Thanks to a new law that comes into effect today, every single citizen of Finland now has a legal right to a wired broadband connection with a minimum speed of 1Mbps. According to communication minister Suvi Linden, the reason for the law is due to the fact that “internet services are no longer just for entertainment” and that it is a necessary to have to live in their “information society.” In Finland, all but 4% of households currently have broadband connections. This, says the government, equates to about 4,000 households, all of which should be compliant with the new law in short order. And just in case you’re curious, no, the Finnish government isn’t going to go totally ape if people who benefit from this law get into piracy. According to Linden, the most the Finnish government will do if someone is illegally downloading copyrighted material is send them letters. More →
A circulating rumor suggests that Cisco is developing a new technology to give the Internet a major speed boost. Details on this rumored technology are sparse but Cisco claims it will “forever change the Internet” and will “show what’s possible when networking gets an adrenaline boost.” The new technology will target telecommunication service providers and will be marketed as a means of improving the customer’s high speed Internet experience which we hope translates into 100Mbps speeds with no throttling and no bandwidth caps. Cisco’s new technology will be revealed on March 9th, slightly ahead of the March 17th unveiling of the National Broadband Initiative plan, a plan which not so coincidentally will push for minimum Internet data transmission speeds of 100Mbps and will require telcos to pipe this high speed service to 100 million homes in the US within ten years. More →
While Verizon maintains its FiOS service is way too cool to be bothered with things like speed upgrades, Comcast is apparently just about ready to step up to the plate. According to an Inquirer report from this morning, Comcast is prepping an Optimum Ultra competitor that could launch any day now. Comcast’s offering will allegedly provide users with a 100Mbps downlink on par with Cablevision’s 101Mbps Ultra speed, and the uplink could be as fast as 40Mbps. Cablevision’s Optimum Ultra service only provides upload speeds up to 15Mbps. Pricing for Comcast’s new offering is still unknown; it’s current portfolio tops out at 50Mbps/20Mbps for $190 per month. As such, it would be very surprising if its upgraded service competes with Optimum Ultra’s $100 price tag.
According to Vincent O’Byrne, Verizon’s technology director, Verizon is planning to roll out 100Mbps FIOS in 2009. This move will expand the ultra high speed network beyond its limited test market which has been enjoying 100Mbps for at least a year now. With Comcast deploying DOCSIS 3.0 and upping the speeds it offers to 50Mbps in many markets, the pressure is on Verizon to maintain its competitive speed advantage, from a marketing standpoint at least. In the past, Verizon has made it clear that it views the 100Mbps speed threshold as a “sexy” marketing strategy, not a real necessity for most customers and that the driving force behind these speed increases is not customer demand but competitive marketing tactics. As long as it continues to up the ante and provide quality service, we don’t care whether it is the marketing team or consumers who are in driver’s seat. All we want is ample bandwidth to be able to stream Netflix HD, backup to Jungle Disk, video chat on skype, download the latest game demos and play COD4 on Xbox 360 all at the same time.
[Via DSl Reports]