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Regulators consider redefining broadband

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has proposed changing the definition of high-speed Internet to require download speeds of 10 megabits per second (Mbps) or higher to qualify as broadband.

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Cincinnati Bell gets aggressive with fiber plans

Cincinnati Bell plans to roughly double its fiber footprint to reach up to 70% of its coverage area within three years. The company launched its Fioptics unit in 2009, and the expansion initiative is a response to increasing opportunity in the sector, according to CEO Ted Torbeck.

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Municipal Broadband Is No Utopia

Like most utopian dreams, the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, or Utopia, hasn't panned out. Utopia, a consortium of 11 municipalities to build a fiber-optic network, was initially financed in 2004 with a $185 million bond; it was supposed to be completed in three years and have a positive cash flow in five. The project is a prime example of why governments should not be in the business of building or operating broadband networks—and why the federal government should not be in the business of cheerleading for them.

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Thoughts on an Ohio Breakfast

Evolutions are often marked by discrete events that might not garner attention at the moment they occur. Nor is their impact on the greater cycle in which they exist necessarily discernible, though in retrospect the aggregate impact cannot be ignored. Similarly, seemingly watershed events, though impressive, are not necessarily determinative of long term outcomes. Like a momentary spike in stock indexes, they may cause a sudden ripple, but in the long run may be more curiosity than consequence.

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