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 Dave Molta

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Metro Wi-Fi: RIP?

10/30/2009
Rapid technology evolution and economies of scale argue against municipalities as wireless service providers. As for metro Wi-Fi, I think the future is clear. It's the wrong technology for the job.

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Network Neutrality: Reconsidering Flat-Rate Internet Access

10/20/2009
Later this week, the FCC is expected to release details of a newly proposed policy addressing network neutrality. These rules, motivated primarily by a desire on the part of the Obama administration to encourage openness and innovation on the Internet, are also mired in intense political debate, some of it ideological but much of it driven by a corrupt system of campaign finance. Corporate donors are staking out their turf and finding compromise won't be easy.

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The Challenges Of Wi-Fi Guest Access

8/21/2009
Earlier today, I was passing by a conference room in the building where I work on the Syracuse University campus. One of our business partners from a local technology incubator was sitting in the conference room working on his laptop computer, trying to make productive use of his time before a meeting. Performance was indeed abysmal, reminiscent of the days of dialup networking. Needless to say, it didn't leave our visitor, someone we very much want to spend time on campus, feeling very good abo

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10 Years Of Wi-Fi: Lessons Learned

8/14/2009
It's been about 10 years since I tested the first batch of 802.11 products for Network Computing. A lot has happened with Wi-Fi since then, almost all of it good. As a grizzled veteran of the broadband wireless industry, I reflect on some of the lessons I've learned.

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Air Time: Mobile ESPN: A Blowout Loss

10/4/2006
The idea seemed compelling. ESPN as a brand dwarfs all other providers of sports content, in both scope and breath. With the emergence of broadband cellular networks and smartphones, the delivery of rich content to sports nuts had become a...

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Air Time: Responsible Mobility

6/13/2006
Just as the automobile provided key benefits for widespread physical mobility, mobile information is largely a liberating phenomenon. But the revolution has a dark side, a struggle to ensure that

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Air Time: Enterprise Wi-Fi: Obstacles And Opportunities

3/29/2006
We recently surveyed our readers to get an update on their attitudes concerning enterprise WLAN adoption. We received responses from 276 individuals, getting a pretty good mix from midsized-to-large organizations. Our surveys don't typically make their way into the hands...

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Air Time: 3G and Smartphones: Skeptical Optimism

2/16/2006
Held in Barcelona, Spain, this week, the 3GSM World Congress is billed by its producers as the world's premiere mobile event. Last year, around 34,000 people attended the show, taking in the offerings of 685 exhibitors. This year's event has...

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Air Time: Will 802.11n Change Your World?

1/30/2006
Last Thursday, the IEEE announced that the 802.11n Task Group (TGn) had approved a draft of what may be the most significant new standard to come out of IEEE in the past 10 years. Based largely on a specification developed...

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Air Time: Running on Empty

12/8/2005
The appeal of Wi-Fi is simple: no more Ethernet cables. Freedom from the shackles of copper wire is not just convenient, it's downright liberating. But walk into an enterprise conference room, and what do you see? The Cat5 Ethernet cables...

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WiMAX in the Enterprise: Yawn

10/5/2005
You can't really blame the proponents of WiMAX, including the WiMAX Forum, for the relentless hype that has surrounded this emerging wireless technology. Marketing professionals are hired to create buzz, to search for a sweet spot where consumers of information...

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3G and Wi-Fi in 2005

1/7/2005
The wait is over: 3G wireless services are finally going to emerge this year. Just because 3G infrastructure is being deployed, however, doesn't mean customers will be lining up to

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Wireless Mesh Coming of Age

1/6/2005
Mesh has quickly morphed from a technology that made in-building WLAN deployment easier to a technology that facilitated deployment of outdoor wireless LANs. A number of vendors are in the

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Wireless Testing: 1,2,3

1/6/2005
With so few publications testing and evaluating enterprise network hardware and software, it's difficult for vendors to coordinate product release schedules with review opportunities. When that happens, it's not uncommon

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Sprint and Nextel

12/20/2004
A merger between Sprint and Nextel means a number of potential benefits to both companies, their stockholders and, potentially, to their customers.

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Are You a Naysayer?

7/29/2004
Just because commercial unlicensed radio data technologies are working, it doesn't mean you can't ask questions about future viability.

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Fixed Wireless Struggles for Success

6/11/2004
The majority of today's most popular fixed-wireless systems eschew FCC licensing in favor of unlicensed frequencies, usually in the 2.4-GHz ISM or 5-GHz UNII bands. The end result has been

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PDA Platform Advice

4/19/2004
In response to ongoing questions about which mobile platform to invest in, NWC's own Dave Molta offers some candid and hard-won advice on the ups and downs of Palm, RIM

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802.11n 100Mbps WLANs: Some Day

1/16/2004
The 802.11n standard, which calls for WLANs with performance of at least 100 Mbps, is in its very early stages of development and, given the immense complexities, I'll be shocked

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7/22/2002
Consider the organizational impact of cell phones. Now think bigger. A lot bigger.

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