Thursday, August 18, 2011

Comcast Expands $10 Internet Essential Program to California

Comcast California has expanded its low-cost Internet access program to the Fresno area. Families with children who are eligible to receive a free lunch under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) can receive:

  • Residential Internet service for $9.95 a month + applicable taxes;

  • No price increases, no activation fees, or equipment rental fees;

  • A voucher to purchase a low-cost computer for $149.99 + tax; and

  • Access to free digital literacy training in print, online, and in-person.

  • In approving the Comcast-NBCU mega-merger, the FCC and the Department of Justice imposed a number of conditions and commitments which generally will remain in effect for seven years. One of these conditions was a requirement to make available to approximately 2.5 million low income households: (i) high-speed Internet access service for less than $10 per month; (ii) personal computers, netbooks, or other computer equipment at a purchase price below $150; and (iii) an array of digital literacy education opportunities.

Russia's MTS Deploys Cisco CRS-3 with NAT in Siberia

Russia's Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has deployed the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System to provide its rapidly growing audience of subscribers with high-quality Internet access despite the growing shortage of IPv4 addresses. The equipment was delivered by Sitronics IT, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner in Russia.

Cisco noted that MTS is using its Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (NAT) solution to connect new users by offering one address to several subscribers. The capability to extend the system to 80 million address translations will enable MTS to centralize Internet access for several regional mobile and fixed networks. In the initial phase, Cisco NAT has been installed in Siberia. In future this technology will be implemented in all other regional subsidiaries across the country.