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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, […]

AT&T Expands “Fiber Cities” to 25 Metro Areas

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 22nd, 2014

AT&T today said it will “expand its ultra-fast fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities nationwide. AT&T says it now is exploring 25 metro areas for fiber deployment. The list of 21 candidate metropolitan areas includes: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, […]

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) […]

NASA Opens Software Portal

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 11th, 2014

NASA writes a lot of software, and now NASA wants to share more than 1,000 applications available for free to the public. Available on NASA’s Technology Transfer Portal, the software is organized into 15 categories that encompass applications such as project management, design tools, data handling, and image processing. Software makes up about a third […]

AT&T Brings Gigabit Fiber & WiFi to North Carolina

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 10th, 2014

AT&T plans to begin building out its 1 Gbit/s broadband service in parts of North Carolina, in the next few week, marking its second deployment of the fiber service, after Austin, Texas. AT&T introduced GigaPower in Austin after Google Fiber announced its intention to enter that market. It’s the same deal with North Carolina, reports […]