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government takeover of all telephone systems – purple motes
via Dale hatfield, Jun 2019

"On July 22, 1918, the U.S. government declared that it was taking possession and control of all U.S. telegraph and telephone systems"

"Under government control, telephone companies received rate increases that would have been difficult for them to achieve as private companies."
history  telephony  Communications  WWI 
june 2019 by pierredv
Communications Resiliency | Homeland Security
Technology is a critical tool for improving interoperability that should meet the needs of practitioners on the front lines and should address regional needs, existing infrastructure, cost versus benefits, and sustainability. The resources below provide examples of communications resiliency. Fo
DHS  resilience  cybersecurity  spectrum  Communications 
september 2018 by pierredv
“No encryption, no fly” rule proposed for smallsats - Aug 2018
"Small satellites that have propulsion systems, but don’t have encrypted commanding systems, pose a small but real threat of being hacked and endangering other satellites, according to a new study."

"The concern, then is a scenario where hackers are able to take control of a satellite and redirect it quickly. Government satellites, as well as many commercial ones, have security measures like encryption that make it unlikely they could be hacked. However, many satellites run by academic institutions don’t have such security, often because of funding or technical limitations."
SpaceNews  smallsats  hacking  encryption  cybersecurity  Communications 
august 2018 by pierredv
Bridgesat and Nasa Sign Space Act Agreement for Laser Communications - Satellite data collection, bandwidth, ground network services , Mar 2018
"BridgeSat today announced an industry-first agreement with NASA designed to develop a commercialized laser-based free space optical communication system that could support the agency’s future missions as they transition to optical communications. "
BridgeSat  NASA  satellite  Communications 
july 2018 by pierredv
Russia to create orbital Internet satellite cluster by 2025 - TASS: Science & Space, May 2018
"Russian Space Systems Company (part of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos) plans to implement a project to create a global satellite communications network, which will require 288 satellites operating in the 870 km orbit by 2025"

"We plan [to embrace] 10,000 mobile transport objects, 10,000 outlets of collective access to the Internet, 10 million personal communication subscribers and provide for about a billion transactions a day via secure channels"
Russia  Tass  satellite  constellations  Communications 
may 2018 by pierredv
SpaceDataHighway Achieves 10,000 Successful Laser Connections - Via Satellite - May 2018
"The SpaceDataHighway system, a public-private partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus, has achieved 10,000 successful laser connections. The reliability rate has reached 99.8 percent, and during the first one and a half years of routine operations, these successful connections have downloaded more than 500 terabytes of data."

"The system’s satellites are designed to lock on to low-orbiting satellites via laser and collect their data as they travel in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) scanning the Earth. From its position in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO), the SpaceDataHighway acts as a relay, transmitting the large quantities of data down to Earth in near-real time, at a speed of 1.8 Gbit per second."

"Each day, the SpaceDataHighway is able to relay up to 40 terabytes of data acquired by observation satellites, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or aircraft to Earth."
ViaSatellite  space  Communications  ESA  Airbus  reliability  optical-communications  LEO  GEO 
may 2018 by pierredv
‘Quantum Radio’ May Aid Communications and Mapping Indoors, Underground and Underwater
via Dale hatfield

"Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated that quantum physics might enable communications and mapping in locations where GPS and ordinary cellphones and radios don’t work reliably or even at all, such as indoors, in urban canyons, underwater and underground."

"Traditionally, such atomic magnetometers are used to measure naturally occurring magnetic fields, but in this NIST project, they are being used to receive coded communications signals. "
quantum-mechanics  Communications  NIST 
january 2018 by pierredv
Machine learning still needs data scientists to optimise results - Comments - Content | EPiServer Site
"Machine learning is not a 'one-size-fits-all' technology, but a growing library of technologies that need to be understood and deployed correctly to achieve meaningful results."

