Running water was luxury at the turn of the 19th century, now it is a necessity;
Electricity was luxury at the turn of the 20th century, now it is a necessity;
Broadband was luxury at the turn of the 21st century, now it is a necessity.
Since May of 2011, AT&T has announced an intent to data cap their DSL subscribers.
Businesses have a limited time opportunity to win a free fiber rollout to their business. Contestants demonstrating the highest potential impact of fiber connectivity – on their own business, nearby businesses, and underserved areas – will become finalists.
The Wire report notes that at least three candidates have officially applied for chairmanship position vacated by previous chair Konrad Von Finckenstein.
The CRTC has now formally moved into a rate review of the wholesale rates decided from 2011-77 in which independent ISP's would be charged rates that may push retail prices upwards of $150/mnth on top of additional fees
UPDATE 5/22/2012 - Delayed till later in the year but not killed.. yet. https://torrentfreak.com/us-six-strikes-anti-piracy-scheme-delayed-120518/
New York City faces serious bandwidth issues as a threat to future growth http://www.nycfuture.org/images_pdfs/pdfs/NewTechCity.pdf
The Center for an Urban Future has put out a report that chronicles the rise of the Big Apple as the #2 startup hub in the US.
Global Broadband Speeds Decline http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/datacenter/high-speed-broadband-adoption-speeds-decline.html
Yup the internet is getting slower according to Akamai. Some nuggets in the data. The fastest city in the US may be Boston, but New Jersey comes in with the largest # of "fastest cities" in the US. Slovakia has taken South Korea's crown as the fastest and IPv6 is growing.
"Hollywood loses final appeal in piracy case" http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/hollywood-loses-final-appeal-in-piracy-case-20120420-1xb12.html#ixzz1sXMcOxpa
The appeal was based on the allegations by the film industry, that because iiNet failed to "step-in" and police the internet after their customers received copyright infringement notifications by "Hollywood", they claim iiNet are in fact, authorizing their customers to download illegally.
"Will the Senate please ask ISPs to justify their wireless caps?" http://gigaom.com/broadband/will-the-senate-please-ask-isps-to-justify-their-wireless-caps
(Article originally posted April 23rd, 2012)
"Leverett, Mass. Fed Up With Poor Broadband; Town Wants Its Own Gigabit Network" http://stopthecap.com/2012/04/12/leverett-mass-fed-up-with-poor-broadband-town-wants-its-own-gigabit-network/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Leverett%2C%20Mass.%...
More communities are realizing that they don't have to depend or wait on big telecom to get a high-speed internet connection. The citizens of Leverett, Mass are proving that this problem can be fixed at the local level.