fiber optic – Reservocation http://reservocation.com/ Tue, 12 Apr 2022 05:27:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://reservocation.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-30T111851.286-150x150.png fiber optic – Reservocation http://reservocation.com/ 32 32 Google’s undersea internet cable will connect Togo to Europe https://reservocation.com/googles-undersea-internet-cable-will-connect-togo-to-europe/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 22:56:08 +0000 https://reservocation.com/googles-undersea-internet-cable-will-connect-togo-to-europe/ The first leg of Google’s Equiano undersea internet cable – which will run from Cape Town, South Africa, to Lisbon, Portugal – has landed in Lomé, Togo, the company said on Friday. The massive fiber optic cable will be Google’s first to link Africa with Europe and is expected to bring internet connectivity to millions […]]]>

The first leg of Google’s Equiano undersea internet cable – which will run from Cape Town, South Africa, to Lisbon, Portugal – has landed in Lomé, Togo, the company said on Friday. The massive fiber optic cable will be Google’s first to link Africa with Europe and is expected to bring internet connectivity to millions of people on both continents. This will have a particular impact in Togo, where an estimated 74% of the population does not have internet access. The cable should provide 20 times more Internet capacity in the region.

Google began investing heavily in undersea cable internet nearly a decade ago, with its first condominium cable project, Unity (which stretches from Chikura, Japan to Redondo Beach, Calif. ) commissioned in 2010. The company invested, either alone or as part of a consortium — a total of . Its latest completed project, Dunant, entered service in January 2021 and stretches from Virginia Beach to the French coast.

Alphabet is far from the only tech giant investing heavily in , which has become more ubiquitous with the growth of mobile internet. Google, along with Meta, Microsoft and Amazon, now dominate the world’s critical wired infrastructure, while the the wall street journal . Last month, Meta announced plans to build at least two by 2027.

Submarine cables have a notable drawback: the cables can tear and , either due to natural disasters or human activities like . Cable breaks occur particularly along African coastlines and can leave entire regions without connectivity for . Last year, a massive landslide in South Africa caused two submarine cables to crash, leading to service interruptions and slowdowns across the continent. But in the event of a break, a nearby submarine cable can be used as a backup.

Once in service, Equiano will provide additional insurance to a region that badly needs it. After Togo, Equiano’s next stop will be Nigeria and Namibia, before heading to his final landing in Cape Town, South Africa. It should be fully operational later this year.

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Bell State Analyzer brings the quantum internet closer | Research & Technology | March 2022 https://reservocation.com/bell-state-analyzer-brings-the-quantum-internet-closer-research-technology-march-2022/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 12:03:15 +0000 https://reservocation.com/bell-state-analyzer-brings-the-quantum-internet-closer-research-technology-march-2022/ OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 9, 2022 – Collaborators from industry and academia – researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Freedom Photonics and Purdue University – have made progress towards a fully quantum Internet. The collaborators have designed and demonstrated what they claim to be Bell’s first state analyzer for frequency […]]]>

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 9, 2022 – Collaborators from industry and academia – researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Freedom Photonics and Purdue University – have made progress towards a fully quantum Internet. The collaborators have designed and demonstrated what they claim to be Bell’s first state analyzer for frequency coding.

Before information can be sent over a quantum network, it must first be encoded into a quantum state. Information is contained in qubits – analogous to bit in classical computing – which are entangled, meaning they reside in a state in which they cannot be described independently of each other.

The peak of qubit entanglement is called the Bell state.

The measurement of Bell states is therefore essential for many protocols needed to perform quantum communication and to distribute entanglement over a quantum network. Although these measurements have been made for years, the team’s method represents a Bell state analyzer developed specifically for frequency encoding – a method of quantum communication that exploits single photons residing in two different frequencies simultaneously.


ORNL’s Joseph Lukens conducts experiments in an optical laboratory. Lukens is part of a collaboration that designed and demonstrated a Bell state analyzer for frequency coding. The work supports advances in the field of frequency coding. Courtesy of Jason Richards/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Department of Energy.


