Critics cited flaws such as the fact that providers self-report census blocks as proof of availability, even though some blocks are miles-wide without any connectivity. The FCC itself admits much of the information is not current, complete or accurate.
In the Aftermath
Following a horrendous earthquake in Peru, Loon quickly brought communications to survivors and rescuers because it already had infrastructure in place nearby. (Source: Loon)
Two days after a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck Peru, Google Loon redirected a group of balloons it had been testing as part of its negotiations with Telefónica and began serving LTE to impacted residents on the damaged ground below, wrote Loon CEO Alastair Westgarth, in a blog post this week. It's not the first time Loon has responded to a disaster in Peru; in early 2017, the alternative-broadband provider and Telefónica brought connectivity after flooding hit the northern region of the South American country. Later that year, Loon teamed up with AT&T and T-Mobile after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Westgarth wrote. Unlike the latter case -- which took about four weeks to deploy -- Loon took only two days to respond in post-earthquake Peru because "we had already deployed the building blocks of the Loon network," he said in the blog.
Telefónica Spain is encouraging the public to submit its ideas for how to connect rural regions of the country, Light Reading reported. Those with suggestions must submit them by June 30 via
Internet para Todos Global Call (Internet for All). Given its work with Loon, it's not hard to imagine balloons figure into at least some internal recommendations.
Vodafone appointed David Thodey a non-executive director, effective Sept. 1 (if shareholders approve). Thodey, who spent 12 years at Telstra -- half of them as CEO of the Australian operator -- also held senior positions at IBM.
Tivo's board unanimously elected Dave Shull, formerly CEO of The Weather Channel cable network, as president, CEO and board member of the OTT provider, effective today. Interim president and CEO Raghu Rau will now assume the position of vice chairperson on the board. In addition to The Weather Channel, Shull held various executive roles at DISH Network/EchoStar. (See Dave Shull Named TiVo CEO Amid Plan to Split Biz .)
UK mobile operator will use its 5G spectrum to launch a fixed wireless access (FWA) service in London in August and plans to have that offer, plus mobile 5G services, in 25 UK cities by the end of this year.
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