Archive for the ‘Access’ Category

Duopoly Carriers Aren’t Evil. They’re Public Policy.

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_1753" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Susan Crawford at Code for America[/caption] Last week I attended a presentation by Susan Crawford, the author of Captive Audience, The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. It was held, fittingly, at Code for America in San Francisco. Ms. Crawford has a pragmatic outlook on ...

San Francisco Cabinets

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The San Francisco Business Times reports that a San Francisco judge has rejected a challenge to AT&T's planned cabinet deployment, which will soon deliver AT&T's U-verse broadband and television services. I've written in the past in support of the infrastructure necessary for broadband service delivery, and I am heartened by this ...

Improving California’s High Speed Infrastructure: Bullet Trains or Gigabits

Friday, July 6th, 2012

The state's leadership today approved the most expensive infrastructure project ever undertaken in California, a high-speed rail project that will connect San Francisco and Sacramento with Los Angeles. The cost: $68,000,000,000. Generally speaking, rail in the US is useless for public transportation, so I'm sure this will be a wonderful resource ...

Reinventing the Wheel

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

When the Amgen Tour of California rolls into Santa Rosa, Sonic.net provides critical speed. As a 3rd year stage sponsor, Sonic.net delivered more speed than ever before to keep up with the race production team’s needs. Uplink speed was needed most, and this year we provided our FlexLink Ethernet 30/30Mbps symmetric ...

I Hate Wireless

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_1486" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Wireless Challenge #163: Ice Storm! (Mount Saint Helena, Feb 2009)"][/caption] “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” -  Arthur C. Clarke Wireless is magic. You point two antennas at each other over a span of miles, and broadband comes out the other end. Most of the time. I hate ...

Sebastopol Fiber Update

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Residents in Sebastopol have been noticing our construction crews in the area over the last few weeks, so we can't keep it a secret much longer: Fiber coverage is expanding! With the first phase of construction complete and online today, we've got customers enjoying both 100Mbps and Gigabit speeds today. Wondering ...

Fusion Product Changes

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Today we have made changes to our Fusion service in order to further simplify the product, to improve service delivery, and to lower costs. Previously Fusion was a bit confusing - it's one product, but was offered four different ways: residential single-line, residential dual-line, business single-line and business dual-line. This meant ...

Sonic.net Plans Gigabit Fiber Network in San Francisco (Release)

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

SANTA ROSA, CA - December 14th, 2010- Sonic.net today announced it has filed a permit application to build a Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) network in San Francisco. The application encompasses an initial pilot region of two thousand homes in the Sunset District, and describes a five-year build-out plan which would reach most ...

Get a Free Static IP from Sonic.net

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Our Fusion Broadband+Phone service is undergoing continual ongoing improvement, with new features and greater reach as the number of customers rapidly grows. Our last few new features have been on the voice side, so it's time for something new on the broadband side of the product. When we launched Fusion we wanted to keep ...

What is a Static IP?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_1396" align="aligncenter" width="548" caption="Image: NASA private intranet, circa 1993"][/caption] You have probably heard people talk about IP addresses, and perhaps you nod your head knowingly, or say "uh-hu" when us techie folks mention them, hoping we will quickly move on to a more interesting topic soon. But there's a lot ...