According to a recent blog post from Google, it's more of a "pause" until operations can refine their approach to trying to offer more people super fast Internet. The post was written by Craig Barratt, who was serving as chief but will now step down and be only an advisor to the program. No immediate replacement has been named. In addition, Google Fiber will not finish it's installment in San Francisco, the next city on its deployment list, and the remaining 11 cities have been paused as well for the time being. So what does this all mean for Google Fiber?
According to The Hill, the infrastructure that is used to establish the backbone of the Internet may have just gotten easier to build. In an effort to coax federal agencies, like the Department of Defense, to give up wireless spectrum to strengthen Internet usage, The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology approved a bill and reforms.
With more and more people becoming visual thinkers and learners, it's great when something that's new and complex can be mapped out visually. So kudos to Chris McCann, community lead at Greylock Partners, for doing just that with this map of the Internet of Things ecosystem.
With most of the nation being adequately served by 4G and 4G LTE networks, why is the wireless industry buzzing about 5G – the next generation of wireless networks?
Because of the demand for wireless connectivity that's waiting over the horizon.
On the day the FCC made its landmark ruling on net neutrality, it issued another order. This one preempted state laws restricting community broadband service in North Carolina and Tennessee and allowed expanded municipal broadband in two towns in these states.
The past week saw two business titans, Richard Branson and Elon Musk, announce that their respective space companies were planning to deliver internet service via satellite. We applaud their vision of using satellites to bring the internet to underserved areas of the world. Satellites are an excellent choice for beaming signals to locations that have little or no infrastructure. Rural parts of the U.S., however, are better served by focusing on a simpler and more cost-effective communication technology – wireless.
In his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015, President Obama spoke of the need to build the fastest internet networks "so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world." We believe it is wireless connectivity, not satellite, that holds the greatest potential to fulfill this need quickly, reliably and cost-efficiently.
Companies of all sizes have long reaped the benefits of the networked workplace – increased employee communication, collaboration and productivity. Many of those networks are going wireless. This trend will only accelerate as employees become more mobile, data streams grow larger and businesses need communication channels to be ubiquitous.
Many companies are realizing that their legacy wired networks cannot keep up with the explosive rise in network usage and complexity. Rather than try to switch wholesale from wired to wireless, they see the advantages in maintaining some combination of wired and wireless networks. They rely on these networks for a growing number of needs, from giving employees access to business applications to facilitating operations.