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SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk is providing free satellite internet service in Ukraine through his company Starlink, as Russia invades the country and causes blackouts.

Starlink is a growing network of small satellites that SpaceX has been built since 2018 to provide high-speed Internet access worldwide. On Monday, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov, tweeted that a truck full of Starlink terminals had arrived on Ukrainian soil, after he had requested them.

Fedorov had appealed to Musk in a Tweeter On Saturday, asking him to extend Starlink’s high-speed broadband internet services to the beleaguered country, noting rhetorically that “while you’re trying to colonize Mars – Russia is trying to occupy Ukraine! As your rockets land successfully from space – Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civilians!”

Musk apparently agreed, tweeting on Saturday that Starlink service was active in Ukraine and also agreeing to send more Starlink terminals to expand the country’s bandwidth.

“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals on the way,” Musk said. tweeted.

Invading Russian troops disrupted Ukraine’s internet infrastructure, rendering service unreliable and spotty in some parts of the country.

Starlink service, which its website describes as “ideal for rural and remote communities” and other places where internet connections have historically been unavailable, is expected to be more reliable than terrestrial systems that are currently down.

A Starlink terminal costs $499. The system was recently used to restore communications to remote villages in Tonga after a volcanic eruption triggered a tsunamicutting off internet service.

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Live Updates: Musk’s Starlink Internet ‘Active’ in Ukraine https://reservocation.com/live-updates-musks-starlink-internet-active-in-ukraine/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 05:41:42 +0000 https://reservocation.com/live-updates-musks-starlink-internet-active-in-ukraine/ The latest on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: LOS ANGELES — Elon Musk says his company SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service is now “active” in Ukraine. The tech billionaire made the announcement on Twitter in response to a tweet from Ukraine’s digital transformation minister saying that while Musk is trying to “colonize Mars”, Russia is trying […]]]>

The latest on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

LOS ANGELES — Elon Musk says his company SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service is now “active” in Ukraine.

The tech billionaire made the announcement on Twitter in response to a tweet from Ukraine’s digital transformation minister saying that while Musk is trying to “colonize Mars”, Russia is trying to occupy Ukraine. The minister called on Musk to equip his country with Starlink stations.

In his response on Saturday, Musk said, “Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals on the way.”

Starlink is a satellite internet system that SpaceX has been building for years to bring internet access to underserved areas of the world. It bills itself as “ideally suited” for areas where internet service is unreliable or unavailable.

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UNITED NATIONS – The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is aware of requests by Ukraine’s UN ambassador and others to repatriate the bodies of Russian soldiers killed in action in Ukraine, but no there are no numbers.

Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya tweeted on Saturday that Ukraine had called on the ICRC “to facilitate the repatriation of the thousands of bodies of Russian soldiers” killed during its invasion of Ukraine. An accompanying chart indicated that 3,500 Russian soldiers had been killed.

Kyslytsya tweeted that relatives in Russia should be given a chance “to bury them with dignity”. “Don’t let (Russian President Vladimir) Putin hide the scale of the tragedy,” he urged.

Laetitia Courtois, the ICRC’s permanent observer to the United Nations, told The Associated Press on Saturday evening that the current security situation “is a major concern and a limitation for our teams on the ground” and “we therefore cannot confirm the figures or other details”.

She said “the ICRC can act as a neutral intermediary” on the restitution of bodies and other humanitarian issues in times of conflict, including clarifying the fate of missing persons, reuniting families and advocating for the protection of detainees “as far as possible”.

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KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian president’s office said Russian forces blew up a gas pipeline in Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city.

The state Communications and Information Special Protection Service warned that the blast, which it said resembled a mushroom cloud, could cause an “environmental disaster” and advised residents to cover their windows with a damp cloth or gauze and drink plenty of fluids.

Ukraine’s chief prosecutor Iryna Venediktova said Russian forces were unable to take Kharkiv, where a fierce battle was underway.

The city of 1.5 million people is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border.

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GENEVA – The United Nations says it has confirmed at least 240 civilian casualties, including at least 64 people killed, in fighting in Ukraine that has erupted since Russia invaded on Thursday – although it believes the “actual numbers are considerably higher. high” because many reports of the casualties remain to be confirmed.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations relayed on Saturday evening the count of the office of human rights of the United Nations, which has strict methodologies and procedures for verifying the toll of conflicts.

