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One of the next big industry battles is going to be between pole owners and the cellular and other wireless providers that want to use poles for wireless transmitters or mini-cell sites. All five FCC Commissioners have said they are in favor of streamlining the process for wireless providers to get onto poles and to locate new towers, and this is not going to sit well with pole owners or with cities.
We will see two different types of wireless companies wanting to use poles. First are the fiber-based ISPs like Google Fiber that want to deploy wireless loops. These companies are looking at using the millimeter wave length spectrum recently released by the FCC to get broadband into the homes. This spectrum won’t carry big bandwidth very far, and so there is a general assumption that these providers will want to mount transmitters on poles in neighborhoods.
The other providers are the big cellular companies. They will also want to use the millimeter wave spectrum using 5G protocols to provide fast local loops and to support big data. They also will want to support 5G cellular, which will use the standard cellular spectrum. The cellular providers will want both transmitters on poles plus they are likely to want to build new urban cell towers.
Nokia researchers have reached internet speeds of up to 1 Terabit per second, which is about 1,000 times faster than the speeds offered by one of the fastest internet service providers in the U.S.
Google Fiber offers broadband internet speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second. However, a joint research conducted by Nokia Bell Labs, the Technical University of Munich and Deutsche Telekom T-Labs claims to have achieved broadband speeds of 1 Tbps.
To put this in perspective, users will be able to download the entire Game of Thrones series in just one second in HD quality if 1 Tbps broadband internet speed is available.
The researchers will be showing off how such high speed is achieved over fiber connection with the help of a technique called Probabilistic Constellation Shaping, or PCS.
The following is an excerpt from the new book 'Big Data' by Timandra Harkness (Bloomsbury, 2016):
From the center of San Francisco’s Downtown, where locals and tourists fill the sidewalks below the tall buildings of the Financial District, I descend to the BART station and board the underground train. A few minutes later, we emerge into a horizontal landscape, where shipping containers stretch away in all directions. The only things against the blue sky are white-painted cranes, which seem to gaze back across the Bay towards San Francisco like lonely metal horses. Rail tracks and roads cross the barren concrete, but hardly a single human face peoples the sprawling port.
Most of the massive container ships that pass under San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge are heading to or from the Port of Oakland. It covers 20 miles of shoreline, and more than 2 million containers a year pass through Oakland between rail, road and ship. My train passes acre after acre of multicoloured boxes.
Finally, we start to pass signs of habitation: low-rise houses, cheaply built, with old vehicles parked between them. Painted in large, angry letters on the side of one building is the slogan, ‘Black Lives Matter’. Then it’s back into darkness.
Shortly afterwards, I walk out of Oakland City Center station into a cosy enclave of cafes with tables outside, nondescript shops and empty pavements. Many of the shops are vacant, and the fountains are dry, but it doesn’t feel like one of California’s most crime-ridden cities. I could be in any small town in England.
Across the road, in Frank Ogawa Grand Plaza, I meet Brian Hofer on the lawn in front of City Hall. He’s a local attorney, and he’s here to tell me the story of the Oakland DAC.
"The Domain Awareness Center, or the DAC, was a port infrastructure improvement project," he says. "At some point the project expanded to become a joint project of the city and the port that would include facial-recognition software, automatic licence-plate readers, ShotSpotter, 700 surveillance cameras throughout Oakland unified school district, Oakland housing authority, 300 TB of data storage, along with other benign things like vessel tracking, tsunami warning, earthquake warning."
Like a more ambitious version of Glasgow’s smart city, but with less emphasis on bins and heating, and more on gunfire and earthquakes. And I have heard that Oakland, however calm it appears, has a gun crime rate among the highest in California.
The study -- which is part of an ongoing series of research commissioned by the Council for Research Excellence to understand the nature of watching TV in the current viewing environment -- was conducted by Nielsen Consumer Neuro, which utilizes a variety of biometric measurement techniques to understand people’s conscious and unconscious interaction with media.
