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Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto: Company paid $3.3B for spectrum in federal auction earlier this year
Vancouver: north to Pender, south to Howe; east to Beach and west to Broughton; parts of Barclay to Georgia; Denman to Lost Lagoon.
Calgary: 10th Avenue S.W. to Prince's Island Park and 11th Street S.W. to First Street S.W.
Toronto: west to Yonge east to the DVP; north to Rosedale Valley Rd. (just north of Bloor) and south to Carlton.
"The company will be rolling out the spectrum gradually on its high-speed LTE network across the country, in both urban and rural areas. . . .
"The federal government earned $5.27 billion from the auction of 97 licences for the coveted 700-megahertz spectrum, which was previously used for over-the-air analog TV signals . . . .
CBC: The Current January 20, 2014
"We text with it, download with it, buy with it, sell with it, play with it and work with it. And now, it may be payback time. Today we look at how the Internet of Things may be poised to tell tales about us over the web.
"We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us." Marshall McLuhan,
Philosopher of Communication Theory
"One of the less popular rides at DisneyWorld is the Carousel of Progress. It features a shiny, optimistic vision of the future that includes voice-activated appliances. . . .
"There's a lot of consumer interest in these new gadgets - but also privacy concerns. Last week, Google bought Nest, a maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors, for more than 3-Billion-dollars. Days before that, Google was found in violation of Canada's privacy laws. And its move to get a foothold in the smart gadget market caused an outcry in the tech world.
"Today, we're asking where all this technology is heading, how we can benefit and what we may lose in the process.
"Robert Platek is the CEO of Sensor Suite, a technology system that lets building owners get real-time alerts about their properties over their smartphones. It's currently in use in 30 buildings across Toronto. Robert Platek was in Toronto.
"Avner Levin is the Director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute at Ryerson University. He shares his insight on how to protect ourselves and our data from the Internet of Things. Avner Levin was in our Toronto studio.
"Christine Rosen is a fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think-tank in Washington. . . .
BBC - Junk email The fridge was one of 100,000 devices used as part of the spam attack
"A fridge has been discovered sending out spam after a web attack managed to compromise smart gadgets.
"The fridge was one of more than 100,000 devices used to take part in the spam campaign.
"Uncovered by security firm Proofpoint the attack compromised computers, home routers, media PCs and smart TV sets.
"The attack is believed to be one of the first to exploit the lax security on devices that are part of the "internet of things". . .
Fork That Vibrates When You Eat Too Fast is Ready to Feed You
Humanity is losing itself in minutia.
Canada's telecom companies will soon be bidding on more radio waves. Here's a look at previous auctions, how much they raised and who the biggest spenders were. Canadian Business (Technology)
On March 14, Industry Minister Christian Paradis unveiled the rules for the federal government's wireless spectrum auction, which will allow Canada's telecommunications companies to bid on some prime new electromagnetic real estate.
On the auction block in early 2013 will be the 700-MHz band, which was freed up by the switch to digital television. Lower frequencies are generally more valuable than higher ones, since they travel farther and easily penetrate buildings. This makes 700 MHz a blue-chip frequency that should allow cellphones to work in elevators and underground garages, while supporting the newest wireless high-speed technology, LTE. The auction could generate $3.5 billion in revenue--and that may be conservative, given that the 2008 auction brought in $4.3 billion, far exceeding expectations.
Here's a look at previous auctions, how much they raised and who the biggest spenders were . . .
As stated repeatedly on our website, Citizens for Safe Technology Society (CST) is not a society of "Citizens for No Technology."
We know very well that safe technology is essential in our society, and so we are advocating for a safe, secure delivery system to replace the wireless technologies that have been, and are being, deployed without due diligence or forethought.
As a parent, we are sure that Mr. Lalonde has only the best interests of his family at heart. Unfortunately, he is currently basing his opinions on a limited number of false and popular assumptions, and a rejection of the Precautionary Principle.
If you have helpful insights for him, he has invited your input.
"My name is Clint Lalonde and I live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I started this site because I have 2 children in the public school system. I am a strong supporter of the public school system and believe we should all work towards making it the strongest public education system in the world.
"Increasingly, I see that threatened as anti-wifi activists advocate removing access to the internet from our schools - the one place in our society where access to high quality educational learning material is needed the most.