OCHA also said damage to civilian infrastructure had deprived hundreds of thousands of people of access to electricity or water, and produced a map of “humanitarian situations” in Ukraine – mainly in the north, l eastern and southern Ukraine.

The human rights office had reported on Friday morning a first count by its staff of at least 127 civilian victims – 25 people killed and 102 injured – mainly as a result of bombardments and air strikes.

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PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron has asked his Belarusian counterpart to demand that the country, a neighbor of Ukraine, quickly order the departure of Russian troops.

In a phone conversation on Saturday, Macron denounced “the seriousness of a decision that would allow Russia to deploy nuclear weapons on Belarusian soil,” a statement from the presidential palace said.

Macron told Alexander Lukashenko that the brotherhood between the Belarusian and Ukrainian peoples should lead Belarus to “refuse to be a vassal and an accomplice of Russia in the war against Ukraine,” the statement said.

Belarus was one of several axes used by Russia to launch attacks on Ukraine, with Belarus poised to move to the capital Kiev, a senior US defense official said.

Macron has been persistent in trying to broker a ceasefire amid the war, using the phone to talk to all sides, diplomacy and European Union sanctions.

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MOSCOW — Russia is closing its airspace to planes from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Slovenia, a move that comes as Moscow’s ties with the West plunge to new lows following its invasion of Ukraine .

Russia’s state aviation agency, Rosaviatsia, announced early Sunday that the action was taken in retaliation for the four nations closing their airspace to Russian planes.

On Saturday, the agency also reported the closure of Russian airspace to planes from Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and the Czech Republic in response to their action.

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WASHINGTON — The United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom agreed on Saturday to block “selected” Russian banks from the global financial messaging system SWIFT and to impose “restrictive measures” on its central bank in retaliation for his invasion of Ukraine.

The measures were jointly announced as part of a new round of financial sanctions intended to exact a heavy toll on Russia for the invasion.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she would also push the bloc to “cripple the assets of the Central Bank of Russia” so that its transactions are frozen.

Cutting several commercial banks from SWIFT “will ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and will harm their ability to operate globally”, she said.

As a third measure, she said the EU would “commit to taking action to limit the sale of citizenship – the so-called golden passports – which allow wealthy Russians linked to the Russian government to become citizens of our countries and ‘access our financial systems’.

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COPENHAGEN – Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet says two freelancers working for the paper were injured when the car they were traveling in was hit by gunfire near the village of Ohtyrka in eastern Ukraine.

The journalist and photographer were taken to a local hospital, Ekstra Bladet said, adding that their injuries were not life-threatening. The newspaper was working with a security company to evacuate the two journalists.

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Lumbee Tribal Council Allows Internet Service Providers on Tribal Lands https://reservocation.com/lumbee-tribal-council-allows-internet-service-providers-on-tribal-lands/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 01:35:30 +0000 https://reservocation.com/lumbee-tribal-council-allows-internet-service-providers-on-tribal-lands/ PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday gave the green light to two internet service providers to provide high-speed service along tribal lands. Council unanimously approved a resolution of consent and support for the Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation (Focus Broadband) and Charter Communications (Spectrum) to build and provide high-speed Internet access in areas designated […]]]>

PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday gave the green light to two internet service providers to provide high-speed service along tribal lands.

Council unanimously approved a resolution of consent and support for the Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation (Focus Broadband) and Charter Communications (Spectrum) to build and provide high-speed Internet access in areas designated as Tribal Territory Lands Lumbee through Robeson, Hoke, Scotland and Cumberland. counties.

The council also approved the construction of a network for the proliferation of high-speed internet service in the public right-of-way of Lumbee lands and offered support to the two providers to obtain subsidies to achieve the goal.

“A significant number of homes and businesses currently do not have access to fast and reliable high-speed internet…this lack of high-speed internet access has placed our tribe at a significant disadvantage, and in particular our students and children. “, read Gerald. Goolsby, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, orders.

Councilor Richard Jones told council members that this is good news for the Lumbee Tribe.

“It should set a precedent for any company that wants to do business with the Lumbee Tribe, with the Lumbee Tribe, which would create land recognition. I think it’s really a happy day for the tribe,” Jones said.

