Cox goes green in San Diego; rural broadband rates going up

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> Despite what Kermit the Frog might think, it's relatively easy being green if you want to put in the effort. Cox Communications knows that after constructing two next-generation fuel cells for its San Diego facility to reduce the MSO's dependence on the local power grid and "decrease its carbon footprint," a news release said.

> Broadband take rates are spiraling upwards even as a tide of uncertainty surrounds a national broadband plan, according to a survey released by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA)--not to be confused with the National Cable Telecommunications Association (NCTA). News release.

> Illinois Democrat Congressman Bobby Rush appears to have the inside track to be his party's ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Communications, Technology and Internet Subcommittee. Rush has supported net neutrality but that support is being questioned by Story.

And finally ... talk about TV Everywhere and anywhere, Sling Media is positing a subscription service that will be available on select Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) 4G smartphones. The subscription service would provide a Slingbox to connect to an existing set-top box, the SlingPlayer mobile application and networking accessories. Apparently, consumers would be left with their assets in a sling. Story.