Facebook plans Internet satellites

Internet platforms at different altitudesMark Zuckerberg says Facebook’s Connectivity Lab plans to build satellites to bring the Internet to more people.

“In our effort to connect the whole world with Internet.org, we’ve been working on ways to beam internet to people from the sky.

Today, we’re sharing some details of the work Facebook’s Connectivity Lab is doing to build drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone.

Our goal with Internet.org is to make affordable access to basic internet services available to every person in the world.”

“Our team has many of the world’s leading experts in aerospace and communications technology, including from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center. Today we are also bringing on key members of the team from Ascenta, a small UK-based company whose founders created early versions of Zephyr, which became the world’s longest flying solar-powered unmanned aircraft. They will join our team working on connectivity aircraft.”

Read his full post at https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10101322049893211

In this paper Mark describes the challenges and opportunities of a new generation of connectivity platforms: https://fbcdn-dragon-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t39.2365-6/851574_611544752265540_1262758947_n.pdf

Ofcom Consultation: 146-147 MHz for Amateur Radio use in UK

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Ofcom has published a consultation on the release of around 6 MHz of very high frequency (VHF) spectrum in the 143 to 169 MHz band, which has been returned for civil use.

The consultation says:

1.7 As demand for both operational and potential future services in the short to medium term is likely to be low we are also proposing to permit temporary access to 1 MHz of this spectrum (146 to 147 MHz) for Amateur Radio use, until such a time as it is needed by Business Radio or other services. Should additional spectrum be needed to meet operational requirements, we will remove the temporary allocation. Amateur Radio use of this frequency will be on a non-protection/ non-interference basis and will be subject to some geographical restrictions to ensure that there is no interference to neighbouring countries. We propose that the authorisation will be implemented by an individual Notice of Variation (NoV) to the Amateur Radio licence.

The consultation summarises responses to an earlier Call for Input on the release of spectrum in England, Wales and Northern Ireland between 143 and 156 MHz spectrum. Today’s document also encompasses spectrum that has been returned for civil use between 168 MHz and 169 MHz. Since the Call for Input was published, this spectrum is now available on a UK-wide basis.

The consultation explains Ofcom’s proposed approach to allocating the released spectrum, including a proposal that spectrum be made available on a first-come-first-served basis through Ofcom’s current Business Radio licence products.

Responses to the proposals are invited by 26 May 26, 2014, make your response at
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/vhf-143-169mhz/howtorespond/

Consultation document
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/vhf-143-169mhz/summary/VHF_consultation.pdf

Consultation: Responses to the Call for Input and Consultation on next steps of the release of spectrum within the frequency ranges 143 MHz to 169 MHz
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.%20uk/consultations/vhf-143-%20169mhz/