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  • bi_ecologist bi_ecologist Jan 10, 2009 3:21 PM Flag

    Intel Wants Nationwide WiMAX To Top President Obama's Tech Initiatives

    I differ with you about the mandate. One can easily make the case for mobile WiMAX based upon a National security need. Just as Eisenhower first built the Interstate system based on what he say of the German Autobahn, and the perceived need to move equipment efficiently throughout the country, we too can benefit from having a nationwide highspeed mobile internet capability. The ability of first responders to communicate effectively in an emergency is well within the capabilities of such a system. Just look how crappy the 911 communications systems worked.

    I would agree that there was way to much emphasis on cyber bimbos at this year's Intel booth (the so called Intel Insiders) CES and the though of enabling more twittering and tubing pretty much leaves me speechless. But I don't much like your shortsighted characterization of the application of technology to transportation. For example, enabling energy conservation by rerouting traffic, and providing drivers advisories in WiMAX enabled vehicles is well within the reach of such technology and can have a very positive impact on our transportation needs. As another example of the use of WiMAX as a public service, if I were in a car wreck in rural Iowa, I would greatly appreciate the EMT's being able to send my vitals to an ER physician in real time. First responders and other public service folks as well as the general public, will greatly benefit from this capability.

    Coincidentilly, there was at least one good panel discussion at CES about modernizing the automobile industry with built in computers (see: ) but for the life of me, I cannot understand why Intel was not part of this discussion. At a time when this industry has been one of the primary topics of this economic downturn, and with the Detroit Autoshow scheduled immenently after CES, why was there not more coverage of this?

    Webcams and smartphones are the topic du jour yet the are as stale and lacking in innovation as anything I've seen in the past five years. Revolutionizing the transportation industry could be the most significant opportunity for a solid economic recovery and yet Intel seems to be virtually oblivious to it.

    I sincerely hope that whomever the nominee for the Federal CTO position is, that he or she partners closely with the Secretary of transportation to make this a priority.

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    • The Interstate highway system is an interesting analogy. During the expansion of the U.S. Interstate roads the states used the right of eminent domain and confiscated private property (albeit with compensation) across the entire country to build those roads and highways.

      Suppose Intel makes a convincing case to Washington that somehow Clearwire is THE one "silver bullet" solution to nation's broadband need. Just like the highway system federal & state authorities could confiscate Clearwire's spectrum assets, pay the current Market Cap of about $760 million - a fair market value, then build out a network and deliver free Internet access service to the public.

      Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it!

    • First of all, public safety, first responders and national security-homeland security have their own spectrum and can chose their own technology. They don't need CLWR.

      If you're arguing that the federal government should provide free Internet access to the public, like an interstate highway system there's already the AWS-3 proposal but fee-based carriers and Internet service provider fights "free Internet" every inch of the way at the federal level just like they fought Wi-Fi at the community level.

      Its tough enough to get consensus and Congressional support to deliver affordable broadband to the nation's poor - which we still don't do. The thought of skipping past the goal so mobile yuppies can YouTube down the highway is just amusing.

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      • Narrow minded geeks who perceive the potential of the internet to be limited tubing should get an education from the salt of the earth, over the road truckers that have already adopted the technology to the extent that they can, but would benefit from even more. Barrett should climb down from his corporate jet and spend a few days with the truckers and farmers of this country to get their opinion.

        You are typical of the narrow minded unimaginative nay sayers who stifle innovation in this country. Open your mind to the possibility. A Whole new commercial ecosystem would evolve around this capability. We could eliminate the outdoor advertising clutter that litters the landscape by transforming this industry to in vehicle (and on demand) electronic format. And this would not be limited to commercial purposes, but also POI and Public Service data. Kids could get a history and geography education on a drive across the country. We could all learn about environmental issues and understand geology better.

        Come on, get real, just as the internet has already transformed our lives so much, think of the possibilities yet to come in our transportation industry. Truly SMART cars capable of helping you to adjust your driving rates and routes would greatly enhance fuel efficiency, more so than an hybrid technology ever will. They will reduce your time on the road commuting and just how much is your time worth?

        Open your mind and you will see that this is not about twittering and tubing, but rather revolutionizing the way we travel.

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