Twenty-seven cities have planned events where hackers will have access to data from The Department of Labor, The Census Bureau, and even NASA’s space stats. It’s a joint project from the U.S. government, Code For America, Random Hacks Of Kindness, and Eric Schmidt’s early-stage venture fund Innovation Endeavors.
The mandate may bring new life to efforts started by the Obama administration with the launch of Data.gov four years ago. It would also expand an order issued in 2012 to open up government systems with public interfaces for commercial app developers.
FirstNet wants to build a dedicated nationwide LTE network for first responders. First Net is a stand alone LTE network that largely uses commercial cellular components. It supplements the push-to-talk voice network for cops and firefighters and is expected to cost taxpayers upwards of $25 Billion. AT&T and Verizon invested about $30 billion each in their LTE upgrades, notes Andrew Seybold — and they already had cell sites and infrastructure in place.
Whether public safety can “force” utilities and city agencies to pay more by switching to FirstNet for M2M and other services has yet to be determined. Those increased costs would likely be passed on (indirectly) to taxpayers to pay for FirstNet.
Different people have different opinions about the viability of FirstNet. I suspect it will only help big cities. Wouldn’t the effectiveness of first responders be reduced if they’re required to pay for more expensive and less available FirstNet service?
The results of the 600 MHz auction next year are unknown. How much money the auction will generate for FirstNet is one issue. What new kinds of data services will be enabled by 600 MHz spectrum in the commercial band is another issue.
With 120MHz potentially available on the 600 MHz band, and 40 MHz available on Dish’s MSS spectrum (for dual-band sat/terrestrial phones), commercial carriers could beat FirstNet at its own game.
Commercial LTE providers, offering better service at lower cost, can outgun the “good guys” at any incident scene. Hotspot 2.0 will provide seamless roaming.
Cloud4Wi is the market place for web apps tailored to the Wi-Fi, capable of enhancing the end-user experience thanks to innovative application services and providing effective business tools to Wi-Fi hotspot services managers.
Cloud4Wi unleashes various business models and scenarios thanks the multi-level approach. Thus, Wi-Fi hotspot services managers can define and customize their own managed Wi-Fi hotspot services with the maximum flexibility.
Cloud4Wi is a vendor agnostic solution fully integrated with the most popular vendors of access and network devices, and firmware (e.g. Buffalo Technology, Power Cloud Systems, Meraki, Ruckus Wireless, Cisco, Tanaza, Deliberant, Nomadix, Aruba, Meru Networks, Coova Chili, Chillispot, DD-WRT, OpenWrt, Tanaza, Aerohive, HP, Juniper Networks, Opemesh). This ensures the maximum flexibility in the selection of Wi-Fi vendors with a considerable reduction of up-front investments and operational costs.
We believe we are working a unique approach that will permit all ISP/WISP, System Integrators and IT Companies to redesign the hotspot concept and ist business modell.
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Some web apps are published directly on the splash portal and leading page in order to enhance end-user experience (e.g. spot news, around you, couponing, instant win, chat etc.), whereas other ones and business tools can be used by the Wi-Fi hotspot service provider and location owner through the control panel in order to monetize the Wi-Fi network (e.g. direct marketing, geo-targeting, click counting, etc.).
2) How Cloud4Wi might differ from other cloud-managed WiFi services such as Tanaza or Power Cloud Systems
Whilst Tanaza and Power Cloud Systems speed up the delivery and provisioning phases of a new Wi-Fi hotspot (avoiding the expensive one-by-one pre-configuration of an access point), Cloud4Wi is an application layer with cloud hotspot controller that enables next generation fully customizable services through the Wi-Fi network thanks to active contents, web apps, business tools.
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Crest Financial, which holds 8 percent of Clearwire’s stock, is fighting a proxy battle against Sprint’s takeover bid. Dish said it may buy out only minority shareholders as long as it can acquire at least 25 percent of Clearwire’s voting stock. Dish said it wants the right to pick at least three Clearwire board members and more if it acquires more of Clearwire’s shares.
On or before June 12, 2013, Clearwire intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 stating whether the Clearwire board of directors and the Special Committee recommends acceptance or rejection of DISH’s unsolicited tender offer.
The idea for using a crowdfunding platform as an investment engine for broadband solidified while Neighbor.ly CEO Jase Wilson served on a team, to help Kansas City plan for Google Fiber, reports Settles.
Neighbor.ly replaces Kickstarter’s “all or none” philosophy in which projects receive no funding if they fail to reach their fundraising goal in time, and relies on an “every dollar counts” approach. Whatever an organization raises by the deadline, it gets to keep. Juniper Gardens Apartments, a 390-unit complex that is part of the Kansas City Kansas Housing Authority and located in one of the poorest sections of Kansas City, Kan., is one of Neighbor.ly’s fundraising projects.
