California Gov. Jerry Brown and other dignitaries marked the ceremonial groundbreaking of the state's $68 billion high-speed rail by signing pieces of steel track on Tuesday in Fresno. The eventual line is expected to be 520 miles long, but the first section, between Fresno and Madera, will be 29 miles long. "Now we build," said Dan Richard, chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. "We are entering a period of sustained construction on the nation's first high-speed rail system for the next five years in the Central Valley, and in the decade beyond that we will be building across California."
AT&T said it would begin a pair of field tests for LTE technology this year with an eye on starting commercial service in 2011. The carrier named Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson as its vendors for the deployment.
Alcatel-Lucent is looking at what is next after gigabit passive optical networking gear. According to one company representative, there are three possibilities: a next-generation version of GPON, a much higher speed wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) PON or a hybrid that involves the first two technologies.