Google Fiber: Free WiFi Too?

Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks in towns and cities covered by its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service, reports Computer World.

Specific details of the Wi-Fi plan are not included in the document, which was seen by IDG News Service, but Google says it will be “discussing our Wi-Fi plans and related requirements with your city as we move forward with your city during this planning process.”

Google declined to answer specific questions about the plans but in an emailed statement said, “We’d love to be able to bring Wi-Fi access to all of our Fiber cities, but we don’t have any specific plans to announce right now.”

Hotspot 2.0 technology could position Google’s Wi-Fi as an alternative to cellular services – or suppliment it. Hotspot 2.0 allows users to seamlessly roam from a cellular connection to a Wi-Fi connection.

Hotspot 2.0 with seamless roaming is popping up all over:

AT&T is using ACCURIS, a Roaming hub, Accuris Networks’ and its AccuRoam technology authenticates Wi-Fi roamers. These new roaming hub companies such as Accuris and Syniverse can make money with Hotspot 2.0 by routing authentication requests to operators as well by facilitating the cumbersome billing and settlement process.

BGR says Amazon is planning to offer a unique wireless data plan alongside its first smartphone, which is set to launch in the coming months. Amazon’s smartphone could be made available exclusively on AT&T’s network in the United States, according to BGR. The Boy Genius Report had some spy photos of Amazon’s handset, expected to launch in September.

The Amazon phone would use “Prime Data,” and positioned as one of several key selling points for the phone. Prime Data could be the first high-profile deal based on a setup similar to the carrier’s new “Sponsored Data” program.

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Connect America Fund: Phase 2

The FCC this week took significant steps toward implementing the next phase of its Connect America Fund to expand broadband in rural America.

In Phase I of the Connect America Fund (map) the government invested $438 million to deploy broadband service to 1.6 million previously unserved Americans. It also invested $300 million to expand advanced mobile wireless service and nearly $50 million for better mobile voice and broadband on Tribal lands.

In Phase II of the Connect America Fund the government will offer state-level support to carriers for constructing fixed-location voice and broadband capable networks. Over five years, Phase II of the Connect America Fund will provide nearly $9 billion to expand broadband in rural areas to provide broadband access to an additional 5 million Americans.

To determine eligibility, the FCC first taps data in the National Broadband Map to find the presence of unsubsidized providers that deploy fixed, land-based technologies such as cable, fiber, DSL, or fixed wireless providers like WISPs (wireless Internet service providers).

They will check if these competitors also provide voice service. They will then use that information to publish an initial list of census blocks presumed to be lacking an unsubsidized provider – and therefore potentially eligible for the Connect America Fund.

Not everyone, including members of the FCC, are on board with the new plan, says Fierce Wireless. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai filed a dissent, expressed concerns over the regulator’s decision to maintain the “rate floor.” As a result of that policy, “over one million rural Americans can expect their local telephone rates to increase by up to 46 percent as the rate floor rises from $14.00 to $20.46 per month.”

The National Broadband Plan, unveiled March 16, 2010, was an FCC plan to improve Internet access in the United States. One goal was providing 100 million American households with access to 100 Mbit/s (megabits per second) connections by 2020.

The Universal Service Fund (USF) was created by the FCC in 1997 to meet Congressional universal service goals. On October 27, 2011, the FCC approved a six-year transfer process that would transition money from the Universal Service Fund High-Cost Program to a new $4.5 billion a year Connect America Fund for broadband Internet expansion.

GOWEX: Free WiFi for Miami

GOWEX is adding its third ‘WiFi City’ in the US: Miami. In March 2013, GoWEX signed an agreement to deploy 2,000 Smart WiFi Zones at New York, then deployed a WiFi network in San Francisco in June of last year.

GoWEX offers free and premium WI-Fi connectivity at public places, coffee shops and public transit.

In May the company will deploy its WiFi network at Miami, covering the main city’s districts and emblematic streets through its Smart WiFi Zones. Every smartphone or tablet user will be able to get a Free WiFi connection in around 400 hotpots.

The GoWEX business model generates revenues from roaming and offloading, advertising by Geolocalization and revenues from Smart City services:

  • Advertising Incomes: utilizes its Smart Advertising platform for location-based advertising.
  • Roaming and Offloading Incomes: as a result of the 150 agreements between GOWEX and carriers participating at the Roaming Platform, as Oi Brasil, AT&T or Deutsche Telekom
  • Smart City services: incomes obtained from the smart services provided with the GOWEX Wireless Smart Cities® platform

Miami receives 12 million visitors per year and has 5.5 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, and all of them will be able to connect to GOWEX Free WiFi, says the company.

One account will work on all the WiFi hotspots. The company’s We2 application enables everybody to seamlessly roam across the network.

GOWEX Wireless Smart Cities is global model in the three American cities and at another 85 cities internationally.

As in all GOWEX networks, any user with an account will get a 1 Mbps speed connection for free and will have other Premium options.

IDC estimates that the worldwide enterprise market for Cloud-managed WLAN infrastructure and managed services is expected to reach $2.5 billion by 2018.

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FCC Gets Flack for Net Neutrality Proposal

Under new FCC rules proposed by Chairman Wheeler, internet-service providers will be able to negotiate agreements with companies like Netflix and Amazon for priority Web service.

