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Wi-Fi Powers Activate! Shape of a package! Form of a UPS Driver!: UPS merges a Bluetooth "ring" with a Wi-Fi belt attachment to speed package handling and tracking.
Bandwidth by fiat: two senators propose more ad hoc frequency reallocation: I'll sound like some kind of regulatory freak, but this proposal by Senators Allen and Boxer is yet another uncoordinated effort to force the FCC to carry out actions by fiat instead of as an effort by all branches of the government, international bodies, and private interests to figure out the best, optimum reallocation and harmonization. The proposed bill would pull out about 250 Mhz below 6 GHz, which could most easily come from the middle of the U-NII band at 5 GHz. 802.11a works in 5 GHz in three chunks, two at the low end, and one at the high end.
Intel pushes smart wireless ecosystem: Intel's notion is that users can be abstracted out of the decisionmaking process of what wireless network to use, instead having the equipment seamlessly adapt to whatever's available. Sounds like the right approach, once all the pieces for cell are in place. The NetMobile Wireless folks here in Seattle, for instance, can demo seamless continuous VPN access as they move from one wireless network type to another, but they require a fair amount of infrastructure at the home office and on individual devices. [via TechDirt]
English countryside doing it for themselves: This story by Ben Hammersley, written in October for the Guardian (but missed by me), tells of how rural areas in England are prompting entrepreneurial efforts, often involving Wi-Fi, to bring high-speed connections to areas that British Telecom says are too far below their radar. In Wales, a community effort inspired by Dave Hughes is rapidly transforming the picture of connectivity, and the secondary effects are apparently already cropping up. What better way to unite people spread out geographically for common cause than access?