Michael Liimatta, co-founder of local nonprofit Connecting for Good, said Google told the groups involved that the idea wasn’t in line with planned licensing agreements for the new product, Google Fiber.
Google says the new service will deliver speeds of up to one gigabit per second, allowing for downloads about 100 times as fast as the national average and uploads 1,000 times as fast.
Google announced in spring 2011 that it was coming to this market, choosing Kansas City over more than 1,100 other communities that begged to be first. Since then, it has said very little about what it is bringing to town.
When the French phone system was revamped in the 1980s, it required new phone numbers to all its citizens. Videotex services, it was said, would be cheaper than printing millions of new phone directories. The PTT rolled out Minitels throughout France in 1982.
The state-subsidized Minitels were in every household. A Teletext system sent the information over broadcast television channels (as Antiope teletext). By the mid 80s, France was far more interconnected than any other nation
The French government said the mass adoption would provide French leadership for the burgeoning, world-wide electronic information business, and establish a world-wide standard for it. Government-owned France Telecom monopolized access and only newspaper companies supplied any content.
From its earliest days, videotext users could make online purchases, make train reservations, check stock prices, search the telephone directory, have a mail box, and even chat. But Videotex (optional “t”) was not a long distance service. There were no internet ISPs. There was no Internet.
Consumers used local dial-up service to connect to local databases. It downlinked at 1200 bit/s and uplinked at 75 bit/s. Fast for the time. Teletext systems used television to transmit 50-100 “pages” (hidden in the vertical interval) using a carousel of repeated information that the decoder could “grab”.
France Telecom will pull the plug Saturday. Some regret that the nation didn’t build on its technological lead, but most French folks will probably remember the boxes nostalgically, knowing that they beat the internet by almost 20 years, notes Engadget.
The original iPhone had a 3.5-inch display with 160-pixels per inch, a 2-megapixel camera and was running a mobile operating system that would later be come to be known as iOS. Apple filed over 200 patents related the first iPhone.
“Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone,” said Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, when he unveiled the first iPhone at the Macworld Conference in San Francisco on January 9, 2007. It used AT&T’s 2.5G EDGE network and was unable to connect using their 3G services.
The iPhone’s killer feature tuned out to be the tightly controlled App Store, released a year later, on July 10, 2008, that made the iPhone a hit.
The App Store created a new economy and business model. Apple has paid more than $5 billion to developers, after taking a 30% cut off all app sales for itself. Today, there are more than 650,000 mobile apps available in the App Store, ranging from free to $1,000.
In 2007, developers had to pay carriers big bucks for entree into their exclusive “walled garden”. Text messaging was their cash cow.
Carriers had a closed shop.
AT&T and Verizon were the dominant participants in the 2007, 700 MHz auction for LTE spectrum. Google got a provision through the FCC that required carriers using the “C” block to provide “open access” to competing software and hardware on their network, if they paid a minimum of $4.7 billion for the “C” block.
“Google earlier this year helped ensure that regardless of which bidders win a key portion of the spectrum up for auction (the so-called “C Block”), they will be required to allow their users to download any software application they want on their mobile device, and to use any mobile devices they would like on that wireless network. The winner must ensure these rights for consumers if the reserve price of $4.6 billion for the C Block is met at auction. The winner must ensure these rights for consumers if the reserve price of $4.6 billion for the C Block is met at auction.”
Verizon paid nearly $10 Billion for blanket, nationwide coverage using 22 MHz of “C block” spectrum, which committed them to “open access”. Both carriers anticipated a “walled garden” of software services. To their credit, AT&T allowed Apple’s App Store to develop and grow.
App stores, run by Apple, Google, Amazon and others, turned out to be the Golden Goose, both for the carriers and for the United States economy and prestige.
The carriers didn’t have a clue.
Apple’s hardware and software vision – combined with Google’s “open access” philosophy – created an unstoppable force that has transformed the world.
Window Seat tracks your flight without GPS or a network connection (using airline schedules). It shows you what’s below you while you’re offline. Airport Maps has gate maps that work with or without a data connection.
Beginning today, the system will notify people about approaching tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards and other threats. Most messages are anticipated to be weather-related. It sends geographically targeted text alerts over cellular networks.
When a warning is issued for a specific county, a message of no more than 90 characters will cause late-model smartphones in that area to sound a special tone and vibrate. Alerts will automatically “pop up” on the mobile device screen.
All devices that are Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) enabled will have a logo on the side of the box (above), along with wording stating the device is Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) capable.
Wireless carriers serving almost 97 percent of U.S. subscribers have agreed to participate, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile USA. Each of the four offers at least some phones capable of receiving emergency alerts, with more on the way.
The terrestrial broadcast M-EAS project is now delivering trial alerts (that could include video, audio, text, and graphics) to mobile DTV-equipped cellphones, tablets, laptops, netbooks, and in-car navigation systems; in order to avoid the potential roadblocks of cellular system congestion during emergencies.
“During its 5.5-year mission survey time, Sentinel will discover and track half a million Near Earth Asteroids, creating a dynamic map that will provide the blueprint for future exploration of our Solar System, while protecting the future of humanity on Earth,” said Ed Lu, Space Shuttle, Soyuz, and Space Station Astronaut, now Chairman and CEO of the B612 Foundation.
The B612 Foundation is working with Ball Aerospace, which has designed and will be building the Sentinel Infrared (IR) Space Telescope with the same expert team that developed the Spitzer and Kepler Space Telescopes. It will take approximately five years to complete development and testing to be ready for launch in 2017-2018. The launch vehicle of choice is the SpaceX Falcon9.
Planetary Resources intends to sell these materials, generating a profit. It also aims to advance humanity’s exploration and exploitation of space, with resource extraction serving as an anchor industry that helps our species spread throughout the solar system.