NOTE: We, at UnwiredSignal.com have been following with high interest the current proposed mergers of wireless and cable providers, as we think it’s possible to be the biggest thing to happen to wireless since the hand held cell phone itself.
The internet is in the process of going through a major transformation, which will, in my opinion, change the way it works and how well it will work for you – at home, at your office and definitely in the field. The proof is in the pudding. Sprint isn’t trying to buy Direct TV for no reason and Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon are all in talks – of one kind or another, about mega-mergers, etc. Why? High frequency radio frequency bands are owned by the wireless companies – and the higher the frequency band, the faster the throughput speeds – it’s likely a smaller cost to buy and/or merge companies that to wire the US with fiber optics – by the TV content players that are currently stuck with those old copper wire cables.
But I cannot add that much money, so only know what I read – and you know what “they” say about that!
Now, however, everywhere you turn, cable and landline companies are trying to get in on the 1.7/2.1 GHz that the wireless companies have been gobbling up at FCC auctions for years, but not making use of it, save for T-Mobile. Companies such as Direct TV, AT&T and Verizon will likely reap the benefit of buying up frequencies for which the technology had not even been invented when they bought it, years ago.
Wireless will be a, if not the, major player in the future broadband business; therefore I add the article below in its entirety. Of course my opinion is worth what you paid for it, so do your own research before you reprint it as fact. After all, I fell of a watermelon truck in Dallas in 1965 and haven’t been smart enough to catch another one to take me back home since.
From: Mobile Tech Today Congestion on the Internet is real and in some cases very serious, according to FCC and academic studies measuring broadband speeds at various points in the U.S. Both studies found backups at some points connecting Internet service providers and the network’s backbone — the equivalent of on-ramps — that affected quality of service, particularly for high-demand uses like Netflix video streaming.
“During our testing we noticed that at certain points through the test network we saw some very serious congestion,” said a Federal Communications Commission official in a conference call with news media. “We aren’t prepared to make conclusions right now, but we will be looking at how video service providers are affected by this congestion.”
David Clark, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, said Wednesday that his study’s preliminary data shows congestion seems to be mostly sporadic and temporary, lasting two to three hours at a time.But in some cases, he told a congressional briefing, the slowdowns have lasted as long as 18 hours a day over several months.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said last week that his agency was looking into complaints by Netflix and backbone providers Cogent and Level 3 that ISPs were purposely allowing congestion, to pressure streaming video services into contracting with them for special treatment. The allegations appear against the backdrop of Wheeler’s controversial proposal to allow ISPs to give some Internet traffic priority over other traffic, abandoning the FCC’s previous doctrine of so-called Net neutrality.
A federal appeals court threw out the Net neutrality regulations in January. The FCC chairman then proposed replacement rules in May that critics maintain would curb freedom of speech on the Internet. Many of the biggest companies on the Internet — including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Dropbox and Yahoo…