Just in case anyone cares, I'm headed on vacation next week. I'm going to be even further in the middle of nowhere with my family than I normally am at home, although I hear that there's WiFi in the nearesttown.
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Can America, especially rural America, ever catch up with the sort of broadband we need to meet business, academic, entertainment, and social needs?
Computerworld Australia is featuring a discussion of the mesh networking in use on OLPC's XO laptop. In particular, one of the key developers and testers of the technology provides insight into its functionality, limitations, and innovative ways to extend its capabilities.
I'm headed to North Dakota tomorrow for a family reunion. I haven't been anywhere between the right and left coasts for many years and I must say I'm getting a little edgy.
I'm just writing a quick post this morning since I'm in a motel room with 4 kids off the Jersey Turnpike getting ready to finish my drive home to Massachusetts. However, I'm writing on a lovely unsecured wireless connection that the motel provides.
According to Ars technica, 11 Ohio State University students have hired their own expert witness to poke holes in the RIAA's case against them. The expert witness for the students (a computer networking and security consultant) pointed out several flaws in the technical aspects of the case, as well as "difficulties inherent in trying to sue an IP address, which is essentially what the RIAA does.
Stop wasting my money and use the channels that most parents access every day. Welcome to 2011, when paper should be an anachronism.
The FCC is proposing a "National Broadband Plan" that would have 100 million homes hitting 100Mbps speeds in 10 years. While the plan itself has both its critics and supporters, as well as optimists and pessimists regarding its chances of success, I still have to wonder if it wouldn't be more realistic and useful to direct broadband expansion to schools, hospitals, and other institutions rather than to home users.
As more details of the FCC's National Broadband Plan emerge, it looks as though the antiquated E-rate rules that prevent many schools from sharing their Internet access with their communities will be changing. E-Rate, a program that subsidizes large percentages of Internet access for schools and libraries in poor and rural communities, is slated for "tweaking" under the plan.
Got dark fiber near you? New E-Rate rules will mean that schools and libraries will finally be able to tap this resource for the good of their students and communities.