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Communities & Municipalities, Education, Media & Communications
Dec 2018 BCoE Newsletter

The University of New Hampshire’s Broadband Center of Excellence (BCoE) wishes our readers and contributors a very merry Christmas and happy and prosperous New Year. We conclude the year on an encouraging high note for TV White Space (TVWS) which has gained some momentum since mid-year. We continue to believe this technology, with support from large corporations, could represent the best chance for deploying universally available broadband. But lots more work needs to be done on development, standardization and ultimately creation of affordable hardware.

Rouzbeh Yassini Dec 2018 Rouzbeh Yassini, BCoE, Microsoft
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Education, Media & Communications
BCoE Aug 2018 Newsletter

Hello,

Last month we saw the next shoe to drop in Microsoft’s TV White Space (TVWS) strategy. Recall that in July 2017 Microsoft said it could spend up to $10 billion to get broadband deployed using a broadband wireless network powered by TVWS. It caught my attention.

Now, here’s what came this July.  Read More...

Rouzbeh Yassini Aug 2018 Rouzbeh Yassini, Paul Nikolich, IEEE, BCoE
Economic Development, Media & Communications, Small & Medium Business
June BCoE Newsletter

Hello,

You may not realize this, but we recently passed the 45th anniversary for the first cell phone call and for the creation of ethernet. Both these developments have had incredible impacts on our civilization and have led to the creation of major industries. Telecom services have greatly advanced.

IEEE 802 LAN/WAN Standards Committee had a productive meeting in Pittsburgh recently and my colleague Paul Nikolich, its Chairman and an IEEE fellow, reports on recent forward-thinking activities of the committee regarding wired and wireless automotive networking.  Read More

Rouzbeh Yassini Jun 2018 Rouzbeh Yassini, IEEE, BCoE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Education, Legislative, Media & Communications
Apr 2018 BCoE Newsletter

"The IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee remains a vibrant community of globally based technologists who continue to standardize the best technologies for global commercialization of products and services benefiting humanity."

 

Hello,

Spring is upon us, but it was hard to tell at times in the recent weeks here in New England with three major Nor’easter storms battering us. I retain positive thoughts that nice weather is just around the corner.  My colleague Mr. Nikolich also remains positive about the work underway in his IEEE committee and offers us a take on some of the Committee’s major efforts. We also include a positive update from the FCC about broadband deployment in the US.

Rouzbeh Yassini Apr 2018 Rouzbeh Yassini, Paul Nikolich, BCoE, IEEE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Legislative, Media & Communications, Small & Medium Business
Feb 2018 BCoE Newsletter

Hello,

There have been some interesting developments of late, as well as discoveries on new networking ideas so I began to think, futuristically:  What If…

A new networking concept called Super-PON is a success?

What is the Super-PON proposal that was discussed at the recently completed IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Interim Session? For one it has the possibility to revolutionize our broadband infrastructure to support the ever -increasing communication and streaming needs of our populace. Read More....

Rouzbeh Yassini Feb 2018 Rouzbeh Yassini, BCoE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, SMART
Smart Cities for Real People

Executive Summary

Accelerating urbanization of the population and the emergence of new smart sensors (the Internet of Things) are combining in the phenomenon of the smart city.  This movement is leading to improved quality of life and public safety, helping cities to enjoy economies that help remedy some budget overruns, better health care, and is resulting in increased productivity.

The following report summarizes evolving digital technology trends, including smart phone applications, mapping software, big data and sensor miniaturization and broadband networking, that combine to create a technology toolkit available to smart city developers, managers and citizens.  As noted above, the benefits of the smart city are already evident in some key areas as the technology sees actual implementation, 30 years after the creation of the broadband cable modem. 

The challenges of urbanization require urgent action and intelligent strategies. The applications and tools that truly benefit the people who live in cities will depend not on just the tools, but their intelligent application given current systemic obstacles, some of which are highlighted in the article. Of course, all the emerging technologies mentioned are dependent on ubiquitous, economical, reliable, safe and secure networks (wired and wireless) and network service providers.

