NeoNova's continued growth and record-setting year in 2014 has the Raleigh-based company booming with innovation and opportunities. NeoNova's general manager of cloud services and vice president of sales and marketing took a few minutes to talk about the company's momentum and how the cloud in concert with high-speed internet is helping the company blossom in the Triangle.
FCC changes broadband definition, rakes in $45 billion in wireless auction; Your broadband probably isn't broadband; Google vs. traditional media; Bill Gates is worried about AI
In today's Bulldog wrap up of technology and life science news: FCC approves significant change to the definition of broadband while also raising a record-breaking $44.9 billion in a wireless spectrum auction that officially ended Thursday; tons of internet customers woke up today probably not with broadband internet at home anymore; New report says Google now surpasses traditional media as a trusted source for news; and Bill Gates tells Reddit that he's worried about AI.
Hickory-based CommScope is betting $3 billion that it can diversify and expand its business by acquiring the telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses of TE Connectivity. Its CEO describes the deal as "transformative."
Life in the Triangle is about to get faster - at least online. Google officials confirmed Tuesday that Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Morrisville, Garner and Carrboro are among the latest U.S. cities to be outfitted with Google Fiber, which promises Internet speeds 100 times faster than existing connections and a high-definition television service. Charlotte also is on the Google expansion list.
Google Fiber is coming to the Triangle as announced Tuesday, joining networks already being built by AT&T and Frontier Communications. And Joe Freddoso, the CEO who oversaw the building of North Carolina's first statewide fiber network, hails the news. He says a "tectonic shift in broadband access." We are about to "experience the wonder" of what ultrafast Internet means.
AT&T is planning to take on Frontier Communications in Durham County with a fiber network. And now, so is Google Fiber. But the top executive with Frontier in North Carolina says his company's network is already digging in, winning customers, and is seeing "tremendous response" from customers.
AT&T has a head start on Google Fiber, which announced today plans to build its own ultrafast Internet network in the Triangle. AT&T already is laying fiber and selling access where available to its U-verse with GigaPower network and is building the N.C. Next Generation Network. And the company says it welcomes Google Fiber to the Triangle.
Google will host a press conference to discuss "what's in store for our community" in Raleigh on Tuesday afternoon. The Wall Street Journal says the Triangle and three other cities will be announced as Google Fiber expansion sites.
Digital anatomy classes from the living room. Building a start-up business in the kitchen. That's how NCSU's Marc Hoit sees things with Google Fiber, and he's looking forward to it.
The Broadband Report: As the "Internet of Things" movement grows, the networks needed to make all these really cool gizmos go may start to get pretty crowded. But, that's not stopping consumers, based on a new study from Parks Associates.
Google Fiber is coming to the Triangle, industry sources say, and construction could begin as early as April. A formal announcement might come as early as next week at Google events in Raleigh and Durham, but the company won't say what those events are about.
After years of lobbying now, Triangle residents and leaders may get their wish next week: Google Fiber. A "save the date" notice sent out by Google's Triangle media representatives promises news of some sort next week.
The city of Wilson, which has operated its own high-speed Internet service for six years, plans to ask the Federal Communications Commission next month to overturn state laws that limit public broadband services.
SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion. Founded by Elon Musk, SpaceX also wants to deliver Internet access from space. But there could be a problem with the strategy.
The Broadband Report: Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling unveiled the BroadbandUSA initiative last week aimed at finding new ways to assist communities seeking to ensure their citizens have the broadband capacity they need to succeed.
Earlier this week, President Obama reiterated his call for "net neutrality" and Internet regulation. He also praised city-government built fiber-to-the-home projects, city Greenville, N.C. as an example. But Strand Consulting, a research firm, believes differently, citing a study of fiber plans in Leverett, Massachusetts as an example. The city is "handcuffing its citizens for the next 20 years," the firm says.
A new survey finds that in-store WiFi services increase customer loyalty and as a result many retailers are planning to upgrade their services in 2015. But they plan to improve their own networks as well to support growth.
The Broadband Report: The RTP-based technology nonprofit this week unveiled Discover MCNC, a new customer-focused interactive feature on their website including videos and the latest update on The State of NCREN.