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Title II and the future of LTE broadcast

Over the past 18 months, LTE broadcast has garnered significant buzz as one of the just-around-the-corner technologies that will help optimize the wireless experience. On the eve of the 2014 Super Bowl in New York, Verizon Wireless demonstrated the service, showing how it might someday solve the bandwidth problems that caused the NFL to blackout streaming video at stadiums. Since then, both Verizon and AT&T have invested significantly in the technology and are expected to debut services later this year. As the wireless industry analyzes the changed legal landscape following the FCC’s reclassification decision, the always-insightful Phil Goldstein at FierceWireless asks an interesting question: what does Title II mean for LTE broadcast? The answer is not as clear as one may think – but it may provide hope for those worried about how future innovation will fare under the FCC’s new framework. LTE broadcast is a technology that facilitates multicasting over wireless networks. With traditional streaming, a content provider sends an individual copy of requested content to each consuming device.
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Breathtaking progress with wireless networks

The future of networking is wireless, and we shouldn’t want it any other way. Despite the well-deserved hype about the boundless capacity of fiber optic wired networks, most network interactions in the future will begin and end without wires. There are two obvious reasons for this: mobility and flexibility. Not only do wireless networks allow for access while we’re in motion, they also allow us to rearrange our gear without the hassle of pulling new wires. And wireless networks are fundamentally safer, neater, and more reliable than their wired counterparts, as they do away with cable clutter and are immune to cable cuts. Emerging technologies promise to increase the efficiency of wireless networks by a hundred times: parallelism technologies such as Multi-User Multiple Input/Multiple Output (MU-MIMO), Space Division Multiplexing (SDM), and Beam-Forming permit multiple devices to use the same spectrum at the same time in the same place, something that hasn’t been possible before without a reduction in performance.
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Senate grasps at balance as patent reform debate intensifies

The ongoing patent reform debate has pitted patent holders against accused infringers, the biotech industry against software and hardware developers, and universities and research institutions – who rely heavily on patent protection – against the major American and multinational companies who spend inordinate sums defending themselves against frivolous patent litigation. Congress has struggled for the past several years to devise an effective way to stamp out abuse of the patent system while enforcing legitimate patent rights. It came darn close last spring, before then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pulled the plug on a proposed bill – apparently at the behest of the trial lawyers lobby.
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How Internet technology is fueling the shift towards sustainable farming in America

Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks clearly wasn’t talking about America’s tech savvy farmers. Farming, a profession that has been around since long before we developed the idea of “professions,” has embraced emerging technologies like it’s nobody’s business. One form of farming in particular – sustainable farming – might just have technology to thank for what many expect to be rapid market growth.

Sustainable farming aims to protect the health...