“Measuring these Bell states is fundamental to quantum communications,” said Joseph Lukens, ORNL researcher and Eugene Wigner Fellow. “To do things like teleportation and swapping tangles, you need a Bell state analyzer.”

Teleportation is the act of sending information from one part to another over a significant physical distance, and entanglement exchange refers to the ability to entangle previously unentangled pairs of qubits.

Lukens proposed a hypothesis: Imagine that there are two quantum computers connected by a fiber optic network. Due to their spatial separation, they cannot interact with each other on their own.

“However, suppose they can each be entangled with a single photon locally,” Lukens said. “By sending these two photons down the optical fiber and then performing a Bell state measurement on them where they meet, the end result will be that the two distant quantum computers are now entangled – even if they don’t never interacted. This so-called entanglement swapping is an essential capability for building complex quantum networks.

When there are four Bell states in total, the parser can only distinguish two of them at any given time. Measuring the other two states would add a layer of complexity that has so far not been necessary.

The team designed the analyzer using simulations and demonstrated 98% fidelity, with the remaining 2% error rate being the result of unavoidable noise from random preparation of test photons rather than the parser itself, Lukens said. Precision enables the fundamental communication protocols needed for frequency intervals.

Lukens and his team demonstrated for the first time in 2020 how single-frequency bin qubits can be fully controlled as needed to transfer information across a quantum network.

Using a technology developed at ORNL known as the Quantum Frequency Processor, the researchers demonstrated widely applicable quantum gates, or the logical operations needed to run quantum communication protocols. In these protocols, researchers need to be able to manipulate photons in a user-defined way, often in response to measurements made on particles elsewhere in the array.

While traditional operations used in classical computers and communication technologies operate on individually digital zeros and ones, quantum gates operate on simultaneous superpositions of zeros and ones. This feature protects quantum information as it passes through – a phenomenon necessary to achieve a true quantum network.

While frequency encoding and entanglement appear in many systems and are naturally compatible with fiber optics, using these phenomena to perform data manipulation and processing operations has traditionally proven difficult.

With Bell’s state analyzer completed, Lukens and his colleagues are looking to expand to a full entanglement swap experiment, which would be the first of its kind in frequency coding.

The work is planned as part of ORNL’s Quantum-Accelerated Internet Testbed project, recently awarded by the Department of Energy.

The research has been published in Optical (www.doi.org/10.1364/optica.443302).

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Faster internet is on the way for 31,000 customers in downtown Ga https://reservocation.com/faster-internet-is-on-the-way-for-31000-customers-in-downtown-ga/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 04:35:00 +0000 https://reservocation.com/faster-internet-is-on-the-way-for-31000-customers-in-downtown-ga/ A government grant will help citizens in rural communities access the Internet. ROBERTA, Ga. — High-speed internet is on the way for even more central Georgians who can’t get it right now. 31,000 homes, businesses and institutions will now have broadband access in nine counties. “For businesses like City Hall, the computers bog down and […]]]>

A government grant will help citizens in rural communities access the Internet.

ROBERTA, Ga. — High-speed internet is on the way for even more central Georgians who can’t get it right now. 31,000 homes, businesses and institutions will now have broadband access in nine counties.

“For businesses like City Hall, the computers bog down and it’s hard to get good service,” Roberta Police Chief Ty Matthews said.

Slow internet is a common thing in central Georgia.

“We will find citizens who sit near the library at night to access the Internet,” Matthews said.

It’s what prompted the state to push for underserved and forgotten businesses, homes and institutions in nine central Georgia counties to create a 3,000-mile fiber optic network. Flint Energies and Connexon Connect make it happen.

“Flint Energies recently received a $25 million grant and we are very pleased as it will help us build this fiber backbone so that we can deliver internet to our customers and members faster and faster,” said Jennie Lacey of Flint Energies.

The American Rescue Plan grant fund made the $90 million project feasible. It should be finished in 2026.

Flint has already started building the fiber network for its current customers.

The nine counties mentioned in this week’s announcement are: Crawford, South Houston, Macon, Marion, Muscogee, Peach, Schley, Talbot and Taylor counties.

