Posts about FTTH

Google Fiber’s recent announcement about Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah has sparked a flurry of reactions from other service providers in the US. AT&T and Century made (somewhat dubious) assertions that they would match Google’s Gigabit. Comcast, Time Warner and Frontier on the other hand insisted that no one needs a Gigabit.
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There are many stories in business lore of companies failing because they tried to protect their legacy business against a new technology they could have implemented themselves. Probably the most emblematic example – and the one that will be used as a case study in business schools for many years to come – is Kodak. Kodak’s R&D invented and prototyped a digital camera back in 1975. The R&D guys didn’t know what to do with it, and the management only saw the risk to their film business and couldn’t conceptualize how users would relate to it (which, to be fair, wasn’t all that easy in pre-PC, pre-Internet days). My favorite part of that story is the comment in the technical description of the project:
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In a recent speech given to students at Erasmus University, Neelie Kroes issued a rallying call to Europe, imploring its citizens to build a new state, one founded on digital technology that can effectively drive society forward: lifting productivity, connecting people and improving daily life. Ms. Kroes wants us to leave the digital dark ages behind and create Europe 3.0.
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