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Comcast's New "Neighborhood Hotspot" Plan Isn't Quite the Open Wireless We Want | EFF

Comcast's New "Neighborhood Hotspot" Plan Isn't Quite the Open Wireless We Want | EFF | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it

Yesterday, Comcast announced a "neighborhood hotspot iniative," a new plan to turn its millions of Xfinity Internet customers into Wi-Fi hotspots. Essentially, Comcast is setting up guest networks named "xfinitywifi" for all their customers, allowing for other Xfinity subscribers—and only subscribers—to access wireless networks if they are traveling. This plan is similar to that unveiled by the company Fon in Spain in 2007—share some Wi-Fi yourself and get access to others' networks when you roam around.

 

This is closer to what we're advocating for through the Open Wireless Movement—a world of ubiquitous, open wireless. And we commend Comcast for recognizing the importance of sharing Wi-Fi. But it's not quite there.

 

First, the privacy component: Comcast's plan makes you log in using your account credentials to verify you're a subscriber before letting you access the Internet. This ties your online activities to a specific login, eliminating the possibility of an a pseudonymous connection and weakening the privacy benefits of Open Wireless.

 

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Ranplan's New In-Building Wireless Network Design and Optimisation Tools - Wireless Developer Network (press release)

Ranplan's New In-Building Wireless Network Design and Optimisation Tools Wireless Developer Network (press release) With up to 80 percent of data traffic already being consumed indoors, Ranplan has launched iBuildNet® and iBuildNet-Fi® for...
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Wireless carriers raise alarms by selling private customer data to marketers - BGR

Wireless carriers raise alarms by selling private customer data to marketers - BGR | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
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Wireless carriers' data collection and selling practices are increasingly setting off alarm bells among privacy advocates, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Passpoint Promise Land - The Ruckus Room

Passpoint Promise Land - The Ruckus Room | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
Samsung launched the new Galaxy S 4 with great fanfare, but the greatest thing about that device is buried rather deep in the user's guide. It is the world's first smartphone to ship with Passpoint enabled!
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Do we value the internet more than food? Hotel guests would rather have wi-fi than a free breakfast

Do we value the internet more than food? Hotel guests would rather have wi-fi than a free breakfast | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
Instead of a complimentary breakfast , access to a fitness centre or even simple free coffee most hotel guests say their number one must is access to free Wi-Fi.
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Telecom-equipped drones could revolutionize wireless market - AZCentral.com - Arizona Republic

Telecom-equipped drones could revolutionize wireless market - AZCentral.com - Arizona Republic | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
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Telecom-equipped drones could revolutionize wireless market - AZCentral.com
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For example, bigger craft could offer a much cheaper alternative to communications satellites used by services such as DirecTV.
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Ubiquiti Rolls Out 802.11ac APs on the Cheap - NetworkComputing.com

Ubiquiti Rolls Out 802.11ac APs on the Cheap - NetworkComputing.com | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
Ubiquiti Rolls Out 802.11ac APs on the Cheap
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The company has also announced "zero handoff roaming" for environments that worry about voice over WLAN and similar network-sensitive applications.
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Cloud Controlled Wireless VS. Cloud Monitored and/or Managed WLAN

Cloud Controlled Wireless VS. Cloud Monitored and/or Managed WLAN | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
First, let’s look at a cloud controlled wireless network solution, how it operates and the pros and cons. (Cloud Controlled Wireless VS.
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Showdown Looms Over LightSquared Wireless Venture - Wall Street Journal

Showdown Looms Over LightSquared Wireless Venture - Wall Street Journal | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal Showdown Looms Over LightSquared Wireless Venture Wall Street Journal A hedge fund with ties to satellite mogul Charlie Ergen is headed for a bankruptcy-court showdown with Wall Street financier Philip Falcone over the fate of...
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WLAN Explained In Simple Terms

WLAN Explained In Simple Terms | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
Learn all about Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) explained in simple terms. A must read for anyone wanting to learn about the basics.

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Hospitality Industry Leaders Join Forces to Simplify Access to Hotel Wireless ... - Hospitality Net (press release)

Hospitality Industry Leaders Join Forces to Simplify Access to Hotel Wireless ... - Hospitality Net (press release) | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
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5G Wireless: a Mix of Technologies David Talbot - MIT Technology Review

5G Wireless: a Mix of Technologies David Talbot - MIT Technology Review | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
5G Wireless: a Mix of Technologies David Talbot
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The system is impressive but is still in development—which is true of all the technologies that will underpin the next generation of wireless communications.
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Possible wireless cards for next-gen Macs show 802.11ac connectivity - Apple Insider

Possible wireless cards for next-gen Macs show 802.11ac connectivity - Apple Insider | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
Apple Insider Possible wireless cards for next-gen Macs show 802.11ac connectivity Apple Insider Ahead of an expected refresh of Apple's Mac lineup, images of what appear to be the wireless cards that could go into those computers have appeared...
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Strategy Analytics: Sales of Consumer Electronic Devices with 802.11ac Wi-Fi to Surpass One Billion Units by 2015 - The Sacramento Bee