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Global Internet of Things Robotics Market Size 2021 Growing Rapidly with Modern Trends, Demand and Development Ideas, Revenue Analysis Share and Forecast to 2028 https://reservocation.com/global-internet-of-things-robotics-market-size-2021-growing-rapidly-with-modern-trends-demand-and-development-ideas-revenue-analysis-share-and-forecast-to-2028/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 13:32:13 +0000 https://reservocation.com/global-internet-of-things-robotics-market-size-2021-growing-rapidly-with-modern-trends-demand-and-development-ideas-revenue-analysis-share-and-forecast-to-2028/ Global Robotic Internet of Things Market The research report covers the analysis of key drivers influencing market growth, opportunities, challenges and the risks faced by key manufacturers and the market as a whole. It also covers the impact of COVID19 on the Robotic Internet of Things market. This report contains an in-depth price analysis, by […]]]>

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Google, Amazon, Meta and Microsoft are weaving a fiber optic power network https://reservocation.com/google-amazon-meta-and-microsoft-are-weaving-a-fiber-optic-power-network/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://reservocation.com/google-amazon-meta-and-microsoft-are-weaving-a-fiber-optic-power-network/ To say that Big Tech controls the internet might sound like an overstatement. More and more, in at least one sense, this is literally true. The internet can seem like an intangible, post-physical environment where things like viral posts, virtual goods, and metaverse gigs kind of happen. But creating that illusion requires a truly gargantuan […]]]>

To say that Big Tech controls the internet might sound like an overstatement. More and more, in at least one sense, this is literally true.

The internet can seem like an intangible, post-physical environment where things like viral posts, virtual goods, and metaverse gigs kind of happen. But creating that illusion requires a truly gargantuan and rapidly growing network of physical connections.

fiber optic cable, which carries 95% of global international Internet traffic, connects just about every data center in the world, those vast warehouses of servers where the computing happens that turns all those 1s and 0s into our experience of the Internet.

Where these fiber optic connections connect countries across oceans, they consist almost entirely of undersea cables – some 1.3 million kilometers (or more than 800,000 miles) of bundled glass threads that make up the Real physical international internet. And until recently, the overwhelming majority of undersea fiber optic cables being installed were controlled and operated by telecommunications companies and governments. Today, this is no longer the case.

In less than a decade, four tech giants—Microsoft,

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, Meta (formerly Facebook) and Amazon have become by far the biggest users of undersea cable capacity. Prior to 2012, the share of global submarine optical fiber capacity used by these companies was less than 10%. Today, that figure is around 66%.

And those four are just getting started, say analysts, undersea cable engineers and the companies themselves. Over the next three years, they are on track to become the major financiers and owners of the undersea Internet cable network linking the wealthiest and most bandwidth-hungry countries on the shores of the Atlantic and the Pacific, according to undersea cable analysis firm TeleGeography. .

By 2024, the four are expected to collectively own a stake in more than 30 long-distance submarine cables, each up to thousands of miles long, connecting every continent on the globe except Antarctica. In 2010, these companies had a stake in only one of these cables: the Unity cable, partly owned by Google, linking Japan and the United States.

Traditional telecommunications companies have responded with suspicion and even hostility to tech companies’ rapidly escalating demand for global bandwidth. Industry analysts have raised concerns if we want the most powerful internet service providers and marketplaces in the world to also own the infrastructure they are all delivered on. This concern is understandable. imagine if Amazon owned the roads on which he delivers parcels.

But the involvement of these companies in the cable laying industry has also lowered the cost of data transmission across oceans for everyone, even their competitors, and helped the world increase transmission capacity. international data by 41% in 2020 alone, according to TeleGeography. Annual Report on submarine cable infrastructure.

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Undersea cables can cost hundreds of millions of dollars each. Installing and maintaining them requires a small fleet of vessels, ranging from survey vessels to specialized cable-laying vessels that deploy all manner of rugged underwater technology to bury cables under the seabed. Sometimes they have to lay the relatively fragile cable – in places as thin as a garden hose – at depths of up to 4 miles.

