Rest in Peace Russell Steele

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Hello,

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Russ’s passing on January 3rd, 2020. He was at home and surrounded by all his loved ones when he went. His general level of health and post-surgical complications took him sooner than any of us could have expected.

Thank you, Russ’s Family

China’s First LEO 5G Satellite to Launch This Month

China LEOChina’s first LEO 5G broadband satellite. Photo is courtesy of China News Service.

China’s first LEO 5G broadband satellite with high capacity to meet international competition will be launched by Chinese commercial aerospace company, Galaxy Space, at the end of December, according to a statement sent to the Global Times.

The satellite is the first in China to be built with a capacity of 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) and it will be, according to the company, the world’s first LEO broadband satellite in the Q-/V-band, an extremely high frequency band.

The satellite has already been developed and ground tests have been carried out with stable results. Once in place, the satellite will be able to cover an area of 300,000 square kilometers, roughly 50 times the size of Shanghai. It is expected to narrow the technological gap between Chinese and U.S. companies OneWweb and SpaceX, who have already deployed LEO communications satellites.

Continue reading HERE

 

Amazon Is Moving Project Kuiper Satellite Operation to Huge Redmond Facility

GeekWire the details:

Amazon announced today that its Project Kuiper satellite operation has outgrown its current office space, and will move into 219,000 square feet of space that it’s leasing in Redmond, Wash. — the same city where one of its chief rivals, SpaceX, has its own satellite operation.

The new headquarters facility, spread across two buildings, will include offices and design space, research and development labs and prototype manufacturing facilities, Amazon said today in a news release.

“Renovations on the facility are already underway, and the Kuiper team will move into the new site in 2020,” Amazon said.

Kuiper HQ will be in the same locale as Microsoft’s world headquarters, and within about an hour’s drive (on a good day) from the growing HQ for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ other big space venture, Blue Origin, south of Seattle in Kent, Wash.

Redmond Commerce Center, which is about a half-mile from SpaceX’s original Redmond office building, seems the likeliest prospect for Project Kuiper’s headquarters. It has two buildings that were recently leased to new tenants, with a total of just over 219,000 square feet. Renovation work is underway, according to Redmond city records. The property’s parking lot has spaces for 300 vehicles.

One real estate source told GeekWire that the site was being cleaned up this afternoon inside and out, apparently for the new tenants. Amazon would not confirm the location of Kuiper’s Redmond digs, but we’ll update this story with anything further we find out. (And for what it’s worth, SpaceX has moved its Starlink satellite operation a few miles farther out, to Redmond Ridge Corporate Center.)

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Dawn of a Decade: The Top Ten Tech Policy Issues for the 2020s

Microsoft President, Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne writing at LinkedIn.

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Continue reading HERE.

I think that ubiquitous global broadband will introduce some serious tech issues not covered in the list above.  For example, this one is currently boiling to the surface.

Elon Musk, SpaceX Unveil Latest Starlink Plans, Creating An Astronomical Emergency

Despite warnings and protestations from astronomers and skywatchers, Starlink is moving fast and breaking things.

Your thoughts on the issues. I have one to share after you have expressed your views. Please comment.

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Starlink Early Success

According to Financial analyst Brian Wang the early success of his Starlink Internet service satellite constellation.will depend on two critical technologies — free-space laser & phased-array links. Laser light communication in a vacuum is physically 45% faster than communication through a fiber. In capital markets, low latency algorithmic trading reacts to market events more swiftly than the competition to increase the profitability of trades. “In 2007, a large global investment banker declared that every millisecond lost results in $100 million per year in a lost opportunity.”

Latency Performance Table:Latency Table

 

 

RCRC: Rural Broadband Update

On Monday, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), John Thune (R-South Dakota), and 46 others sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging them to promote the deployment of sustainable broadband networks as the FCC considers adopting new rules in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) proceeding.

The RDOF will award high-cost Universal Service Fund (USF) support to deploy broadband service in rural areas. In a letter, the senators called on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to ensure that broadband networks built in rural areas using these funds can keep up with future demands for speed and capacity and to hold support recipients accountable for providing adequate broadband service to consumers.

“If our rural communities are to survive and flourish, our rural constituents need access to services that are on par with those in urban areas. By contrast, it would be an inefficient use of resources to promote services that cannot keep pace with consumer demand and the evolution of broadband in urban areas,” the senators wrote

Source: RCRC Newsletter

PEW Trust: State Broadband Policy Explorer — Laws governing high-speed internet access

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ state broadband policy explorer lets you learn how states are expanding access to broadband through laws. Categories in the tool include: broadband programs, competition and regulation, definitions, funding and financing, and infrastructure access.

As you choose categories, a 50-state map illustrates which states have adopted such laws.

The state broadband policy explorer includes state statutes related to broadband as of Jan. 1, 2019.

Link to California is HERE

 

Every Thing You Want to Know About 5G – With One Exception.

Digital Trends:

Right now it seems like there are more questions about 5G than there are answers. Some people are wondering what 5G is, and if they’ll ever see it in their city, while others are more interested in 5G smartphones. And of course, there is the debate about which carrier will have the best 5G service.

You have questions; we have answers. Here’s everything you need to know about 5G.

The exception is when can rural communities get 5G? It is doubtful that rural communities will see 5G  any time in the near future. The telecom focus will be on densely populated urban areas, not sparsely populated rural areas.

 

SpaceX Starlink Broadband Services in Mid-2020

Engineering Today has the details in this video

SpaceX’s Starlink division is on track to offer satellite-broadband service in the United States in mid-2020, the company’s president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said Oct. 22. Getting there will require the company to launch six to eight batches of satellites, said Shotwell.

The video reveals that Starlink is being tested by the US Air Force. it shows a possible terminal configuration, similar to that proposed by OneWeb which is he first shown in the video, then one which could be the Starlink terminal.