"The purpose of this website is to counter the questionable claims made by anti-wifi activists and illustrate what educators and students lose without access to wifi in schools. Comment Policy
"The issue of wifi in schools seems to be one that triggers people's passions, especially amongst the anti-wifi minority. We do have comments enabled on this site in an effort to promote civil discussion. However, one of the strategies of the anti-wifi movement is to bombard anyone questioning their "facts" with an overwhelming number of comments, many of which don't attempt to further the discussion but instead rely on ad hominem attacks and statements like "this website is a sham" or "this site is the height of absurdity" to sway public opinion. This kind of discussion is not helpful an will not be published. Commentors wishing to take this approach are free to find their own websites on which to do so." Clint Lalonde
Scientists Develop Flying Robobees to Pollinate Flowers as Bee Populations Decline
"Honey bee populations around the world are in decline due to causes ranging from 'super mites' to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and even cell phones - and if the insects disappear completely the planet's ecosystems would be in peril. The issue has become so dire that now a team of Harvard and Northeastern University scientists are working on a swarm of miniature Robobee robots that could pollinate flowers and do the job of real bees if required. . . .
Posted comment for this article: "This is so illogical, impractical, immoral... so the bees go missing because of the phones and spraying, then the humans go missing, will a robohuman be the scientific report?"
CNN September 2012
London (CNN) --
"The light bulb figuratively suspended above a human head has long been symbolic of the eureka moment that every inventor craves.
"But for German physicist Herald Haas, it's the bulb itself that provides the inspiration for his bright idea.
"Haas and his team at the UK's University of Edinburgh, are the brains behind a new patented technology that uses beams of flickering light to transmit digital information wirelessly, a process known as Visible Light Communication (VLC).
"My big idea is to turn light bulbs into broadband communication devices ... so that they not only provide illumination, but an essential utility," he says.
"Haas claims that data can be sent by adding a microchip to any humble LED bulb, making it blink on and off at a phenomenal speed, millions of times per second.
"My big idea is to turn light bulbs into broadband communication devices ... so that they not only provide illumination, but an essential utility Harald Haas, University of Edinburgh It's this capability that allows LEDs to transmit data in a rapid stream of binary code that, although invisible to the naked eye, can then be detected by a light-sensitive receiver.
"It's a bit like sending a Morse code signal with a torch, but at a much faster rate and using the alphabet that computers understand," explains Haas.
"The implication is that wherever you have a light bulb -- and there are an estimated 14 billion of them worldwide -- you have the potential for a wireless Internet connection. In practice, it means that any street lamp could double up as a web hotspot . . .
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
"A new wireless standard promising blazing speeds over short distances was recently adopted by the IEEE, known as 802.11ad. The ratified standard will deliver 7Gbit/s speeds over 60GHz frequencies and will start appearing in consumer electronics as soon as next year. In case you're wondering, WiGig is the consumer-friendly marketing name which will encompass 802.11ad and future revisions.
"Dell already announced a WiGig compliant Latitude 6430u Ultrabook . Additionally, chip makers like Marvell, Qualcomm and Atheros are all working on chip implementations, some of which pack 802.11ac and 802.11ad capabilities into a single module. These chips will grant devices simultaneous access to 2.4-5GHz and 60GHz bands and will offer dual and even tri-band compatibility. . . .
The wireless industry is against such available service. Google and Microsoft say it would spark innovation.
"The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month.
"The proposal from the Federal Communications Commission has rattled the $178 billion wireless industry, which has launched a fierce lobbying effort to persuade policymakers to reconsider the idea, analysts say. That has been countered by an equally intense campaign from Google, Microsoft and other tech giants who say a free-for-all WiFi service would spark an explosion of innovations and devices that would benefit most Americans, especially the poor.
"The airwaves that FCC officials want to hand over to the public would be much more powerful than existing WiFi networks that have become common in households. They could penetrate thick concrete walls and travel over hills and around trees. If all goes as planned, free access to the Web would be available in just about every metropolitan area and in many rural areas.
"The new WiFi networks would also have much farther reach, allowing for a driverless car to communicate with another vehicle a mile away or a patient's heart monitor to connect to a hospital on the other side of town . . .
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Citizens For Safe Technology
"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
Citizens for Safe Technology is a not-for-profit educational society made up of parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, scientists, politicians and lawyers concerned about the exponential increase in public exposure to harmful wireless technologies.
We believe a profound urgency exists to protect the unsuspecting public, especially children, youth and pregnant mothers from unsafe wireless technologies.
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