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DHagar
DHagar
9/2/2016 1:28:42 PM
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Re: Satellite connectivity is hard (but not impossible) work
@btye, well there you go!  Interesting!  Who knows, maybe they will start using remote umanned vehicles as well - a stationary drone!

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vnewman
vnewman
9/2/2016 11:59:41 AM
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Re: Satellite connectivity is hard (but not impossible) work
True, until Elon Musk's rocket blows them out of the sky.  Oops.

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batye
batye
9/2/2016 9:14:09 AM
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Re: Satellite connectivity is hard (but not impossible) work
@DHagar  interesting to know as technology changing - ideas follow  - now it - internet via blimp balloon :) 

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faryl
faryl
9/2/2016 1:08:47 AM
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Re: Satellite connectivity is hard (but not impossible) work
The Ground Round! I haven't thought of that place in ages! I loved getting popcorn while waiting for our food :)

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DHagar
DHagar
9/1/2016 1:50:42 PM
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Re: Satellite connectivity is hard (but not impossible) work
@JohnBarnes, interesting solutions, as always!  I had a colleague several years ago that believed satellites were the answer to the future and connectivity.

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DHagar
DHagar
9/1/2016 1:47:46 PM
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Re: AT&T's Investments
@faryl, I believe you are right - I see an increasing awareness of the equity issues and their impact on communities.  This should advance both the public and private efforts to have universal access capabilities.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/1/2016 9:07:59 AM
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Re: Satellite connectivity is hard (but not impossible) work
@John: The mention of Heckle and Jeckle brought me back to being a kid and eating at the Ground Round watching cartoons on their projector screen.  Thanks for putting a smile on my face this morning.

As for relay microsatellites, it looks like companies are looking to solve those issues a variety of innovative ways.  Stay tuned...

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/1/2016 7:27:17 AM
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Satellite connectivity is hard (but not impossible) work
Good on ATT for being forthright about the relay problem: to work well, satellite connectivity is going to need swarms of low altitude microsatellites with service being distributed across a network in which every station is literally circling the earth every couple of hours. (Low altitude=short orbital periods, Isaac Newton said so and we believe it and that settles it! Furthermore, thanks to Mr. Maxwell and his equations, high altitude would demand impossible signal strengths. One of those situations where Mother Nature just isn't being cooperative).

I find myself wondering how much of current reconfigure-on-the-fly NFV might be adapted to networked satellites; in effect, a virtual device could jump from satellite to satellite like a lumberjack leaping from log to log to stay in about the same place in a river.  (Or like Hekyll and Jekyll jumping from crocodile to crocodile while continuing a conversation all the time!)

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faryl
faryl
8/31/2016 10:51:15 PM
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Re: AT&T's Investments
Laws in the US seem to be leaning towards treating Internet access as a "right"/necessity - AT&T offering the low cost/subsidized coverage for lower income consumers is also indicative of that. Hopefully that will help address some of that gap. It also prevents people living in those areas from being able to have a business presence online - almost inconceivable in today's market.

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DHagar
DHagar
8/31/2016 10:23:32 PM
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Re: AT&T's Investments
@faryl, exactly.  Kids especially are at a tremendous disadvantage without the ability to be "connected".

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