walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

GlobalStar, Amazon, WiFi Everywhere, FemtoCells and More!

Over my vacation with my sister and her family, I got to talking to her and her not-husband about a variety of things. I currently think that the biggest limitation on the more universal adoption of digital ... Stuff is the difficulty of setting up and maintaining a home wireless network. I want to be clear: it's absolutely possible to set one up and maintain one, especially if you pick reliable, simple to use products that are designed to work together, rather than things that have more flexibility but require more knowledge to set up.

However, for all that is is possible to set up and maintain a home wireless network, my husband and I have three relevant degrees between the two of us, my neighbor has PhD in physics and I'm not sure what not-husband has, but he's pretty damn knowledgeable about this stuff. And we have all had trouble getting the coverage right for where we live: we all have to deal with spots in the house that don't have coverage, or deal with coverage extending further than we want it to and so forth (another neighbor -- another MIT grad -- made sure his coverage extended to us during an outage, so too great coverage can be a win). While The Men tend to downplay how annoying this is, I cannot help but think what this would be like in a household with, shall we say, less technological savvy, and, say, broken equipment that is not recognized as such. Because broken equipment can suck the life out of you and make you feel incompetent if you don't realize it is broken.

I don't know that I convinced anyone in the room with me that the difficulties of setting up and maintaining a home wireless network are significant roadblocks in universal adoption of mobile devices (and the Final End of Paper as a Communication Standard -- which is entirely dependent on mobile + cloud at this point). But not-husband wanted to talk about femto cells (which I'd never heard of). And when I got back from vacation, I kept hearing about Lab 126 testing GlobalStar spectrum for TLPS. So with a little digging, I found this, where all becomes clear. Read it. It's totally worth your time.


I'm not sure this will really happen, but it has an element of plausibility to it.

ETA: I'm not talking about satellite broadband. GlobalStar is proposing to use its spectrum for terrestrial purposes. So whatever you want to say about latency and blah blah bleeping blah, well, you misunderstood what is being proposed.

Satellite broadband is interesting, particularly in Not Urban areas, but that isn't what I'm on about here.
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