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by Karl Bode 05:15PM Tuesday Dec 16 2014
In June of last year Google unveiled Google Loon, the latest in a long line of similar projects that will use hot air balloons to deliver broadband and wireless services to under-served or emergency prone areas. Project Loon will use hot air balloons 49 feet wide stationed 12 miles above the planet, well above the range of commercial aircraft. Ground base stations set some sixty miles apart communicate with solar-powered radio transmitters affixed to the balloons, and Google steers the balloons using wind as they ride the 40th parallel.

Now Google says it will be taking the project to France as it continues to run Loon through its paces. In a joint announcement, Google and France's CNES space agency have announced that they've struck a new partnership that will involve ongoing balloon flight analysis and the development of next-generation balloons specifically tailored for broadband access.

“This project comes at just the right time as we seek ways to bring the Internet to underserved areas," said CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall in a statement. "It is a unique experience for CNES to work with a leading light of SiIicon Valley like Google. Collaborations like this bring down barriers and spawn new cross-disciplinary projects. We are proud to be providing our expertise while benefiting in return from the assistance of such a great global company."

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by Karl Bode 04:20PM Thursday Dec 04 2014
Austin's not only getting Google Fiber, they're first in line to check out some of the updated second generation set top box hardware that Google has been cooking up for some time. According to a product primer (pdf) sent to me by Google, the company has consolidated their previous network and storage boxes into one device.
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by Karl Bode 12:33PM Thursday Dec 04 2014
Back in May TDS Telecom (see our user reviews) became the latest company to throw its hat into the 1 Gbps broadband ring, offering 1 Gbps speeds for $100 a month (if bundled) to residents of Hollis, New Hampshire and London, New Hampshire. Now the company states in an announcement they're expanding the effort further to Mt. Juliet and La Vergne, Tennessee (locals tell me 100 Mbps was already available in these locations, so there's no physical fiber expansion here). Like so many other ISPs, TDS is hoping to capitalize on the excitement around 1 Gbps offerings with very selective deployment of such speeds (they've even mirrored Google's "Fiberhood" efforts with something they're calling "Fiberville").

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by Karl Bode 09:01AM Thursday Dec 04 2014
If you recall (and many don't), Google was partially responsible for the lack of network neutrality protections we see (or don't see, as the case may be) today. Google worked hard alongside AT&T and Verizon to make sure the rules had ample loopholes and didn't protect wireless.
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by Karl Bode 02:07PM Tuesday Nov 25 2014
Chattanooga's successful EPB broadband may not be the only cutting edge fiber network Tennessee residents get to enjoy. According to a report in the Tennessean, Google Fiber has applied for a franchise authority certificate in Tennessee, suggesting that Google is at least laying the framework for a possible launch in the state. Tennessee locals shouldn't get too excited; Google's working with 34 potential cities including Nashville to streamline possible fiber deployment, though only a handful of those will actually be picked for an upcoming Google Fiber launch. Google previously stated they'd announce which of these cities were picked for expansion before the end of 2014.

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by Karl Bode 11:13AM Friday Nov 21 2014
In June of last year Google unveiled Google Loon, the latest in a long line of similar projects that will use hot air balloons to deliver broadband and wireless services to under-served or emergency prone areas. Project Loon will use hot air balloons 49 feet wide stationed 12 miles above the planet, well above the range of commercial aircraft.
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by Karl Bode 04:37PM Thursday Nov 20 2014
It has been interesting to see lately how Apple and Google have effectively started competing on privacy -- both companies announcing recently that new encryption standards used on their latest OS's and devices mean they'll no longer unlock devices at the behest of law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Not too surprisingly this shift has annoyed law enforcement and intelligence agencies, who've been escalating their rhetoric in opposition to the shift.
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by Karl Bode 04:12PM Tuesday Nov 11 2014
September of last year wireless operator C Spire issued a rather surprising announcement saying they were going to start deploying fixed-line broadband networks capable of 1 Gbps in several markets within their (mostly Southern) footprint. C Spire's initial focus will primarily be on Mississippi, where nine cities are currently in the running to be the first to get the speedier service.
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by Karl Bode 02:17PM Monday Nov 10 2014
Add Tesla CEO Elon Musk to the growing list of people investing in the idea of less-expensive satellite broadband technology. According to the Wall Street Journal, Musk is working closely with satellite-industry veteran and former Google employee Greg Wyler on building a network of roughly 700 satellites, each weighing less than 250 pounds.
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by Karl Bode 08:24AM Friday Oct 17 2014
A Google filing with the SEC this week indicates that Google is exploring the possibility of a variety of wireless broadband technologies across a number of spectrum frequencies, including millimeter-wave. Google's interest in wireless hasn't been much of a secret; the company acquired wireless Seattle startup Alpental Technologies back in June (founded by ex-Clearwire folks), and a report back in April indicated that Google was interested in potentially forming an MVNO as a supplement offering alongside or instead of Google Fiber. This particular filing appears to hint at shorter distance technologies for last mile, likely as an inexpensive way to service MDUs or apartment buildings.

