Internet

Can We Build a Global Internet from Swarms of Satellites and Tech-Company-Backed Balloons?

Location:
International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland

Ten years ago, the world population was 6.6 billion; 3 billion of those people lacked access to broadband internet connectivity. Fast forward a decade to 2017, and the global population has risen by 1 billion, but so has the number of disconnected people.

Facebook uses satellite-based data to map population, determine what types of internet service to deploy

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Facebook is using data it created to map the planet’s entire human population to help it determine what types of internet service it should use to reach the unconnected or not-so-well connected.

We’re one step closer to getting cheaper, faster Internet from space

Location:
LightSquared, 10802 Parkridge Boulevard, Reston, VA, 20191, United States

For many, it's been a years-long pipe dream: Ultra-fast, lag-free Internet that comes to your PC or smartphone via satellite instead of a wire into your home. Facebook, Google and even SpaceX have all explored the idea, partly in hopes of selling broadband access to a growing market with enormous potential — the developing world. But now, a former Googler and friend of Elon Musk has beaten them all to the punch, becoming the first to receive permission to actually build a next-generation satellite Internet service that targets US customers.

FCC Grants OneWeb US Access for Broadband Satellite Constellation

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission approved a request by WorldVu Satellites Limited, which does business as OneWeb, to access the United States satellite market. The action paves the way for OneWeb to provide broadband services using satellite technology that holds unique promise to expand Internet access in remote and rural areas across the country.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the June Open Commission Meeting scheduled for ...

With latency as low as 25ms, SpaceX to launch broadband satellites in 2019

Location:
SpaceX, Hawthorne, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

SpaceX said its planned constellation of 4,425 broadband satellites will launch from the Falcon 9 rocket beginning in 2019 and continue launching in phases until reaching full capacity in 2024.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly Before the Satellite Industry Association Annual Dinner

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Let me suggest that the future of your companies is in your hands and in the hands of the brilliant people that work with and for you. The new Commission would like – and expects – the private sector to spend more time bringing products and services to market, serving its customers, and less time sitting on the edge of your seats awaiting word from on high, in this case the Commission.

SoftBank Orchestrates Satellite Deal to Expand Internet Reach

Location:
Intelsat, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Recommendation:
2

Japanese telecom company SoftBank Group is orchestrating a deal between US satellite startup OneWeb and debt-laden satellite operator Intelsat SA in an attempt to deliver faster and cheaper internet connections world-wide.

Fiber broadband: Is it a waste with 5G and Elon Musk's satellites on the horizon?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

When certain technologies catch up to fiber broadband's gigabit speeds in the next few years it will lull us into thinking that the telecom companies that spent a fortune on fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) only ended up with a short-term advantage of 2-3 years.

Exclusive Peek at SpaceX Data Shows Loss in 2015, Heavy Expectations for Nascent Internet Service

Location:
SpaceX, Hawthorne, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Financial reports and interviews with former SpaceX employees depict robust growth in new rocket-launch contracts and a thin bottom line that is vulnerable when things go awry. They also show the company putting steep revenue expectations on a nascent satellite-internet business it hopes will eventually dwarf the rocket division and help finance its goal of manned missions to Mars.

Rep Duncan Hunter raises concern over potential use of Russian satellites for troops’ Internet service

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

In a letter to the Pentagon Oct 21, Rep Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said he was concerned a contract to provide Internet service to deployed soldiers could allow the use of Russian satellites, jeopardizing troops’ privacy and security.

Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is announcing the “Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution” initiative, building on a growing wave of private sector interest in miniaturized spacecraft for applications ranging from communications and remote sensing to satellite inspection and repair.

Harnessing the Possibilities of Science, Technology, and Innovation

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Barack Obama is hosting a day-long White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh (PA) to encourage Americans to imagine our Nation and the world in 50 years and beyond, and to explore America’s potential to broaden participation and advance towards the frontiers that will make the world healthier, more prosperous, more equitable, and more secure.

What’s next for Internet.org after yesterday’s SpaceX explosion?

Location:
Internet.org, 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explosion will be a major setback for Internet.org’s ambitions in sub-saharan Africa.

