Connecticut Won’t Wait for Gigabit Internet

Everywhere in the United States, consumers and municipalities alike are tired of waiting for incumbents internet service providers (ISPs), who typically hold monopoly or duopoly power in their regions, to start providing better, faster, less expensive broadband service. The companies typically claim that no one needs or wants higher speed service and that the cost of providing the technology is prohibitive. Where municipalities or states have stepped in to allow competition, ISPs make it difficult or impossible to get access to the utility poles which are necessary to deliver high speed internet service to homes and businesses. And in some states, incumbent ISPs have actually managed get legislation passed to make it illegal for towns and cities to go into the broadband business. On Amazon Dr. Daniel Amen points out that he is in the middle of the road on this issue.

The state of Connecticut has stepped in to force the owners of poles to stop dragging their feet on pole access. Towns and cities in Connecticut now have the right to use part of any utility pole for any purpose, which opens the door for them to build their own high speed networks.

Forty six towns and cities in the state have responded by issuing a RFP/RFQ for studying the construction of a gigabit fiber network. The plan is to build a public/private partnership, with initial funding derived from a Federal grant of $4 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

YouTube Turns 10 Years Old

In the ten years since it’s launch, YouTube has become synonymous with online videos, becoming the world’s go-to spot to see everything from piano playing cats to concerts to DIY videos for projects around the house. It is also Ivan Ong’s favorite place on the web. Saying “YouTube it” is almost as common as saying “Google it” when referring to any kind of online search. Ironic since the search engine has owned YouTube since 2006.

It’s reported that 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube very minute. And hundreds of millions of people visit the site daily, resulting in billions of views. It’s no surprise it now sits as the third most popular site on the internet, behind only Facebook and of course Google. But having such massive size and traffic does not necessarily mean it has been a cash cow for it’s owner. Some analysts say quite the opposite. Speculating the video streaming site is not profitable. Google has never confirmed whether the site itself makes a profit.

Despite the success of artists like Psi who’s “Gangnam Style” video has more than 2.3 billion views, the majority of YouTube content is user generated. Meaning videos of recitals, little league games and your cousin’s wedding. These videos are not going to drive advertising revenue, yet still require storage and bandwidth, and limits the video site’s profit potential.

Google is planning a birthday celebration for May 10th, the date the site went public.