Archive for the ‘Access’ Category

Sonic Expands Gigabit Fiber for Businesses

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Sonic has completed Gigabit Fiber Internet construction in the business park network at the Sonoma County Airport, and last week began to activate new Gigabit business customers. The new network spans nine miles, passes hundreds of businesses, lighting over 200 buildings. Some of these locations only had T1 (1.5Mbps) services available ...

Net Neutrality is Just a Symptom

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

There are a number of threats to the Internet as a system for innovation, commerce and education today. They include net neutrality, the price of Internet access in America, performance, rural availability and privacy. But none of these are the root issue, they're just symptoms. The root cause of all of these symptoms is ...

Sonic Statement on Net Neutrality

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

On Monday, President Barack Obama announced his plan to protect net neutrality, asking the FCC to prevent Internet providers and cable companies from blocking or limiting access to websites. Obama said, “They should make it clear … Internet providers have a legal obligation not to block or limit your access to ...

Net neutrality is dead. Long live net neutrality!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Netflix has begun paying a fee to deliver their site's content to Comcast and Verizon Internet customers who want to access it. This is in addition to the fee which Comcast and Verizon customers themselves pay to access "The Internet", which of course includes Netflix. The customers pay for Internet access, but ...

Sonic Expands to LA Region

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Please share! We have expanded again, and Sonic.net's broadband and telephone services are now available throughout much of the LA region. Sonic's Fusion service offers residential customers in the LA region a competitive broadband and telephone choice. Fusion includes unlimited land line telephone service plus uncapped and unlimited broadband for just $39.95 ...

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 ...