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Paper – Enabling Competition & Innovation on a City Fiber Network

Enabling Competition & Innovation on a City Fiber Network October 5, 2017. Download from DASHDownload from SSRN. Authored by Paddy Leerssen and David Talbot

“This case study of Ammon, Idaho’s city-run fiber-optic network describes an unusual strategy for encouraging retail Internet service competition and innovation. Cities, towns and counties seeking to help their citizens and businesses by building fiber-optic networks may do so under a number of models, including building unused or “dark” fiber and then finding private providers to install network electronics and provide services. By contrast, Ammon decided to take all the steps required to operate the network, then use a technology called network virtualization to make it very easy for retail providers to provide services, which are then presented to users via an online dashboard. In theory, Ammon’s residences and businesses can take multiple services simultaneously, create private networks within Ammon’s city network, and obtain city services and emergency alerts over the network even if they don’t take an Internet access subscription. As of the date of publication, two ISPs have started to provide service, and Ammon itself has developed certain public safety applications. Though at an early stage, the project represents a versatile technological and operational model for other public fiber networks.”

Thomson Reuters Podcast – Dangers of Public Wi-Fi

Legal Current – “Free wi-fi is widely available and tempting to use, especially when traveling.  Hotels, airports, coffee shops, even NYC subway stations provide it. But the dangers of public wi-fi are many-fold.  Not only are they hunting grounds for hackers, but a new report from security firm FireEye claims a Russian hacker group known… Continue Reading

Metro to install WiFi at all underground stations starting in summer 2017

WaPo – Metro to install WiFi at all underground stations starting in summer 2017 – “Metro started a pilot program in August to test WiFi at six downtown stations. Now, General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld has “greenlighted” an expansion to all underground stations.” Continue Reading

Wi-Fi passwords from airports around the world

Anil Polat: “[Here] is a regularly updated map of all the airport wireless and lounge passwords you send and I come across on my travels. I’ll still be updating the original how to get wireless passwords from airports page with this information as well but now you can search around on the map directly.” Continue Reading

Paper – Human identification using WiFi signal

Full text only available to subscribers, but the abstract alone will illuminate the extensive power of Wi-Fi sensing technology: “WiFi devices are now pervasive in our environment. Recent research has demonstrated that it is possible to sense the perturbations created by human motion in the WiFi spectrum to identify basic activities, gestures and even keystrokes.… Continue Reading

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July–December 2015

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July–December 2015. Stephen J. Blumberg, Ph.D., and Julian V. Luke, Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics. Released May 2016. “Preliminary results from the July–December 2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicate that the number of American homes with only… Continue Reading

Report From the Student Privacy Frontlines: 2015 in Review

EFF: “This year the fight to protect student privacy hit a boiling point with our Spying on Students campaign, an effort to help students, parents, teachers, and school administrators learn more about the privacy issues surrounding school-issued devices and cloud services. We’re also working to push vendors like Google to put students and their parents… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Fifth Measuring Broadband America Report

News release: “The Federal Communications Commission today released the results of its ongoing nationwide performance study of consumers’ fixed broadband Internet access service in its fifth “Measuring Broadband America” report. The report furthers the Commission’s efforts to provide greater transparency about network performance to help consumers make more informed choices about broadband services. This year’s… Continue Reading

Pew – Home Broadband 2015

The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued, and more rely only on their smartphones for online access: “Three notable changes relating to digital access and digital divides are occurring in the realm of personal connectivity, according to new findings from Pew Research Center surveys. First, home broadband adoption seems to have plateaued.… Continue Reading

CDC – Landlines have ceded role to mobile

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January–June 2015 “Preliminary results from the January–June2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicate that the number of American homes with only wireless telephones continues to grow. Nearly one – half of American homes (47.4 %) had only wireless telephones (also known as cellular… Continue Reading

IG Semiannual Report to Congress on State Department

Semiannual Report to the Congress – April 1, 2015, to September 30, 2015 – Office of Inspector General “Although the Department has taken steps to improve security since the September 2012 attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, OIG continues to find security deficiencies at U.S. diplomatic facilities abroad. Of the 11 U.S.… Continue Reading

Search Engine Backed by Internet-Wide Scanning

“Censys is a search engine that enables researchers to ask questions about the hosts and networks that compose the Internet. Censys collects data on hosts and websites through daily ZMap and ZGrab scans of the IPv4 address space, in turn maintaining a database of how hosts and websites are configured. Researchers can interact with this… Continue Reading