In financial matters, the board approved the first amendment to the current year’s budget to include more than $5 million in funds remaining from the prior year’s budget. The funds will be used to augment the Housing Replacement, Property Maintenance, Dreamcatcher Communities and Vehicle Maintenance line items of the current fiscal year 2021-22 budget, said Pam Hunt, Chair of the Lumbee Finance Committee. TribalCouncil.

The biggest increase will be the Dream Catcher item. An additional $3,693,452.83 will be budgeted, bringing the new total to $4,866,298.83.

An additional $180,000 was added to the house replacement element, bringing the new total to $680,000; $600,000 was added to homeownership maintenance, bringing the new total to $1,125,000; and the vehicle maintenance budget has been doubled and now totals $100,000.

Report and ethical decisions

No sanctions will be imposed on three complaints filed with the ethics committee, Dewey McNeill, chair of the committee, said in a report.

A lawsuit was filed against Joshua Malcolm, who was a Lumbee Tribe Supreme Court Justice, by Ron Oxendine. McNeill said the case was thrown out because the council lacked the power to go to the tribe’s supreme court.

Two complaints about a conflict of interest involving council members Marshirl Lockler and Wendy Moore were also dismissed. Locklear’s dismal complaint came after a review determined there was no conflict. Moore’s case was dismissed because she requested the recusal on the case via email before the case was discussed.

Community Feedback

During the community feedback portion of the meeting, former Lumbee Tribal Council Chair Anita Blanks called on council members to create an order requiring answers from the Lumbee Tribe Supreme Court.

“I’d like to know when you’re all going to set parameters for our Supreme Court in terms of hearing cases,” Blanks said. “If they don’t respond to the complainant, let them (those filing the complaint) know that they won’t hear it and why they won’t. This kind of things.

Blanks said she personally submitted several cases to the Supreme Court that received no response.

“No we’re not gonna hear it, we’re not gonna hear it, kiss my foot, nothing and I’ve acquired multiple times,” Blanks said. “Currently they just don’t hear, don’t respond to cases.”

Blanks said when she was on the board, an ordinance was proposed to address the issue.

“It unfortunately didn’t come out of the committee, but I hope you all do better than us.”

Tomeka Sinclair can be reached at [email protected] or 910-416-5865.

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Verizon’s Wireless Internet Service Now Covers More Than 30 Million Homes and More Than 2 Million Businesses https://reservocation.com/verizons-wireless-internet-service-now-covers-more-than-30-million-homes-and-more-than-2-million-businesses/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 17:02:12 +0000 https://reservocation.com/verizons-wireless-internet-service-now-covers-more-than-30-million-homes-and-more-than-2-million-businesses/ NEW YORK – Yesterday Jim Carrey reprized his role as ‘The Cable Guy’ at The Big Game where he showed America the benefits of switching to Verizon’s 5G home internet1 and 5G business internet1. Today, Verizon continues its Internet expansion, just weeks after its 5G Ultra Wideband1 launched to 100 million customers across the country. […]]]>

NEW YORK – Yesterday Jim Carrey reprized his role as ‘The Cable Guy’ at The Big Game where he showed America the benefits of switching to Verizon’s 5G home internet1 and 5G business internet1. Today, Verizon continues its Internet expansion, just weeks after its 5G Ultra Wideband1 launched to 100 million customers across the country. Verizon now provides more than 30 million homes and more than 2 million businesses with access to fast, reliable plug and play wireless Internet services nationwide. This represents 10 million additional households covered since the launch last month.

“We can’t wait for customers to experience our fast, reliable and secure internet options, like our super-fast, ultra-simple home internet, and we’ll continue to bring them to more and more places across the country, leading the way to become America’s leading home Internet service provider,” said Manon Brouillette, CEO of Verizon’s Consumer Group.

Verizon’s wireless internet solutions will soon be expanded to give more homes and businesses fast, reliable and secure access to 5G home internet and 5G business internet in other cities, including parts of Boise, ID; El Paso, Texas; Grand Rapids, MI and Panama City, FL, this week. 5G home internet will be available in parts of Baltimore, MD next month. Businesses in parts of Omaha, NE will now also be able to sign up for 5G Business Internet.

