[time-nuts] lightsquared test in las vegas
brooke at pacific.net
Thu Jun 9 17:09:43 UTC 2011
For more than a decade the best internet connection I could get was
2-way satellite. The major problem with that is the ping time which
approaches one second and no amount of technology will change it one
iota (i.e. it's determined by two round trips up and back to the
satellite and the speed of light). Now that I've got DSL the ping time
is in the 25 ms area, see: http://www.prc68.com/I/attDSL.shtml
With DSL I can now get Netflix streaming video. This means watching
movies, some in HD. Crackle and others offer a similar service. This
takes much more bandwidth than YouTube. Note that YouTube has a 10
minute time limit and used to have a file size limit, but the file size
limit has been removed to encourage HD and/or 3D format uploads. I've
heard the movies over the internet are driving internet bandwidth.
Jason Rabel wrote:
> This is kind of in reference to other LightSquared articles that all seem to make mention of, "LightSquared's proposal for a network
> of 40,000 ground transmitters..."
> These 40k ground transmitters to be installed... Are they just going to be additional antennas on existing cell towers, or is
> LightSquared planning to construct their own towers in new locations?
> Reason I say... Cell towers are located for maximum coverage and the most dense population. Likewise, when traveling between cities
> they stick them close to the interstates so people can have reception while traveling. A blind man should be able to see that
> <rant>I guess the rest of the world will be able to enjoy GPS, while the US pays for it (but can't use it).... But hey, watching
> people do stupid things on youtube is infinitely more necessary for the US economy than a critical navigation system deployed in
> countless cars, boats, planes, and anything else that moves....
> This should have been killed off a long time ago, and the frequency spectrum stripped away from LightSquared just for the mere
> mention of doing something as stupid as they are trying to do...</rant>
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