With Senate confirmation of incoming FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Republican Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, the FCC is now back at full strength. A full plate of issues critical to the future of innovation and the national economy now awaits the five men and women who sit atop the agency.
Most FCC leadership teams are lucky if they get to decide one, maybe two, policy decisions of significant impact on the course of innovation and the national economy. This leadership team has the opportunity to be the decision-makers on a number of critical matters. It is the FCC’s moment.
Among the key issues is radio spectrum -- both in the licensed cellular and unlicensed Wi-Fi bands. By 2017, the amount of mobile traffic moving over networks will be 67 times what it was in 2007. Wi-Fi networks now carry half of all US Internet traffic, a number which will grow to two-thirds by 2017. There is bipartisan agreement that more spectrum must be made available to ensure we can meet consumer demand, which is growing as a result of our ever-increasing reliance on smartphones and tablets, and the video and other content we consume every day.
The prior leadership of the FCC has successfully identified, and teed up, a number of spectrum bands that can be made available for broadband – 600 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, 3.5 GHz, and 5 GHz. Now these proceedings must be decided. The issues in these dockets are difficult ones – transitioning spectrum from existing uses to new uses, and in some cases sharing spectrum — and are not susceptible to easy resolution. The FCC’s actions to resolve these matters over the next 12-18 months will determine whether our regulatory system is up to the challenges that technology change and consumer demand have laid at its feet.
And as the FCC swings into decision-making mode on spectrum, so too will it need to decide how to modernize and streamline the E-Rate program. E-Rate is the cornerstone of America’s effort to connect schools and libraries to the Internet. Since the program’s inception 15 years ago, it has connected 100,000 schools to the Internet. But the needs of modern districts and classrooms are much different than they were 15 years ago. Fifteen years ago, having a dial-up connection in a classroom was considered cutting edge. Today, we need 25 students at a time – in classroom after classroom — to be able to connect to video content over a wireless network. Among others things, this requires ensuring that there not just be good connections to schools, but within schools as well. Cisco has developed 5 major recommendations on E-Rate, to ensure that there will be high speed broadband in every classroom in America. Our recommendations can be found here.
Finally, we’d like to congratulate Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner O’Rielly on their confirmations, and we stand ready to work with them – and the other FCC Commissioners – to find practical solutions to the significant telecommunications challenges facing our nation.
At Cisco’s inaugural Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum in Barcelona this week, I spoke about how IoT is impacting multiple industries and public sector creating tremendous business value for companies, cities and governments around the world. IoT, which we define as the networked connection of physical objects has made its way from vision to an explicit part of Cisco’s agenda and to a definition in the Oxford dictionary. Together with mobility, cloud, big data, IPv6, and an apps world, IoT is one of the technology transitions that make up the Internet of Everything which includes the networked connection of people, data, process and things.
It is fascinating to see how IoT is rapidly gaining traction. We talked to more than 700 business and global thought leaders from across industries, governments and technologies at the IoT World Forum, who like Cisco, are passionate about innovation and accelerating the advancement of the Internet of Things for their organizations and society as a whole. As we move towards an application economy, we are working to make the world more connected. Barcelona was the logical choice for this Forum as a prime example of a city that understands the IoE vision and has embraced IoT to become a Smart City with the potential for creating new companies, more than 55,000 new jobs and $3 Billion in profits over the next ten years.
As world populations shift to urban areas, community leaders are seeking to transform their cities to solve a range of pressing social and economic problems and capture new opportunities. The Smart City vision with applications like smart parking, smart waste disposal, smart lighting, smart environmental monitoring and, new citizen services offers a path towards building better communities where people want to live, learn and play and where businesses seek to invest. It also enables the creation of urban centers that work more efficiently, effectively and productively.
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Stop-think-connect is not only for kids. Everyone, including nerds like me and network and security professionals, should pay more attention before connecting any device to the Internet. Routers (wireless and wired), industrial control systems, video surveillance cameras, fire alarm systems, traffic cameras, home and building automation systems, and many other devices are being connected to the Internet every single day, wide open. If you don’t believe me do a quick search on SHODAN.
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Cisco has been a champion of video communications for a very long time. We are committed to seeing video communications from board room to cubicle, and from CEO to intern. To achieve this vision, we’ve been investing in video solutions from top-end immersive telepresence to video capable soft clients like Jabber. Unfortunately, the one place we haven’t been able to fully go is the web. Video communications is not possible natively in the browser – yet. Work has been progressing on addressing this through an extension to HTML5 called WebRTC. However, this activity has hit a speed bump due to disagreements on choosing a video codec for the browser. Cisco and many others support H.264, which is the foundation of our products and those of most of our competitors.
Today, Cisco has taken a bold step to bringing video to the web. We plan to open-source our H.264 codec, and to provide it as a binary module that can be downloaded for free from the Internet. Cisco will not pass on our MPEG LA licensing costs for this module, and based on the current licensing environment, this will effectively make H.264 free for use in WebRTC. Furthermore, Mozilla has announced it will enable Firefox to utilize this module, Read More »
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By now you’ve probably heard quite a bit about the newest generation of Wi-Fi, 802.11ac. I’ll save you the gory details, just know it’s about 3x faster than 802.11n and will help to improve the capacity of your network. Jameson Blandford and I were recently guests on the No Strings Attached Show podcast with Blake Krone and Samuel Clements (Click to listen to the podcast).
I wanted to follow up the podcast with a blog to go over considerations for deploying, testing, and tuning 802.11ac.
Considerations for deploying 802.11ac
The first question you’ll want to ask yourself, is, if your switching infrastructure can handle 11ac? The answer probably is, yes. The things to consider are the port speed and power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capabilities. You’ll want the access point to have a gigabit uplink to the switch. Each 11ac access point could potentially dump several hundred megabits per second of traffic onto your wired network. It’s also not a bad idea to have 10 Gig uplinks on your access switches to distribution or your core. If you have even just a couple access points on a single access switch, you may quickly find yourself wishing you had 10 Gig uplinks.
Next you’ll need to consider how you will power the access points. If you are like the majority of our customers, you will use PoE from your switches. While 11ac access points require 802.3at (PoE+) for full functionality, the Aironet 3700 will run happily on standard 802.3af PoE. In fact, it remains 3 spatial-streams on both radios, so performance does not suffer because you have a PoE infrastructure.
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