Ultra-fast, ultra-simple internet for your home

5G home internet is reliable and fast enough to power all connected devices in the house2: smart TVs, tablets, phones, game consoles and more. Setup is as simple as plug and play. Customers can be up and running in minutes and also have options: 5G Home or 5G Home Plus. And, it’s 50% off for customers on any of Verizon’s new 5G Ultra Wideband Unlimited plans.3 There are no annual contracts, additional fees, data overages or equipment charges. The price is the price, guaranteed. Customers can even get the first month on us.

Reliable internet to power your business

With 5G Business Internet, available in select regions, customers can also experience exceptional performance, reliability and convenience for their business. This wireless alternative to wired Internet is for businesses of all sizes and includes self-installation or professional installation options, multiple pricing and service options, unlimited data and a 10% price guarantee. year4.

Find Verizon Wireless Internet Services in Your Neighborhood

To learn more about Verizon’s 5G internet services, visit verizon.com/5g/home/ and verizon.com/5gbusinessinternet and plug in an address to see what service is available there. Make sure you’re getting the most out of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network by following this checklist.


1 5G Ultra Wideband, 5G Home Internet and 5G Business Internet available in select regions.

2 May require purchase of additional Wi-Fi extenders.

3 50% off 5G Home Internet: Save 50% on 5G Home Internet when you combine your plan with the 5G Do More, 5G Play More or 5G Get More plan. With automatic payment and paperless billing required. 1-month promotional credit applied via invoice credit over 1-2 billing cycles. Subject to VZW agreements and credit approval.

4 The price guarantee only applies to monthly access charges. Conditions and restrictions apply.

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Internet speed in Greece at a snail’s pace https://reservocation.com/internet-speed-in-greece-at-a-snails-pace/ Sun, 30 Jan 2022 19:46:56 +0000 https://reservocation.com/internet-speed-in-greece-at-a-snails-pace/ Credit: Nenad Stojkovic/ CC BY 2.0 Internet speeds in Greece – both at home and on mobile – are incredibly slow, as they lag behind the world average by six points. According to Speedtest Global Index, which compares international data speeds every month, Greece ranks 31st out of a total of 138 ranked countries in […]]]>
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Internet speeds in Greece – both at home and on mobile – are incredibly slow, as they lag behind the world average by six points.

According to Speedtest Global Index, which compares international data speeds every month, Greece ranks 31st out of a total of 138 ranked countries in terms of mobile data speed.

The United Arab Emirates, Norway, and South Korea take first, second, and third place respectively for mobile data speed. Venezuela, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan rank at the bottom of the list.

Grecian Delight supports Greece

Greece is even worse in terms of internet speed, as it ranks 91st out of a total of 178 countries listed.

The countries with the fastest internet speeds are Singapore, Chile and Thailand, with Singapore leading the way. Turkmenistan, Cuba, and Afghanistan rank lowest in terms of internet speed.

Greece promises to boost internet speeds to attract digital nomads

Greek internet users have long complained about slow internet speeds in the country. In November 2021, the country promised to boost internet speeds in a bid to attract digital nomads to Greece.

Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias announced that private companies will provide better internet connection packages.

The Ministry of Tourism will initially partner with Greek telecommunications company Wind to make this a reality. The cooperation will see the company offer attractive internet packages to digital nomads to facilitate their stay while working from Greece. The ministry intends to collaborate with other telecommunications companies in the future.

Greece is the perfect country for the post-pandemic, self-disciplined digital nomad. Blessed with a temperate climate, high standard of living, appetizing food, affordability, and laid-back attitude, Greece could become a top destination for digital nomads.

In March, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis presented a multibillion-euro plan dubbed “Greece 2.0”, including investments in 5G networks, which Greece began rolling out in December to boost its appeal to those who can work. from a distance.

Yet low internet speeds are one of the reasons Greece has yet to attract as many digital nomads as it had hoped. A recent study by the European Data Journalism Network ranked Greece last in Europe in terms of average internet speed.

With an average download speed of just 29 Mbps, Greece ranks last when it comes to digital access across the EU.

Elon Musk has also joined the effort to bring faster internet to Greece, as he plans to provide internet service to the country through his Starlink satellites.

SpaceX launched its extensive internet constellation in May to help provide internet coverage to the world, especially those living in remote and rural areas.