All of this must be done while maintaining the correct tension in the cables and avoiding hazards as varied as seamounts, oil and gas pipelines, high-voltage transmission lines for offshore wind farms, and even shipwrecks and unexploded bombs, says Howard Kidorf, managing partner of Pioneer Consulting, which helps companies design and build undersea cable systems. fiber optic.

In the past, laying transoceanic cables often required the resources of governments and their national telecommunications companies. It’s anything but pocket change for today’s tech titans. Together, Microsoft, Alphabet, Meta, and Amazon invested more than $90 billion in capital expenditures in 2020 alone.

The four say they are laying all this cable in order to increase bandwidth in more developed parts of the world and bring better connectivity to underserved areas like Africa and Southeast Asia.

That’s not the whole story. Their entry into the undersea fiberlaying business was inspired by the rising cost of buying capacity on cables owned by others, but is now driven by their own insatiable demand for ever more terabytes of bandwidth, says Timothy Stronge, vice president of research at TeleGeography. . This has dented the profits of traditional players in the cable-laying industry, such as NEC, ASN and SubCom, he adds. (It did the same for the profits of capacity wholesalers on submarine cables, such as Tata and Lumen.)

By building their own cables, the tech giants save money over time that they would have to pay other cable companies. This means that tech companies don’t need to mine their cables for profit for the investment to make financial sense.

A worker carries a buoy along a fiber optic cable from a ship laying the Marea cable on Arrietara beach near Bilbao, Spain, in 2017.


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Indeed, most of these cables funded by Big Tech are collaborations between rivals. The Marea cable, for example, which runs about 4,100 miles between Virginia Beach in the United States and Bilbao, Spain, was completed in 2017 and is partly owned by Microsoft, Meta and Telxius, a subsidiary of Telefónica.,

Spanish telecoms. In 2019, Telxius announced that Amazon had signed an agreement with the company to use one of eight pairs of fiber optic strands in this cable. In theory, that’s one-eighth of its 200 terabits per second capacity, enough to stream millions of HD movies simultaneously.

Meta works with global and local partners on all of its undersea cables, as well as other major technology companies such as Microsoft, says Kevin Salvadori, the company’s vice president of network infrastructure.

Sharing bandwidth between competitors helps ensure that each company has capacity across more cables, redundancy that is essential to keep the Internet buzzing around the world when a cable is cut or damaged. This happens about 200 times a year, according to the International Cable Protection Committee, a nonprofit group. (Repairing damaged cables can be a huge effort requiring the same ships that laid the cable and can take weeks.)

Sharing cables with apparent competitors, as Microsoft does with its Marea cable, is key to ensuring its cloud services are available nearly all the time, which Microsoft and other cloud providers explicitly promise in their agreements with customers, says Frank Rey, senior director of Azure network infrastructure at Microsoft.

Works on the Marea Cable at Arrietara Beach in 2017.


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But the structure of these transactions also serves another purpose. Reserving some capacity for telecoms like Telxius is also a way to prevent regulators from getting the idea that these U.S. tech companies are themselves telecoms, Stronge says. Tech companies have spent decades arguing in the press and in court that they’re not ‘common carriers’ like telecoms – if they were, it would expose them to thousands of pages of regulations specific to this status.

“We’re not an operator, we don’t sell any of our bandwidth to make money,” says Salvadori. “We are and continue to be a major buyer of subsea capacity where it is available, but in some places it is not available and we need it, we are quite pragmatic, and if we have to invest to get there, we’ll go do it,” he adds.

There is an exception for large tech companies collaborating with rivals on the internet’s underwater infrastructure. Google, alone among the big tech companies, is already the sole owner of three different undersea cables, and that total is expected to grow to six according to TeleGeography by 2023.

Google declined to disclose whether or not it shares the capacity of any of these cables with another company.