The findings of the study, dubbed “The Mind of the Viewer,” were described as preliminary, especially the part testing response to people-meter prompts, but it suggested that the kinds of media distractions impacting the way people consume media may also be impacting the way the industry measures how people consume media.
“We live in the age of distraction,” Carl Marci, chief neuroscientist at Nielsen, remarked, adding: “People make interesting choices with technology.”
When it comes to interacting with people meters -- the technology that is the basis for producing national TV’s advertising currency, Nielsen national TV ratings -- 25% of Nielsen people-meter panelists participating in the study did not respond to their prompts because they were looking at a second screen when the meter prompted them with a light....
We recently invited people to ask us anything they wanted about privacy on our Twitter channel. We answered some of them on YouTube, but so many questions touched upon encryption that we decided to give its own spotlight article.
Comcast will receive $4 million in state money to extend broadband internet access in nine towns in western and north central Massachusetts.
Under a deal announced Monday between the Massachusetts Broadband Institute and Comcast, Comcast will use the money to extend its existing network in those towns to 1,089 new homes and businesses. The state money gives Comcast an incentive to deliver high-speed internet to residents of rural regions, where it would otherwise not be cost-effective.
Under the deal, Comcast agreed to extend coverage to 96 percent of each town.
"This public-private partnership will deliver sustainable, reliable, and cost-effective broadband connectivity to nine rural communities that previously faced significant coverage gaps, allowing nearly 1,100 households and businesses to participate more fully in the digital economy," Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement.
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"Kandiyohi County is going ahead with plans to apply for a five million dollar grant to expand high speed internet in underserved or un-served areas of the county. County Commissioner Harlan Madsen says they are seeking a grant through the State of Minnesota’s Border-to-Border Broadband fund, and if they get it, Madsen says the county will borrow 5 million dollars to match it…
…Consolidated Telephone Company of Baxter-Brainerd will use the 10 million dollars to install high-speed internet to around 1700 homes in an area north of Willmar, in the Lake Florida-Norway Lake region..."
By Samantha Burton We live in a world that promotes communication but lacks community. The classroom is the perfect place to adopt technologies that genuinely connect us with others and ourselves—even if it means using tools that require more than 140 characters or emojis.
JODIE ARCHER HAD always been puzzled by the success ofThe Da Vinci Code. She’d worked for Penguin UK in the mid-2000s, when Dan Brown’s thriller had become a massive hit, and knew there was no way marketing alone would have led to 80 million copies sold. So what was it, then? Something magical about the words that Brown had strung together? Dumb luck? The questions stuck with her even after she left Penguin in 2007 to get a PhD in English at Stanford. There she met Matthew L. Jockers, a cofounder of the Stanford Literary Lab, whose work in text analysis had convinced him that computers could peer into books in a way that people never could.
Soon the two of them went to work on the “bestseller” problem: How could you know which books would be blockbusters and which would flop, and why? Over four years, Archer and Jockers fed 5,000 fiction titles published over the last 30 years into computers and trained them to “read”—to determine where sentences begin and end, to identify parts of speech, to map out plots. They then used so-called machine classification algorithms to isolate the features most common in bestsellers.
The result of their work—detailed in The Bestseller Code, out this month—is an algorithm built to predict, with 80 percent accuracy, which novels will become mega-bestsellers. What does it like? Young, strong heroines who are also misfits (the type found in The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). No sex, just “human closeness.” Frequent use of the verb “need.” Lots of contractions. Not a lot of exclamation marks. Dogs, yes; cats, meh. In all, the “bestseller-ometer” has identified 2,799 features strongly associated with bestsellers....
On July 21, 10 men were arrested by the Brazilian federal police. Those 10 men stand accused of being members of a loosely affiliated group calling itself the Defenders of Sharia, which was plotting a terrorist attack that would have taken place during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Though most members of the cell had never met in person, the suggestion of possible intent—in this case, using the messaging apps Telegram and WhatsApp to pledge their allegiance to ISIS, cheering on the Orlando Pulse shooting, and discussing whether or not and how to purchase AK-47s—was enough for the Agência Brasileira de Inteligência (ABIN) to team up with the justice ministry and local law enforcement to launch “Operação Hashtag” (Operation Hashtag).
