FCC Requires Support for Text-To-911

Federal Communications Commission logoThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules that are designed to promote the widespread use of text-to-911. Currently, the availability of text-to-911 is limited. The purpose of this new rule is to keep pace with how Americans communicate. In other words, the FCC has noted that more people are using cellphones and texting now than they have in the past.

This new requirement builds on existing commitments that were made by America’s four largest wireless carries to support text-to-911 by May of 2014. The new rules require all remaining wireless carries and certain IP-based text application providers to support text-to-911 by the end of 2014.

The new text-to-911 requirements apply to wireless carriers and “interconnected” text messaging providers. It also includes providers of “over the top” applications that support texting to and from phone numbers. It does not include messaging apps that only support communications among users of social media or games.

Why is it important to have a more uniform system that allows for text-to-911? The overall reasons is to help save lives. The FCC noted that Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have speech disabilities are widely using text messaging. It also pointed out that there can be situations where a person is in danger but is not safe to call 911. Sending a text is silent, and can be used more discretely by people who need help. Text-to-911 can also be useful when networks are congested.

That being said, the FCC doesn’t necessarily recommend that everyone use text-to-911 as a “go-to” for emergencies. They describe text-to-911 as a complement to, not a substitute for, existing 911 service. Make a voice call to 911 whenever possible. If that doesn’t work, then it is time to use text-to-911. They recommend people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities to use relay services or other existing methods to contact 911 if text-to-911 is unavailable.

Faster Wifi in Airplanes Coming Soon…

wifiThanks to the FCC you might be able to finally watch your Netflix from the plane.

Due to a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission, they are looking to take over a handful of newly acquired airwaves. The new spectrum could make your in-flight Wifi experience 30 times faster than what you experience now. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski and several colleagues voted unanimously to move forward with this plan.

“The reality is that we expect and often need to be able to get online 24/7, at home, in an office, or on a plane,” said Genachowski.

Companies like gogo wireless will still be controlling in-flight Wifi and you will (for now) still have to pay a fee as you go. However, with a speed as good as a coffee shop, they expect more users pull out their smartphones and tablets to connect up and watch a movie, check email and surf the web while 30,000 feet in the air.

The new Wifi format will share 14.0-14.5 GHz of the spectrum. This will allow data transfer of up to 300 gigabits per second – shared by all aircrafts using Wifi at that moment.

 

 

GNC-2012-03-22 #752 The Crud Strikes!

Hey folks have a serious case of the crud but the show must go on.. Probably better to listen to this one versus watch ;). Minor schedule changes on my Indy trip but a log going on here getting ready for the new quarter.

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GNC-2012-03-05 #747 Early Show

Very early show today as my schedule allowed it. Lots of fun doing the show in the afternoon versus early evening. Enjoy the march continues to show 750.

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FCC Opens White Space for Testing

On Sept 19 the FCC opened up white space for testing for 45 days. What is white space and why is it important and the use of it controversial. White Space is the part of the frequency spectrum that is not being used. It came about with the switch from analog to digital. Because digital doesn’t use as much band width as analog there were spaces between channels that were not being used. These are known as white spaces. The FCC is now allowing companies to register and start testing devices within the white spaces for 45 days. One of the biggest controversy about white space is the problem of interference and how much space is needed between bands to avoid it. Spectrum Bridge a Florida based company has created the first database that shows where white space is available. That is the data base that is being used and tested. Other companies, including Google have registered to be white space administrator. Once the testing is done, then the FCC will review the results and see where interference occurred and what corrections need to be made.

What makes this test and white spaces themselves important is one use for it is what is known as Super Wifi. Super Wifi uses the lower frequency that exist within the white space. This allows it to travel the frequency to travel much further then traditional wi-fi does. It will also penetrate walls. Super wi-fi could be a boon for less populated areas where companies don’t want to spend the money to put in cables or fibre. The FCC has limited the wattage that can be used to 40 watts, this may or may not cut Super Wifi capability. Super Wifi will probably not be practical in more populated areas, where TV bands are much closer together and there is less white space available.

The National Broadcast Association is fighting the use of white space as it has been laid out by the FCC. They say it does not provide enough space between bands to avoid interference. Now lets be clear the area of the spectrum known as white space used to be license to TV companies under the old analog system. I suspect that they were not happy with the whole idea of white spaces. Companies like Google, Intel and Microsoft are looking forward to being able to use white space for not only wi-fi, but also Bluetooth devices. They may have to wait awhile, the Spectrum Database is first of many databases that have to be tested and the results evaluated. Just the testing itself is going to take over 300 days add to that the evaluation period and you are probably looking at late 2012 before white space will be available for commercial use. Once it is the possibilities could be limitless, but will unfortunately will probably be limited.