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Google built and built these exclusively owned-and-operated cables for two reasons, says Vijay Vusirikala, Google’s senior director responsible for all of the company’s undersea and terrestrial fiber infrastructure. The first is that the company needs it to make its own services, such as Google Search and YouTube streaming, fast and responsive. The second is to gain an advantage in the battle for customers for its cloud services.

All of these changes in ownership of the internet’s infrastructure reflect what we already know about big tech’s dominance of internet platforms, says Joshua Meltzer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who specializes in digital commerce and flows. of data.

The ability of these companies to vertically integrate down to the level of the physical infrastructure of the Internet itself reduces their delivery costs, from Google search and Facebook’s social networking services to Amazon’s cloud services and from Microsoft. It also widens the gap between them and any potential competitors.

“You have to imagine that this investment will ultimately make them more dominant in their industries because they can provide services at ever lower costs,” Meltzer says.

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Possible ISP merger could be a North Carolina broadband boon – Carolina Journal https://reservocation.com/possible-isp-merger-could-be-a-north-carolina-broadband-boon-carolina-journal/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 09:02:49 +0000 https://reservocation.com/possible-isp-merger-could-be-a-north-carolina-broadband-boon-carolina-journal/ [ad_1] As the federal government – and North Carolina rulers – seek to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on broadband growth, a possible merger between two strong-state ISPs could facilitate the development of broadband infrastructure. Zayou Group LLC of Boulder, Colorado is looking to buy the Little Rock, Arkansas companies of Windstream Holdings and Uniti […]]]>


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As the federal government – and North Carolina rulers – seek to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on broadband growth, a possible merger between two strong-state ISPs could facilitate the development of broadband infrastructure.

Zayou Group LLC of Boulder, Colorado is looking to buy the Little Rock, Arkansas companies of Windstream Holdings and Uniti Group, Inc., according to The Wall Street Journal. Talks began in June, the newspaper said, but little progress has been made recently on the possible $ 3.5 billion acquisition.

Arkansas Online Noted that Uniti was once part of Windstream, turning into a separate company in 2015. Uniti primarily engages in the purchase and construction of infrastructure for the communications industry, and Windstream paid Uniti to access a part of this infrastructure, depending on the point of sale.

WSJ reported that Zayo owners believe the Windstream and Uniti merger could speed up construction of broadband infrastructure for one million more homes by redirecting the $ 700 million Windstream spends on rents each year.

The two companies were not without quarrels. Arkansas Online reported that Windstream sued Uniti in 2020, a year after breaking out of a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, alleging that the lease it had with Uniti was too expensive and financially burdensome. The companies settled in and agreed to a new long-term rental agreement.

Uniti has been quiet about the possible acquisition, but Windstream has commented on the possible benefits of such a deal.

“Without commenting on any specific potential transactions, any plan that will allow us to accelerate and deepen our fiber construction will be positive for Windstream and its customers,” said Tony Thomas, President and CEO of Windstream. Arkansas Online.

Windstream spokesperson Scott Morris said Caroline’s Diary Kinect by Windstream, the business arm of Windstream Holdings that serves residents and businesses in 43 predominantly rural communities across the state, deploy fiber to an additional 39,000 sites in North Carolina by the end of 2022 with a investment of $ 15 million. Additional fiber is expected from 2023 to 2025, but plans have not been finalized, Morris said.

Windstream will also use money from the Federal Communication Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to serve another 2,000 sites in the years to come. It will cost around $ 8 million, with half the funding coming from taxpayers and the other half from Windstream. Similar steps are being taken across the country, as the FCC works with private providers to help bridge the digital divide.

“We collectively have a unique opportunity to build fiber optic broadband networks in the most expensive areas that are not or underserved, and it is important that we move forward quickly,” Morris said.

“Without public-private partnerships in which governments and private companies share the costs of deployment, broadband networks simply will not be built in rural areas where there is no economically viable business case to support the ‘private capital investment,’ he added.

This potential unification of Windstream and Uniti comes as the state budget allocates more than $ 700 million in federal and state taxpayer money to facilitate broadband expansion.

Jordan Roberts, government affairs associate for the John Locke Foundation, told CJ that finding innovative methods to increase access to broadband internet is essential for the future growth of the state.