Wheeler said in a blog post today at the FCC, that his proposal will bar Internet-service providers from blocking legal content and requires the companies to disclose their policies to subscribers and users and prevents them from acting “in a commercially unreasonable manner to harm the Internet, including favoring the traffic from an affiliated entity.”

Google, Amazon and Netflix, part of the Internet Association, told the FCC the agency should adopt enforceable rules so their services won’t be unfairly blocked, “explicitly or implicitly.”

Michael Weinberg, VP of Public Knowledge, said Wheeler’s proposal “is not net neutrality.” The FCC is inviting service providers “to pick winners and losers.” Free Press.net said the FCC “is proposing rules that would kill — rather than protect — Net Neutrality”.

Policy groups that have supported rules to prevent Internet-service providers from unfairly blocking or slowing Web traffic began voicing objections to the Wheeler’s plan as elements of it became public yesterday.

Washington, DC, has long had a revolving door through which government officials exit to become lobbyists, and lobbyists enter to become government officials, notes ArsTechnica.

FCC Opens 3.5 GHz for Shared Access

Under a proposed rulemaking, the FCC is looking to create the Citizen Broadband Radio Service that will include 150 megahertz of spectrum between the 3550-3700 MHz bands.

The FCC hopes to provide a “three-tiered access and sharing model with federal and non-federal incumbents, priority access licensees, and general authorized access users.”

“Federal and non-federal incumbents would be protected from harmful interference,” the FCC explained. “Targeted priority access licenses would be made available for a variety of uses, including mobile broadband.

General authorized access use would be permitted in a reserved amount of spectrum and on an opportunistic basis for a variety of consumer or business-oriented purposes, including advanced home wireless networking.”

The propagation characteristics of the 3.5 GHz band are thought to be a good fit for small cells.

The proposed rulemaking will build on a previously announced notice released in late 2012. That initial proposal looked at whether it will be feasible to open up approximately 100 megahertz of spectrum in the 3550-3650 MHz bands for small cell technologies, possibly on an unlicensed basis.

Today, the FCC extended the spectrum allocation an additional 50 megahertz up to the 3700 MHz band.

The proposed spectrum access system (SAS) for the 3550-3650 MHz band (3.5 GHz band) would operate similar to the TV White Spaces database in governing use of the 3.5 GHZ band.

The 3.5 GHz band is now used by the Department of Defense for radar, as well as by “non-federal fixed satellite service earth stations for receive-only, space-to-earth operations and feeder links.”

Unfortunately, the 3.5 GHz Band would be largely unusable on the east and west coasts and along the Gulf. As you can see from the slide, New England, Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana; almost all of New York, Virginia, California; and half of Texas are in exclusion zones.

Phased array radars have been used by the US Navy for over 20 years. The Spy-1 phased array radar (pdf) is used for local ship defense. It uses 3.1-3.5 GHz. The Navy’s SPY-1 radiates four million watts of power, and can acquire and track targets as far out as 250 miles and as far up as low Earth orbit.

Wireless advocacy groups generally applauded the move, saying that the sharing of spectrum would promote small-cell technologies, which operate wireless networks for very small geographic locations.

The Wireless Innovation Alliance said in a press release that going through with the proposal would “benefit countless stakeholders, including public safety, small businesses, educators, and consumers through improved wireless broadband access.”

In July 2012, a Presidential Commission recommended that the Federal Government identify 1,000 megahertz of federal spectrum for shared use to create “the first shared use spectrum superhighways.”

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Dish Networks Testing Innovative Wireless Technology

Steve Perlman, the guy behind WebTV and OnLive, says his innovative pCell wireless technology, will be tested by Dish Networks this summer.

Artemis is working with small cell vendor PureWave Networks to design and develop pCell base stations, (Personal Cells), for trial deployments, reports FierceWireless.

According to Artemis’ recent filing with the FCC, it plans to operate on Dish’s AWS-4 band, in the 2,000-2,020MHz and 2180-2,200MHz blocks.

Perlman and his new company, Artemis, hopes pCell technology can increase useable bandwidth by more than one hundred times. PCell are based on a technology called Distributed-Input-Distributed-Output (DIDO) that uses cloud-based basestations to deliver in-phase rf signals from multiple small cells.

In a DIDO network, a server sits in the cloud, in a data center. A special DIDO router (called a pWave) is used. The DIDO server takes the data from the website and generates a special radio signal for your laptop. The signals are transmitted at the same time, from different routers. These signals, rather than interfering with each other, are actually summed together by the receiving devices. So, if there are 10 devices in the same area, they would receive all 10 DIDO signals at the same time, adding them together, and end up with just the data meant for them. Or something like that (pdf).

His team got pCell working with available LTE handsets, including the latest iPhones and Samsung smartphones, so that people would not need to buy new devices if their carrier uses his technology, reports the NY Times.

Artemis recently demonstrated a pCell system streaming multiple 4K Ultra HD video streams, using off-the-shelf Release 8 LTE dongles each using the same 10 MHz of spectrum.

Dish is targeting a summer debut for its Internet-TV service in the U.S., reports Bloomberg. Charlie Ergen’s Dish wants to sell a full package of live-streaming channels over the Web. Dish is targeting 18-to-34-year-olds who only want to pay $20 or $30 a month to watch video on smartphones and tablets.

The Artemis P-cell system – if it proves practical- would seem to be a good match for “wireless cable”.