Listening to the same old songs and commercials being played on the radio stations we often listen to in our cars just won’t cut it anymore. Many of us love technology and wish there was more offered for our vehicles, but without the hassle of connecting wires and using tools. We enjoy uploading songs to our iPhones and other Apple devices, but usually can only play them with an mp3 connecting while driving in our cars.
U.S. regulators proposed easing restrictions on satellite companies in a move aimed at freeing more airwaves to feed the growing demand for wireless broadband services.
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to seek comment on a plan to let satellite companies partner with other business seeking to build land-based networks or to lease their spectrum to other companies in a secondary market.
The FCC also sought public comment on allowing satellite companies to relinquish spectrum in return for proceeds from future airwaves auctions.
The plan could affect about 90 megahertz of spectrum, held by companies such as SkyTerra Communications Inc, TerreStar Corp and Globalstar Inc, that is particularly suited to broadband delivery.
The FCC’s National Broadband Plan aims to open up 500 megahertz (MHz) of airwaves by 2020.
The FCC is also trying to persuade broadcasters to relinquish about 125 megahertz of spectrum under a voluntary plan.
The satellite move comes after the FCC in late March approved an application by Harbinger Capital Partners to acquire SkyTerra, a mobile satellite services company.
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Starbucks has just announced that starting July 1, 2010, everyone who enters a Starbucks store can access their Wi-Fi Internet absolutely free. That is, of course, if you happen to be at a participating company-owned location (which shouldn’t be a problem since there are thousands of them).
Starting July 1, you’ll be able to enjoy free, one-click, unlimited Wi-Fi at all company-operated Starbucks stores in the United States. What does that mean? It means:
- Free – no Starbucks Card required
- One-Click – no username or password needed
- Unlimited – no 2-hour restriction
Just visit your neighborhood Starbucks, open your browser or mobile device and click to connect. It’s our way of providing you with a great digital experience to go with your cup of coffee.
It may be possible to receive broadband at speeds of 105 Mbps from Comcast as early as next week. Oddly enough Comcast has not widely promoted this but a customer has posted a copy of his most recent bill with the following statement on it.
Last week the TechVert crew stormed the Las Vegas Convention Center to check out the CTIA Wireless show. CTIA is the largest wireless conference in the world. They bring together vendors from the hottest segments in the wireless space including converged communications, mobile internet, computing and mobile data.
This year they had an area assigned specifically to mobile applications, which was tons of fun, getting to check out new and soon to be released applications from Motorolla and other well known companies. While at the show, we saw the latest technologies from traditional leaders such as Samsung, Google and Motorola. However the conference also showcased emerging companies and applications such as Zephyr Technology, mPayy and KnockingLive.
We can’t wait for next year’s conference and will keep you updated when we know more.