Lenovo Y50 – Almost, but No Cigar

August 10, 2014
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The following are my notes from trying the Lenovo Y50, Intel Core i7-4700HQ, 15.6″ 4K Resolution Display, Notebook With 16GB Memory, 256GB SSD, Windows 8.1. The intent of this  post is to help others who may be thinking of purchasing this unit. Sadly, after investing several hours into trying to make this work, primarily as…

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Viodi View – 08/09/2014

August 9, 2014
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Computer on top of a Prius optimized for best WiFi reception.

“High speed and reliable broadband is becoming as essential as water and electricity,” to paraphrase what I heard last week from a general manager of a provider that offers all three of those services. I have had many opportunities to reflect on those comments, as my travels since then took me to the Southwestern U.S.…

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Network Neutrality is Dead: Netflix deal with AT&T; VZ Throttling- FCC?

July 31, 2014
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Netflix announced Tuesday that it had agreed to pay AT&T for a direct “peering” connection to AT&T’s network. The two companies arranged the deal this past May and have been working since then to connect their respective networks. AT&T had been pressing Netflix to pay for an upgraded connection between their networks since at least March…

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FCC Acts to Improve Rural Broadband Service with $100M Fund- Census Blocks Released

July 29, 2014
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Roughly 10% of the U.S., mostly in remote rural areas, is eligible to take advantage of $100 million the Federal Communications Commission is allocating for improvements in rural broadband service. The project gets its money from the FCC’s $4.5 billion Connect America Fund. The commission is providing bidding incentives for proposals that exclusively serve tribal lands.…

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Viodi View – 07/24/14

July 24, 2014
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Managed Broadband TV – A Decade Old Overnight Success It’s always fun to see industry friends face-to-face and last week’s NTCA Southeast Regional Meeting in Savannah, GA was the perfect venue for catching up with folks I hadn’t seen in a while. It was an honor to moderate a tech talk panel on the topic of video services. This video…

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Looking at the Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on How We Live

July 19, 2014
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“It’s time to think about the built environment,” said Shannon McDonald, an architect and Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. McDonald was referring to the impact that autonomous vehicles will have on the design of streets, buildings and associated infrastructure. She indicates that this is an important and timely discussion to have,…

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Building a Bigger Box

July 16, 2014
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Managed Broadband TV a Hot Topic Growth was definitely the vibe of this week’s NTCA’s Southeast Regional meeting in Savannah. Operators and vendors provided examples and ideas for how to generate new revenue through the introduction of new products and services that complement the broadband infrastructure. Although one of the panels referenced the idea of…

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Viodi View – 07/09/14

July 9, 2014
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It is that time of the year when millions of people pack their suitcases and take some well-earned vacation time. We too will be on the road this summer visiting some of our friends with independent broadband service providers. One trip I am looking forward to is next week’s NTCA Regional meeting in Savannah, GA,…

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The Luddites of London

July 1, 2014
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[Editor's Note: An automobile industry executive and subject matter expert, who wishes to remain anonymous, penned the following article for the Viodi View.] Just as we begin to hear about the Google Car and the significance of the autonomous vehicle (AV) for society, taxi cab drivers throughout the European Union recently staged mass protests against the…

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