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Introducing the ambient Internet

April 7th, 2014

Some of these insights about the future of the Internet have really struck a chord. They’re not all cheery, and some are downright dystopian, but they make for provocative reading. Thanks to Pew Research for rounding up the quotes and ideas.

Here’s my article, Where the Web Is Taking Us, from the Broadband Center of Excellence.

Digital media subscriptions: why semantics matter

February 26th, 2014

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Asking which content provider has more subscribers fuzzes up the reality: In many cases they’re the same people. Here’s a take from zonewire.net that my high school semantics teacher would have appreciated.

Live from the show at SCTE 2013

February 26th, 2014

What exactly am I doing standing in front of a giant gasoline tank with SCTE CEO Mark Dzuban? Talking shop as part of CED Magazine’s “Live from the Show” series, that’s what. Here’s Dzuban on emergency preparedness and why it’s important to broadband network operators — and those who rely on them.

SCTE Dzuban Photo

Highway star

February 26th, 2014

Dwight D. Eisenhower never got to experience the power of broadband. But here’s a guess that he would have enjoyed the ride. From a Memory Lane column in CED Magazine. (And a little Richie Blackmore tossed in, too.)

In the summer of 1919, a convoy of 81 U.S. Army vehicles began a cross-country journey from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco. Traveling at an average speed of 6 miles an hour, 24 officers and 258 soldiers lurched across parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, the open plains of the Midwest and over the Rocky Mountains before reaching their destination 62 days and 3,251 miles later. The convoy hewed more or less to the Lincoln Highway, a two-lane, rock-surfaced road that was the nation’s first transcontinental driving route. It was intentionally an arduous trip, arranged shortly after the end of World War I and meant to test whether it would be possible to move a self-sufficient military procession across the country. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s on TV? Maybe a little broadband…

February 26th, 2014

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Who knew? Turns out the powerful, low-band frequencies used to send TV stations to your home are also pretty good at transmitting high-speed Internet services. Here’s the report I edited in collaboration with my colleagues at the Univ. of New Hampshire’s Broadband Center of Excellence explaining the promise of “TV White Space” as a broadband medium.

View TV White Space: Ready for Prime Time?

Can cable do products?

December 9th, 2013

Why your personal online storage solution probably comes from Dropbox or its ilk…and not Comcast. A think-piecey blog for Light Reading. Love the comments here.

Where the fans (really) are

December 9th, 2013

tavern mile highA take on the changing face of live sports…and the evolution of an American original known as “the sports bar.” Published by the good folks at ColoradoBIZ.

It’s midway into the third quarter on a bright September afternoon at Sports Authority Field, and the Broncos are putting it to Michael Vick and the Eagles. Peyton Manning just capped an 80-yard drive with a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, and the crowd’s roar is infectious. Two 20-something women gyrate in a victory dance. A tall guy in an orange jersey, BAILEY stitched in white lettering across the shoulders, hoists a beer and joins in, his face lit in a loopy party grin. A woman to my left slaps me a high-five as music pulses over a sound system built into the stadium. Fans are loving the moment.

Except: We’re not actually celebrating in the stands. Read the rest of this entry »

We are what we watch

December 9th, 2013

Thoughts on watching televised football in the era of the concussion. From ColoradoBIZ.

In his introduction to the 2001 book, Fast Food Nation, The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, writer Eric Schlosser makes a gentle suggestion: Be an informed eater.

“People should know what lies behind the shiny, happy surface of every fast food transaction,” Schlosser writes. “They should know what really lurks between those sesame-seed buns. As the old saying goes: You are what you eat.”

For me, the National Football League’s recent concussion saga evokes a similar sentiment. Read the rest of this entry »

Going deep

September 20th, 2013

Colorado’s two big universities are obsessing over the urgent need to put millions of dollars into improving their men’s football programs and facilities. Doug Flutie is why. Here’s my take for ColoradoBIZ.

The most famous touchdown pass in college football arced over Miami’s Orange Bowl field for only seconds before settling into the arms of the Boston College wide receiver Gerard Phelan in a breathtaking last-second finale. But the echo from Doug Flutie’s impossible, magnificent, 48-yard heave continues to resonate, and right now, it’s especially loud in Colorado. Read the rest of this entry »

Whoosh! An education in velocity

September 10th, 2013

This video script I wrote for Cable In the Classroom promotes a broadband-powered video game that’s designed to get kids jazzed about engineering concepts.