Strategy Analytics: Sales of Consumer Electronic Devices with 802.11ac Wi-Fi to Surpass One Billion Units by 2015 - The Sacramento Bee | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
/PRNewswire/ -- The next generation Wi-Fi technology 802.11ac will take off quickly in the next five years, as the consumer electronics industry is preparing for the transition with CE companies planning to roll out new devices with this latest...
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New FCC chairman is “former lobbyist for cable and wireless industries”| Ars Technica

New FCC chairman is “former lobbyist for cable and wireless industries”| Ars Technica | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it

 

President Barack Obama will nominate venture capitalist Tom Wheeler to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, The Wall Street Journal reported today. Wheeler is "a former top lobbyist for the cable and wireless industries" and will be nominated as soon as tomorrow, the Journal wrote. The Hill reporter Brendan Sasso said the White House has now confirmed that Wheeler will be nominated for the post.

 

The top FCC post is empty because of the departure of Chairman Julius Genachowski. When Genachowski announced his decision to step down last month, we wrote that he was "lauded by industry" and "blasted by activists" because of moves that benefited corporations instead of consumers. Genachowski won praise from consumer advocates in some instances, but the decision to let wireless operators evade net neutrality rules and his approval of mergers such as Comcast/NBCUniversal were criticized by groups pushing for more competition in communications industries.

 

Wheeler has been a venture capitalist at Core Capital Partners since 2005. "Tom was President of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) from 1979 to 1984," his Core Capital biography states. "After several years as CEO of various technology start-ups, including the first company to offer high-speed data to the home and the first digital video delivery service, he was asked to lead the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), where he was CEO until 2004."

 

Wheeler is an "Obama loyalist," Time reporter Sam Gustin wrote two weeks ago while describing him as the front-runner for the FCC nomination. Wheeler previously received an appointment from Obama to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board.

 

"Mr. Wheeler will take over as the commission confronts a changing technology world," the Journal wrote. "Many of its regulations were crafted for outdated telephone technology. Democrats would like to apply many of these rules to new communications methods, such as wireless technology and broadband Internet. But it isn't clear whether Mr. Wheeler is on board with that approach."

 

Law professor and net neutrality supporter Susan Crawford gained some support from FCC observers hoping the next commission head would be a champion for broadband competition. Crawford, author of "Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age," was never seen as a likely choice for Obama, though. She ultimately signed a letter supporting Wheeler for the post.

 

"Despite that vote of confidence, many in the public interest community remain suspicious of Wheeler—even as they acknowledge that he’s the frontrunner—due to his industry lobbying and the fact that his positions on the major issues facing the FCC remain largely unknown," Gustin wrote. "In late March, more than two dozen public interest groups wrote to Obama expressing alarm that the president was considering a candidate 'who was the head of not one but two major industry lobbying groups.'"

 

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What's Dish Network's Wireless Spectrum End Game? - Forbes

What's Dish Network's Wireless Spectrum End Game? - Forbes | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
What's Dish Network's Wireless Spectrum End Game?
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Last week Dish Network raised $2.3 billion in debt meant for general corporate purposes which may also include wireless spectrum-related transactions.
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When will wireless power reach the tipping point? - VentureBeat

When will wireless power reach the tipping point? - VentureBeat | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
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When will wireless power reach the tipping point?
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If you're waiting to see when wireless power will hit the mass market, then you're not alone.
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Extend the wireless coverage of any router with the Amped Wireless REC10

Extend the wireless coverage of any router with the Amped Wireless REC10 | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it

from : http://the-gadgeteer.com/2013/04/02/extend-the-wireless-coverage-of-any-router-with-the-amped-wireless-rec10/

 

The REC10 High Power 600mW Compact Wi-Fi Range Extender from Amped Wirelesswill strengthen and extend your wireless coverage throughout your house and even into your yard.  It works with any 802.11 b/g/n wireless router or service provider gateway, and it contains “advanced dual 600mW amplifiers and a high gain 2dBi detachable antenna to extend Wi-Fi coverage by a staggering 6,500 sq ft.”   It has a wired port that serves as a bridge to connect a PC, A/V device or the like to your network, and it works with all Apple networking features and supported devices, like Airplay speakers and Airprint printers.  With the REC10, you can create guest networks, schedule when your wireless access is on or off, adjust the coverage distance of your WiFi network, or limit access to only certain authorized users, and protects your network with WPS, WPA, WPA2 security.  The Amped Wireless REC10 is $79.99 at Amped.

 
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Apple patent envisions wireless charging on convertible laptop - CNET (blog)

Apple patent envisions wireless charging on convertible laptop - CNET (blog) | WirelessNetworks | Scoop.it
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Apple patent envisions wireless charging on convertible laptop
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Despite Apple CEO Tim Cook having knocked the idea of a convertible MacBook-iPad hybrid device, the company has filed a patent application for just that.
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