“We have seen a lot of investment and action from public sources, but the case of Uniti and Windstream proves that there is a strong private market for broadband expansion,” he said. he declares. “Governments need to ensure that their investments or policies in favor of broadband do not hamper the progress of companies like these that operate in our backyard. ”

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County reminds people of federal internet discount program https://reservocation.com/county-reminds-people-of-federal-internet-discount-program/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 17:28:08 +0000 https://reservocation.com/county-reminds-people-of-federal-internet-discount-program/ [ad_1] Conaughton Concert San Diego County Communications Office The county is reminding the public of the Dec. 31 deadline for low-income residents and families to apply for discounted high-speed internet service through the Federal Communications Commission. Eligible residents and families who apply by December 31 can receive Federal Communications Commission broadband internet discounts through March […]]]>


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The county is reminding the public of the Dec. 31 deadline for low-income residents and families to apply for discounted high-speed internet service through the Federal Communications Commission.

Eligible residents and families who apply by December 31 can receive Federal Communications Commission broadband internet discounts through March 2022 through local providers – up to $ 50 per month for households and $ 75 per month on eligible tribal lands.

The FCC created its Emergency Broadband Service Rebate Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic to help eligible residents and families connect or stay connected to high-speed internet service. The program is replaced in March 2022 by a new FAC rebate program.

For general program information and links to relevant websites, be sure to go to the FCC Broadband Emergency Benefits website, https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit. FCC officials have warned the public that a fraudulent website is falsely offering to enroll in the program to collect information about people.

How to register

Registration is a two-step process.

1. First, go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to print an application by mail or submit an application online.

2. Contact your preferred participating provider to select an eligible plan and apply the discount to your bill.

Note: Eligible households must apply for the program and contact a participating provider to select a high speed Internet program.

Who is eligible?

A household is eligible if a household member meets one of the following criteria:

● Has an income equal to or less than 135% of federal poverty guidelines, or who participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP (Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program), Medicaid or Lifeline, the Lifeline Support for Affordable program FCC Communications

● Is approved to receive benefits under the Free and Discounted School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision during the year school 2019-2020, 2020-2021 or 2021-2022

● Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year

● Has experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or leave since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 equal to or less than $ 99,000 for single filers and 198,000 $ for joint filers; Where

● Meets the eligibility criteria of a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

It is important for the County to ensure that all residents of San Diegan have access to high speed internet. The county is a member of the San Diego Government Association’s Regional Digital Divide Task Force and is working on a plan to develop broader high-speed internet infrastructure in unincorporated areas. County supervisors also voted unanimously in May to commit up to $ 1.4 million to a SANDAG / Caltrans project to extend fiber-optic cable along National Highway 67.

For more information on the program, visit https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

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The Swiss propose to increase the minimum internet speed https://reservocation.com/the-swiss-propose-to-increase-the-minimum-internet-speed/ Fri, 10 Dec 2021 13:03:00 +0000 https://reservocation.com/the-swiss-propose-to-increase-the-minimum-internet-speed/ [ad_1] The logo of the Swiss telecommunications group Swisscom can be seen in an office building in Zurich, Switzerland on May 26, 2020. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann / File Photo ZURICH, Dec. 10 (Reuters) – The Swiss government on Friday proposed to increase the minimum internet speeds that basic service providers must guarantee by eightfold. […]]]>


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The logo of the Swiss telecommunications group Swisscom can be seen in an office building in Zurich, Switzerland on May 26, 2020. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann / File Photo

ZURICH, Dec. 10 (Reuters) – The Swiss government on Friday proposed to increase the minimum internet speeds that basic service providers must guarantee by eightfold.

Currently, Swisscom (SCMN.S) holds the license for the basic service, which runs until the end of next year.

The government noted that the increase in home work and home schooling during the coronavirus pandemic has shown how important reliable and powerful broadband services are to all sections of the population in all regions. .

From 2024, an internet connection with a download speed of 80 Mbit / s and a download speed of 8 Mbit / s will replace the current standard of 10 and 1 Mbit / s, he suggested during the publication. of the proposal for public comment which runs until March. .

