Your phones are always watching and tracking

https://wgme.com/news/nation-world/racist-graffiti-cellphones-wi-fi-glenelg-md

Four Maryland teenagers sneaked onto their school’s property the night before graduation last year and covered it in racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic graffiti.

The Washington Post described how they got caught in a Tuesday story . It says they covered their faces during the hate crime, but didn’t realize their cellphones automatically connected to Glenelg High School’s Wi-Fi under their individual student IDs. Seth Taylor, Tyler Curtiss, Joshua Shaffer and Matthew Lipp were soon arrested.

Some Towers under 200’ now need to be marked

Some points from the news article. Communications towers have the option is the key for you WISP friends.

New FAA regulations require landowners to mark any towers between 50′ and 200′ on their property, as well as include the towers in a new database the FAA is developing.

The new requirements are due to provisions in the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 and the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.

Under the provisions in these laws, meteorological evaluation towers (METs) meeting the requirements stipulated in the bills must be both marked and logged in to the FAA database. Communication towers of the same size have the option to be either be marked or logged in the FAA database.

https://generalaviationnews.com/2019/07/08/new-faa-regulations-require-towers-under-200-to-be-marked/

Tool of the week: Rf Explorer

RF Explorer – ISM Combo and Handheld Spectrum Analyzer 240 – 960 MHz and 2.35 – 2.55 GHz

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H4B9A0E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_PlLiDbYF7E5WQ

Wide band coverage to all popular sub-1Ghz ISM bands and 2.4GHz band, including 315MHz, 433MHz, 868MHzand 915MHz, 2.4GHz WiFi, Zigbee, also including UHF TV, 70cm and 33cm HAM radio, GSM, etc. Any frequency from 240MHzto 960MHz and 2350MHz to 2550MHz is supported

Preseem releases access point paper

https://www.preseem.com/2019/06/wireless-access-point-market-insights/

Unlike spec sheets from manufacturers, Preseem collects real-world data from access points in all kinds of deployments and analyzes statistics at a top level to offer valuable insights. So, as part of our Fixed Wireless Network Report, we calculated wireless access point market insights on market share, connected subscriber count, performance on QoE metrics like latency and much more…

Three Spacelink Satellites just floating

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7200885/SpaceX-loses-control-three-Starlink-internet-satellites-just-WEEKS-launch.html

SpaceX has lost contact with three satellites in its new Starlink orbiting network, with the errant craft now destined to fall out of orbit and burn up in the atmosphere. 

Granted, they launched 60 satellites and only three have been lost so far. That is a 5% failure rate so far.

Comcast is pushing for broadband mapping changes

https://www.multichannel.com/news/comcast-pushes-shapefile-broadband-mapping-approach

Comcast met with FCC officials last week to urge them to adopt NCTA-The Internet & Television Association’s proposal to use polygon shapefiles to more accurately map broadband deployment, including where service could be lit up in a matter of days, which it argues should count as served.