 

Don Dulchinos Jan 2018 Smart Cities, Don Dulchinos
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Legislative, Media & Communications
Dec 2017 BCoE Newsletter

Hello,

I am not surprised by the news last month that the FCC will do away with net neutrality at a meeting in mid-December, giving incumbent ISPs such as telcos and cable operators a nice Christmas present for this year. Rather than a gift, it seems to me like its coal in the stocking for up-and-coming entrepreneurs and businesses who may lack the clout to potentially have to buy their way into what could become the next pay-per-play communications environment. We have a brief report on the anticipated vote below, with a link to some extensive BCoE work we reported on in July.

On a more positive note, my colleague Paul Nikolich continues to report progress from the IEEE community as it churns ahead on important standards for next gen networks.

Thank you all for your time spent reading our newsletter and your comments this year. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2018.

Rouzbeh Yassini Dec 2017 BCoE, Rouzbeh Yassini
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Legislative
Nov 2017 BCoE Newsletter

Hello,

This month we are revisiting the Federal Communicatin Commission's process on transferring broadcast spectrum to create a platform for rural broadband.

The issue also contains information provided by UNH's Bridan Shepperd reagarding a field hearing in New Hampshire focusing on broadband.

Rouzbeh Yassini Nov 2017 Rouzbeh Yassini, Chris Grobicki, BCoE, FCC, TV White Space
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Legislative, Media & Communications
Oct 2017 Newsletter

After reading the ITU report on the State of Broadband 2017 I have mixed feelings about our global broadband usage. On the one hand,more people are on broadband networks, ITU says. But then again billions more are not. There are a variety of reasons offered in the report, but that's a lot of people off the net.  Obvioulsy more work needs to be done to broaden the reach of this important utility.

Rouzbeh Yassini Oct 2017 Rouzbeh Yassini, Paul Nikolich, BCoE, IEEE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development
September 2017 BCoE Newsletter

Myth or Reality of Municipal Broadband Network!

Ther has been more discussion of hte validity, or lack thereof, of municipalities building broadband networks by our communities across the USA.  More towns and local governments appear to be studying such endeavors as they see the economic and social value that is supported by more ubiquitous and affordable Internet access.

Rouzbeh Yassini Sep 2017 Rouzbeh Yassini, BCoE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development
September 2017 BCoE Newsletter

Myth or Reality of Municipal Broadband Network!

Ther has been more discussion of hte validity, or lack thereof, of municipalities building broadband networks by our communities across the USA.  More towns and local governments appear to be studying such endeavors as they see the economic and social value that is supported by more ubiquitous and affordable Internet access.

Rouzbeh Yassini Sep 2017 Rouzbeh Yassini, BCoE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Education, Media & Communications
Aug 2017 BCoE Newsletter

The phrase $10 billion investmet is an eyecatcher.

It caught my attention when Microsoft announced it could spend up to that amount on developing and deploying TV White Space over the  next few years.  BCoE has worked hard over the recent past with an eye toward helping entrepeneurs begin deploying TVWS systems that enjoy reasonably priced equipment - as we did for broadband and its cable modems. What follows is a snapshot of our TVWS efforts, along with some interesting reports by my colleague Paul Nikolich from his recent IEEE meetings on 802 standards efforts in Berlin.

Rouzbeh Yassini Aug 2017 BCoE, Rouzbeh Yassini, Paul Nikolich, IEEE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Education, Media & Communications
Aug 2017 BCoE Newsletter

The phrase $10 billion investmet is an eyecatcher.

It caught my attention when Microsoft announced it could spend up to that amount on developing and deploying TV White Space over the  next few years.  BCoE has worked hard over the recent past with an eye toward helping entrepeneurs begin deploying TVWS systems that enjoy reasonably priced equipment - as we did for broadband and its cable modems. What follows is a snapshot of our TVWS efforts, along with some interesting reports by my colleague Paul Nikolich from his recent IEEE meetings on 802 standards efforts in Berlin.

Rouzbeh Yassini Aug 2017
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development
The Road to Ubiquitous Broadband: BCoE Brief on Community Broadband Networks

BCoE Brief on Community Broadband Networks

Broadband Center of Excellence Aug 2017 BCoE, broadband
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Media & Communications
Jun 2017 BCoE Newsletter

It is safe to say that this Q2 of 2017 has been one of the more interseting periods of time in the broadband Internt space in our world.  I have been foucsed on these activities, particularly as they occur in Washington, D.C.  This edition of the newsletter provides a non -biased assessment of the pros and cons of the net neutrality rules put  in place by the previous administration with the intent of establishing a baseline for analysis of new rules that will soon be upon us.