Good survey of techniques and algorithms
AnalysysMason  MachineLearning  AI  automation  Communications  algorithms 
october 2017 by pierredv
Resilience and survivability in communication networks: Strategies, principles, and survey of disciplines
Computer Networks, Volume 54, Issue 8, 1 June 2010, Pages 1245–1265
James P.G. Sterbenz, David Hutchison, Egemen K. Çetinkaya, Abdul Jabbar, Justin P. Rohrer, Marcus Schöller, Paul Smith

See Fig. 2 for taxonomy of resilience disciplines

The Internet has become essential to all aspects of modern life, and thus the consequences of network disruption have become increasingly severe. It is widely recognised that the Internet is not sufficiently resilient, survivable, and dependable, and that significant research, development, and engineering is necessary to improve the situation. This paper provides an architectural framework for resilience and survivability in communication networks and provides a survey of the disciplines that resilience encompasses, along with significant past failures of the network infrastructure. A resilience strategy is presented to defend against, detect, and remediate challenges, a set of principles for designing resilient networks is presented, and techniques are described to analyse network resilience.
resilience  networks  taxonomy  case-studies  communications  cybersecurity 
april 2017 by pierredv
810-005 - DSN Telecommunications Link Design Handbook
"The handbook is primarily concerned with performance parameters of equipment that supports the forward and return telecommunications link interfaces between spacecraft and the DSN."
NASA  satellite  communications  manual  textbooks 
june 2015 by pierredv
Ippolito Appendix B: Error Functions and Bit Error Rate - Satellite Communications Systems Engineering - Ippolito - Wiley Online Library
"This appendix provides an overview of error functions and their application to the computation of probability based functions used in communications systems performance parameters. Also included is an approximation error function, which simplifies many of the calculations required for the evaluation of satellite communications system performance. The results are particularly useful in the determination of the probability of error or bit error rate (BER) for many of the processing or modulation techniques discussed in this book. "
RF  reference  information-theory  signal-processing  satellite  communications 
june 2015 by pierredv
DARPA wants more efficient, jam-resistant RF communications -- Defense Systems
"For over a century the military has used radio frequencies for communications, command and control, navigation and radar detection. As the RF spectrum gets more crowded, and as the Defense Department’s reliance on it increases, the military has to deal with two problems: malicious jamming and signal fratricide. In an effort to find solutions to these problems, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has released a presolicitation for advanced microsystems and techniques for jamming-resistant RF communications under its Hyper-wideband Enabled RF Messaging (HERMES) program."
DARPA  HERMES  jamming  RF  communications 
july 2014 by pierredv
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Decision to Move Forward with Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Technology for Light Vehicles | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
"The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today that it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles. This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to "talk" to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, ten times per second."
ITS  NHTSA  V2V  5.9GHz  DSRC  Dedicated  Short-Range  Communications  (DSRC) 
february 2014 by pierredv
European C-ITS to take priority over Wi-Fi in 5.9 GHz band - PolicyTracker Feb 2014
"Brussels reassures industry that Wi-Fi in the 5.9 GHz band will not be allowed to interfere with C-ITS." "The focus for many of those at the 6th ETSI Workshop on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is the development of standards for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), which will enable vehicles made by different manufacturers to communicate with each other and with road infrastructure systems. The so-called "Release 1 specifications" for C-ITS have just been adopted and issued. A European Commission official assured delegates at the workshop that harmful interference from Wi-Fi in the 5.9 GHz band would be prevented. He said Brussels is committed to C-ITS, even if it means jettisoning plans to allow Wi-Fi to share C-ITS's 5.9 GHz band allocation."
ITS  transportation  Wi-Fi  5.9GHz  V2V  DSRC  Dedicated  Short-Range  Communications  (DSRC) 
february 2014 by pierredv
Ofcom | Ofcom unveils participants in wireless innovation trial
Ofcom has today announced the organisations taking part in Europe’s first major pilot of an innovative new wireless technology. Over the next six months, around 20 public and private organisations will be participating in Ofcom’s pilot by running trials to test a variety of innovative applications – ranging from sensors that monitor the behaviour of cities, to dynamic information for road users and rural broadband in hard to reach places BT, Neul, Microsoft; Click4internet, KTS & SineCom A number of companies, including Google, Nominet, LS telcom, iconectiv, Key Bridge, Fairspectrum and Spectrum Bridge have expressed interest in testing intelligent databases
Neul  BT  Microsoft  Glasgow  University  of  Strathclyde  Centre  for  White  Space  Communications  Ofcom 
october 2013 by pierredv
Ann Arbor and the future of V2V/V2I, part II | Telematics Update
"[With the possibility of NHTSA ruling at the end of the year], the ITS community should have every reason to be hopeful. The timing [of the FCC NPRM] is potentially disastrous for the ITS community. That’s because the current DSRC test beds, including the Ann Arbor Safety Pilot, were never designed to assess potential complications from signal interference that may accompany an open 5.9 GHz band. “The FCC’s decision suggests a high degree of skepticism at this point at the FCC,” says Roger Lanctot of Strategy Analytics. One of the main reasons is that V2V and V2I applications can now be achieved with technologies other than DSRC. The LTE Advanced standard is beginning to add proximity sensing, a Wi-Fi-related functionality that could be used for V2V communications."
