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Wifibroadcast Makes WiFi FPV Video More Like Analog
Sunday, 14 June 2015 04:00

Normal WiFi is not what you want to send video from your quadcopter back to the first-person-view (FPV) goggles strapped on your head, because it’s designed for 100% correct, two-way transmission of data between just two radios. Transmission of analog video signals, on the other hand, is lossy, one-way, and one-to-many, which is why the longer-range FPV flights all tend to use old-school analog video transmission.

When you’re near the edge of your radios’ range, you care much more about getting any image in a timely fashion than about getting the entire video sequence correctly after a delay. While WiFi …read more

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BT boss to Oz: we're wonderful and so is copper
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:34

BT's boss has taken the opportunity during a visit to Australia to heap praise on his company's domestic broadband rollout, and antipodeans are lapping it up, with the local network builder promising to share information about how to build “superfast broadband”.

In a drop to the Murdoch organ The Australian , nbn TM boss Bill Morrow said Australia's broadband rollout will draw its “best practice” on the BT model.

The arrangement was reached during a visit to Australia by BT CEO Gavin Patterson, who met with Morrow, communications minister and BT cheerleader Malcolm Turnbull, plus unspecified BT clients.

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Openreach to trial G.fast in Swansea
Monday, 25 May 2015 18:16

Businesses and researchers around Swansea are going to get the chance to fool around with what will probably be copper's last hurrah, the VDSL-successor G.fast.

BT has told an innovation summit in the Welsh city that it's been added to the list of trial sites, in addition to previously-announced field trials in Huntingdon and Gosforth.

To date, G.fast has yet to escape BT's labs at Adastral Park in Suffolk.

Like its other planned field trials, the Swansea tests will be conducted by Openreach, making the services available to the carrier's wholesale customers.

BT hopes that the G.fast technology will “deliver

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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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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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