Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that 10 rural electric cooperatives and utilities have been awarded funding to build or expand transmission and distribution lines and provide smart grid technology to benefit nearly 20,000 rural consumers, according to a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Starting with Tivo, then Bittorrent, then countless legitimate video sites, our content distribution systems are becoming less clear. Televisions have flattened, but also grown more powerful and now are connected to the Net for live streaming, standby screens, VOD, DLNA, apps, and more. Our phones are now video screens as we place-shift media and sideload to various devices. The TV market is no longer clearly defined, and has effectively merged into the Internet.
Planned community Brambleton announced yesterday that it will be Verizon's first community in the U.S. to offer the Verizon Home Monitoring and Control Service making the concept of the "Connected Home" a reality. The service will enable Brambleton homeowners to lock doors remotely; see what's going on at home via networked cameras; and set, adjust and control lights, smart thermostats and appliances -- all by using a smartphone, a computer or through FiOS TV.
Google announced Wednesday plans to build their first ultra high-speed Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in Kansas City, Kansas. The company has signed a development agreement with the city and will be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring a the network technology to the community and provide 1GB of access to every home.
The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will undertake a thorough review of AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile. The proposed merger would create the nation's largest wireless company with a total of 130 million subscribers nationwide, opening the door to a near duopoly shared by the merged firm and Verizon. The Attorney General will analyze the merger for potential anti-competitive impacts on consumers and businesses across New York State, he announced yesterday.
Concerns about potential GPS interference continue to haunt LightSquared Wireless, the Wall Street Journal reported today. In the latest news, the Defense Department and federal transportation officials have expressed concerns that LightSquared mobile broadband service, which operates on frequencies originally intended for satellite phones, could potentially interfere with military GPS devices, because LightSquared is proposing to operate on spectrum frequencies very close to those used by GPS services.
Law firm Preti Flaherty recently announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has adopted a Final Rule which establishes a level playing field for those who wish to reduce their energy consumption during times of scarcity. Energy attorney Donald J. Sipe was actively involved in providing legal and economic thought leadership to FERC throughout two and a half years of advocacy, research and eventually rule-making hearings.
Nokia (Espoo, Finland) will join with Microsoft (Redmond, WA, USA) to challenge Apple and Google's grip on the smartphone market in a bold move by the Finnish manufacturer.
Nokia will use Windows Phone as its software platform for all forthcoming smartphones as part of a sweeping overhaul announced by CEO Stephen Elop.
Society may already be dangerously over-reliant on satellite radio navigation systems like GPS, the Royal Academy of Engineering (London) warns in a report published today. The range of applications using the technology is now so broad that, without adequate independent backup, signal failure or interference could potentially affect safety systems and other critical parts of the economy.
IDC Energy Insights (Framingham, MA, USA) released a new analysis tool today called the "Worldwide Quarterly Smart Meter Tracker," which is forecasting worldwide growth of 13% in smart meter unit shipments by 2015, with a total of over 460 million meters shipped through the forecast period.