Tales from the Towers Chapter 56: Broadband – how much is enough?

10 Mbps, 25 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, how much is enough? The world has gone bandwidth crazy. The junk science experts, lawyers, social and political activists, the media, government legislators, and pretty much any celebrity who hasn’t passed a high school biology or physics class, but gets to testify to Congress on […]

The abominable ad tech arms race

I am posting about the online advertising and tracking “arms race” because it affects all of us who use Wi-Fi and cellular networks and it affects the network owners who make money by offering “free” Wi-Fi through ads. It IS an arms race: as users block more intrusive advertising and ad tracking on their (desktop […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 55: Duh, which way did he go, George?

“Of Fox and Hounds” is a 1940s cartoon where a sheepdog, who is trying to catch a fox, is led around by a fox because he doesn’t recognize him as a fox (You should reread that first line again since I couldn’t figure out how to make it clearer). Unfortunately, the sheepdog is a little […]

Los Angeles issues RFP for citywide Wi-Fi and wireline network

The Los Angeles City Council approved a Request for Participants (RFP) to identify one or more providers to commit to deploying advanced wireline and wireless networks that can provide one gigabit broadband speed or more to residences and businesses. The RFP asks proposers to provide a free level of service, including free basic wireless services, […]

Best Practices in Community Wireless 2015

The Best Practices in Community Wireless 2015 is now available for download from Freedman Consulting LLC. The report, developed by Freedman Consulting, with support from the Ford Foundation, highlights 11 communities in the United States that have deployed community wireless networks to achieve different goals. The report examines the evolution of wireless technology and explores […]