Whether ancient Rome got silk from China or elsewhere, the economy of Eurasia was more complex than the exchange of silk for gold between China and Rome. … Read the post silk trade between ancient Rome and China
Jurisdictional competition gives Google Fiber a relatively good framework of government regulation in Kansas City. … Read the post Google Fiber gets good government regulation
Google fiber is addressing geographic heterogeneity with fiberhoods. Pre-registration goals and take-up differ significantly across fiberhoods. … Read the post Google Fiber confronts geographic heterogeneity
Wireless networks never require retrenchment.
A recent UK online newspaper article includes an interactive map of UK broadband speeds. Text above the map states, “Use our interactive map to find the results for your area.” That statement presents the map as a data access tool. But the map includes color-coded markers that provide a quick visualization of the geographic distribution … Continue reading interactive maps of broadband speeds
Quality-adjusted average U.S. residential broadband service prices have fallen no more than an estimated 10% from 2004 to 2009. The consumer price index for personal computers and peripheral equipment fell 50% across that period. The price-performance frontier for communications technology is advancing as fast or faster than that for personal computers and peripherals. … Continue reading relatively slow reduction in bandwidth prices
Akamai’s publicly filed dataset of observed average Internet download speeds for U.S. network connections is now on Needle. Needle makes it easy to map the reported cities and states according to an average speed threshold. For example, 79 out of the 500 reported cities have average Internet download speed less 2048 kbit/s. Here’s a map … Continue reading mapping average Internet download speeds in U.S.
Better Internet connectivity tends to be associated with more urban areas, areas with a greater concentration of high-tech industries and employees, and areas with wealthier, more educated populations. These factors, however, do not provide simple explanations for the actual geographic pattern of Internet download speeds from Akamai’s server network. According to Akamai’s measurements (which include … Continue reading dispersion of Internet download speeds
The DS1 and DS3 rates that the Ad Hoc Telecommunications Users filed publicly at the FCC are now accessible as an online, highly capable Needle domain (database). Needle is a data system that makes it easy to look at the data in different ways and to sort and filter it, all from within a web … Continue reading online database of DS1 and DS3 special access rates
Based on data filed by the Ad Hoc Telecommunications Users Committee, tariff rates in 2009 for DS1 and DS3 special-access circuit elements across U.S. states have a spread equal to about plus and minus a third of the average. Rates differ across bandwidth (DS1 or DS3), regulatory type (price cap or pricing flexibility), purchasing term … Continue reading DS1 & DS3 rate dispersion across U.S. states