The nonprofit Connecting for Good builds wireless networks, secures computing equipment and provides digital literacy training for low-income communities. They wanted to install an indoor-outdoor wireless network at Juniper Gardens but needed to raise nearly $40,000.
The Neighbor.ly effort raised $34,500 and equipment manufacturer Ubiquiti made up the difference with an in-kind contribution of product.
The concept of non-profits funding cheap or free WiFi in apartments seems like a wonderful idea. But it’s no guarantee.
My adjoining apartment building, which is Section 8, was “unwired” by One Economy last year.
The Oregon program was funded with $1,139,200. The $1.1 million investment was supposed to bring 1,293 units of affordable housing in 7 housing projects in Portland. Five of the projects were with the Housing Authority of Portland, and 2 with Hacienda CDC.
That amounts to nearly $1,000 per apartment. The plan was to deliver 2 years of free Internet Access followed by affordable access ($10/mo) and a site-specific web portal.
After nearly a year’s delay, the building was “unwired” using Meraki gear and an ISP providing 8 DSL lines of 7Mbps each. Then, after barely a year of service and no warning, One Economy decided to shut down the “free” WiFi service.
One high ranking One Economy official (now laid off, along with ALL the Portland staff), told me that One Economy decided to shut down their US operations and move into international development. Their rationale: The FCC’s new program to fund cable internet access for $10/month (if you have kids in the school lunch program).
But our 80 unit building is 90% single occupancy. Virtually nobody qualifies.
Now nobody has “free” internet access. The backhaul connections were turned off, and the five Meraki plug-in hotspots on each floor are currently radiating interference to everyone.
What a piece of crap.
One Economy billed taxpayers nearly $1,000 per unit and bailed early. Now the Housing Authority of Portland has no interest in continuing the service — there’s no money in it for them.
I don’t know if any laws were broken, but it makes me wonder what happened to all the money One Economy received.
UPDATE: Tue, Jun 4, 2013
Thank you for forwarding a link to your article in dailywireless.org. We are currently reviewing options related to the recent cessation of One Economy’s wireless internet services at Home Forward’s building in the Yard’s development. It is important to us to increase resident access to the internet whenever feasible.
Here’s the thing – anyone can do this. Put in a couple dozen Ubiquiti Unifi access points ($100 each), and feed each floor with 10 Mbps backhaul ($50/month). This is not rocket science.
Upfront costs might be $5K while monthly backhaul costs might be $250/month range. If 40 people (half the units), paid $10/month, that generates $400/month. The thing could be paid for in 2 years.
Why bill taxpayers $80,000 when empowered individuals could do the same thing for one tenth the cost? It’s a rip-off.
You don’t have to be a network guru. Tanaza, a vendor-agnostic solution, can cloud manage Wi-Fi Access Points. Tanaza’s cloud-based Wi-Fi management system has a simple, clickable interface. No expertise required. It can send an email alert if an AP dies.
Tanaza Powered APs such as Ubiquiti’s UniFi can embed the Tanaza Agent inside the firmware. They are monitored through a proprietary protocol that leverages keep alive-like packets. If the Tanaza Cloud Infrastructure stops receiving those packets, the device is considered off-line.
PowerCloud Systems, a Qualcomm and PARC-backed provider of WLAN-as-a-Service solutions, provides another WiFi-as-a-Service at low cost.
Ted Wheeler, Oregon’s State Treasurer, was the guest of honor at the TiE Pearl launch, with venture capital leaders attending from Silicon Valley and elsewhere.
Wheeler explained that most states no longer seek to lure large companies. The logistics are now too expensive for most large companies to pick up and move to another state. The new thinking is to build-up each state’s own foundation of expertise, as exemplified by the dozen or so incubators now operating in the Portland Region.
Silicon Valley’s incubator, Y Combinator, has become the model for many incubators. They run a three-month program for startups to polish their products for presentation to the investor community. Twice a year startup incubators generally invest a small amount of money ($14-20k + a small ownership percentage) in a large number of startups. The startups work intensively to refine their product and pitch to investors.
Wearable and sensor-based devices using low-power Bluetooth Smart can pair with smartphones and tablets and connect to the Internet to send and retrieve data from cloud-based applications. Broadcom is also contributing its Bluetooth software stack to the Android Open Source Project with support for both standard and Bluetooth Smart hardware.
Broadcom’s context-aware chips taps into other technology found in smartphones, such as MEMS sensors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Near Field Communication to provide consumers with intelligent, relevant information about their surroundings — in real-time.