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Facebook Developing Radio Wave Mesh To Connect Offline Areas (thestack.com) 44

An anonymous reader writes: As part of its wider Internet.org initiative to deliver connectivity to poor and rural communities, Facebook is actively developing a new network technology which uses millimetre wave bands to transmit data. Facebook engineer Sanjai Kohli filed two patents which outlined a 'next generation' data system, which would make use of millimetre wave technology deployed as mesh networks. Kohli's patents detailed a type of centralised, cloud-based routing system which 'dynamically adjusts route and frequency channel assignments, transmit power, modulation, coding, and symbol rate to maximize network capacity and probability of packet delivery, rather than trying to maximize the capacity of any one link.'
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Facebook Developing Radio Wave Mesh To Connect Offline Areas

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  • by turkeydance ( 1266624 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2016 @08:06PM (#51483587)
    there are urban poor and rural rich communities.
    • Yes. The magnetic strips in credit cards interfere with millimeter wave bands.

    • "there are urban poor and rural rich communities."

      But sometimes rural rich communities have to suffer from chintzy broadband caps, not to mention no Apple store.

    • I guess it goes to show how valuable accurate information about people is.
  • It'll be over before you know it!

  • How nice of them (Score:2, Insightful)

    by penguinoid ( 724646 )

    Facebook wants to spy on people who don't have internet access, too. Wouldn't want them to feel left out.

  • The millimeter radiation will kill everyone in poor and rural communities. What a plan!
  • This is a good thing. Appreciate investment in mesh internet technology. If some tech-savvy-group-hated corporate entity starts getting people to think about the idea, maybe an open source solution will come about if it picks up momentum. If you hate the idea of a corporate dystopia where all internet pipes are monitored, start working on open source hardware and software projects to truly decentralize the internet from the lowest levels of hardware and network communication. Corporate America is 100% in co
    • by cosm ( 1072588 )

      This is a good thing. Appreciate investment in mesh internet technology. If some tech-savvy-group-hated corporate entity starts getting people to think about the idea, maybe an open source solution will come about if it picks up momentum. If you hate the idea of a corporate dystopia where all internet pipes are monitored, start working on open source hardware and software projects to truly decentralize the internet from the lowest levels of hardware and network communication. Corporate America is 100% in control over the internet right now in terms of the L1-L2 side of networking, so do something about it or stop complaining.

      And in bad form, replying to self... I can tell you from the inside that it is only going to get worse in terms of the pipe you get to your house. Your data is only going to be monitored more. The bandwidth and latency you get will get shittier. The ads will get shittier. The choices will become more monopolized. Look at the types of mergers and acquisitions the Dept. of Whatever is approving these days if you want to know what is really going on behind the scenes. Do something about it and contribute to a

      • Define real world problems. Because I'm sure that someone living where this technology is intended to work may have way more things to worry about than Facebook or other evil corp having a "profile" of him or her. Have you actually thought of what this kind of data could be useful to FB? You can't monetize it as good as the data from developed nations, it's prolly more valuable for sociologic research and in bulk. Do you think the Zuck maybe likes to sit in a 120 inch screen and wank to a real time map of h
  • by AndyKron ( 937105 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2016 @09:30PM (#51484047)
    So basically they got patents on something that already exists? Sounds about right.
  • but it doesn't sound like there's anything earth-shatteringly new here. I'm guessing there will be at least a few 'prior art' challenges to the patents.

  • As part of its wider Internet.org initiative to deliver connectivity^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HFacebook to poor and rural communities

  • "Centralised"

    If it's centralized, it's not mesh. Though it is good to see more development in this area. Once we can make it decentralized, we'll have an internet that nobody can turn off. And that, ladies and gentlemen, would be a great thing.

    • Isn't decentralized internet really messy?

    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      More that the users on the wide mesh end up on the brands central network and get a free branded cloud account.
      Decentralized would be a few random exit points to the real internet rather than "ultimately its platform" :)
    • Its only centralized with a 'z' if you're american or canadian. The rest of the english speaking world uses an 's'. So you might want to check your facts first before you pull someone up on their spelling.

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