable and attractive for investors and tenants. + Encourage share of costs of passive infrastructures deployment : Rules for real-estate players to plan for and share ducts inside buildings. + Deployment of 400 free Wifi access points in public sites such as libraries, gardens, city halls, … + Offer to network operators some strategic high points for wireless deployments (notably Wimax)In Europe, the main cities are more and more aware that next generation broadband infrastructure is a key asset in the global competition between major poles of economic activity. But cities have different approaches : facilitating role only, public funding for passive infrastructures, investment into a public private partnership. Paris selected the first option because the primary passive infrastructure is mostly in place with the network of sewers, and because a public intervention would have been delicate from a regulatory standpoint in such a competitive context -Paris being already covered by DSL and cable.This political will and clear strategy should hopefully result in some interesting FTTx announcements from service providers in 2006 or beginning 2007 ! And will hopefully contribute to trigger the migration journey of France towards next generation broadband !In the meantime, a personal request to the Mayor of Paris : please install air conditioning in the subway !

Productivity Higher in Private Sector

LONDON – Cisco’s Worldwide Government Affairs team is pleased to welcome our two newest team members, Eleni and Alicia Allan, born last Saturday morning to the Richard Allan family. Richard is our Manager of Government Affairs based in London and, as a former Member of Parliament in the UK, he states, “As evidence that there is higher productivity in the private sector: while in 10 years of life in the political world previously there were precisely 0 babies in the Allan household.” See Richard’s bio.Congratulations to Richard and family and we look forward to meeting the new Allan ladies soon.Allan babies.July 2006.bmp

“I Support Net Neutrality…When It is Convenient”

SAN JOSE, CA – I recommend a recent interesting post on Tech Trader Daily. This is a blog on technology investing written from Palo Alto, CA, started and primarily written by Barron’s West Coast Editor Eric J. Savitz and (while Savitz is on vacation) currently subbed by long-time technology reporter Tiernan Ray.Here’s the kicker: “Ebay has added Google Checkout to the list of payment types users aren’t supposed to use…” yet eBAY author and blogger Scott Wingo says, “This is eBay flexing their trust and safety muscles to control the way sellers take credit cards…if they feel it starts to infringe on the PayPal asset. It’s ironic they would do this here, and in the same breath go to Congress and fight the Net Neutrality battle. You can’t fight for an open internet one day and then implement policies that close the walled garden the next.”Read the full posting here.

Cisco Government Affairs Blog New E-Mail Feature

SAN JOSE, CA – For those of you who don’t like your RSS feeder or simply want to let others who don’t have RSS subscribe to this blog, you can now do this. As of today, we’ve added an e-mail subscription option on the front page of this blog.Put in your e-mail address and you’ll get an e-mail (or “an internet” if you prefer) to confirm your subscription and then you’ll get blog entries going forward…until you want to unsubscribe, which I’m sure you don’t want to do.Thanks for reading.

Happy Bastille Day: Vive La France

PARIS, FRANCE – (In spirit) – France is in the news quite a bit these days. All the world is talking about the famous French World Cup headbutt heard around the world. Lip-readers have been hired to determine was was said* and apologies have been issued, however the World Cup still resides in Rome. Also in the news today is Bastille Day. On this same day in 1789 a movement for freedom was started when the famous prison was stormed by the French citizenry. It was an attack to the core of French royalty. The French Revolution had begun and now we have the French Republic.This blog entry is clearly about broadband. Why? Because broadband is also a revolution. It is a revolution from static, cookie-cutter information. Broadband is about anytime, anywhere information. Broadband is a personalized communication revolution. With broadband, you can have your information how you want it, when you want, where you want it and in what form you want it. Traditional, royal information fed to us via print is slowly fading away. Broadband is managing businesses, managing supply chains and managing financial markets. It is a management tool and a time-saving tool, as well as a consumer information tool. Just as the French royalty could not stop the French Revolution, so too will traditional communications not be able to stop the steady onslaught of the Broadband Revolution.As it is Bastille Day and we’re talking about broadband, I would encourage you to read a previous blog entry from my colleague in Paris, Olivier Esper. He writes about how France is also a leader in the broadband revolution.So, Happy Bastille Day and Happy Communications Revolution.*Lip readers have conjectured that Italian defender Marco Materazzi said something along the lines of “your mother and sister wear Army boots” (or some such). My thesis is that Materazzi actually said, “Italian broadband via FastWeb and Italtel is better than French broadband.” Those indeed could be head-butting words. : )