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maryam@impact
maryam@impact
2/28/2017 11:44:17 PM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
Zenaida can you clarify your question?

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Zenaida
Zenaida
2/27/2017 6:16:43 PM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
That is what they actually plan to do.

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maryam@impact
maryam@impact
2/27/2017 1:09:36 AM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
While I think eventually rural areas will get greater connectivity it will only make smart business sense for Facebook and Google to work on high population density areas first . There are also many areas of the world that lack basic connectivity that present market opportunities for industries.

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dcawrey
dcawrey
2/26/2017 2:09:23 PM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
@maryam@impact I wonder if some of the efforts from Google and Facebook to provide connectivity can help this. Sure, I realize that the speeds offered by balloons and drones can't compare yet, but that could change at some point. 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
2/21/2017 11:09:31 PM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
The strategy, though, has to be smart--India seems to have figured it out.  Why this is not so in the United States continues to baffle me.  

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maryam@impact
maryam@impact
2/21/2017 6:02:15 PM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?

I agree to bring rural America the same connectivity that city dwellers enjoy is probably a long way off unless there is a key industry or company there that shepherds the effort. I live outside NYC and still find dead spots and spotty connections just 1 hour from NYC. We will get there eventually, but cities and industrials hubs will have priority!

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
2/21/2017 2:17:11 AM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
This implies pessimism.    I'd like to think otherwise especially in light of the reporting done in the Economic Times--we have some challenges no doubt, though.  

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
2/21/2017 2:15:23 AM
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Re: Hmm.. any predictions on when rural distinctions might disappear?
The 50-year old timeline seems to be too far fetched.    With the rapid chagnes we're seeing, I'd probably say at best 5 years--especially with   Curious to get all to comment on this:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/google-to-soon-provide-internet-in-rural-areas-through-balloons/articleshow/57203476.cms

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
2/21/2017 2:13:35 AM
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Re: Google Loon...
I wonder if the current folks having taken charge in Washington will actually be willing to reform the spectrum process in the United States or not.

 

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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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