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Are We Expecting too Much from WiFi? | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs

Are We Expecting too Much from WiFi? | Doug Dawson | POTs and PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

I don’t think that a week goes by when I don’t see somebody proposing a new use for WiFi. This leads me to ask if we are starting to ask too much from WiFi, at least in urban areas.

Like all spectrum, WiFi is subject to interference. Most licensed spectrum has strict rules against interference and there are generally very specific rules about how to handle contention if somebody is interfering with a licensed spectrum-holder. But WiFi is the wild west of spectrum and it’s assumed there is going to be interference between users. There is no recourse to such interference – it’s fully expected that every user has an equal right to the spectrum and everybody has to live with the consequences.

I look at all of the different uses for WiFi and it’s not too hard to foresee problems developing in real world deployments. Consider some of the following:


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NYC: Flume lights up dark fiber to bring fast internet to more people | TechCrunch.com

NYC: Flume lights up dark fiber to bring fast internet to more people | TechCrunch.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Flume Internet is tapping into under-used fiber capacity in order to make high-speed internet available to more people.
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Sky Packet Networks bringing broadband to rural areas in PA | WNEP.com

Sky Packet Networks bringing broadband to rural areas in PA | WNEP.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Workers installed new equipment to double the internet's capacity for some people in five counties.
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5G Versus Wi-Fi Performance: It’s a Horserace, Says Opensignal | Telecompetitor.com

Opensignal 5G versus Wi-Fi performance data shows mmWave 5G having the fastest download speeds, as well as the fastest
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Big Tech Asks Supreme Court to Block Texas 'Net Law | NextTV.com

Big Tech Asks Supreme Court to Block Texas 'Net Law | NextTV.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Tell court that without it, their platforms will be powerless to prevent disinformation, hate speech and more
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Starry increases ‘serviceable homes’ coverage to 5.5m | CommsUpdate.com

Starry increases ‘serviceable homes’ coverage to 5.5m | CommsUpdate.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
US fixed wireless access (FWA) provider Starry, which started trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in March, following its USD1.76 billion ‘business combination’ with FirstMark Horizon Acquisition Corp, has revealed that the numbers of serviceable homes within its operational footprint increased to 5.473 million as of 31 March 2022, up from 4.545 million one year earlier.
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Clarence Thomas wants to check Big Tech. Texas could be his shot. | Protocol.com

Clarence Thomas wants to check Big Tech. Texas could be his shot. | Protocol.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Thomas has argued social media companies are like common carriers. Texas’s social media law, which could make its way to SCOTUS, makes a similar case.
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FL: Sumter County to use COVID-19 relief money to pay for rural broadband access | Villages-News.com

FL: Sumter County to use COVID-19 relief money to pay for rural broadband access | Villages-News.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Sumter County is using COVID-19 relief money to pay for rural broadband access.
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Scraping Public Websites (Still) Isn’t a Crime, Court of Appeals Declares | EFF.org

Scraping Public Websites (Still) Isn’t a Crime, Court of Appeals Declares | EFF.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Reiterating its prior common-sense opinion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in hiQ v. LinkedIn that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act likely does not bar scraping data from a public website against the wishes of the website owner. Last year, after the Supreme Court decided its firs
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Victory! Maryland Legislature Says Police Must Now Be Trained To Recognize Stalkerware | EFF.org

Victory! Maryland Legislature Says Police Must Now Be Trained To Recognize Stalkerware | EFF.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Maryland's legislature has unanimously passed a bill that will require law enforcement agencies to learn, as part of their standard training, to recognize the common tactics of electronic surveillance and the laws around such activities. This victory will help provide survivors of domesti
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Governor Mills Announces ConnectMaine Approval of Broadband Infrastructure Grants | Office of Governor Janet T. Mills | Maine.gov

Governor Mills Announces ConnectMaine Approval of Broadband Infrastructure Grants | Office of Governor Janet T. Mills | Maine.gov | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Governor Mills Announces ConnectMaine Approval of Broadband Infrastructure Grants
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Federal Agencies To Share, Standardize, Broadband Data | Broadcasting+Cable

Federal Agencies To Share, Standardize, Broadband Data | Broadcasting+Cable | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
FCC, USDA, NTIA, Treasury agree to talk about respective federal subsidies
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MN: North Country’s take on the LTD Broadband predicament | Blandin on Broadband

LTD Broadband, the largest potential recipient of federal (RDOF) funding for broadband, has been in the news a lot because they (and the communities where they applied to provide service) are in limbo as they wait to hear if they do indeed get the funding. I’m trying not to duplicate the story too much –…
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MN: Duluth resident skeptical of provider follow through with public funds | Blandin on Broadband

The Duluth News Tribune posts a letter to the editor... I read with interest the May 9 News Tribune article “ St. Louis County signs on to Rice Lake broadband project .” I hope that included in the $3,800-per-household cost is a requirement for internet providers serving the area to hook up interested homeowners. Otherwise the county…
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An Odd Appeal to Rural America | POTs & PANs

