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From: aladin3/25/2020 10:21:27 AM
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Trump signs broadband mapping law; FCC chief calls for funding to support implementation. From WRAL Techwire....

Looks like a census of broadband availability nationwide.

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From: Elroy Jetson4/1/2020 8:46:02 AM
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US Broadband Holding Up Under WFH Strain, Speedtest Finds -

With much of America and Canada now working and schooling from home, broadband networks are dealing well with the strain, according to new stats from Ookla Speedtest.

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To: Elroy Jetson who wrote (46792)4/1/2020 10:23:04 AM
From: Peter Ecclesine
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Opinion: Why economic data, indicators and forecasts don’t mean much in the corona storm By Pierre Briançon, Published: April 1, 2020 at 7:34 a.m. ET MarketWatch

How deep will the world recession be this year? Don’t look at current economic forecasts for any guide. The only certainty is that measures of containment to fight the coronavirus pandemic, with lockdowns and a halt of economic activity in most western countries, will shrink gross domestic product in most of the world. By how much? These days, your guess is as good as mine.

The main reason is that “uncertainty” is no longer one of those potential risks envisioned by economists to caution about their own forecast. Uncertainty isn’t a marginal danger hovering over the economy, as the threats of trade wars or Brexit were when mentioned only a few weeks ago. Uncertainty is now the economy itself. In this context, the only accurate forecast is: “it depends.”

It depends, first, on the length of the lockdowns. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, whose economic studies are among the most reliable, estimated this week that each month of containment costs any given country some 2 percentage points of growth. A three-month lockdown — say, from mid-March to mid-June — would cost 6% of GDP. Europe was expected to grow less than 1.5% this year in the last pre-virus forecasts. If the OECD is right, that means Europe’s economy would shrink this year by about 4.5%.


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To: Peter Ecclesine who wrote (46793)4/1/2020 2:44:04 PM
From: Peter Ecclesine
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Draft Rules Would Provide a Boost to Wi-Fi and Other Unlicensed Uses

While Protecting Incumbent Services in the Band

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2020—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today circulated draft rules permitting unlicensed devices to operate in the 6 GHz band. The proposed rules would make 1,200 megahertz of spectrum available for unlicensed use. Unlicensed devices would share this spectrum with incumbent licensed services under rules that are crafted to protect those licensed services and to enable both unlicensed and licensed operations to thrive throughout the band. The Chairman’s draft rules will be voted on by the Commission at the FCC’s Open Meeting on April 23.

“From Wi-Fi routers to home appliances, Americans’ everyday use of devices that connect to the Internet over unlicensed spectrum has exploded,” said Chairman Pai. “That trend will only continue. Cisco projects that nearly 60% of global mobile data traffic will be off-loaded to Wi-Fi by 2022. To accommodate that increase in Wi-Fi demand, the FCC is aiming to increase the supply of Wi-Fi spectrum with our boldest initiative yet: making the entire 6 GHz band available for unlicensed use. By doing this, we would effectively increase the amount of spectrum available for Wi-Fi almost by a factor of five. This would be a huge benefit to consumers and innovators across the nation. It would be another step toward increasing the capacity of our country’s networks. And it would help advance even further our leadership in next generation wireless technologies, including 5G.”

If adopted, the draft Report and Order would authorize two different types of unlicensed operations: standard-power in 850-megahertz of the band and indoor low-power operations over the full 1,200-megahertz available in the 6 GHz band. An automated frequency coordination system would prevent standard power access points from operating where they could cause interference to incumbent services.

A Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to permit very low-power devices to operate across the 6 GHz band, to support high data rate applications including high-performance, wearable, augmented-reality and virtual-reality devices. Specifically, the Further Notice would seek comment on making a contiguous 1,200-megahertz block of spectrum available for the development of new and innovative high-speed, short-range devices and on power levels and other technical and operational measures to avoid causing interference to incumbent services.

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To: Peter Ecclesine who wrote (46794)4/25/2020 7:55:56 AM
From: Peter Ecclesine
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The FCC voted 5-0 to approve 1200 MHz for unlicensed uses

para 203-206 dismiss requests to license to cellular
para 207-215 reject mobile use for now - retaining a lever in the 5.9 GHz proceeding ;-)
para 216-218 discuss RigNet, order prohibits 6 GHz use on oil platforms
para 219-222 reject giving UWB devices new regulatory standing
para 223-226 reject Qualcomm's synchronous operation proposal
para 227-228 decline to require digital identifying information

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From: Peter Ecclesine5/19/2020 7:35:04 AM
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Sad News

I read today on the Gordon Cook list

1a. Re: Frank Coluccio passed away last week
From: Grahame Lynch
Date: Tue, 19 May 2020 00:35:52 EDT
That's very sad news.

When I took over the editor's seat at America's Network in 1999, Frank was a fantastic supporter of ours, regularly quoting our analysis on his Silicon Investor page (if I recall correctly) and kickstarting discussions. The comments he facilitated were tremendously valuable feedback to us at a time when the climate was rather febrile due to the dot com boom.

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To: Peter Ecclesine who wrote (46796)5/19/2020 9:04:11 AM
From: aladin
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Could you post the link to the article?

Very sad indeed.


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To: aladin who wrote (46797)5/19/2020 9:31:25 AM
From: Peter Ecclesine
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To: Peter Ecclesine who wrote (46796)5/20/2020 2:37:25 PM
From: elmatador
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Oh No !
One of the greatest minds in SI.

I had opportunity to get to know Frank and have very good discussions in with him way back in the access Thread, whose precise name I can't recall.

RIP Frank.

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From: elmatador5/20/2020 2:40:01 PM
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After recent acquisition of Affirmed Networks Microsoft acquires Metaswitch

This announcement builds on the computing giant’s recent acquisition of Affirmed Networks, with Metaswitch’s portfolio of high-performance, cloud-native communications software further expanding its range of offerings available for the telecommunications industry.

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