NHTSA  Dedicated  Short-Range  Communications  (DSRC)  NPRM  LTE  FCC  ex  Telematics  Update 
july 2013 by pierredv
Ann Arbor and the future of V2V/V2I, part I | Telematics Update = May 2013
"In the first of a two-part series, Greg Nichols assesses the impact of the Ann Arbor Safety Pilot on the future of DSRC as a V2V/V2I standard in North America.f" "the pilot wants to find out if accidents go down when drivers use DSRC-based V2V and V2I devices. The trial will run through fall 2013, and results will be sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as it considers whether to approve national V2V and V2I mandates for DSRC implementation." "Since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted vehicle makers exclusive use of the 5.9 GHz band in 1999, the promise of DSRC as a foundation for V2V and V2I systems has remained both tantalizing and elusive in North America. Now, with new technologies nipping at DSRC’s heels and no nationwide implementation strategy in place, time may be running out for the ITS community to prove the technology’s viability."
NHTSA  Dedicated  Short-Range  Communications  (DSRC)  5.9GHz  ex  Telematics  Update 
july 2013 by pierredv
Do seafarers really need always-on communications at sea? | Maritime Insight
"If it is free of charge then everybody uses it, but as soon as you have to pay something, then all of a sudden you find that they can do without it"
marine  shipping  communications  Wi-Fi  maritime  commerce  demand 
may 2013 by pierredv
Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications (SSPARC) - Federal Business Opportunities: Opportunities
See attached DARPA-BAA-13-24 document for solicitation details. See DARPA Special Notice 13-25 for the Proposer's Day Announcement related to this BAA at the following link: /listing.html "Added: Feb 21, 2013 1:04 pm DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of spectrum sharing between radar and communications systems. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice."
communications  Darpa  radar  research  SSPARC 
march 2013 by pierredv
Dot-dash-diss: The gentleman hacker's 1903 lulz - tech - 27 December 2011 - New Scientist
"A century ago, one of the world’s first hackers used Morse code insults to disrupt a public demo of Marconi's wireless telegraph" About Nevil Maskelyne's hack of Marconi's Royal Society demo, showing up security flaws via David Liddle, PCAST SWG
cybersecurity  hacking  history  communications  NewScientist 
january 2012 by pierredv
Tech Firm Implements Employee ‘Zero Email’ Policy - Yahoo! News Nov 2011
"Employees of tech company Atos will be banned from sending [internal] emails under the company’s new “zero email” policy." To use IM and a FB-like interface instead
email  communications  france 
december 2011 by pierredv
Submarine Cable Map
The Submarine Cable Map is a free resource from TeleGeography. Data contained in this map is drawn from Global Bandwidth Research Service and is updated on a regular basis.
maps  NewScientist  broadband  communications  internet  * 
november 2011 by pierredv
Into the depths of AT&T;'s let-us-buy-T-Mobile astroturf campaign
"AT&T is legendary for laundering its public policy preferences through minority and social service groups that it supports financially in order to produce an apparent groundswell of support. We've written about it enough times not to be surprised by the practice anymore, but the Center for Public Integrity has just concluded an in-depth investigation of the practice that's well worth a look. In order to support its proposed T-Mobile buyout, AT&T has dug deep into its roster of supporters, going so far as to get local groups like the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to write letters of support to the federal government. "
lobbying  communications  ArsTechnica  AT&T 
october 2011 by pierredv
US Postal Service Sends Postage Due Bill To Guy Who Put Block Party Invites Into Neighbors' Mailboxes | Techdirt
"under US law, home mailboxes (even though they're purchased by the homeowner) are technically property of the USPS, and it's actually against the law to put anything other than US mail with proper postage in a mailbox"
law  via:cybertelecom  communications  USPS 
october 2011 by pierredv
obligations of private wireless licensees under Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 310(d)
obligations of private wireless licensees under Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 310(d)
FCC  communications  regulation  FAQ  legislation 
may 2011 by pierredv
The Tyranny of E-mail - Book Summary & Video
Factoid: First postcard was sent in England in 1871; in 1873 72 million were mailed
books  communications  via:peterhaynes  factoids  email 
january 2010 by pierredv
Transforming global information and communication markets - Cowhey and Aronson
"Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets discusses why we are on the brink of a third transformation of global information and communication markets that requires innovative global governance."
commerce  communications  trends  globalization 
march 2009 by pierredv
“Net Neutrality Phase II: The Battle of 2009” Sidecut Reports = Paul Kapustka
via Phil Weiser
"examines the current state of the network neutrality debate, and the legislative, regulatory and public-relations battles that are expected to surface or continue throughout the next calendar year. Starting with the FCC’s recent order punishing Comcast for its blocking of peer-to-peer applications, our report examines all technical and political parts of the debate, and how proponents and their opponents will position themselves following the November elections."
history  policy  communications  netneutrality 
february 2009 by pierredv
digital britain - interim report
UK government outlines plans for digital transition
The interim report contains more than 20 recommendations, including specific proposals on:

