Will WiFi and WiMAX become beneficiaries of the smart grid?
Some WiFi and Wimax companies are targeting the utility industry and positioning their technology to enable the smart grid--an IP-based system that will enable utilities to monitor energy use and consumers to understand their consumption habits. Some $4.5 billion is earmarked for smart grid projects, with potentially billions more coming from other funding provisions that have to do with energy.
From FierceWireless, June 06, 2009
FCC Pressed On Improving Broadband Access
The Telecommunications Industry Association and other groups are asking for the government to act fast and rule fairly in extending faster Internet service.
From Information week, June 05, 2009
Battle Brews Over Broadband Mapping
Before the federal government spends more than $7 billion to expand broadband Internet service in underserved areas, it wants maps that show where the money should go.
But the biggest U.S. provider of broadband coverage maps, Connected Nation Inc., is backed by big telecommunications companies like Comcast Corp., Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. that potentially stand to benefit from how the Obama administration doles out the money.
As it seeks to provide maps for the federal stimulus program, Connected Nation is coming under fire from officials in its home state of ...
From Wall Street Journal, June 03, 2009
The 2009 Federal Stimulus Bill: A Windfall for 3G and Wi-Fi for Vendors with a Plan
The 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, also known as the “2009 Stimulus Bill” offers enormous opportunity for both wireless communications equipment vendors and WLAN equipment vendors. Funding for rural broadband alone exceeds $7.2 billion.
From ABI Research, June 01, 2009
WiMAX Around the Globe: APAC
The Asia-Pacific region (APAC) may be the laboratory and proving ground for WiMAX, but so far the results are a tad disappointing.
Despite strong government mandates in markets, such as India and Taiwan, aggressive build-outs in Korea and Japan, and a relatively large number of commercial operators, WiMAX has still not had the kind of impact players in the region had hoped.
From WiFi Planet, June 01, 2009
Minneapolis Wi-Fi: Still a few bugs left to be squashed
Almost three years after the Minneapolis Wi-Fi network was given the go-ahead by the City Council, the public half of its promise is being fulfilled.
Nearly 14,000 consumers have signed up for broadband service at $18 to $30 a month, even though small patches of the city still lack adequate service, says network provider US Internet of Minnetonka.
From Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 01, 2009
NTIA delays stimulus award money
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which is responsible for doling out some $4.7-billion of the $7.2 billion in total broadband stimulus money, has delayed its submission and grant schedule by about three months.
From FierceWireless, May 25, 2009
Broadband Around the World
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development today released its latest data on broadband access.
For broadband penetration, the United States is in the middle of the pack, slightly above average for O.E.C.D. member countries:
From New York Times, May 21, 2009
Alvarion® Launches New High Capacity Point-to-Point Product for License-Exempt and Public Safety Frequency Bands
New BreezeNET® B300 delivers 250 Mbps, reaching more than 60 Kilometers with premium networking features for end-to-end broadband wireless solutions
From Alvarion, May 19, 2009
Clearwire Deal Brings Cisco into WiMAX Space
Clearwire announced that Cisco Systems will provide the core infrastructure for Clearwire’s 4G WiMAX network.
From Wireless Week, May 13, 2009