Swisscom has fought with regulators in court over which standards it should use to roll out fiber-optic broadband service. Read more

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Reporting by Michael Shields; edited by Jason Neely

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West Side Rag ”Internet Outage Causes Frustration in Much of UWS; Fixed service before 2 https://reservocation.com/west-side-rag-internet-outage-causes-frustration-in-much-of-uws-fixed-service-before-2/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 19:02:21 +0000 https://reservocation.com/west-side-rag-internet-outage-causes-frustration-in-much-of-uws-fixed-service-before-2/ [ad_1] Posted on November 30, 2021 1:55 PM by Carol Tannenhauser Spectrum file photo by Will Buckner via wikimedia. By Carol Tannenhauser A prolonged Spectrum cable outage, cutting off internet, phone and TV services for about 20 blocks of the southern Upper West Side, caused frustration among residents on Tuesday morning. Some have taken to […]]]>


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Posted on November 30, 2021 1:55 PM by Carol Tannenhauser

Spectrum file photo by Will Buckner via wikimedia.

By Carol Tannenhauser

A prolonged Spectrum cable outage, cutting off internet, phone and TV services for about 20 blocks of the southern Upper West Side, caused frustration among residents on Tuesday morning. Some have taken to social media to tell the company.

“Ridiculous as hell brother,” Arman tweeted. “I’m hard at work and it’s crashing. Ride for 2 minutes, crash again and again. I’m sick of this business.

Wait a second! said a spokesperson for Spectrum.

“Our technicians located a fiber optic cable cut overnight that initially appeared to have been damaged by an outside company or contractor,” said John Bonomo, senior communications manager for Spectrum, New York. “[We can’t give] specific or exact streets, but it can be said that the affected area (s) are 50s to 70s, both east and west side. We usually don’t give the number of affected customers because it is always on the move i.e. decreasing as we splice the fiber cables, which we are doing now. Our teams are on site when the fiber is cut and are working to restore services by noon.

Just before 2 p.m., Bonomo wrote to say the issue had been resolved.

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Residents without a telephone, Internet service ask the commissioners for answers https://reservocation.com/residents-without-a-telephone-internet-service-ask-the-commissioners-for-answers/ https://reservocation.com/residents-without-a-telephone-internet-service-ask-the-commissioners-for-answers/#respond Fri, 29 Oct 2021 21:24:56 +0000 https://reservocation.com/residents-without-a-telephone-internet-service-ask-the-commissioners-for-answers/ [ad_1] While a lack of high-speed internet access is not unusual for Cowetans who live in the more rural areas of the county, some Cowetans cannot even get reliable phone service. Two Cowetans recently spoke to the Coweta County Council of Commissioners about their problems with not being able to get not only internet service […]]]>


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While a lack of high-speed internet access is not unusual for Cowetans who live in the more rural areas of the county, some Cowetans cannot even get reliable phone service.

Two Cowetans recently spoke to the Coweta County Council of Commissioners about their problems with not being able to get not only internet service but also landline service. Residents of Martin Girls Road and Hewlett South Road said they couldn’t even call 911 in an emergency.

Coweta County has been urged to use part of its American Rescue Plan Act funds for “last mile” broadband service, which would help customers in rural areas or those with long driveways who otherwise would have to. pay several thousand dollars to get the service. .

The county also has an agreement in principle with an Internet service provider that will solicit ARPA funds through the state for “last mile and long driveway connections” for a specific number of customers.

The lack of broadband in rural areas is a big problem. Hall County recently announced that it will partner with AT&T to apply for a $ 21.3 million grant to provide high-speed fiber-optic service to 13,000 people in the county, according to the Gainesville Times.

The proposed Hall County project would include a contribution of $ 12.76 million from AT&T and $ 6.62 million from the county.

As for Coweta’s proposal, Coweta County Administrator Michael Fouts said he received a draft deal with an ISP this week.

“This is a priority for the board and the staff,” he said. “We will work to have the deal finalized for review by the board in the coming weeks.”

