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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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Saturday at Noon During IBC in Amsterdam: Dr. Ken!

For those of you attending IBC in Amsterdam this weekend – be sure to sit in on a one-hour session with Dr. Ken Morse, CTO for Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group.

In the hour – cleverly dubbed “Happily Ever After! A Tale of Two Friends, Broadcast and Broadband, Narrated by a Smart Network,” Dr. Ken will simultaneously play all three parts, while juggling a bowling ball, a lit torch, and a chainsaw.

Not really. But he is one of the industry’s most accessible, clear-headed and seasoned interpreters of what’s happening in the video technology landscape, and his plan is to talk through what’s top of mind for him at this year’s IBC, including:

  • The Global Dose of Reality that is IP: The swift rise in “unmanaged devices” – tablets, smart phones, PCs, connected TVs, all of which can display video over an IP connection – is one bit of evidence, as is the inherent mobility of many of those devices. Which, in turn, calls for network optimization. Dr. Ken envisions a multi-step Read More »

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Symmetrical Broadband Will Create The Real Cloud Computing

In ExtremeTech (http://www.extremetech.com/computing/94428-will-100-megabit-internet-connections-destroy-the-web-as-we-know-it), Sebastian Anthony recently asked the question:

“What do you think will happen when every home is connected to the internet via 100 or 1,000Mbps Ethernet or fiber?”

He goes on to give an answer that is yes, under the assumption that the 100Mbps is symmetrical.

“At some point in the not-so-distant future, then, we’re all going to be connected to the web at LAN-like speeds — 100 megabits per second up and down — and this, just like the advent of the telephone, will change the world as we know it. … ”

“Instead of your entire life being represented by a handful of bytes in amongst Facebook’s faceless sea, symmetric connections will enable the web to becomemetropolitan. Your presence on the web will be your home. ”

“The end result would be a truly decentralized internet that closely mimics human settlement and society. There will still be nodes on the internet where more people congregate — the bars, clubs, and McDonalds of the real world — but for the most part, a symmetric web would let people hang out and connect with the people they care about, and ignore everyone else.”

This is my definition of real cloud computing – something way beyond the standard view which is not much more than a new marketing twist on the old time-sharing data centers.

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Healthcare Technology in the 21st Century

By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist

Is the cloud the cure for what ails you? It could be, if service providers and telehealth device manufacturers have anything to say about it.

Home healthcare monitoring technologies have become big news in the last few years, and are poised to become even bigger. According to a recent Berg Insight report, remote health monitoring of chronic diseases generated €7.6 billion ($10.01 billion USD) globally in 2010, and is growing at 9 percent each year. MarketResearch.com projects the market for telehealth monitoring equipment alone to reach $3.1 billion by 2017.

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Stimulating Economic Growth with Broadband

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

One of the toughest aspects of promoting new technology deployment and usage is finding meaningful facts to support its potential value to local business community stakeholders. While there are readily available estimates and forecasts, detailed analysis and actual payback examples are somewhat rare.

That’s especially true with new technologies such as broadband that require the concerted efforts of multiple parties — which can include government agencies, service providers, equipment manufacturers, and end-users — in order to deliver quantifiable results.

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