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Monday Morning Links
by Revcb 08:49AM Monday Mar 18 2013
ITU Secretary General Wants World to Get 20Mbps Broadband by 2020 [ispreview.co.uk]
Trying to Wean Britons From Unlimited Mobile Data [nytimes.com]
The Wireless Giants May Have More Than Unlocked Phones to Worry About [fool.com]
White spaces networks are not “super” nor even Wi-Fi [gigaom.com]
Why Consumers Should Care about LTE [zdnet.com]
Aereo: Spreading Disruption, Shaking Up Cable TV [nytimes.com]
Here's How to Legalize Phone Unlocking [stanford.edu]
Verizon Seeks to Shake Up Fees for TV Channels [wsj.com]

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silbaco
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USA

White Spaces

Dang right. That article is pretty accurate. It's not super nor is it wifi.

NotTheMama
What Would Earl Do?

join:2012-12-06

Re: White Spaces

OMG!!! There are questions related to a [relatively] new technology... let's run away and hide!!! Better yet, let's give its spectrum over to those that will charge us an arm and a leg to use it!!! Woo-hoo! (Can you say "astroturf" boys and girls? [I knew you could.])
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Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

Re: White Spaces

I'd have to agree.

That's not what White Spaces were about. It was about delivering low-cost wireless access to the nation.

So, let's give it to at&t or Verizon and have them charge us like they do the rest of their plans. Smooooth. I'd love to smack the person who did that article.
openbox9
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Germany
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Re: White Spaces

said by Simba7:

That's not what White Spaces were about. It was about delivering low-cost wireless access to the nation.

White space is about spectral efficiency. If that encourages low-cost access, then great. The article does pose a legitimate concern though:

The carrier’s inability to guarantee service quality, predict and manage capacity, and eliminate or prevent interference render unlicensed spectrum an inferior solution for providers who compete based on quality of service and ability to support bandwidth-hungry apps and devices.

Unlicensed spectrum use does present a potential for interference and stepping on other signals. We'll see how things go, but I'm not betting on a huge success for white space technologies. It's still got some buzz, but I predict it will fizzle out eventually. Maybe local WISPs will be able to take advantage to augment their existing networks, but I don't believe this will be the broadband access savior that many hope for.

Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

Re: White Spaces

The carrier’s inability to guarantee service quality, predict and manage capacity, and eliminate or prevent interference render unlicensed spectrum an inferior solution for providers who compete based on quality of service and ability to support bandwidth-hungry apps and devices.

The "inability to guarantee service quality, predict and manage capacity" is a ton of bullsh*t. Maybe they should fix their own issues with "capacity" and "service quality" before telling others to do the same.

As for "eliminate or prevent interference", WISP's have had no issue in this whatsoever and they operate just fine.
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openbox9
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Germany
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Re: White Spaces

How many WISPs overlap each other? You don't believe WISPs have frequency conflicts that they must mitigate? I'm not saying it can't be managed, just that the risks are greater when dealing with best effort, unlicensed spectrum.

The investment is another concern mentioned. White Space access will likely only see the light of day in under-/un-served areas where significant investment hasn't yet been made, except by WISPs. That's why I suggest that White Space will augment existing WISPs not necessarily add to them. I don't see this technology ushering in a new era of last mile access to the Internet.

BTW, the article was written by a consultant, not by the carriers themselves. The consultant doesn't have any "issues with capacity or service quality" to fix per se.