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Destination Opportunity: Navigating the US Broadband Stimulus Program

Navigating the US Broadband Stimulus ProgramMuch of the talk over the US stimulus activity has been focused on infrastructure – improving the country’s roads, airports, railroads and schools. Fortunately, there is widespread recognition that infrastructure also includes broadband.On the surface, it seems the United States is doing pretty well with broadband, as it is the single largest broadband market in the world, with over 75 million subscribers – more than twice that of the next closest country, Japan, according to the OECD. However, when you look a bit closer, you see that being the biggest market is mainly due to having a lot more people. Comparatively, when the OECD looked at the number of broadband subscribers per 100 members of the population, or by per capita Gross Domestic Product, the US didn’t do so well, ranking 15th, far behind Denmark, Sweden, and Korea. As there is quite a ways to go to gain broadband leadership, hopefully this broadband stimulus effort will help the U.S. bridge the gap. Read More »

NAB Show 2009: ROSA Video Services Manager

Ken Dumont, Director Network Management Systems, introduces the ROSA Video Services Manager which highlights a migration from managing individual devices to services management across multiple platforms. Service profiles enable configuration, monitoring and management of video services through an easy to use graphical user interface.

NAB Show 2009: Content Virtualization to Any Screen

Mark Pignolet, Product Manager International Set Tops, demonstrates how you can view your digital video content locally or remotely using the Linksys by Cisco Digital Media Hub, whether it’s from your set top, hybrid set top, DVR, laptop, a mobile device like the Flip, or broadcast.

The Color of Money

Watch: How Cisco Enables the Green Service ProviderHappy Earth Day, everyone! Today is about honoring nature and about examining our lives in the hopes that we’ll live them in more environmentally responsible ways.Some of you may be asking that in the midst of the financial challenges facing service providers and enterprises, is the topic of “green” really relevant or more of a band-wagon theme? From Cisco’s perspective, it is very relevant – on a number of fronts. As one service provider told me as we were comparing the dramatically reduced carbon emissions/power consumption of our ASR 9000 platform to competitive offerings said, “I like helping the environment, but I really like helping our bottom line.”Thanks to modern technical innovations, what’s good for the environment can also be good for business. In fact, more and more service providers are viewing their efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions as important ingredients in their efforts to reduce operating costs. Verizon Wireless is a top-of-mind example. Read More »

Mobile Business: Green in Many Ways!

The rapid growth in mobile broadband traffic has made the mobile industry “green” in more ways than one! The pace of innovation and the rapid enhancements to the consumer experience are dizzying. But on Earth Day, I think it’s important that we also recognize Mobility’s contribution to protecting the environment. Thanks to mobile technologies, more people than ever are able to connect in environmentally sensitive ways. Mobile technologies enable rapid broadband network deployments that require little construction or environmental disruption. And those networks enable business and consumer interactions that formerly would have required extensive travel and significant greenhouse gas emissions.
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