On October 25, Google announced it would "pause" development of Google Fiber. In addition, the division’s CEO, Craig Barratt, resigned, and the division was rumored to be laying off about 9 percent of its staff.
After a series of net-neutrality victories for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in federal court, the agency was handed a significant defeat on Aug. 11, 2016, in the battle for municipal broadband networks.
Technology is all about opportunity and innovation convergence. In a poor, rural, Southern California school district, officials saw an opportunity to meet a critical need for internet access and came up with an innovative solution, using one of its most plentiful resources.
On June 28th, Facebook launched Aquila, a high-altitude, unmanned solar-powered airplane, for its first flight at Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz.
Although the team has been running tests and practice flights for months, until this point, only a 1/5th scale airplane had been tested.
Recent columns have focused on what is happening with dark fiber, that which is being “lit” to become the backbone of the world’s communications systems. Dark fiber connects data centers, cell towers, cities, towns, governments and people.
All of those millions of miles of dark fiber are primarily expected to deliver broadband connections. The Internet continues to grow unabated, and bandwidth must be expanded to accommodate that growth.
On the heels of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to reclassify the Internet under Title II of its Telecommunications Act of 1996, it was only a matter of time before opponents officially contested it. They simply had to wait for the appropriate time and venue.
Data center connection is one of the most common uses for dark fiber, and it’s all due to growing data needs. You have probably seen graphs of the Internet’s growth and heard claims about how much data moves along it.
Last month, we looked at how dark fiber is tested to determine its capability of supporting newer, faster transmission networks. Once dark fiber has been tested and its usability confirmed, communications systems can be connected.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is not typically an event that draws electrical contractor interest, but this year’s show raised some eyebrows in the low-voltage market. An influx of products demonstrated that ECs could be pulled further into the high-end consumer market.
“Dark fiber” is a term often heard in conversations about fiber optic communications. Perhaps this is because it has a name that sounds evil or nefarious. But dark fiber is just fiber that has been installed and is not currently in use; instead, it is reserved for spares or future use.
The legal conflict over net neutrality has been the topic of much popular debate since 2010, and, with the latest court decision, some are concerned the existence of a free and open Internet may have come to an end.