No phone or way to call for help

D’Antoinette Atkinson lives in a new house on Martin Girl Road. She said she spoke to Charter who told her she could get service for $ 8,000.

She said her cell phone service was spotty and she wanted to get a landline. There is an AT&T box nearby, but all ports are in use and the company doesn’t want to upgrade.

“It leaves me without access to the public service. It’s a matter of security,” she said. A few weeks ago, she said her father tried to call her several times to let her know there was a manhunt in the area, but he couldn’t get through. “It’s dangerous,” she said.

Atkinson said she is an essential worker and works from home, but her job does not allow her to use satellite internet for security reasons.

“I am basically asking the county to help me do this because it hinders my right to work,” she said.

ARPA funds can be used for several different purposes, including expanding infrastructure and for essential workers, and Atkinson said she was an essential worker.

She said she had been trying to get service since before moving in.

“I’m here tonight to ask you to help us. I don’t want to wait until my daughter, myself or any of my elderly neighbors are found dead because we can’t get the help we need. because we can’t call anyone. ”

A great need in the community

Commissioner Al Smith asked at the meeting if the county has funds to help residents resolve this issue.

Fouts said the county has no program in place to help individual homeowners, but said the county receives similar requests once or twice a month. “We are trying to help,” he said.

“There is a much larger need in the community,” Fouts said. He said he spoke with Atkinson.

“We spend a tremendous amount of time on land and property, but our ultimate goal here is to help people, not necessarily things,” Smith said. “We have to make ways, we’re supposed to find a way to help someone.”

Commissioner Tim Lassetter said Fouts had been diligent in contacting Charter. He had a constituent who was told it would cost $ 20,000.

“Unfortunately, the number of suppliers is limited,” Lassetter said. And after a law change a few years ago, “we have less leverage, I guess you could say, with these providers.”

A Cowetan reported that Charter told them they would not be able to provide the service even if they paid thousands of dollars to have the lines run to their homes.

Lassetter said there are so many areas with the same problem in the county, and it’s frustrating not being able to help. With the request from ARPA, “maybe then we can have the flexibility to help individuals,” Lassetter said.

Smith said the staff have the ability to put a plan in place. “If there is a way… then that’s what the taxpayers put us in power for.”

“I want us to use all the power at our discretion to try to talk to Charter, find a way,” Smith said. “It is something that is necessary, and I dare say that it is deserved.

“If we can’t do it, we can’t. But we have to do our best.”

Commissioner Paul Poole said he was surprised Atkinson couldn’t even get a landline.

What can be done?

Jeaneane Camp, who lives on Hewlett South Road, also spoke up and said this is a much bigger problem than single-family homes. She and her husband renovated an old house that had a landline, but when they tried to turn on phone service, they were told no.

“We had a line, we had a connection and AT&T said, ‘We won’t be working on this, but we’re happy to provide you with the internet,’ Camp said. ‘I said,’ Fine, we’ll take the internet. . ”

But then the agent realized that they couldn’t provide the internet either, and said she could refer her to a satellite company.

Camp said she knew AT&T operated a fiber optic line that ran through their property several years ago. “They said, ‘No, I’m sorry we can’t do this,” she said.

“We are not looking for any phone service,” Camp said.

The AT&T box is at a nearby intersection and there appears to be a technician on duty several hours a week, she said.

“I believe it is a bigger problem,” she said. “I think what we are asking today is to commission a study” to see who has and does not have service and what it might look like to get service for everyone.

“We think there is room in some COVID relief fund for this type of issue – connectivity. COVID has proven to us that connectivity is no longer a necessity that we love for the city dwellers or the wealthy. C t is a question of safety, it is a question of people able to work, it is a question of children being able to go to school when we have to stay at home.

“I don’t think it’s more of a ‘nice to have’. I think it’s become a requirement,” she said. “We have internet connectivity in this county; it’s about s ‘ensure that everyone has internet connectivity in this county, not just in some areas, ”she said.

She would like to see a study to “really get to the bottom of what can be done here”.

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