Are We Wired Yet?

Cable operators continue to account for the lion’s share of broadband customers but DSL providers are gaining ground, according to a report by Leichtman Research Group. Read a distilled version via the Center for Media Research or download the PDF for the full scoop. The broadband stats start around page 5.

Elsewhere in the broadband universe, a House subcommittee has voted down the tough net neutrality language sought by tech and Internet content firms and advanced a bill that would pave the way for TV over new wires. Here’s the SF Chronicle story on that news (written by yours truly) and CNet’s account of the vote and its significance. I checked Technorati this morning to see if the blogosphere was buzzing about this and while there were entries on “net neutrality” it did not appear to be a top concern.

Changing topics, Paid Content linked to a Newspapers & Technology story about the Denver Newspaper Agency, which has syndicated a Web-based citizen’s journalism template called to more than a dozen U.S. newspapers. Here’s an excerpt with some details:

“Key features in the syndication launch kit include content publishing and hosting software as well as strategies for marketing, editorial and sales … Optional features, such as converting the Web content to print format, and online classified ad posting, are also available. The software was developed by DNA in conjunction with Denver-based Indigo Group Inc. DNA charges newspapers that syndicate a one-time setup fee of between $2,000 and $10,000 and a recurring monthly license fee of between $250 and $5,000, depending upon market size.”

And finally, given my snarky posting questioning the buzz over social networking and poking fun at a fawning column about MySpace, I was gratified to see that the UK Guardian has also wondered aloud whether Rupert Murdoch’s $580 million acquisition will yield fortune or folly. Thanks to Paid Content for pointing to the piece by Guardian writer Bobbie Johnson, who says:

“Nobody doubts that Murdoch wants to make money from the site. But, considering the facts on the ground, surely the question is not “is this possible?” but “why does anyone think he knows how to do it?”

Tom Abate
‘Cause if you ain’t Mass Media, you’re Mini Media