It appears that the FCC will set the 700MHz auction rules tomorrow, July 31, according to the Washington Post. Perhaps in anticipation of significant changes, the article is heavy on Google's entry into the politics of Capitol Hill.
Median download speeds vary between the states and vary widely between the
United States and the rest of the world, according to information reported in ars technica. Government Technology has more on the report from speedmatters.org.
Government Technology: Beginning in 2009, Minnesota will equire electronic submission of health transactions. "The new requirements, signed into law by Governor Tim Pawlenty as part
of the 2007 Omnibus Health and Human Services funding bill, apply to
all health care providers and affects virtually anyone who bills for or
buys health care services on behalf of a group of people," including "auto insurers, chiropractors, dentists, pharmacists, workers compensation insurers and others."
On the cover of the most recent BusinessWeek: Telecom, Back from the Dead. Describing the telecom bust earlier this decade, the article goes on to say:
Over the past year,
however, the telecom industry has roared back to life. Credit a steady
rise in appetite for broadband Internet connections, which enable easy
consumption of watch-my-cat video clips, iPod music files, and such
Web-inspired services as free Internet phoning. Indeed, this year
broadband adoption among U.S. adults is expected to cross the important
threshold of 50%. Capital spending is on the rise as companies invest
to build high-speed networks. Private equity players are placing
enormous bets on the industry, such as the $8.2 billion that Silver
Lake Partners and the Texas Pacific Group agreed to pay for networking
gearmaker Avaya on June 5. And the glut in broadband communications
capacity is all but gone.
About half of the Internet's transmission capacity was going unused in
2002. Today that pipeline has almost doubled in size, and yet the
unused portion is down to about 30%.
Speaking at the Wireless Communications Association annual Washington show, Benjamin Wolff, chief executive officer of Clearwire Corp., expressed optimism about the progress of WiMax in general, and his company's progress in particular.
Clearwire has 258,000 subscribers and is within reach of 10 million people. Wolff suggested that PC data cards would be coming later this year "and embedded WiMAX chipsets for laptops and other mobile devices will be out next year," according to the June 13 issue of Telecommunications Reports Daily.
For his part, Om Malik has been skeptical of the case for WiMax, suggesting a couple years ago, for example, that the technology would be great for carrier backhaul. Today he notes that Sprint could be thinking of a different WiMax direction that could include working with the cablecos.
NASCIO has just published a new document on digital records: "Electronic Records Management and Digital Preservation: Protecting the Knowledge Assets of the State Government Enterprise." The paper is at the top of this page.
Computer security experts from NATO, the European Union,
the United States and Israel have since converged on Tallinn to offer
help and to learn what they can about cyberwar in the digital age.
may well turn out to be a watershed in terms of widespread awareness of
the vulnerability of modern society,' said Linton Wells II, the
principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for networks and
information integration at the Pentagon. 'It has gotten the attention
of a lot of people.'
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Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D., W.Va.) has introduced legislation establishing a national goal for the universal deployment
of next-generation, 100 megabit Internet access by 2015, "and calling upon Congress and the President to
develop a strategy, enact legislation, and adopt policies to accomplish
this objective," according to Thomas.
The goal is 10 megabit service by the end of 2010, and 100 megabits service by the end of 2015.