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  • joly 1:53 pm on 01/06/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Google proposes White Spaces database 

    Monday, January 4, 2010 at 7:35 PM ET

    Posted by Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel, Google Inc.

    It’s been a while since we’ve talked about what’s happening with white spaces being freed up for wireless broadband, but today we took another step towards making “Wi-Fi on steroids” a reality for consumers. In a submission to the FCC, we’re asking the Commission to designate Google as one of potentially several administrators of a white spaces geolocation database.

    When the FCC voted to open the white spaces to unlicensed use in November 2008, it required that such a database be deployed before consumer electronics companies could start selling PCs, smartphones, e-book readers or other devices that used this spectrum. Before sending or receiving data, these devices will be required to connect to the database to determine what frequencies can and can’t be used in a particular location. Licensed television and wireless microphone signals will be fully protected from harmful interference.

    Why are we offering to do this? We continue to be big believers in the potential for this spectrum to revolutionize wireless broadband, and we think it’s important for us to step forward and offer our assistance to make that vision a reality. Since launching the White Spaces Database Group last February, we’ve been working with other stakeholders to exchange ideas and perspectives on how to best operate a working database, and we believe we’re in a strong position to build and successfully manage one.

    We propose to build a database that is publicly accessible and searchable, so that any individual could access and review the data. You can read our full proposal here:
    01-04-10 Google White Spaces Database Proposal

     
  • joly 2:55 pm on 12/30/2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Vint Cerf comments on 1) user centric approach to Net Neutrality 2) unbundling 

    Two interesting remarks by Vint in this interview:

    Vint Cerf: we’ve only scratched internet’s surface

    1) Straying from the Google NN hard line he endorses, if a little weakly, the Internet Society’s User-centric approach

    The ultimate solution, he says, may be a combination of enforced transparency and user tools. If ISPs are required to disclose how they’re managing their networks, and if users are provided with the proper technology to see how their connections are faring at any given time, anti-competitive actions should be hard to conduct without being detected.

    “I wouldn’t object out of hand that proposal,” he says. “It has been the means by which some abusive practices have been exposed here in the U.S.”

    2) He thinks that unbundling is gaining favour at the FCC & Congress – this directly contradicts recent statements by Blair Levin, overseer of the National Broadband Plan.

    Cerf is pleased with the direction the United States is taking in regards to providing internet access to its citizens. Government and regulators there are beginning to favour the sort of open-access rules, where big network-owning companies must rent their infrastructure to other competitors, that have been in place in Europe and parts of Asia for years. Cerf thinks open access is the wave of the future.

     
  • joly 4:14 am on 12/22/2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Google VP on open internet 

    Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior Vice President at Google, wrote a very interesting email about the value of openness on the web and sent the email to Google’s employees. He recommends Googlers to use open standards, to open source software, to make it easy to export data from Google’s services and to fight for an open Internet.

    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/meaning-of-open.html

     
  • joly 5:19 am on 12/16/2009 Permalink | Reply
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    New York Technology Council launches 

    The New York Technology Council was founded by Donn Morrill, Paul Ellis and Ted Brown. Brown is executive director of the CUNY Institute of Software Design and Development and has spear-headed a program to place CUNY students into local technology internships by providing 1/3 of their pay, up to $1,000.

    The organization is also working closely with New York City Council Member Gale Brewer, the chair of the Committee on Technology in Government who said, “we are always looking for ways to make this city more tech friendly to business.”On the business side, the New York Technology Council has secured Google, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Verizon as sponsors, and are working with IBM to finalize an official partnership.

    In the short term, the goal is better coordination between the businesses, government and academic institutions already present in the city of New York.

    via NYConvergence – A digest of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut digital media technology news: New York Technology Council Sets Ambitious Goals.

     
  • joly 2:37 pm on 12/03/2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Google has launched its own DNS Service.

    According to Lauren Weinstein they are committed to destroying records after 48 hrs, which would likely make them preferable privacy-wise to a lot of ISPs.

     
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