Table of Contents For This Issue
News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
Replacing her car radio got Sandy thinking about how computer technology can make simple things difficult and frustrate consumers.
"Advanced" digital set-top boxes have promised much and delivered precious little in North America. "Moore's Law" makes it difficult for such a box to have much payback. Two companies - ICTV and Ucentric Systems - offer radically different solutions for cable operators: ICTV puts most of the functionality at the cable headend, while Ucentric puts more in the home to create consumer value.
Bermai's Bruce Sanguinetti explained why 802.11a will be the next-generation wireless standard for the home and for wireless broadband access.
In spite of gloomy press reports decrying the slow growth of broadband, penetration in North America and other places is reaching critical mass. We use Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point" to explain how the process of reaching critical mass may elude a press that sees things either as total gloom or success.
On "Broadband Plumbers" and the "x/Pad"