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Aircraft-Based Wireless Networks

Filed under “Why didn’t we think of this first?”, a new concept is emerging out of the windy California desert. In a nutshell, airplanes would act as “mini-satellites” and create a flying network, capable of blanketing isolated areas with wireless coverage. The...
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802.11ad – Part 2: So Just How Does It Work?

The key to the 802.11ad standard is an entirely different frequency band. Instead of relying on the 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequencies like its predecessors, it works between 57GHz and 66GHz, depending on where you live. There is a massive amount of spectrum available around...
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802.11ad – Part 1: A Shiny New Wireless Future?

Much rumored, there is new Wi-Fi standard starting to creep into commercial products, and it is taking speed to the next level. 802.11ad Wi-Fi is rated for 4,600Mbps for data throughput – or quadruple the current rate offered by 802.11ac. It’s also faster than...
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Cord-cutting Trending in US Pay-TV Market

As the cord-cutting trend continues gain steam, it’s beginning to threaten the viability of the business models of traditional television, telephone, and Internet companies. Among the largest US telcos, AT&T and Windstream, experienced declines in their subscriber...
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5G – The Fact, the Fiction, and Everything in Between

Sure, we’ve all heard the over-the-top hype about the new slippery-fast 5G wireless standard. Although it’s not available yet, tests by some large carriers show promise. Now the bad news – the soonest it will likely be available to consumers is sometime in 2020....
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Forget About Snakes on a Plane, What About Cell Phones?

It’s hard to imagine the world even more connected than it is today, but federal aviation officials are now considering in-flight rules about Wi-Fi-based calls. On Thursday, the US Department of Transportation announced it was open to public comment on the topic. In...

The Lowdown on Bluetooth 5

There’s a new sheriff in town, and its name is Bluetooth 5. It sports a bevy of new upgrades, including longer range, larger broadcast message capacity, and faster speed. But it doesn’t stop there – it has been designed specifically to play nice with other...

A Third of American’s Lack Choice of Broadband Providers

According to an Internet Access Services Report, only two thirds of Americans have a choice of more than one broadband service provider delivering service of more than 10 Mbps. The study summarized responses from the end of 2015. It also found that in many cases, this...

YouTube enables 4K Live Streaming

YouTube has supported 4K for several years, but it just recently announced 4K streaming. This marks a huge step for live streaming content, which has taken hold in popular social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. By being one of the first to support this new...

Facebook’s New Wi-Fi Finder

There’s been recent talk of Facebook testing a new feature that will assist users in finding free and public Wi-Fi hotspots. This new feature comes in addition Facebook’s existing Wi-Fi solution for businesses, which enable them to offer free Wi-Fi to customers who...

Mobile Broadband Reaches 84% of the Globe

84% of the world’s population now has access to mobile broadband (otherwise known as 3G and 4G). That’s according to this year’s Measuring the Information Society Report by the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Actual penetration or...

Charter Signals Its Plans to Become a Wireless Provider

Charter has filed with the FCC its intention to become a wireless provider. The company plans to use its 300k-strong network of Wi-Fi hotspots to undergird the service, while using Verizon’s LTE network when users are out of range. While details about what the service...

Windstream and Earthlink Announce Merger

Windstream announced that it has acquired fellow ISP Earthlink. The deal is an all-stock transaction valued at around $1.1 billion dollars, including debt. Earthlink, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, serves more than 150,000 businesses and about 1 million consumers, and...

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