j2 Briefing: FCC news, Microsoft whitespace, polls

The j2 Podcast for August 29, 2019

Microsoft is pushing it’s Whitespace product as a solution to the Digital divide. This has been branded “Airband”
https://www.multichannel.com/news/microsoft-brands-rural-divide-national-crisis

The FCC
The commission unanimously voted to distribute more than $20 billion of Universal Service Fund subsidies over the next decade as part of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. It also adopted a long-awaited proposal to get more detailed information from broadband providers about where they offer service in order to improve the agency’s coverage maps.  <let’s hope this revamps the form 477 reportin>

iOt is showing it’s age
Amazon is killing off the gimicky Dash buttons.
https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/01/amazon-dash-buttons/

Verizon turns up 5G

In the ever-changing 5g race Verizon turns up 5G in Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Washington DC

New poll says the Internet is more important than Air conditioning while on vacation
https://www.swnsdigital.com/2019/08/majority-of-americans-would-rather-give-up-air-conditioning-than-have-no-internet-on-vacation/

Mobile Users double since 2013
The percentage of respondents who said their primary online access devices is mobile has effectively doubled since 2013, and many of those are using mobile as a substitute, rather than a complement, to wired broadband service.
https://www.multichannel.com/news/pew-mobile-broadband-users-double-since-2013

 

Indiana 2019 ISP meeting May 16th

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-indiana-isp-meeting-tickets-60311319781

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Indiana Internet Service Providers (ISP) meeting on May 16th 2019. This meeting is open to Internet Service Providers in Indiana. You don’t have to be a WISPA member to attend. Registration is limited to 60 attendees at this time.

Address for the meeting will be:

Indianapolis WinGate Airport Hotel
5797 Rockville Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46224

Last Years Agenda – To be updated.

7:00-800- Registration and Coffee

8:00-8:30 – Opening & Introductions – Vendor Spotlight

8:30-8:45 – Session 1 – State of Indiana Topics / Senator

8:45-9:00 – Avoiding analysis paralysis with monitoring – Adam Kennedy

9:00-9:45 – Steve Coran

9:15-10:00 – Session 4

10:00-10:15 – Technology Update for WISPS (small cells and other hot Topics) -Justin Wilson

10:15-10:40 – Using Drones for Site Surveys – WISPr Systems – Conor Ferguson

10:40-11:00 – Session 7

11:00-12:30 – Roundtable & Vendor Visit Time

12:30 – Adjournment – Track info

1:00pm – Lunch @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LifeLIne DC Track Suite.
– Indy 500 Practice Day & Social

The schedule may adjust as the date gets closer.

We will have a Hot continental breakfast bar. Includes Eggs, Meat, Potatoes, Biscuit and Gravy, Cereals, Fruit, Apple and Orange Juice, Bagels, Danishes & make your own-waffles and pancakes. Coffee & Tea.

Look for more information to come on our facebook and Social Media pages.