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Oceanic Fiber: Threat and Promise

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 28th, 2014

Builtvisible has a detailed history of undersea cables along with their role in espionage, starting with Operation Ivy Bells through the USS Jimmy Carter and the latest threats from earthquakes and terrorists. Some factoids from the story: There are 277 undersea fibre optic cables in the world today. These cables carry 99% of all international […]

GoAntenna: 10 Mile Cell Communications – Without Towers

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 21st, 2014

GoTenna has developed a 6-inch-long antenna that connects to iPhones and Android phones via Bluetooth low energy. The antenna then transmits the data to other GoTennas through proprietary protocols, at 151-154 MHz. You can send text messages up to 160 characters as well as share your location on offline maps. The gadget is available for […]

Municipalities use Apps to Collect Real-time Data

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 7th, 2014

Rio de Janeiro, home of the final match of the World Cup, is the first city in the world to collect real-time data, both from drivers who use the Waze navigation app and pedestrians who use the public-transportation app Moovit giving it an unprecedented view on thousands of moving points across the sprawling city. Rio […]

Boston Subway Gets Comcast WiFi

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 1st, 2014

Comcast announced today that it has activated Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the subway platform areas on Boston’s Green Line from North Station to Kenmore. Comcast is the first provider to offer WiFi in portions of the first subway line to open in the United States. InSite Wireless, a Virginia company that is currently performing the […]

WiMax Forum Objects to “Citizens Band” on 3.65-3.70 GHz

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 27th, 2014

The WiMAX Forum, the global body that certifies and promotes products based on the 802.16 standard, is urging the FCC not to include the 3.65-3.7 GHz spectrum band in the anticipated 3.55-3.65 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). The 3.5G industry has already matured with 11 commercial networks globally, such as Relish in London, and […]

FCC to Fund WiFi in Schools

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 23rd, 2014

The FCC’s E-rate program, which funds classroom internet access is focused on wired connections. Today nearly all schools have access to the Internet, and two-thirds of American schools now have fiber connections. But in an era where many laptops and tablets are WiFi-only, fiber connections are of little use. FCC head Tom Wheeler says nearly […]