Patrick Nelson

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Patrick Nelson was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication Producer Report and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson wrote the cult-classic novel Sprawlism.

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Fiber transmission range leaps to 2,500 miles, and capacity increases

Enterprises should be able to sell their excess internet capacity

Enterprises should be able to sell their excess internet capacity

If Dove Network's solution succeeds, data users will be able to circumvent traditional ISP data plans and buy capacity as needed from those who want to sell their excess.

Computing should be based on light, not electricity, scientists say

Computing should be based on light, not electricity, scientists say

An optical, in-computer breakthrough being explored by researchers at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will let computers run cooler and faster.

Disruption Tolerant Networking could change the internet

Disruption Tolerant Networking could change the internet

Disruption Tolerant Networking, being developed for NASA’s Solar System Internet, guarantees data delivery when traffic is interrupted. It could also be used in remote locations on Earth.

Internet infrastructure will be inundated as sea levels rise, says report

Internet infrastructure will be inundated as sea levels rise, says report

Fiber cables and data centers could be decimated by global warming-created sea-level rises in less than 15 years, say researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Oregon.

Quantum-secured network ‘virtually un-hackable’

Quantum-secured network ‘virtually un-hackable’

A U.K.-based broadband supplier has completed a quantum-key distribution (QKD) secured fiber internet link that it says hackers can't penetrate.

Qualcomm/Facebook gigabit Wi-Fi field trials to start in 2019

Qualcomm/Facebook gigabit Wi-Fi field trials to start in 2019

Qualcomm partners with Facebook to build a 60GHz urban Wi-Fi network, which the companies say will be faster to deploy than any fiber or copper solution.

Get ready for upcoming 6G wireless, too

Get ready for upcoming 6G wireless, too

A research group is exploring 5G’s ultimate replacement -- terahertz-based 6G wireless -- which could be in commercial use within 10 years.

Microsoft launches undersea, free-cooling data center

Microsoft launches undersea, free-cooling data center

Underwater data centers like Microsoft's Project Natick offer the benefit of free water cooling, plus they bring the ultimate in edge computing.

Data freshness, not speed, most important for IoT

Data freshness, not speed, most important for IoT

IoT is creating wireless network innovation. But it isn’t just about low latency and reliability promises. Data freshness and better security are getting attention, too.

For IoT, alternative location services are better than GPS

For IoT, alternative location services are better than GPS

Sensor-to-sensor and other alternative location-awareness services will consume less power and will be faster and cheaper than traditional GPS services.

Blockchain, service-centric networking key to IoT success

Blockchain, service-centric networking key to IoT success

IoT needs monetization, security, and a strong edge network. Researchers say they have the solution — Blockcloud — blockchain along with a service name addressing system.

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