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The August 15, 2004 Issue Provided by System Dynamics Inc.
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Our July/August Newsletter

This report covers both July and August. We explain why.

Heard on the Net

News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home

Briefly Noted: Updates, Observations and Trends

We’ve decided to make “briefly noted” a section of its own. Each month it collects miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations that you might have missed. This month’s tidbits verify how broadband is increasingly a part of consumers' lives and includes several pieces on VoIP, IP VOD, and video mail.

Transforming Disease Care Into Health Care: Can Broadband Help?

What's next in networking after WANs, MANs, LANs and PANs? At the recent Healthcare Unbound conference we learned about body area networks: BANs. The theme of this conference was the growing need to fix the "broken" US healthcare system. Technologists and healthcare professionals agreed that current and new technologies can help. But they are disruptive to current structures and incentives and therefore face an uphill battle to gain widespread adoption.

Telco Video Services: Maybe this Time?

We see some signals that suggest US telcos are really serious about video this time.

802.11a for Consumers: An Interview with Atheros Communications

We met with Atheros Communications to learn about the future of 802.11a, and looked at some technology advancements for consumer applications.

"Software Based Radios" for Wireless: Interview with picoChip

A British chip maker called picoChip has demonstrated a "software based" modem for WiMAX base stations. It got us thinking about future devices which gracefully roam between Wi-Fi, WiMAX and cellular 3G services.

New Plain-Text Summary Report Format

We added a new plain-text summary format for our report. It includes a summary of each article and a link to the full article on the web.

Upcoming Conferences

We're not sure we'll be able to get to Venice for this year's Broadband World Forum, but the location, topics and speakers certainly sound very inviting.

Your Voice -- Readers' Comments

Our recent articles on metadata struck chords with several readers, who brought to our attention some services we previously had not tracked.