* next generation networks
* universal access to broadband
* the creation of a second public service provider of scale
* the modernisation of wireless radio spectrum holdings
* a digital future for radio
* a new deal for digital content rights
* enhancing the digital delivery of public services
uk  media  policy  communications 
february 2009 by pierredv
Use of minimum power - 47 USC 324
"In all circumstances, except in case of radio communications or signals relating to vessels in distress, all radio stations, including those owned and operated by the United States, shall use the minimum amount of power necessary to carry out the communication desired."
communications  wireless  legislation 
january 2009 by pierredv
Internet Forestry: A Principles Approach to Governance = Publius Project
Argues that one should govern the internet/web "by using unchanging principles that remain applicable in the face of unpredictable change. Detailed rules don’t help much, because they are constantly being overtaken by events. Both the internet and forests are complex, adaptive, managed systems. Since the underlying dynamics are the same, insights from one domain can teach us about the other. We can extract principles from the regularities that all adaptive systems share, and learn how to apply them to the internet from related fields like ecosystem management."
policy  internet  communications  pierredv 
january 2009 by pierredv
Martin Abandons Unconstitutional Filtering Proposal = The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog
Trenchant analysis by Berin Szoka of the M2Z idea: "I suspect we may find that what's constitutional is politically impossible (unfiltered free Internet) and what's politically possible (filtered free Internet) is unconstitutional."
policy  communications  wireless  via:pff 
december 2008 by pierredv
New rules to help people baffled by broadband speeds - Ofcom publishes advice for consumers | Ofcom
"A new Code of Practice requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to give customers a true picture of likely broadband speeds at the point of sale comes into force tomorrow, 5 December.
"The voluntary Code, to which ISPs covering over 95 per cent of broadband customers have signed up, is designed to provide greater clarity for consumers and reduce the potential for consumers to be misled over what speeds they are able to achieve at home."
communications  policy  ofcom  uk  netneutrality 
december 2008 by pierredv
Telstra Challenges SingTel to Build Australia Network (Update3) = Australia & New Zealand
"Telstra Corp., Australia's largest phone company, submitted a proposal to bid to build a nationwide high-speed Internet network, challenging the Terria group led by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. and two others."
communications  networking  australia 
november 2008 by pierredv
FCC Record - UNT Libraries Digital Collections
The FCC Record is a comprehensive compilation of decisions, reports and public notices and other documents of the Federal Communications Commission from 1986 to the present. It was preceded by the FCC Report (1934 - 1986), which may be the focus of a future digitization project
communications  fcc  regulation  resources 
november 2008 by pierredv
Say Goodbye to BlackBerry? If Obama Has to, Yes He Can -
"A decision has not been made on whether he could become the first e-mailing president, but aides said that seemed doubtful. all the perquisites and power afforded the president, the chief executive of the United States is essentially deprived by law and by culture of some of the very tools that other chief executives depend on to survive and to thrive."
trend  email  technology  policy  communications  NYTimes 
november 2008 by pierredv
Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV) promises satellite changes
interview with Chris Gates, vice president of strategy with MSV, on outlook and FCC ruling on ATC (ancillary terrestrial component)
satellite  communications  wireless  FCC 
november 2008 by pierredv
OECD Communications Outlook 2007
