Fast Forward: Gasping for Air

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Keith E. Whisman

Lets just use SubSpace.  Who knows maybe we are the ones that invent it anyhow. SubSpace allows Capt Kirk and Capt Picard to have instantaneous communications with Star Fleet from anywhere in the Universe and physicists have shown that Hyperspace does exist and a radio broadcast of Beethoven was sent through Hyperspace and returned as a complete broadcast. So subspace can be a reality and somehow it can be the answer because you maybe able to use hyperspace as a kind of closed tunnel from point to point like a cabled Lan. So standard radio sent through Hyperspace from the Internet provider to the hotspot or even to my router antennae. 

I am a trekie and this is the only solution your going to get out of me. If it's not a star trek solution then you are wrong mister. 

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retinaburn

Whenever femtocells are brought up to address connectivity/bandwidth problems, I always wonder why bother with cellular connections at all.  It just seems like a patchwork method of keeping telephony connections relevant in an internet world.

Wouldn't it be simpler to simply use WiFi connections to the Internet for both voice and data?  Use VoIP for all voice calls.  They could keep a cellular radio in phones just for those cases where you're in rural areas with no real internet presence.

The ISPs could easily widen the upload bandwidth on home and business connections to allow for the increased usage (as the upload bandwidth is predominantly software limited, no?), so that each WiFi router could be open to public use.  If they used device IDs rather than IP addresses, issues with "somebody is pirating content over my open WiFi" would be less of a problem.

I'm sure I'm oversimplifying a very complex problem, but I absolutely agree with the author that carriers should focus their attention on landlines which could easily handle the data that mobile phones demand. 

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mysteriousgamer

When RF space runs out, it's time to get creative.  We're talking lasers.  The idea i'm talking about is to have a laser-based antenna on your house/apartment/office building.  The laser would send a beam directly to a sattelite orbiting in space or maybe a blimp floating above your city.  The sattelite/aircraft would use an optical receiver and transmitter to send/receive internet signals back down to an ISP and back to you via a second laser beam.  Your laser antenna would have to have a separate receiver/modem to work correctly.  Alternately, you could have the laser antenna facing a second laser-based antenna on the ground by using towers facing each other from some distance away. And, since lasers use light, it's ultra-fast--as fast as RF.  

Lasers could be used harmlessly to provide internet service to millions of customers.  The laser could be just outside the optical spectrum of light--therefore no one sees light beams coming from rooftops.  The infrared and ultraviolet spectrums could be used as well for further bandwidth.

 

 

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nekollx

 heres a idea, provide a fermeto mini proadcaster to subcribers and give them some discout on service for being a "Braoad caster" you still make money off them (a bit less though) and improve celular coverage. Everyone wins

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lien_meat

wireless mesh networking?  I've never used it, and I'm not positive I understand it's implementation completely, but if we are talking about citywide connectivity wouldn't wireless mesh networking solve the issue of spectrum?  (well, if we go ipv6 that is...ipv4 can't handle that many addresses under one node...) Yes, private wireless networks still need spectrum space, but we are talking about telcoms...so isn't that basically what's needed?  Maybe I'm confused.

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QuakindudeMod

Airborne lasers would be horribly ineffective for this type of communications. They would also be tremendously power hungry even at blimp altitudes, much less stationed in space.Then, since lasers are just amplified light, there would be SO many factors that would interfere with them, it's not even funny.

Terrestrial based lasers, through the use of fiber optics technology, are completely doable though.But then, we remove the "wireless" part of that equation, rendering them ineffectual for the articles intent.

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Keith E. Whisman

I like my subspace idea better.

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