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Articles tagged with: wireless networks

U.S. Spreads Democracy Through Shadow Networks

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and Mobile phone systems that citizens of repressed governments can use to bypass censorship in their native countries. The initiative is funded with $2 million from a State Department grant and the Internet is deployed from a small briefcase.

The idea is to smuggle the briefcase (full of Internet) across the border and quickly set it up to allow wireless communication over a wide area with a link to the world wide web. This could be the first step out of many that gives people a greater freedom to step up against their government. The new liberation-technology movement involves creating these stealth wireless networks so activists can communicate outside their government’s ears in countries like Iran, Syria, and Libya.

All AT&T 3G Phones Will Need To Be Replaced

AT&T has announced yet another big change. Subscribers with 3G cell phones will need to replace their units in order to keep their wireless service working. However, this change will not be happening immediately. Fortunately, the entire process will take several years and Ralph de la Vega (Head of AT&T wireless) assures us that “there is nothing for them to worry about.”

Why the big change? AT&T plans on rearranging the function of T-Mobile’s cell towers, making 3G towers into 4G towers, which would serve the greater good for wireless consumers in the future.