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Cuba's new President Miguel Díaz-Canel said "The State will work to make [the Internet] available, accessible, affordable for all" in February 2015.

That sounds promising and he supported the blog La Joven Cuba when it was suppressed in 2013, but his recent speeches about the Internet are guarded. Don't expect a rapid, radical change in policy.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2017/05/trying-to-predict-miguel-diaz-canels.html

#Cuba   #Internet #ICT4D  
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Cuba has reached five million mobile accounts -- a mix of 2G and 3G coverage.

#Cuba   #Internet   #mobile  
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Update to post on the status of @SpaceX Starlink, satellite Internet service project -- extreme reuse
(Scroll to the end of the post).

The final version of the Falcon 9 series, the "Block 5" Falcon 9, was designed for extreme reuse because it will be used to take astronauts to the Space Station and NASA requires seven flights without making any changes in order to qualify for human flight.

Previous Falcon 9 versions were designed to be reused only two or three times, but SpaceX expects Block 5 rockets to have a 100-flight lifespan and only require refurbishing every tenth flight. This will save money and reduce recycle time and the overall time to launch the Starlink constellation. (The FCC's approval of Starlink requires that they launch at least 2,213 satellites within six years).

For a description of previous Falcon 9 version changes and the Block 5, watch this video (17:38):
https://youtu.be/X9A1Ny6B310

#Space   #Satellite   #Internet   #Spacex   #Starlink  





https://cis471.blogspot.com/2017/08/spacex-satellite-internet-project-status.html
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Cuba is rolling out 3G wireless today -- might they leapfrog over 4G to 5G wireless using a combination of terrestrial and satellite networks for backhaul? Neither Cuba nor the technology will be ready for several years and doing so would require political and policy change, but it would be a good fit with Cuban culture and skills,

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2018/04/a-5g-community-network-strategy-for.html
#Cuba   #Internet   #5G   #ICT4D  
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Update to post on Internet-enabled gerrymandering

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected the redrawn map submitted by the Legislature, substituting the map shown below which has:

+ 10 Trump 2016 districts
+ 8 Clinton 2016 districts
+ 1,908 district border miles
+ 13 county splits

As compared to the old map which had:
+ 12 Trump 2016 districts
+ 6 Clinton 2016 districts
+ 3,047 district border miles
+ 28 county splits

A dozen Republican members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have filed impeachment resolutions against the five Supreme Court judges who are Democrats, arguing that they had violated the State Constitution.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a Republican, released a statement calling the impeachment resolution "an attack upon an independent judiciary."

Two New York Times staff members drew the following map to demonstrate the ease with which partisan redistricting is achieved using mapping software with data available on the Internet. They did it using Dave's Redistricting Service -- you can try it for yourself.

It is easier to spot gerrymandering and state the problem than it is to come up with an equitable, constitutional solution, but we should do our best to keep partisan politics out of the process and legislators are nearly all members of a party. Having courts draw up maps, as was done in Pennsylvania, or allowing states to establish independent redistricting commissions like the one in California seem like imperfect steps in the right direction.

http://cis471.blogspot.com/2018/01/using-gerrymandering-technology-to.html

#Internet   #Gerrymandering   #lelection  
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Update to post on OneWeb's satellite Internet service project

OneWeb has joined the Seameless Air Alliance, which is developing standards for in-flight Internet connectivity through low-Earth orbiting satellites to terrestrial Internet gateways. Early members are mobile network operators Sprint and Bharti Airtel, Delta Airlines and Airbus.

Will SpaceX Starlink join the alliance? Will medium-Earth orbit satellite Internet service provider SES-networks (O3b)? An open standard for connectivity and billing will facilitate competition.

OneWeb's Greg Wyler expects standard communication with LEO in-flight Internet service to disrupt the industry. He says they will be offering service in 2020 and there will be several competing terminal manufacturers at that time.

http://cis471.blogspot.com/2017/08/oneweb-satellite-internet-project.html

#satellite   #Internet   #ICT4D   #OneWeb  
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Updates from Mayra Arevich, executive president of ETECSA and Maimir Mesa Ramos, Minister of Communications

#Cuba   #Internet   #ICT4D   #ETECSA  
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A White House photographer got this picture of #Trump's note card for his call to #Putin.
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Middle-Earth satellite operator O3b is now providing international connectivity for Cuba. Will O3b provide the backhaul capacity to continue Cuba's 3G mobile rollout? Will mPOWER, their next-generation satellite-terminal system, support a jump to 5G mobile? I outline reasons to think that might be the plan.

#Cuba   #Internet   #O3b   #mPOWER   #ICT4D  
Cuba's mobile-Internet strategy?
Cuba's mobile-Internet strategy?
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