Verizon Wireless ranked highest among its peers in four out of five categories in a national study by RootMetrics.com that measured network performance. In a six-month review of reliability, speed, call quality, data and text messaging, Verizon Wireless's score was 89.7 out of 100 and AT&T Inc.'s was 86.2.
The Internet giant says it already has met with Triangle, Charlotte and other officials in the 34 communities that are on its shortlist for deployment of Google Fiber networks. Deployment decisions could be made by the end of the year.
The Broadband Report: Middle Schoolers throughout North Carolina will get a chance to connect what they are learning in the classroom with the real world of work all this week during Students@Work.
Thursday's announcement follows the company's $1.6 billion investment in the state between 2011 and 2013. AT&T says the investment was designed to enhance network speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers.
Analysis: Google Fiber's stated interest in the Triangle and Charlotte is good news for the state. But is this the "holy grail" for North Carolina? Is access to gigabit service from Google and/or other providers in our urban areas enough? No. I would argue strongly that we are not the Gigabit state until affordable options for scalable broadband service expand into rural North Carolina. This isn't a "nice to have" anymore but a necessity.
ExitEvent and WRALTechWire will be cooperating in presenting news about the region's entrepreneurial sector. Today, entrepreneur Jivan Achreja offers his analysis on what Google Fiber could mean to the Triangle.
Dick Daugherty, who ran IBM operations in North Carolina for years, and Joe Freddoso, the current chief executive officer at MCNC, recall the career of William "Bill" Kress, who died last week. Holt Anderson of NCHICA remembers a "consummate gentleman" who served his community.
Analysis: Cisco faces challenges in a number of areas as was shown in its recent earnings report. But the networking giant will leverage its growing capabilities in segments such as data center offerings to counteract those challenges, says Scott Dennehy of Technology Business Research.
News from the annual Mobile World Congress in Madrid: Ford may dump Microsoft, embrace BlackBerry for smart cars; Microsoft says Lenovo will make Windows phone; Microsoft aims for cheap cellphones; WhatsApp adds voice; analyst likes Cisco's "small cell" play.
The Broadband Report: Only one state currently links its K-12 data from all of the five key early-childhood education, health and social services programs, according to a new national report released last week.
If Google Fiber were to pick the Research Triangle and Charlotte, the high-speed connectivity across the state would take quantum leaps. Don't forget the NC Next Generation Network is under development, MCNC's NCREN has a state-wide fiber backbone, and Time Warner Cable has Duke Net's highway. More projects might be coming - say from some giant like AT&T. Mix all these networks and you have the first "gigastate."
The Triangle area is on the list of metropolitan areas where Internet giant Google wants to deploy its "Google Fiber" broadband network for TV, Internet and other services. However, a final decision about deployment is contingent upon negotiations with various local government agencies.
Capitol Broadcasting has patented technology to deliver video and other content to mobile devices based on geography and licensing requirements. A new company, TotalCast, is working with partners to enable broadcasters and content providers such as sports leagues to reach their audiences who are on the go or surfing the net.
The people spearheading the NCNGN project are pushing ahead with their own plans even as they welcome the news that a Google Fiber network could be headed to the Triangle. "This is great news for the region, but this is still preliminary and our efforts are still continuing," said Elise Kohn
From Google's selection of the Triangle as part of its Tech Hub network to demonstrating Google Glass here first to picking the Triangle as a possible site for Google Fiber, the Internet giant keeps intensifying its love affair with our region/ Why? In an exclusive interview with WRALTechWire, the head of Google's entrepreneur effort explains why.
The Federal Communications Commission says it won't appeal a court decision that struck down rules it designed to ensure that the transmission of all Internet content be treated equally. The agency says it will fashion new rules.
In a blog post, a Google executive spells out what the Internet giant is looking for from metro areas such as the Triangle if it is to expand its Google Fiber network there.
M2M - or machine-to-machine - communications is a surging business for mobile carriers around the world, says the GSMA industry association in a new report. WRALTechWire has the details.
The Broadband Report: Campuses today face challenges across multiple levels of cyberinfrastructure. The National Science Foundation recently released a solicitation for the new Campus Cyberinfrastructure Program with up to $20 million available.