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FCC Opens 3.5 GHz for Shared Access

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 23rd, 2014

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 […]

USAID Funds Community-based Digital Communications

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 22nd, 2014

The NY Times reports the State Department has provided $2.8 million to a team of American hackers, community activists and software geeks to a mesh network, as a way for dissidents abroad to communicate more freely and securely. The United States Agency for International Development has pledged $4.3 million to create mesh networks in Cuba, […]

Ruckus Announces Cloud-Based WiFi Services

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 15th, 2014

Ruckus Wireless today unveiled a Cloud-based Smart Wi-Fi Access Management Service (SAMS) that gives organizations the power to manage and monetize Wi-Fi services from a ‘point-and-click’ Cloud-based portal. Ruckus says SAMS delivers a simple, Web-based portal that allows highly customized Wi-Fi access services to be created in a matter of minutes. Instead of requiring WLAN […]

Google Buying Drone Company Titan

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 14th, 2014

Google is buying drone maker Titan Aerospace, a startup maker of high-altitude drones, reports the WS Journal. Google didn’t disclose a purchase price for Titan, of Moriarty, N.M., whose solar-powered drones are intended to fly for months at a time. Facebook was also reportedly looking to buy Titan Aerospace, and was rumored to offer $60 […]

Petition to Open 10 GHz in USA for Wireless Backhaul

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 14th, 2014

Qualcomm and other companies are urging the FCC to open the 10.5 GHz band for wireless communications. Using Authorized Shared Access technology would allow the spectrum to be shared with licensed mobile operations when and where incumbents are not operating, says Qualcomm. The FCC has invited public comment on the Petition for Rule Making (RM-11715) […]

Gigabit Squared: DOA?

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 31st, 2014

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the state of Illinois is now trying to get $2 million in grant money back from Gigabit Squared, the company that promised 1 Gigabit fiber optic connectivity to the city of Chicago. A $2 million grand from the state for Gigabit Squared’s pilot project was matched by the University […]