An Odd Appeal to Rural America | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
USTelecom recently sent a letter to practically every politician who might have a hand in deciding how broadband grants are awarded – the White House and key Cabinet officials, the NTIA, the FCC, members of Congress, Governors, Mayors, other local officials, tribal leaders, and state broadband offices. That’s some mailing list! The main thrust of…
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New Video Diaries Highlight Chattanooga’s Long-Term Solution to the Broadband Affordability Gap | MuniNetworks.org

New Video Diaries Highlight Chattanooga’s Long-Term Solution to the Broadband Affordability Gap | MuniNetworks.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Thanks to Chattanooga’s wildly successful municipal broadband network, EPB Fiber, and its partnership with The Enterprise Center and Hamilton County Schools, over 15,000 low-income students in 8,500 households in Hamilton County are already getting a decade of free high-speed Internet service at no cost through a program known as HCS EdConnect. We wanted to visually document the power the program has had in transforming the lives of participants by weaving together a compilation of video diaries that will give you a glimpse of how a visionary municipal network made this Tennessee county more resilient in the face of the pandemic and ensured no one in their community was left on the wrong side of the digital divide.
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What is fiber broadband (FTTH)? | FierceTelecom.com

What is fiber broadband (FTTH)? | FierceTelecom.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Broadband rollouts are booming across the globe as operators race to provide more coverage and faster internet speeds for consumers. | Terms like fiber-to-the-X specify how deep in the network an ISP deploys fiber. So fiber-to-the-home, or FTTH, means fiber runs all the way from the point of origin straight to the end user.
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Let the BEAD Grant Process Begin! | POTs & PANs

Let the BEAD Grant Process Begin! | POTs & PANs | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the $42.2 billion BEAD grants came out late last week. I expect there will be dozens of summaries of the key grant rules published, and I’m not going to repeat that effort. Instead, I’m going to write a series of blogs that explore some of the nuances that…
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CBRS Success. This week’s question: How has the CBRS… | by WifiForward | May, 2022 | Medium.com

CBRS Success. This week’s question: How has the CBRS… | by WifiForward | May, 2022 | Medium.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
This week’s question: How has the CBRS model worked out thus far? Would this model be successful in any other bands in particular? Read on for our panelists’ thoughts and sign up to receive the next…
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MN: Bemidji’s broadband leaves them poised to succeed – says Dave Hengel | Blandin on Broadband

Bemidji Pioneer posts a column from Dave Hengel, executive director of Greater Bemidji Economic Development, on the importance of technology and broadband for a thriving community... The primary driver has been technology, which has created both incredible opportunities and challenges for communities worldwide. Since technology has allowed both businesses and people to locate virtually anywhere,…
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FAA wants U.S. airlines to retrofit, replace radio altimeters | Reuters.com

FAA wants U.S. airlines to retrofit, replace radio altimeters | Reuters.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will meet Wednesday with telecom and airline industry officials on a push to retrofit and ultimately replace some airplane radio altimeters that could face interference from C-Band 5G wireless service.
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Google Fights Dragnet Warrant for Users’ Search Histories Overseas While Continuing to Give Data to Police in the U.S. | EFF.org

Google Fights Dragnet Warrant for Users’ Search Histories Overseas While Continuing to Give Data to Police in the U.S. | EFF.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Google is fighting back against a Brazilian court order to turn over data on all users who searched for specific terms, including the name of a well-known elected official and a busy downtown thoroughfare. (Brief in Portuguese / English*) While we applaud Google for challenging this digita
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Twitter Has a New Owner. Here’s What He Should Do. | EFF.org

Twitter Has a New Owner. Here’s What He Should Do. | EFF.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter highlights the risks to human rights and personal safety when any single person has complete control over policies affecting almost 400 million users. And in this case, that person has repeatedly demonstrated that they do not understand the realities of platform policy at scale.
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White House Rolls Out 'Internet For All' | NextTV.com

White House Rolls Out 'Internet For All' | NextTV.com | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
The Biden Administration is expecting Friday the 13th to be a lucky day for Americans who need government help to get online.
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Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program | Internet for All | InternetForAll.gov

Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program | Internet for All | InternetForAll.gov | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it

Local networks are important for bringing high-speed internet to communities. But local networks aren't enough. They need to connect to robust, high-capacity national and regional networks. Middle mile infrastructure makes this possible. By connecting to major networks, local networks can ensure reliable high-speed internet service for even the most remote communities.

 

The Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program provides funding for this vital part of our nation's high-speed network. With $1 billion in funding, the program will reduce the cost of bringing high-speed internet to unserved and underserved communities.

 

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Y-ZONE is Connecting Families with CBRS – Episode 500 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast | MuniNetworks.org

Y-ZONE is Connecting Families with CBRS – Episode 500 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast | MuniNetworks.org | Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream | Scoop.it
This week on the podcast, Christopher is joined by Margaret Kaufer, President of the New York-based STEM Alliance, and Bob Cacase, Commissioner of Information Technology for the City of Yonkers.During the conversation, the three talk about Y-ZONE, a partnership between several community groups working to connect households in Yonkers. They discuss origins of the partnership, performance of the CBRS technology the network relies on, and some technical details of their particular build.
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