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by Karl Bode 02:34PM Wednesday Oct 15 2014
Without much if any fanfare, Google today unveiled the company's new Nexus 6 smartphone, their new Nexus 9 tablet, and the latest incarnation of their Android operating system: 5.0 Lollipop. The Motorola-made Nexus 6 sports a 5.96-inch, 2560×1440 display, and unlike the Nexus 5, will be available for all US carriers "in November" starting at $649.
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by Karl Bode 08:21AM Wednesday Oct 15 2014
Security researchers at Google this week unveiled that they've found a new "POODLE" vulnerability in SSL 3.0 that allows an attacker to calculate the plaintext of encrypted communications. According to the Google announcement (complete with a Zappa reference most won't get), notes that while SSL 3.0 is almost 15 years old (and supplanted by Transport Layer Security), it's still commonly in use as a browser backup option when other protocol versions fail.
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by Karl Bode 02:26PM Wednesday Oct 08 2014
Former Google Fiber boss Milo Medin recently proclaimed that the most difficult obstacle for Google in deploying fiber isn't digging ditches or dealing with government -- it's securing TV programming. Video "is the single biggest impediment" to Google Fiber deployment, Medin told attendees of the COMPTEL telecom conference in Dallas this week. "We operate at a very significant difference than incumbents we compete against," said Medin, who called programming "biggest piece of our cost structure." "We may be paying in some markets double what incumbents are paying for the same programming," he added.

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by Karl Bode 10:19AM Wednesday Oct 08 2014
Even though we're now in the 1 Gbps "fiber to the press release" era where everybody and their uncle is promising to deliver 1 Gbps speeds, a new study indicates that most consumers may have absolutely no idea what these companies are talking about.

A new report by Pivot Media found that only 13% of those surveyed had even heard of gigabit services, a percentage that jumped to just 18% in urban areas, and 21% among those between the ages of 18 and 24.
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by Karl Bode 08:52AM Monday Oct 06 2014
While over-shadowed by Google Fiber, Google's free Wi-Fi efforts (begun in their home town of Mountain View) have quietly continued to expand. In addition to offering Google Wi-Fi in Google Fiber locations like Kansas City, the company last year gave a $200,000 grant to Pryor, Oklahoma to build a citywide Wi-Fi network. Google also provides 60 acres worth of free Wi-Fi access in Douglasville, Georgia, near where Google runs a 500,000 square foot data center. Last week, Google helped fund the launch of free Wi-Fi in thirty San Franciso parks:
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Internet giant Google donated about $600,000 to help the city buy and install Wi-Fi equipment and cover maintenance cost for two years, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "This network will make the web more accessible than ever for thousands of our neighbor — getting online is as easy as heading to the local park," Rebecca Prozan, Google's public policy and government affairs manager, said in a statement.

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by Karl Bode 10:40AM Friday Sep 26 2014
In June of last year Google unveiled Google Loon, the latest in a long line of similar projects that will use hot air balloons to deliver broadband and wireless services to under-served or emergency prone areas. Project Loon will use hot air balloons 49 feet wide stationed 12 miles above the planet, well above the range of commercial aircraft.
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by Karl Bode 08:30AM Friday Sep 26 2014
It has been interested to see lately how Apple and Google have effectively started competing on privacy -- both companies announcing recently that new encryption standards used on their latest OS's and devices mean they'll no longer unlock devices at the behest of law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Not too surprisingly this shift has annoyed the FBI; the agency's James Comey not so subtly insisting that both Google and Apple are putting people's lives at risks with the shift:
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"What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to hold themselves beyond the law," Comey said. At another point, he said he feared a moment when “when people with tears in their eyes look at me and say, ‘What do you mean you can’t?"' Comey said he was gathering more information about the issue and would have more to say about it later.
Granted the FBI might not have found itself in this position if its collection of consumer data had been a little more reasonable in the first place, and the agency hadn't spent a good chunk of the last decade over-reaching and finding creative ways to dodge the law.

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by Karl Bode 10:49AM Wednesday Sep 24 2014
Comcast last night filed their reply comments to the FCC as the agency considers approving the company's $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The filing is filled with the sort of arguments we've seen countless times already over the past few months, including Comcast's repeated claim that they face so much competition on every front there's simply no way they'd ever engage in anti-competitive behavior.
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by Karl Bode 09:02AM Tuesday Sep 23 2014
Earlier this month we highlighted how Google was under fire for funding the lobbyist organization ALEC, a group that helps companies submit draft legislation that then gets lobbied into law. These efforts by and large are anti-consumer, with ALEC opposing network neutrality and supporting blockades on municipal broadband.
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by Karl Bode 04:23PM Wednesday Sep 10 2014
If you recall (and many don't), Google was partially responsible for the lack of network neutrality protections we see (or don't see, as the case may be) today. Google worked hard alongside AT&T and Verizon to make sure the rules had ample loopholes and didn't protect wireless.
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