To this end, the company’s engineers have designed a fleet of flat-screen broadband satellites to fly over the Earth, providing Internet coverage to users who can access the service through a compact user terminal.

Building on its successful launch, SpaceX sent nearly 1,600 Starlink satellites into orbit, some of which are no longer operational.

Starlink’s entry into the local Internet market is expected to dramatically change the existing landscape. Outdated infrastructure and low internet speeds continue to plague large areas of Greece, even in the capital.

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As soldiers mutiny in Burkina Faso, government dismisses coup rumors https://reservocation.com/as-soldiers-mutiny-in-burkina-faso-government-dismisses-coup-rumors/ Sun, 23 Jan 2022 13:17:00 +0000 https://reservocation.com/as-soldiers-mutiny-in-burkina-faso-government-dismisses-coup-rumors/ The government denies reports that the army took power The camp houses the army headquarters and a prison Detainees include soldiers involved in the 2015 coup attempt Authorities ban planned protests in Ouagadougou OUAGADOUGOU, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Heavy gunfire rang out from several military camps in Burkina Faso on Sunday as mutinous soldiers demanded […]]]>
  • The government denies reports that the army took power
  • The camp houses the army headquarters and a prison
  • Detainees include soldiers involved in the 2015 coup attempt
  • Authorities ban planned protests in Ouagadougou

OUAGADOUGOU, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Heavy gunfire rang out from several military camps in Burkina Faso on Sunday as mutinous soldiers demanded more government support in their fight against Islamist militants and the resignation of army and military leaders. intelligence services.

The government has called for calm, denying speculation on social media that the army has seized power or detained President Roch Kaboré.

Heavy gunfire was first heard at Sangoule Lamizana camp in the capital Ouagadougou, which houses a prison whose inmates include soldiers involved in a failed coup attempt in 2015, as early as 0500 (0500 GMT ), said a Reuters reporter.

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The journalist then saw soldiers firing into the air in the camp and airbase near Ouagadougou International Airport. A witness also reported gunfire at a military camp in Kaya, about 100 km (62 miles) north of Ouagadougou.

Addressing reporters outside the camp as soldiers fired into the air behind him, one of the mutineers issued a series of demands, including the resignation of the army chief of staff and chief of the intelligence service.

He also called for proper resources and training for the army, which has suffered heavy casualties at the hands of militants linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State in recent months.

Burkina Faso’s government has confirmed gunshots at some military camps, but denied reports on social media that the military had taken over.

Speaking on national television, Defense Minister General Bathelemy Simpore said the reasons for the shots were still unclear.

“The head of state has not been arrested, no institution in the country has been threatened,” Simpore said. “At the moment we don’t know their motivations or what they are asking for. We are trying to get in touch with them,” he said.

Hundreds of people took to the streets to support the mutineers. Near Place de la Nation in downtown Ouagadougou, police fired tear gas to disperse around 300 protesters.

A hundred demonstrators also gathered near the Sangoule Lamizana camp, where they sang the national anthem.

NetBlocks, an observatory of internet blockages, said web access was cut around 10 a.m. An airport spokesperson said the flights have not been canceled.

COUP FEAR

Governments in West and Central Africa are on high alert for coups after successful putsches over the past 18 months in Mali and Guinea. The army also took over in Chad last year after President Idriss Deby was killed on the battlefield.

Burkinabe authorities arrested a dozen soldiers earlier this month on suspicion of plotting against the government.

The arrests followed a shake-up in the army leadership in December, which some analysts saw as an effort by President Roch Kaboré to build support within the army.

Rising violence in the West African country by Islamist militants killed more than 2,000 people last year, sparking violent street protests in November calling for Kabore to step down.

Additional protests were planned for Saturday, but the government banned them and police moved in to disperse hundreds of people trying to gather in Ouagadougou.

The government has suspended mobile internet service several times, and the tense situation in November led the UN’s special envoy to West Africa to warn against any military takeover.

Among the detainees at the Sangoule Lamizana camp prison is General Gilbert Diendere, who was a key ally of Burkina Faso’s former president, Blaise Compaore. Compaoré was overthrown in an uprising in 2014.

