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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/17/2017 3:20:29 PM
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Google Loon...
Interestingly, it looks like Google's Loon project might have figured out a way to maneuver its balloons around a specified area -- so they won't have to make a complete ring around the earth. If the winds are right, the balloons can circle an area and possibly provide wireless broadband coverage indefinitely. 

Now getting the right spectrum licenses and actually deploying a commercial service would seem to be the next huge challenge... 

http://archive.is/2017.02.17-200115/https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/244655-project-loon-uses-machine-learning-make-internet-balloons-dance-wind

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/17/2017 10:20:50 AM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
There are less than a handful of examples of these grassroot networks. I think some mesh networks are being deployed slowly in a few cities. But, as you point out, they aren't exactly going to become mainstream in the near future. Still, there could be a disruptive technology like Googles Loon project that might figure out a low cost way to deploy broadband everywhere....

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dcawrey
dcawrey
2/16/2017 6:34:25 PM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
This is a great concept, the only problem is that we've seen these cooperatives be really slow when it comes to technology. I totally agree that this is something game-changing in terms of costs and efficiency. The problem is: How will they effectively deploy systems like this?

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/13/2017 7:51:38 PM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
> "If IoT sensor technology expands in the same manner as electricity we're in for a lot of changes."

The benefits of the electrical grid were obvious way back when, but the upside for IoT sensors? That hasn't quite gotten the same reaction. IoT sensors might save everyone a little bit of time or money, and make things more efficient -- but they don't completely change how we do things just yet (like electricity did). 

I think it might take a decentralized energy/transportation grid to make IoT sensors/devices really mainstream.... Because then things are already being done in a "different" way, and the IoT sensors/devices are enabling it.

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Jeremy
Jeremy
2/13/2017 5:17:49 AM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
I agree that the kind of widespread connectivity we're discussing here is probably a long, long way off. A lot of this technology is also likely to trickle down from cities, making them even more appealling to move to in the short term! 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/12/2017 2:25:35 AM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
Costs of decentralized civilization might be decreasing? Solar panels could make a mesh grid more economical-- and allow for all kinds of distributed systems to exist. Especially if autonomous vehicles become more practical and efficient... then physical items can be shipped anywhere cheaply too.

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Michelle G
Michelle G
2/11/2017 7:52:52 PM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
You bring up an interesting point. I'm really curious about the next 50 years myself. If IoT sensor technology expands in the same manner as electricity we're in for a lot of changes. Cost is a concern -- I wonder what kind of increases we might see. 

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afwriter
afwriter
2/11/2017 3:42:44 PM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
I see where you are going and I think that it will happen but it will probably take a little more than 50 years. 

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afwriter
afwriter
2/11/2017 3:41:29 PM
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Speed is King
I think there are going to be a lot of challenges with bringing IoT to rural areas. Some rural areas don't even have internet access much less the speeds to sustain IoT.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
2/10/2017 7:53:34 PM
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Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
It's a significant problem for the foreseeable future to have rural networks that are less supported than sub-urban/urban networks.. but I simply wonder how long the demographics of rural populations are expected to persist? As work becomes more technology-related and less about location or "the land" -- more people may be able to move to less populated areas. Or currently sparsely populated areas may become more populated as fewer people see the need to move to a city. But how long will it take for a decentralized society to emerge? 

ie. Will we have a global wireless 9G network connecting every point on Earth in the next 50 years? 

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