1:53 PM December 10, 2013
A recent article in Hillicon Valley House bill aims to boost government spectrum sales addressed new legislation introduced by five House lawmakers to entice federal agencies to give up their spectrum rights for auction to the private sector by providing additional funds to agencies that agree to participate. Wireless carriers need more spectrum to meet demand of streaming video, apps and browsing on the Web on mobile devices. With a large number of bands in use by federal agencies, this could help ease the crunch. Spectrum availability is extremely important to WIPP members. Our businesses depend on fast, competitive and reliable networks to manage our businesses.
12:49 PM December 10, 2013
I saw a very interesting Voice of America TECHtonics Blog WIPP entrepreneurs might be interested in. Wi-Fi Solutions Fill Basic Gaps for Developing World The blog speaks about bridging the gap for affordable internet access with Wi-Fi beaming balloons. "Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters," says Google on its Project Loon Website.
11:28 AM December 9, 2013
There was a blog I just saw that many of our WIPP entrepreneurs may be interested in from IT BusinessEdge Data and Telecom. The Time Is Ripe for Smart Cities. Carl Weinschenk addresses putting together citywide or regional initiatives of not only smart homes in cities, but also smart cities. I think this is a growing opportunity for our small businesses. We are going to see great growth because cities that do not connect will be relegating themselves to second-class status. An index report ranking 31 cities on their ICT maturity (information and communications technology) and it shows a strong correlation between that maturity and societal, economic and environmental development. Enjoy your reading.
1:50 PM December 6, 2013
Econsultancy published a log on November 26 that I think is worthwhile reading for our WIPP entrepreneurs in heavy growing mode. Here's an excerpt from the blog, How can you predict next year's website traffic?
"Last week one of our enterprise subscribers asked about how best to project future traffic levels, and I thought I'd answer the question by way of a blog post. There are eight areas that I think you can focus on, to try to figure out whether traffic levels are likely to rise, fall, or stay the same. I am thinking out loud here, so if you have any better methodologies then please leave a comment below! 1. Benchmark your traffic over the past three years. 2. Understand where your traffic comes from. 3. Evaluate your top referral channels. 4. Think about resourcing..." Take a little time to read on!
12:31 PM December 5, 2013
WIPP Members should look at the recent FCC blog on Inflight Mobile Wireless Services. The FCC and Inflight Mobile Wireless Services (FCC Blog, 11/22/13) "There has been great deal of public discussion since the Commission announced... that it would consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek comment on revisions to the Commission's rules on mobile wireless services onboard aircraft. I want to clarify what adoption of the draft notice will really mean for consumers. Without question, much of the response to the announcement was focused on the possibility that the draft proposal would open the door to allowing passengers to make voice calls in-flight. Many are concerned that consideration of this proposal will lead to unbearable situations for airline passengers stuck next to loud, one-sided phone conversations. Under the FCC's proposal, however, it is the airlines that have the ultimate say as to whether and how to provide additional wireless services - supplementing the Wi-Fi services they may already offer - onboard their aircraft while flying above 10,000 feet. If an airline chooses to provide this service, it could improve access to wireless data services while flying, facilitate the use of in-flight texting, or even bring competition - and potentially lower prices - to a new market for in-flight broadband." Whew!! What do you think? They make the case it might bring more competition and lower prices? Is that really true? Would this be a plus for our entrepreneurs?