Diendere led a failed coup attempt the following year against the transitional government. He was sentenced in 2019 to 20 years in prison. He is also currently on trial for the murder of Compaoré’s predecessor, Thomas Sankara, during a 1987 coup.

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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.

Google’s Curie Undersea Cables land in Valparaíso, Chile.


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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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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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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 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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Future of American agriculture demands high-speed internet solutions https://reservocation.com/future-of-american-agriculture-demands-high-speed-internet-solutions/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:27:45 +0000 https://reservocation.com/future-of-american-agriculture-demands-high-speed-internet-solutions/ [ad_1] ST. LOUIS – A new report, funded by the United Soybean Board and produced by the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, has found that providing American farmers and ranchers with fast, affordable and reliable broadband access will increase sustainability. It will also enable more reliable and efficient food production for a growing population […]]]>


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ST. LOUIS – A new report, funded by the United Soybean Board and produced by the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, has found that providing American farmers and ranchers with fast, affordable and reliable broadband access will increase sustainability. It will also enable more reliable and efficient food production for a growing population and strengthen rural American communities.

“Data is the most valuable tool in our farm’s toolbox. Without a reliable connection to the Internet, data collection and further use is severely limited, ”said Meagan Kaiser, USB treasurer, soil scientist, and Missouri farmer. “The data gives us the ability to identify the nutrient needs of plants and target those nutrients only where they are needed, leading to increased yields without expanding the acreage. It all starts with connectivity.

Interviews with farmers, rural internet service providers, equipment manufacturers, and agricultural leaders and experts revealed consensus around several key outcomes for rural broadband, such as the need for robust download speeds, accurate network deployment data and scalable technologies.

The report, The Future of American Farming: Broadband Solutions for the Farm Office, Field and Community, presents 15 concrete recommendations for delivering the high-speed internet that farmers and rural communities need.

Categorized by farm center, wireless needs in the field, and the reliability of broadband that can support the interdependent relationship between farmers and their rural communities, some of the concrete recommendations include:

• Establish performance standards that stand the test of time: To meet the growing demand of farmers for upstream and downstream speeds, networks must be able to provide 100/100 Mbps service.

• Adopt high-performance standards: Performance standards for download speeds and latency are expected to reflect farmers’ changing needs for precision farming.

• Encourage deep fiber buildup: Fiber construction in rural America, even if not directly on the farm, will be required to support capable wireless connections for higher bandwidth applications in the field.

• Filling the gaps in the mapping of agricultural land: Broadband maps should include mobile coverage on farmland. The underlying data that informs these maps must be publicly available.

• Support digital equity programs at state and local levels: Digital equity programs can work with communities to help people make full use of broadband connections.

“For many farmers, sustainability integrates the economic, environmental and social impacts of agriculture – a triple bottom line,” said Jordan Arnold, associate researcher at the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society and author of the report. “Now is the time to deploy the broadband networks and the adoption strategies they need. “

The recommendations are a direct response to problems revealed in a 2019 rural broadband study from USB. This initial study showed that 60% of American farmers and ranchers do not believe they have adequate internet connectivity to run their businesses and that plans to integrate data into everyday decisions are often thwarted by internet speeds. slow, high costs and unreliable service. The study also noted that many farmers have no other viable option to switch Internet service providers.

Even embarrassed by these issues, farmers know that broadband is a necessary tool to implement innovative agricultural practices and allow a more targeted and more efficient use of resources. Broadband access allows farmers to measure their inputs and outputs more efficiently, which creates smarter and more sustainable resource management.

“The connectivity of land, equipment and infrastructure allows for the proactive management of digital data at the farm and ranch level. Digital data management drives precision farming, and precision farming drives many fundamental aspects of measurable sustainability, ”said Mace Thornton, vice president of communications and marketing strategy for USB. “This is why this issue is so vital for soybeans.”

To read the full report, visit tinyurl.com/2tzdm5ap.

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Complaints about Suddenlink’s service point to possible legislative action https://reservocation.com/complaints-about-suddenlinks-service-point-to-possible-legislative-action/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 18:37:19 +0000 https://reservocation.com/complaints-about-suddenlinks-service-point-to-possible-legislative-action/ [ad_1] Lawmakers could be asked to help communications provider Suddenlink re-establish a customer service center in West Virginia. Charlotte lane Charlotte Lane, the chair of the Civil Service Commission, described the possibility during a presentation to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. She said customers expressed greater satisfaction when Suddenlink had a call center in Parkersburg, but […]]]>


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Lawmakers could be asked to help communications provider Suddenlink re-establish a customer service center in West Virginia.

