Amtrak Cascades Testing Wi-Fi and it works!
We can vouch for this because we've been IMing with a friend of ours who is on the Amtrak Cascades train to Portland, and other than getting false disconnection notices, it's working like a charm.
From Seattlest, March 17, 2009
Comcast to Resell Clearwire’s Mobile WiMAX
Comcast plans to launch mobile Internet in Portland , Ore., over Clearwire’s WiMAX network by midyear, placing it among the first of Clearwire’s joint venture partners to resell the mobile WiMAX service.
From Wireless Week, March 16, 2009
AT&T's Wi-Fi guy targets smartphone transactions, Wi-Fi
Last December, AT&T finalized its quarter-billion-dollar acquisition of Wayport, culminating a Wi-Fi services partnership begun in 2003.
It was a dramatic move: a wireless cellular carrier with licensed spectrum actively, even aggressively, embracing unlicensed wireless LAN for its subscribers, who can use Wi-Fi enabled notebooks, dual-mode cellphones, and VoIP without touching the cellular network at all.
From IT World, March 16, 2009
Dell’Oro: WiFi Juices Cablevision
According to a recently published report from Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, the service provider mesh wireless LAN market declined by almost 10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, but is expected to reverse this trend and experience double-digit growth in 2009. The report indicates that in the fourth quarter municipal WiFi contributed to more than 70 percent sequential growth in Cablevision’s net subscriber additions...
From UnStrung, March 12, 2009
Obama's New Tech Czar
Vivek Kundra, who co-chaired the W2i Digital Cities Convention in Washington DC, in December 2007, took charge of the District of Columbia's technology operations in late 2007, ushering in a new era of experimentation—adopting popular Web sites such as YouTube, Wikipedia, and Twitter to improve city services. Now, as the newly appointed chief information officer of the federal government, he plans to bring the same spirit to the national stage.
From Business Week, March 10, 2009
Pa. bill could keep broadband stimulus money from local governments
A new bill has been proposed in Pennsylvania that would keep city and county governments from competing with the private sector in delivering broadband services. Thus, governments might not be able to get a piece of the $7.2 billion in stimulus money that is going to broadband projects.
From FierceWireless, March 09, 2009
Clearwire Defies Skeptics, Plans Hefty CapEx in 2009
Troubled mobile WiMAX startup Clearwire announced it would burn through $1.5 billion to $1.9 billion in 2009 to build out its network, deploying at least eight new markets and defying widespread speculation that the company lacked the capital resources for a swift deployment.
From Wireless Week, March 06, 2009
WiMAX Struggles to Find a Foothold in Western Europe
Will WiMAX become an orphan technology? Has the big push from 3G in the last two years and the prospect of 4G pushed WiMAX to the margins?
As we saw in the first installment of this multi-part series, which covered the UK and Ireland, WiMAX is indeed in a difficult position, at least in the developed world.
It will be a different story when we turn to Eastern Europe (next), Africa, and the Far East in future installments. But in the rest of Western Europe, which we explore here, the picture is much as in the UK and Ireland.
From WiFi Planet, March 06, 2009
Broadcast associations file suit against FCC over white space
The battle over using white-space spectrum is about to heat up again as the National Association of Broadcasters and the Association for Maximum Service Television have filed suit against the FCC for its unanimous approval of the unlicensed use white-space spectrum for wireless applications.
From FierceWireless, March 05, 2009
LTE Crushing WiMAX? Not So, Report Says
If you think WiMAX is being crushed by LTE, think again, says ABI Research, making a case for strong applicability of WiMax for vertical data centric applications such as ones addressed by local governments
From Wireless Week, March 05, 2009