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Posted: October 22, 2014 by David Curry
In the ongoing fight for super-fast broadband in the U.S, city leaders are starting to get sick of big telecoms and have banded together to create the Next Century Cities coalition, to fight ISPs and create their own municipal broadband.
The Next Century Cities coalition has 32 cities looking for fiber optic broadband. Some of these cities already have fiber broadband installed, but want other cities to have the same benefits and want to share their knowledge, on top of bringing more competition.
The member states include: Ammon, ID; Auburn, IN; Austin, San Antonio, TX; Urbana, Champaign, IL; Boston, Leverett, MA; Centennial, Montrose, CO; Santa Cruz County, Santa Monica, Palo Alto, CA; Chattanooga, Clarksville, Jackson, Morristown, TN; Kansas City, KS; Kansas City, MO; Lafayette, LA; Louisville, KY; Mount Vernon, WA; Ponca City, OK; Portland, Sandy, OR; Raleigh, Wilson, NC; Rockport, South Portland, ME; Westminster, MD; Winthrop, MN
Kansas City and Austin both have Google Fiber installed and Chattanooga has 1Gbps fiber optic, but it wouldn't hurt to have another municipal provider to make prices even more competitive.
That being said, Google Fiber doesn't take kindly to municipal broadband either, buying iProvo for $1 in order to take control of fiber optic distribution in the city.
The new alliance will slow down Comcast and Time Warner Cable, especially if the coalition is capable of turning laws inside some states, which make municipal broadband illegal.
City frustration over Comcast and other ISPs is starting to show. This is not the first time cities have come out and openly denied supporting Comcast - with some cities pleading with the FCC to deny the merger between the two ISPs.
Posted: October 20, 2014 by David Curry
HBO announced a new streaming service would be coming to broadband-only customers in 2015 - but revealed little about how the service would operate or how much it would cost.
In a new report from The Information, it appears the streaming service will cost $15 per month. This would be the same as the cable-version of the service, and in the report it claims the price could go even higher than the regular cable-version.
This would be a lot higher than some analysts predicted, with Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus all offering libraries of content for less than $10 per month.
That being said, HBO offers only original programming, costly considerably more than most of Netflix's age-old content. Recently, Netflix beefed up their monthly price by $2, following House of Cards and other original content releases.
In a recent survey on the HBO streaming service, only 6 percent of broadband-only customers would consider paying $15 for the streaming service, not a good sign for HBOs early move onto the Internet.
Still, this is only one survey and we are still in the dark about what HBO intends to do with the streaming service. If Game of Thrones and other hit programs are available for streaming at the same time as the cable channel, it might tip the heads of millions in Europe and Asia.
HBO has a big task ahead of them, creating a service that does not crash at peak times and can offer unique content found nowhere else. Reports say the HBO service will arrive in time for Season 5 of Game of Thrones, in April 2014.