Published every other year, the OECD Communications Outlook provides an extensive range of indicators on the development of different communications networks and compares performance indicators such as revenue, investment, employment and prices for services throughout the OECD area. These indicators are essential for industry participants and for regulators who use benchmarking to evaluate policy performance. This book is based on the data from the OECD Telecommunications Database 2007, which provides time series of telecommunications and economic indicators--such as network dimension, revenues, investment and employment--for OECD countries from 1980 to 2005.
resources  statistics  communications  commerce 
november 2008 by pierredv
Delivering super-fast broadband in the UK | Ofcom
Consultation published: 23|09|2008
Consultation closes: 02|12|2008
ofcom  communications  broadband  regulation  policy 
september 2008 by pierredv
The Communications Market 2008 (August) | Ofcom
fifth annual report on trends and developments in the UK’s £51bn communications market. . . highlights the facts that consumers are spending more time using communications services than ever before, but paying less for th
communications  ofcom  regulation 
august 2008 by pierredv
FCC probably can't police Comcast's BitTorrent throttling | The Iconoclast - politics, law, and technology - CNET
great example of Oh never mind: Public Knowledge called ancillary powers "arbitrary and capricious" and "unlawful" when used re broadcast flag, but now it loves the idea
communications  policy  fcc 
july 2008 by pierredv
Spectrum Usage Rights - a Guide | Ofcom
Intro, setting initial values, verifying the license holders operate within SURS, changing an SUR
wireless  regulation  Ofcom  uk  europe  communications 
june 2008 by pierredv
The broadband myth |
But the excellent report [from OECD] goes beyond the numbers and examines why broadband is actually useful. [But] there simply is not good data to show that broadband matters. ... Solow's “productivity paradox” disrupts the OECD's pleasant narrative.
communications  policy  commerce  *** 
may 2008 by pierredv
Spectrum Commons Classes for Licence-Exemption | Ofcom
"we propose is to divide licence exempt applications into three classes of low, medium and high interference potential ... [based on] ... the likelihood of an application in causing interference and ... its technical parameters
ofcom  spectrum  communications  policy  wireless  regulation 
may 2008 by pierredv
ITIF: Which Broadband and IT Vision for America?
Rob Atkinson commentary on Freedom to Connect commentary, concluding that its time to shift debate to how to get everyone fast bband, using IT to transform healthcare etc, and encouraging all orgs to go digital, thus driving productivity growth
communications  policy  via:ITIF  telecoms 
april 2008 by pierredv
EC recommendation On Relevant Product and Service Markets within the electronic communications sector (PDF)
... susceptible to ex ante regulation in accordance with Directive 2002/21/EC of the
European Parliament and of the Council on a common regulatory framework for
electronic communication networks and services
EU  europeancommission  communications  policy  filetype:pdf  media:document 
march 2008 by pierredv
Innovation and Market Definition under the EU Regulatory Framework for Electronic Communications
Tambiama Madiega, European University Institute, Florence
analysis of market definition under the EU regulatory framework
EU  regulation  policy  communications  antitrust 
march 2008 by pierredv
F.C.C. Chief Seeks Votes to Tighten Cable Rules - New York Times
70/70 rule of the Cable Communications Act of 1984 - machinations around determination
FCC  commerce  communications  policy  NYTimes 
march 2008 by pierredv
FCC overhauls its broadband data as EU points and laughs
FCC adopted new data collection rules. The new rules state that broadband begins at 768kbps, and providers will need to break down their offerings by speed tiers
telecoms  communications  broadband  FCC  europe 
march 2008 by pierredv
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