Article: Eau Claire County, Wis., to Test Free Starlink Internet

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Eau Claire County, Wis., to Test Free Starlink Internet

Eau Claire County, Wis., has selected 50 participants who will receive a year of free Internet as part of a pilot project. The pilot focuses on unserved businesses and households in rural parts of southeastern Eau Claire County. It is operated by SpaceX Starlink and costs $85,000 total.

As part of paying for the project, the local community needed to raise $30,000 and has successfully done so, according to Supervisor Don Mowry, chair of the county Broadband Committee, which met Thursday. Funding was covered in part by three health care providers that have partnered with the county on this project: Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System and Hospital Sisters Health System.

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Article: The Promises and Perils of 6G Technology

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The Promises and Perils of 6G Technology

6G is different. While historical advances in the cellular communication standards have changed the way consumers use their mobile devices, the legal ramifications of those advances have largely been cabined to the telecommunications industry. 6G technology will usher in a revolution in innovation, unleashing artificial intelligence, revolutionizing the health care and data-transmission sectors, and creating never-before-seen privacy issues.

6G offers the potential for transmission speeds 100 times greater than 5G, near-zero latency, and connection density as high as 10 million devices per square kilometer. These advances will create a network where almost every device can be simultaneously connected, enabling a range of technologies that are not possible today.

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Article: Protecting High-Level Personnel from IMSI Catchers

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Protecting High-Level Personnel from IMSI Catchers

In September 2019, attribution was given to Israel for the IMSI catchers discovered in Washington, D.C. two years earlier, shining light on the prevalence of these types of spying devices. Once used solely by law enforcement as a way of finding the international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) linked to a criminal suspect’s SIM card for investigative purposes, now just about anyone can acquire or build an IMSI catcher to intercept a target’s communications. With such low barriers to entry, it’s no longer just the bad guys who need to be worried about these devices.

At a basic level, an IMSI catcher – also known as a cell-site simulator, fake cell tower, rogue base station, StingRay or dirtbox, to name a few of its many descriptors – consists of two main parts: a radio frontend for sending and receiving radio waves and a network backend for simulating a cellular core network. Today, anyone with a software-defined radio (SDR) and a computing device running an open-source base station program (like OpenBTS) can effectively operate an IMSI catcher.

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Article: CBRS and open source software power wireless networks in national parks

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CBRS and open source software power wireless networks in national parks

A company that has built dozens of CBRS networks is now working with FreedomFi to deploy private LTE using open source software. AccessParks says it has already established almost 100 CBRS LTE networks, and by the end of this year it expects to have 200 live sites at national parks and private RV parks around the country.

The company has worked with a number of radio and core network vendors, but going forward AccessParks will standardize on FreedomFi’s core network solution while continuing to use multiple radio vendors.

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Article: ORS publishes first release of open source 5G Broadcast receiver

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ORS publishes first release of open source 5G Broadcast receiver

The first software release of the Open Broadcast Edge Cache Appliance (OBECA) has been published on GitHub. Developed by ORS, the world’s smallest open source 5G Broadcast receiver was first unveiled in February. It is intended to tackle the lack of mobile end devices for 5G Broadcast ecosystems.

The first version of OBECA includes functionality to receive 5G Broadcast signals (FeMBMS and Release 16) and enables the transmission of programmes in the RTP format. In addition, the receiver already provides the option to receive signals within normal broadcast bandwidths (6, 7 and 8 MHz broadcasting channels).

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Article: Why a Mexican Village’s DIY Cellphone Network Matters

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Why a Mexican Village’s DIY Cellphone Network Matters

When an Indigenous community in Oaxaca, snubbed by telecom giants, created its own mobile network, things didn’t go exactly as planned. But the experiment revealed the strength of its social bonds.

Imagine you’re in a picturesque Mexican village, nestled high in the mountains of the Sierra Madre. In your hand, you’re gripping a cellphone. You’re staring at your device’s signal bars, hoping to see them come alive for the first time. Suddenly, the bars glow brightly. Success! You continue testing the network, winding up steep cobblestone paths between sunbaked, stucco houses. Gleeful cheers begin erupting everywhere. Stunned villagers stagger outside, holding cellphones.

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Article: OpenBts Software

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OpenBts Software

The OpenBTS software is a Linux application that uses a software-defined radio to present a standard 3GPP air interface to user devices, while simultaneously presenting those devices as SIP endpoints to the Internet.

This forms the basis of a new type of wireless network which promises to expand coverage to unserved and underserved markets while unleashing a platform for innovation, including offering support for emerging network technologies, such as those targeted at the Internet of Things.

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Article: Open Spectrum MAPRAD.IO Radiocomms Register Search Tool

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Open Spectrum MAPRAD.IO Radiocomms Register Search Tool

MAPRAD.IO leverages the latest web technologies to provide a unified, centralised view of radiocommunications register data that is free to use. Optimised for mobile use, it provides a fast and flexible search tool to query and instantly map register data. Supported searches are based on geospatial references and proximity, licence/licensee identifiers, and advanced custom search queries incorporating radio operating parameters.

A key feature is a powerful filtering and categorisation system based on the modern faceted search concepts adopted by many large web-based search applications, coupled with up-to-date register data.

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Article: PittMesh routers are owned by individuals

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PittMesh routers are owned by individuals

We live in a society where large corporations essentially own two of the major ways we communicate: telephone (mobile and landlines) and the Internet (email, chat, etc).

While paying for services to correspond with others over long distances might make sense, modern technology gives us better and more affordable options for communicating with those close to us. If you have wireless networking equipment in your home that is capable of communicating with your neighbor’s equipment, why not just communicate directly with them?

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Article: Out in the Open: This Super-Cheap Cellphone Network Brings Coverage Almost Anywhere

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Out in the Open: This Super-Cheap Cellphone Network Brings Coverage Almost Anywhere

ANTARCTICA IS PROBABLY the last place you’d expect cellphone service. But thanks to the Australian government and a company called Range Networks, you’ll soon be able to find a signal near several research facilities on the continent.

Range has already brought GSM service–the same type of network that carries voice calls and text messages elsewhere in the world–to Macquarie Island, a small island just outside the Antarctic Circle. This is preferable to walkie talkies or Wi-Fi because it provides wider coverage while using less energy. And although the network has a satellite uplink to connect it with the rest of the world, it doesn’t depend on satellites for local communications, which is essential to the safety of field researchers.

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