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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

 
Serval = Free Mobile / Cell Phone calls, for the World!
Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:53

Communicate anywhere, any time … without infrastructure, without mobile towers, without satellites, without wifi hotspots, and without carriers. Use existing off-the-shelf mobile cell phone handsets. Use your existing mobile phone number wherever you go, and never pay roaming charges again.

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While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 07:46

Analysis Ajit Pai, chairman of America's broadband watchdog, today confirmed what we all knew was coming for months now: a move to tear up the Obama-era's rules on network neutrality in the US.

Essentially, under Pai's latest proposals , ISPs and cablecos can charge subscribers extra if they want packages optimized for video streaming, news, games, and so on – the downside being if you don't cough up for better access, you may end up with rather slower connections to those types of services.

In other words, if you don't pay, say, an extra $10 a month for a gaming-optimized

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Digital minister: We're still talking to BT about sorting crap broadband
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 03:58

UK digital minister Matt Hancock has denied that talks with BT to improve poor internet speeds in 1.4 million rural areas have fallen through.

The former British state monopoly has controversially volunteered to connect 98.5 per cent of premises to at least 10Mbps by 2020, as an alternative to the government's plans for a mandatory 100 per cent by 2020. The business has said it will cost around £600m, which it will recoup by further hiking everyone's broadband bill.

If the government takes BT's route, it will be accused of propping up a monopoly. Some alternative network providers have expressed

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Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 22:02

Tired of continual price hikes on your broadband deal? Then why not move to Iran? According to a study released today, it has the cheapest broadband.

The survey conducted by cable.co.uk and BDRC Continental ranked 196 countries on their monthly prices for a broadband connection, using 3,351 consumer packages tracked over eight weeks (ending October 12) to calculate the average.

At $5.37 (£4.05) a month, Iran beats second placed Ukraine at $5.52 a month, with both significantly cheaper than Russia at $9.82 a month.

Burkina Faso is last at 196th place, costing users $954.54 (£720.77) per month. Papua New Guinea

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AT T wants to bin 100,000 routers, replace them with white boxes
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 16:58

AT&T has launched an audacious attempt to push the networking industry towards software-defined networking and white-box hardware.

Revealed in a white paper titled Towards an Open, Disaggregated Network Operating System [PDF], the carrier's plan called for the creation of a “Disaggregated Network Operating System” (dNOS) as part of a push for “A new approach … for router platform development and procurement”. The company also put its money where its mouth is by promising to “evolve its router-platform sourcing process to give preference to dNOS vendors whose products (or committed product-roadmap) are based on using this platform.”

It also revealed that

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