GNC #672 Big Day for LinkedIn

Geek News Central Podcast Headed back to Honolulu, I have had a great week here in Texas, much accomplished. Planning a return trip in Mid June followed by a potential east coast trip as well. Lot’s of tech with a political slant tonight kinda weird but seems that at times themes develop in the news reporting.

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5 Ways to use LinkedIn
Malware on the loose for Mac Users.
Apple App Store Security Threat?
Chrome URL Bar going Bye Bye?
Religious Reaction by Apple Fanboys?
Fetch.IO
More bad news for Sony PSN?
16hr Cell Phone Marathon on Train?
Twitter Changes Rules Again.
Verizon 4G LTE Growing.
Comcast Sensitive to FCC Hire Tweets.
TokBox Group Video Chat!
Social Media Infographic.
Google Search App.
Verizon iPhone 5 Dual Mode.
Data Hungy Apps making BW Impact.
Twitter providing Reporters Intel.
Little Blue Pill Hearing Loss.
Amazon Gadget Trade In.
Intel Open Mouth Insert Foot x2.
iPhone Oximeter.
Verizon Family Data Plans.
Secret Service 2x Screw Ups.
AT&T No App Restrictions.
Wired Teaches Potentially Illegal Activities.
Philly Police and Citizen Gun Holder Incident.
Amazon and State Sales Taxes.
Who owns the Tweets.
4th Amendment under attack!
Artist to get some money after all.
Apple TV Hack.
Homeless Planets.
Don’t Take Space Program Lightly.
Windows Phone 7 comes to Verizon.
Smartphone Tracking Law.
Dark Mater Hunter.
e-books King!
Warrantless Bill backed by RIAA.
One Headset!
Guitar Self Tuner.
20 iPad 2 Apps.
T-Mobile wants You.
P2P Traffic Surge.

GNC #671 On the Road

Geek News Central Podcast It is survey time again and I hope you will take 60 seconds to fill out my listener survey. We have streamlined this so you can click, click, click and be done. Thanks for your support in advance. Quick show and an absolutely funny in the shower story.

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Show Notes:
Endeavor
Bing Facebook Effect.
PSN is Back sort of.
Miramax comes to Netflix.
Wireless Hard-Drive?
Felony to Stream!
Google TV $179.00
Lodsys reveals their extortion.
Nuance in OSX Lion.
UK Super Injunction expands.
Second Monitor do you need it.
Jetbag your Wine Purchases.
New Scareware fakes drive Failure.
No More “You” Tube?
FCC Commissioner on defense.
Firefox 3.5 No More Support.
Hackers can get 3 years.
Android not Secure?
Facebook wins in court.
AT&T Security Service for Consumers.
Google News Grows.
Baby Named Like.
Sun Versus Comet = Sun Wins
Galaxy Windstorms.
FCC Cracks down on Reporting.
Senators not Happy with ICE Response.
Pirate Bay Server Upgrades.
Alt Operating Systems.
AIM AV.
Microsoft to buy Nokia.
New DJ tools.
Gag USB Cable.
Car Tip.
Waterproof bags for your iPad.
WordPress App.
ChromeBook Thoughts.
TAX on SD Cards!
Leica Art.

GNC #670 Chrome OS Arrives

I am sure you have noticed the new strategy with the show content and I hope you like the tighter format. The goal is more insight on the important stuff while at the same time getting you a nice sampling of what you may have missed. This may mean longer rants on some sections of the show and barely a gloss over on other segments. All of this is part of the process I am using to take the show to the next level. Your feedback is welcome. Enjoy todays show! Next show will be road show.. Listen for details.

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Chrome Notebooks
Ultimate Family Computer?
Our OS are Torturing us?
Google TV and the Master Plan.
Google I/O Recap.
DIY Chrome Book.
Senate Censorship Bill!
The 6 Billion dollar roll of the Dice.
Apple Walled Garden Kills Another Company.
Netflix comes out Guns Blazing!
Microsoft + Skype = I do not Understand.
FBI Statements Typical!
The ACTA Treaty!
Corruption at the highest Level!
Sneaker Net email.
TwitPic shame on You!
Comcast fixes Pirate Bay?
iMac Drives Proprietary.
Lime Wire 105 Million to RIAA Partners.
Sony Messed with wrong Hackers.
Facebook PR Team BLOWS It.
National Jukebox 1900 Music.
Caffeine Buzz via your Soap.
Black Holes = Earlier Universes?
Target Asteroid Acquired.
30 Supernova a Second?
Endeavor Team back at KSC.
Wrong Place, Wrong IP, Wrong Time.
Battle Lines Drawn over Net Rentals!
Cox brings TV to Net.
Adobe Sues Wowza over Patents.
Femtocell to Save the Day!
Making your own Coupons = Jail Time.
Google Music Dance over Money.
iPad Wifi Issue is Back.
Amazon Tablet on the Way.
Australian Key loggers for Gov’t employees.
Nuclear Meltdown Confirmed in Japan.