That SpaceX explosion blew up one of Facebook’s most ambitious projects

Location:
SpaceX, Hawthorne, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

SpaceX is reeling after an early-morning explosion took out its rocket on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral. The incident is a major setback for chief executive Elon Musk. But odds are the tragic news is disappointing another U.S. tech billionaire, too. The rocket destroyed Sept 1 was bearing a satellite that Facebook intended to use to beam Internet access to developing nations.

Facebook tests full-scale solar-powered Internet drone

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Facebook's Connectivity Lab announced that the company has for the first time test-flown a full-scale version of Aquila, the solar-powered high-altitude drone that Facebook hopes to use to deliver Internet connectivity to the remotest populated corners of the Earth.

American Airlines thinks it found faster inflight Internet

Location:
American Airlines, Fort Worth, TX, United States
Recommendation:
2

American Airlines is moving to improve Internet on its planes.

A Step toward an Effective Spectrum Sharing Framework

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
2

There has been a lot of talk lately about spectrum sharing – Spectrum Access Systems, Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage, Environmental Sensing Capability, Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications, to name just a few of the discussed approaches.

Chairman Wheeler Remarks at Satellite Leadership Dinner

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The pace of innovation is accelerating, and with new technological advances, satellites now have the opportunity to play a much more important role in bringing broadband to underserved and unserved areas around the world.

New 1-Terabit Internet satellites will deliver high-speed Internet to remote areas

Location:
Boeing, 100 North Riverside, Chicago, IL, 60606, United States
Recommendation:
2

US-based satellite company ViaSat is teaming up with Boeing to create and deliver three new satellites that will deliver high-speed Internet to remote areas around the world.

How Facebook and Google’s Plans to Boost Internet Access Advanced in 2015

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
2

Facebook and Alphabet, the holding company formerly known as Google, stepped up their competing campaigns to dramatically cut the cost of Internet access.

Google got it wrong: The Internet won't be global by 2020

Location:
Future plc, Bath, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
1

"For every person online, there are two who are not. By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected." Does Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman and former CEO of Google, regret his tweet, or was it merely a sales pitch for the Internet?

The Age of Satellites

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

On Oct 4 in 1957, humans sent their first satellite into space. Sputnik 1, named after the Russian word for “satellite,” was launched by the Soviet Union.

Eutelsat and Facebook to partner on satellite initiative to get more Africans online

Location:
Eutelsat, 70 rue Balard, Paris, France
Recommendation:
1

Eutelsat Communications and Facebook announce they are partnering on a new initiative that will leverage satellite technologies to get more Africans online.

Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom join forces for aircraft broadband

Location:
Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
2

Fast 4G internet connections are coming to airline passengers in Europe and beyond, delivering a blow to those who still relish being cocooned in an aircraft largely incommunicado.

Russian hacker group exploits satellites to steal data, hide tracks

Location:
Kaspersky Lab, 10/1 1st Volokolamsky Proezd, Moscow, 123060, Russia
Recommendation:
1

A group of sophisticated Russian-speaking hackers is exploiting commercial satellites to siphon sensitive data from diplomatic and military agencies in the United States and in Europe as well as to mask their location, a security firm said in a new report.

With $6 million in new funding, LotusFlare hopes to offer rural connections via balloons, satellites and drones

Location:
LotusFlare, 120 Hawthorne Ave, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, United States
Recommendation:
1

Silicon Valley startup LotusFlare wants to bring the Internet to everyone -- seriously.

Satellite Technology and Spectrum Key to Better Weather Forecasting

Location:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW Room 5128, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
1

Ten years ago, one of the deadliest hurricanes in history struck the Gulf Coast, decimating coastal cities and communities from Gulfport (MS) to New Orleans (LA).

Why Gogo's Infuriatingly Expensive, Slow Internet Still Owns the Skies

Location:
Gogo, 1250 North Arlinton Heights Rd, Itasca, IL, 60143, United States
Recommendation:
1

If you’ve flown for work on a major US airline over the past five years, you’ve probably used Gogo, and “fast and reliable” are probably not how you’d describe it.

Satellite broadband provider StarBand pulls plug

Location:
Starband by Spacenet, 1750 Old Meadow Road, McLean, VA, 22102, United States
Recommendation:
1

Satellite provider StarBand announced August 7 that was shutting down its broadband service effective Sept 30.

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