Rouzbeh Yassini Jun 2017 BCoE, Rouzbeh Yassini, IEEE, Paul Nikolich
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Education
May 2017 BCoE Newsletter

Welcome to our second newsletter and thanks to all who took the time to read and comment on our April issue. A lot is going on around broadband globally, and here is a brief glimpse of some key elements from our prespective.

Rouzbeh Yassini May 2017 BCoE, IEEE, Rouzbeh Yassini
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Education
Apr 2017 Newsletter

Our first quarter of 2017 has contained some twists and turns, some in politics and others in industry, including within the broadband world.  As we touched upon in our February issue, connected cars remain a hot spot with Intel announcing in mid-March a deal to spend $15B TO BUY a company called Mobileye.  We, on the other hand,turn our eyes to new topics this month. 

Rouzbeh Yassini Apr 2017 Paul Nikolich, Rouzbeh Yassini, BCoE, IEEE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Education, Health
Mar 2017 BCoE Newsletter

"As patient needs increase and medical capabilities become more sophisticated and interactive, secure broadband connectivity requirements between remote locations continues to grow."

Rouzbeh Yassini Mar 2017 Rouzbeh Yassini, BCoE
Economic Development
FEB 2017 BCOE Newsletter

Hello,

As you read in our UNH BCoE January newsletter, CES was a hotbed of interest in connected and autonomous cars. The IEEE and its 802 standards body that my colleague and IEEE Fellow Paul Nikolich chairs jump started these activities almost 4 years ago, and while I was at CES, he was working with engineers and colleagues from around the world to develop in-car networking standards.

Rouzbeh Yassini Feb 2017 Rouzbeh Yassini, Paul Nikolich, BCoE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Legislative
Dec 2016 BCoE Newsletter

This month as part of our newsletter, I thought I would provide you with a quick update on the FCC Incentive Auction as reviewed by my colleague Chris Grobicki.  This FCC auction has been a long and complicated process to repurpose valuable low-band spectrum originally used for analog TV broadcast for new services, most probably fixed and mobile broadband data.

Rouzbeh Yassini Dec 2016 BCoE, Rouzbeh Yassini, Chris Grobicki
Media & Communications
"...there's been an approximate 10% growth in number of Internet users over 2015..."

The ITU/UN issued its 2016 annual "State of Broadband" report in mid-September and it shows that the poorer the country, the more it lurches slowly forward, toward ganining universal broadband availability. ITU says 3.9 billion people will still be offline a the end of this year, but ITU also notes that there's been an approximate 10% growth in the number of Internet users over 2015, to 3.5B.

Rouzbeh Yassini Oct 2016 BCoE, Rouzbeh Yassini, broadband
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Education, Health, Media & Communications
Rural telecom cooperatives are now using the same technologies they employed decades ago to get fiber into small rural areas

My attention in this last month of summer is drawn to health and broadband in rural America, where our fall agricultural harvest is about to beign.  One particular item that caught my interest was a new mapping servuce from the Federal Communications Commission that tracks broadband access and health.

Rouzbeh Yassini Sep 2016 BCoE, Rouzbeh Yassin
Economic Development, Education
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Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Media & Communications
August 2016 Newsletter

I saw some good news last month coming our of hte Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. The Commission has agreed to set aside bandwidth for 5G techonology.  My colleague Paul Nikolich has more to say about 5G based on IEEE 802 meetings he chaired last week.  And, closer to home, we have a report on broadband in Coos County, N.H., from colleagures withing UNH's New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Programming.  I believe that progress is being made, but more work is needed.

Rouzbeh Yassini Aug 2016 Rouzbeh Yassini, Paul Nikolich, BCoE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Media & Communications
Research "Mapping the Urban Unconnected"

This report presents the findings of research conducted by Maravedis on behalf of the Wireless Broadband Alliance regarding the state of the urbanunconnected population in 18 large cities as well as each of their related international regions.

Maravedis Jul 2016 broadband