Tales from the Towers Chapter 57: 2016 – The Year of Galactus

It’s time for the battle to begin, Galactus is entering the war. But a war isn’t fought on the battlefield alone, it’s also fought in the strategy room to decide which weapons to build and use, to train soldiers to use those weapons, deploy resources, and bring them to bear on the enemy: copper wires […]

Philadelphia finds unused Wi-Fi equipment

The Philadelphia City Controller’s office has found unopened boxes of Wi-Fi access points in the city warehouse. The city bought the equipment in 2010 using federal grants for a public safety Wi-Fi network, but the plan to deploy it was canceled when Congress decided to create a national law enforcement Wi-Fi system. It’s not clear […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 56: Broadband – how much is enough?

10 Mbps, 25 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, 10 Gbps, how much is enough? The world has gone bandwidth crazy. The junk science experts, lawyers, social and political activists, the media, government legislators, and pretty much any celebrity who hasn’t passed a high school biology or physics class, but gets to testify to Congress on […]

The abominable ad tech arms race

I am posting about the online advertising and tracking “arms race” because it affects all of us who use Wi-Fi and cellular networks and it affects the network owners who make money by offering “free” Wi-Fi through ads. It IS an arms race: as users block more intrusive advertising and ad tracking on their (desktop […]

Los Angeles municipal broadband project: CityLink LA RFP

The City of Los Angeles has released a Request For Participants CityLink LA Initiative For Deployment of Advanced Broadband Systems looking for companies to build a citywide Wi-Fi and wireline broadband network (see CityLinkLA website). I have posted an excerpt of the CityLink LA RFP introduction so you can see what the city has in […]