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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

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FCC boss sketches out bargain broadband for hard-up Americans
Friday, 29 May 2015 04:32

Tom Wheeler, chairman of US internet watchdog the FCC, has asked the regulator's commissioners to offer broadband to poor Americans via the Lifeline program .

The net-neutrality crusader has put forward a list of proposed updates to Lifeline, including the addition of broadband to what is right now just a phone-only program. Taxpayer-funded Lifeline offers discounts on cellphone and landline connections to hard-up citizens in the US.

Lifeline plans cost $9.25 a month. Wheeler did not say how much more, if at all, broadband service would be priced at. The program is open to households that have a total income

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Property developers face NBN build sting
Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:31

The federal government has moved to mollify the fibre operators left out in the cold by previous national broadband network (NBN) policy, re-writing the rules that apply to new property developments.

There will, however, be a sting for developers, since to preserve third parties' ability to compete, the NBN will no longer arrive free of charge.

Nor will alternative providers be able to tie new homes to a single retailer. NBN overbuild of existing infrastructure is to be avoided, the policy says, but only where the private provider offers wholesale-only, open access services that fulfil the “last resort” role.

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nbn has made ZERO fibre-to-the-node and cable connections
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:04

Australia's national broadband network continues apace with nbn TM announcing that it's adding more than 12,000 premises per week to its serviceable footprint.

Over the 12 months to March 2015, the network more-than-doubled the number of premises connected to its fibre network, to nearly 390,000 (compared to just under 167,000 at March 2014), with fixed wireless activations tripling to 34,627.

The overcrowded satellite network lost around 4,000 customers, finishing the March quarter at 38,841 customers compared to 43,934 at March 2014.

The government's now-abandoned 2013 election promise that its fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) strategy would blanket all of Australia with 25 Mbps

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AT T, Verizon and pals eat own head in effort to kill off net neutrality
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:19

Lobbying group USTelecom – AT&T, Verizon etc – has filed a petition against itself in an effort to prevent new net neutrality rules from taking effect.

Demonstrating that when it comes to net neutrality, the telco industry loves nothing more than some self-serving hypocrisy, the group wrote in its petition [PDF]: "Unlike all of the other petitioners that have filed petitions to date [which includes USTelecom], these Petitioners intend to argue that the FCC should have imposed even more regulation on providers of broadband Internet access service, including USTelecom's member companies."

This is, of course, the complete opposite to what

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