Where do we go from here.....
The FCC has cleared a plan to spend $2B - $1B/year in 2015 and 2016 - to bring Wi-Fi to U.S. schools and libraries using funds from its E-Rate program. "Because of what we do today, 10 million kids will be connected next year who otherwise wouldn’t," predicts chairman Tom Wheeler.
Ruckus up 7%
GSAT to the rescue......
FCC report shows ISPs are faster than ever, but congestion is a problem
Gigaom By Jeff John Roberts
June 18, 2014 2:46 PM
The good news is that, overall, the country’s average broadband speed is 36 percent faster than what it was in 2012. The bad news is that DSL subscribers are getting left out of the party, and that severe congestion points are making life worse for everyone on the internet.
Those are some of the key takeaways from the FCC’s 2014 Measuring Broadband America Report, an annual publication that provides a welcome look at the country’s internet plumbing, including how ISPs live up to what they promise. The study involves the FCC collecting data from the routers of household volunteers across the country.
One significant finding is that the average household broadband speed is now 21.2 Mbps, compared to 15.6 Mbps in 2012, and that consumers are migrating to faster tier packages. This chart shows what percentage of people in various tiers in September 2012 have since upgraded to higher speeds:
The report also shows more granular data that compares different ISPs. This chart shows how various ISPss meet their advertised upload and download speeds during peak hours:
As the FCC explains in the report, most of the ISPs, on average, perform as promised over 90 percent of the time. Four DSL providers – Verizon DSL, CenturyLink, Frontier DSL and Windstream — do not, however.
On a briefing call, an FCC executive suggested the CEOs of the DSL providers and other laggards can expect to receive a letter from the agency asking to them to explain their performance. He also suggested that the failure of DSL ISPs to improve may result from the relative cost of upgrading DSL infrastructure compared to cable and fiber systems.
This year’s report also offers a new metric that shows the consistency of the ISPs’ performance.
somebody sells and somebody buys.....with huge shares trading hands in the last week, the float should be getting pretty tight. Will be interesting to see institutional filings for the second quarter.
New LNG trucking fleet launches in Houston
A more environmentally friendly "sea of brown" UPS vehicles are coming to Houston as the delivery giant introduces 1,000 liquefied natural gas trucks into its fleet — the largest fleet of LNG trucks in the world. Nearly 60 LNG tractor-trailer trucks, or 18-wheelers, are coming Houston and 142 of them will be in Texas, said Jeff Yapp, vice president of fleet maintenance at UPS Inc. (NYSE: UPS). About 100 other smaller LNG delivery vehicles also will be brought into Texas.
The new natural gas vehicles will replace diesel engine trucks and will displace more than 24 million gallons of diesel fuel annually.
The trucks are being rolled out now and the launch will be complete by the end of October, Yapp said of the $50 million investment. UPS also just built a new LNG fueling station at its Houston property so its trucks can fuel up each morning.
UPS is growing this year from just more than 100 LNG trucks to about 1,000 out of its overall fleet of 16,000 tractor trucks in the country, Yapp said, and more LNG trucks will be added next year.
The price of the trucks and the availability of fuel remain issues, Yapp said. UPS is getting federal subsidies and states grants through the Texas Clean Transportation Triangle program. Once the infrastructure is built and costs come down soon, Yapp said, subsidies and grants will no longer be needed.
Yapp refutes the naysayers who say the vehicles are not affordable."They just weren't able to do the proper analytics," he said. "We have a lot of people asking us But now the testing for natural gas vehicles, or NGVs, is done and UPS has begun to heavily rely upon them. The new tractor trucks this year can go from 500 miles to about 1,000 miles daily.
Yapp said UPS is going with LNG instead of compressed natural gas because CNG requires larger tanks to store the gas.
"With the LNG, you can store more fuel on the tractor," Yapp said. "That's why LNG is more attractive.",
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"This is a Tweet via Globalstar's new Sat-Fi unit. Call SPS at 561-245-2503 to learn more about this great device."
He's doing the beta test and will answer your questions.
That has to do with the E-Rate program. Not an issue here. GSAT services which 20,000 ASP will be free. If a rural facility wants gsat services, they would be reimbursed as an eligible expense.
A huge market for rural schools is Sat-Fi for online students are reimbursed for their costs of internet connection.
Sounds like interference issues addressed:
System and Method for Providing an Improved Terrestrial Subsystem for Use in Mobile Satellite Systems
A system or method is disclosed which employs filters on a satellite whose bandwidth is varied by ground command to restrict interference experienced by a satellite as an auxiliary terrestrial component (ATC) system is increased to a multiplicity of cities and markets. Thus there is provided a novel method and system which optimizes overall MSS and ATC traffic.
It is therefore an object of this invention to provide a satellite terrestrial communication system and method of operation that facilitates effective spectrum assignment, usage sharing and/or reuse.
A further object of this invention is to provide a satellite terrestrial communication system and method of operation thereof that minimizes interference between the satellite and terrestrial systems.
Why implement fully IP network. Remember...
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite network solutions and
services, today announced the signing of an agreement with Globalstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: GSAT) under which Hughes will design, manufacture and implement the next-generation Radio Access Network (RAN) comprising gateway equipment initially at Globalstar's locations worldwide with an option to expand to
30 locations, and will design, manufacture, and deliver satellite air interface chips to be a part of the User Terminal Subsystem (UTS). The initial contract is valued at $100.8 million.
The all IP, third-generation network will use an air interface (AI) adapted for Globalstar's second-generation LEO (low earth orbit) satellite constellation and will provide voice, data, and video with expected speeds
of up to 1 Mb/s in the forward link (to the user terminal) and 256 Kb/s in the return link (from the user terminal), enabling Globalstar to offer feature rich applications and services for their mobile satellite
subscribers anywhere in the world. The satellite air interface chip will allow Globalstar to deploy a wide variety of user terminals and devices.
"We are extremely pleased to award this contract to Hughes and initiate what we expect will be a long-term and rewarding relationship with the world's leading provider of satellite broadband networking solutions," said
Jay Monroe, chairman and CEO of Globalstar, Inc. "By signing this agreement we have completed our second-generation system design and operations plan, paving the way for our next generation of advanced wireless services. We anticipate new service offerings could include push-to-talk duplex SMS messaging and a number of other broadband applications including mobile video.
Mobile Video,,,, can we say Amazon Prime of Netflex.
In layman terms with a little paste and post:
Mobile VoIP or simply mVoIP is an extension of mobility to a Voice over IP network. Two types of communication are generally supported: cordless for short range or campus communications where all base stations are linked into the same LAN, and wider area communications using 3G/4G protocols
Mobile VoIP, like all VoIP, relies on SIP — the standard used by most VoIP services, and now being implemented on mobile handsets and smartphones and an increasing number of cordless phones
Mobile VoIP will require a compromise between economy and mobility. For example, voice over Wi-Fi offers potentially free service but is only available within the coverage area of a single Wi-Fi access point. Cordless protocols offer excellent voice support and even support base station handoff, but require all base stations to communicate on one LAN as the handoff protocol is generally not supported by carriers or most devices.
With GSAT satellite and ground level access points, the hand off between them imo could create problems for cellular companies.
Think Skype on your mobile I-phone. GSAT could potentially create a wide area network across the country driven by wifi.