Following the arrests, justice minister Alexandre de Moraes described the group as “absolute amateurs” that were “ill-prepared” to actually achieve their ends and whose master plan consisted of little more than, “Let’s start training in martial arts, let’s start learning how to shoot,” he said. Defense minister Raul Jungmann went so far as to dismissively label them, “crazy fucks.”
Still, regardless of whether or not the Defenders of Sharia represented a real or in any way imminent threat, “Just the fact that they started preparatory acts, it would not be sensible to wait and see,” de Moraes said. “And the best was to order their arrest.”
But said arrests would not have been possible without a helping hand from Twitter and Facebook, both of which handed over user data, according to a judge overseeing the probe. Additional aid came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which, according to a Brazilian prosecutor, pointed investigators towards the cell. Most important, the ability to scour the social media profiles of those arrested was made possible by a sweeping anti-terrorism bill, Bill 2016/2015, passed by the Brazilian Senate in March of this year.
According to its critics, the bill paints terrorism with as broad a brush as possible and gives law enforcement a great deal of latitude when it comes to how they choose to interpret a precursor to a potential attack. Further, critics worry that the bill could easily be used as a tool to silence dissent and slash civil liberties in the name of national security.
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In what is being described as a backwards step for North Carolina, a state law commonly known as H129 (S.L. 2011-84), now will have the effect of turning off 21st century Gigabit Internet service to a small, rural town called Pinetops. Last night, members of the Wilson City Council expressed their deep regrets as they voted to approve the city attorney’s recommendation to disconnect Wilson Greenlight services in Pinetops. Wilson was able to bring fiber-to-the-home Gigabit service to this tiny, rural town in April 2016, after the FCC preempted H129 on the basis that it was anti-competitive and created barriers to the deployment of advanced telecommunications capacity in the state. The state of North Carolina challenged that ruling in May of 2015 in the Sixth Circuit and won a reversal in August.
“We’re not taking this lying down,” said Town Commissioner Suzanne Coker-Craig, whose small tee-shirt business depends on Wilson Greenlight’s hyper-fast upload speeds. “Our Mayor has already met with Governor McCrory’s staff, and handed him a letter asking for repeal of H129 (S.L. 2011-84) along with our resolution detailing the devastating economic impact this will have on our community. H129 is now only hurting North Carolina’s rural communities. Our urban areas are getting their Gigabit from the likes of Google.”
They’re not flattered by your unauthorized republishing of their content, or by how you’re amplifying their ideas by presenting them as your own.
Because I try to assume positive intent on behalf of the curator, it looks like many content creators simply are not aware of the fine line that exists between content curation and plagiarizing, or even stealing someone else’s content.
With that in mind, I’d like to share a few examples of what not to do for your content curation, unless your goal is to piss off your favorite influencers and ensure they’re unlikely to want to work with you....
Two hotly contested Media Bureau issues will take up most of the time at the next Federal Communications Commission open meeting on Thursday, Sept. 29.
The proposed Report and Order called "Expanding Consumers' Video Navigation Choices"—better known as "unlock the box"—will face a commission vote after an intense seven months of cable industry criticism. Chairman Tom Wheeler calls the plan one that will "modernize" FCC rules and "allow consumers to use a device of their choosing to access multichannel video programming instead of leasing devices from their cable or satellite providers." The proposal has generated tens of thousands of public comments, many spurred by Silicon Valley's encouragement of the plan.
Also on the agenda is a Notice of Proposed Rule Making for "Promoting the Availability of Diverse and Independent Sources of Video." The FCC intends to encourage policies that give non-traditional program producers easier access to delivery systems. Supporters of the plan contend that such program creators face barriers to carriage on traditional MVPD channels and also on new online distribution platforms.
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