Charlotte lane

Charlotte Lane, the chair of the Civil Service Commission, described the possibility during a presentation to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. She said customers expressed greater satisfaction when Suddenlink had a call center in Parkersburg, but that center closed.

“Customer complaints are now outsourced outside the country. Customers find it difficult to understand what they are hearing, ”Lane said.

“I think we’ll probably ask that we have a call center in West Virginia through Suddenlink. I think this will solve a lot of problems.

Jim campbell

Jim Campbell, vice president of state and local government affairs at Suddenlink’s parent company, responded that the company is working to improve its service. But Campbell expressed doubts that the location of its customer service efforts was a major factor.

“Whatever the location, I think the training is more important than the location. If we have people who are properly trained, that takes care of a lot of the problem rather than the location, ”Campbell said.

Both were addressing two assembled legislative committees: the Joint Committee on Technology and the Special Committee on Infrastructure.

Lane’s presentation came as the Civil Service Commission nears the end of an investigation into Suddenlink’s service. The case is now closed in that case, and Lane has said she hopes an order setting out the findings, recommendations and actions will be issued by the end of this year.

Client after client, he complained about Suddenlink service in three public hearings this fall.

Meanwhile, the House of Delegates has created an online portal to address concerns and complaints about Suddenlink’s cable and internet service. Customers can send these concerns to cableconcerns@wvhouse.gov.

Lane said things got to this point because officials have received thousands of complaints related to Suddenlink, far more than about other cable companies.

Linda Bouvette, an attorney for the PSC, told lawmakers today that compared to the smaller Comcast, many more complaints are being made against Suddenlink. Most of the complaints are about meetings with call centers and long waits to speak to a real person, she said.

“Comcast had the same time and they also operated on covid, and they didn’t have the type of complaints Suddenlink did,” Bouvette said.

Campbell, speaking on behalf of Suddenlink, said the company recognizes the complaints and has strived to improve. “We see the frustrations. We recognize the frustrations, ”he said. “I’m here to tell you that we own it. And if we have it, we have to fix it.

He said a negotiated resolution, rather than an ordinance, would be better for residents and customers of the state. Meanwhile, he said, technical call rates have fallen by 30%, “a sign that we are moving in the right direction.”

But he said the large numbers of people who have logged in for work and school during the covid-19 pandemic have strained resources. Calls increased and some customer service agents took action before they had enough experience to handle some of the technical issues people were calling to resolve.

“We probably had client agents talking to clients before they should have. We have increased training, ”he said.

Suddenlink has increased client agents’ time with supervision, Campbell said. More investments were made in technical support. The company has stepped up automated fault notifications. There are plans to expand the retail stores with full time employees.

Daniel Linville

“Do you understand how important it is that the services you provide are for our economy and for the safety and security of the people of West Virginia? Delegate Daniel Linville, R-Cabell, asked Campbell.

Yes, Campbell admitted.

Linville, chairman of the technology and infrastructure committee, asked Lane what other support might be needed from the legislature. Lane said the PSC will need to assess its authority in conjunction with its order in the Suddenlink case.

“Then we will probably come up with legislation. I’m not really prepared at the moment to say what that might be, ”Lane said.

Linville polled more broadly, “Are you arguing for full Internet regulator or not?” “

“Yes: Lane replied, ‘I would like to have full regulatory authority over the Internet. But I have to talk to the legislative leaders to see if they fully agree with this. “

The PSC has regulatory power over cable television, an important component of Suddenlink’s business, she noted. But, “In the past, the legislature did not want to give us jurisdiction over Internet service. But I want to speak with the legislative leaders to see if they are prepared to allow us to continue down this path. “

Linville asked more questions about the circumstances under which the Civil Service Commission might regulate Internet service.

“Anyone who provides a service to the public should be accountable to the public. Right now, no one is holding the internet accountable to the public, ”Lane replied. “We would be the logical person to make sure Internet customers are responsible for service issues. “

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