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GNC-2011-03-25 #657 Fight AT&T & T-Mobile Merger

Back with a special 90 minute podcast for you to catch you up from no show on Monday.. I have a great contest kicking off on the show today. Get qualified by becoming an Insider and or making a one time $25.00 donation details in the show tonight. Lot’s to share on my trip to Silicon Valley and the headache I had getting there.

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Photoshop Effects inside the Camera!
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Apple goes nuts over App Store Name.
Plastics in the Ocean hammered home.
Hawaii Carriers offer free calls to Japan.
New NASA Facility.

Show Notes:
Fight the Merger.
Netflix is a Target for Big Media.
Hollywood’s Hatred for Netflix.
Screens it’s all about Screens.
Lets Tax Driving Now?
Inside our Abandoned Collider.
Travel Router Packs a Big Punch.
Screen Play DX/HD.
Limewire Judge Tells RIAA their Insane.
FCC to push for Data Roaming Plans.
Microsoft buys 660k IPV4 IP’s for cool 7.5 Million.
ARIN watching IPv4 Sales.
Hunting for Spammers in Botnet.
MySpace dumping Millions of users.
P2P Lawyers win one for Copyright Claimants.
Oxford Dictionary LOL.
Trademarked Keyword Paid Searches in UK under fire.
United Airlines and Continental Merger.
Music and Film Cloud Locker from Amazon.
Kodak Revenue from Trademark Infringement.
Yahoo Quits MyBlogLog.
How tough is your iPad2 Glass?
Macs and iPhones match up.
Photo Shopping Hubble Images.
16 Million Bill for March Madness.
Will Android Change Everything.
Are you gonna pass on Earth Hour.
Stardust Spacecraft Killed.
Will Senator Gifford come to Space Launch?
Free and Clear Appliance Images.
Copyright Group drops suits.
Use Pirate Bay? You shared your private info again!
Limewire Shutdown curtailed P2p Activity.
Photo Re-Touching Tips.
Roll it off by the Inch.
Wireless Monitors using Display Link Technology.
Roxio Video Game Source Capture.
Socks make you Lazy.
iPad Arcade Stick.
Never Loose your Tabs in Firefox.
CCleaner helps with IE9 and Firefox Cleanups.
Send To trick in Windows.
7 Android Annoyances Solved.
Home Sharing on Apple Mobile Device.
Video Hunters Application.
Firefox First 48 Hours.
Webm and Firefox 4.
Firefox Video Must Watch!
Apple 4.3.1 update just Bug Fixes.

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GNC-2011-03-11 #654 Tsunami Inbound!

The massive earthquake hits Japan just as I start my show, we are under a Tsunami Warning here in Hawaii with first strike due at 3am local. Based on what has happened in Japan it could be bad. The Ohana watching the show live were feeding me information, kinda weird to talk about a live event in which I knew most of you would be listening post show. Needless to say lots of tech to talk about tonight as well.

Note: My home is 1000 feet above sea level we are safe.

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Show Notes:
Drupal
Jobs digging on Samsung.
Clearwire Class Action Suit.
Planet Protection Officer.
Apple Purchase Policy.
AOL Fires 900.
NYT Editors call us Pirates.
Instapaper 3.0
iPhone App Identifies Bills.
Rover Model.
New Way of Watching TV.
Hide Search Results.
Brain CFL Light.
Customized Figurine.
Disk Storage History.
SuperMoon Joke.
Star Shockwave.
Solar Flare.
Aliens will comes as Machines.
Voyager up to new Tricks!
Near Earth Asteroid.
Mercury Images.
Limewire Settles?
Pirate Roundup.
P2P Uploader Arrested.
iPad Garageband Review.
Flat Scissors.
Sleep Phase Alarm.
See through Hard Drive.
Sheen Using Social Media to make Cash!
Apple TV Live Programming.
Branded Entertainment Spending.
Sand Prices Drop.
New Zealand Interactive Disaster Map.
Ink for all my Friends.
Clearwire CEO Quits.
FCC to Arrest Cell Phone Jammers.
ISS is Complete?
Sony 3G Camera.
Control-Alt-Delete Origin.
New Fuel Advances.
VMware App.
Winamp for Android.
iOS 4.3 Sync Issues?
Motorola Xoom Mod.

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