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The News – 10/18/02
True 3G Is Here; The Hinterland Rules
The second part of the Why
You Need to Get Hip to HIPAA series will appear in a future
Although you’ve heard the hype from the major wireless network
vendors about their 3G networks (AT&T Wireless' mlife, Verizon's
Express Network, Sprint's PCS Vision), no major network has
actually released a true 3G capability, defined as sustained
144Kbps data connectivity. Field trials of all the major solutions
have shown real world connectivity barely meeting the 56Kbps
throughput of your standard wired modem.
Well now there is a true US 3G network, based on Qualcomm’s
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network technology. But don’t look for it in
a major metro area near you. Monet Mobile Networks’ network
is limited to six upper Midwest cities: Duluth, MN, Eau Claire,
WI, Sioux Falls, SD, Fargo, ND, Moorhead, MN, and Grand Forks,
In what is rapidly becoming a trend, the hinterland is getting
way more wired than either coast. In fact, you can be just as
wired in Duluth as you can in South Korea, the world’s first
The 1xEV-DO technology provides a peak data rate of 2.4 Mbps
using a single 1.25 MHz CDMA carrier. This means that, even
with many users contending for network resources, the average
user is likely to get more than 144Kbps throughput, equivalent
to many wired broadband solutions. In fact, experts estimate
that users will see data rates between 600Kbps and 1,200Kbps
during off-peak hours, and between 150Kbps and 300Kbps during
peak hours, with instantaneous data rates as high as 2.4Mbps.
That’s fast enough for video, folks.
Proponents of the technology point out that the CDMA migration
path offers higher speeds and easier conversion than the GSM/GPRS
path being followed by AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile and others.
saw Monet at the Upper
Great Plains Technology Conference & Trade Show this
week in Fargo, ND. The event was co-sponsored by North Dakota
Senator Byron Dorgan, who also co-sponsored the Rural Broadband
Enhancement Act in 2001. This act, combined with local efforts
in North Dakota, has produced some astounding broadband penetration
in the state. The state has announced plans for a $20 million
state-wide broadband network that will connect 552 locations
in 194 North Dakota cities. There’s a robust fiber network covering
much of the interior of the state, which is so sparsely populated,
it only has one representative in the US House.
According to the National Carrier Exchange Association, despite
the challenges of long loop lengths and distances from IP backbones,
65 percent of rural lines are now broadband capable, in comparison
to 14 percent in 1999.
At this rate, access to high speed wired and wireless broadband
will draw people from the populous cities to the countryside,
where, arguably, the quality of life is better and the cost
of living lower. In fact, a Minneapolis-area software development
outsourcing company Cross USA has ROOTS (Rural
Office Of Technology Services) located in Sebeka, MN and Watford
City, ND. Both facilities are served by high speed broadband.
In these centers, a loyal, experienced staff develops software
for major clients while enjoying hunting, fishing, traffic-free
commutes, and affordable lakeside housing. Customers can enjoy
25 percent to 40 percent savings over development based in a
major urban area.
While the giant telecom companies struggle to wire up the urbanites,
the wide open spaces have caught up and are surpassing their
city cousins in wiredness. How you gonna keep ‘em down in the
suburb once they’ve seen Fargo?
- Shameless Self-Promotion Dept.: SNS is two years
old! Pop a cork!
I’m featured in Manyworlds’ Thought
Leader Showcase, which lists a few of the white papers
Also, check out the article I wrote for the Taylor Harkins
newsletter entitled, Do you hate your customers?
It continues the theme from my earlier article, analyzing
the media industry’s response to file sharing. My next article
for them will be on Short Messaging Service (SMS), so watch
for it soon.
Finally, the CTOMentor wireless white paper, You Can Take
It with You: Business Applications of Personal Wireless Devices,
is available at ITPapers.
- Foreign Cybersquatting: You may be
aware that the US Congress passed the Anticybersquatting Consumer
Protection Act (ACPA) which protects trademark owners from
folks who register trademark names, or names substantially
similar to trademarks, with the intent of confusing Internet
users. Many cybersquatters are also typosquatters: people
who register misspellings of popular domain names, such as
yaho or mircosoft.com. (See the TrendSpot
for more information on typosquatting.)
An interesting recent suit was brought by CNN against a Chinese
news company that registered the domain name cnnews.com.
The Chinese company argued that the ACPA refers only to US
commerce and that offering news and information to a Chinese
audience did not have any effect on US commerce. Everything
available on the Chinese Web site was in the Chinese language,
meant only for Chinese residents, and required payment in
Despite this rather reasonable-sounding argument, the US court
found that the company had violated the ACPA and had acted
in bad faith. The judge said that the site was used by persons
who knew Chinese in the US, and thus American commerce was
affected. Also, the judge found that the Chinese had acted
in bad faith since they had never used the name Cnnews before
registering the domain name and they also had knowledge of
CNN’s mark prior to their registration. Finally, the court
said the use of .com instead of the country code .cn demonstrated
that their target market was not limited to China.
So, even if you’re a foreign company, you need to be careful
in creating domain names that are similar to US trademark
holders’ domains. This is probably also true of foreign trademark
holders’ domains as well, but, since Network Solutions, which
maintains the domain name database, is a US company, it’s
a bit murky how any disputes involving foreign parties and
.com names will get handled.
Source: Twin Cities Electronic Commerce Forum newsletter
article by Linda
- Justice Lost 400 Laptops: These are
the guys protecting our homeland, and they can’t even keep track
of their own computers! Inspector General Glenn Fine of the
US Justice Department reported that 400 portable PCs belonging
to the FBI, DEA, USMS, BOP, and INS were missing. Many contained
sensitive data relating to national security and law enforcement,
which is alarming, but even more alarming is the fact that the
FBI hadn’t performed an inventory count since before 1993.
- BlackBerry Gets Better Connected: A
couple of recent announcements have dramatically improved the
utility of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry™ PDA. In August,
the company announced that it will offer a secure software application
for viewing email attachments on its devices. The company claims
the application “will leverage open standards and core BlackBerry
wireless email features including end-to-end security (with
Triple DES encryption), always-on capabilities, multi-network
support and centralized management to enable secure access to
email attachments.” Then, this week, RIM announced the commercial
availability of a new Java-based BlackBerry Wireless Handheld™
for Rogers™ AT&T™ Wireless’ GSM/GPRS network in Canada.
The BlackBerry 6710™ integrates a phone into the PDA.
These improvements bring the BlackBerry from the rear of the
PDA convergence revolution to the forefront and enable the device
to compete against Pocket PC-based PDA phones.
- Nanotech Bill Introduced: In September,
US Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) and
George Allen (R-Va.) introduced bipartisan legislation to promote
nanotechnology research and development in the United States.
The 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act
would spark a coordinated inter-agency effort that would support
long-term nanoscale research and development.
“Nanotechnology is quickly transforming almost every corner
of our modern world and is already significantly improving our
quality of life,” said Allen. “From computers and electronic
devices, to health care and pharmaceuticals, to agriculture,
energy and our national defense, nanoscience will be the foundation
of many of the revolutionary advances and discoveries in the
decades to come and will soon occupy a major portion of the
Check out our Nanotechnology Resources
directory for more information on this important technology.
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