Re: TECH: Wireless gets real

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Wed Jul 04 2001 - 07:15:27 MDT

On Tue, 3 Jul 2001, Brian Atkins wrote:

> I don't see why that number is hard to believe. There are something
> like 100 million households in the US alone, how much would it cost
> to get them universal access? $1000 per household in equipment and

How many birds in LEO (especially a flurry of nanosats) do you need to
have always a few of them in your view?

A cellphone is largely a sofware radio. If you own one, why can't you
route, especially assuming fuel cells and ultrabroadband? The cities are
just lousy with hardware, and not many iguanas have been known to have
connectivity needs.

> labor? Actually installing fiber is more than that. But who knows, for
> wireless you might be able to make it that cheap. That's $100 billion
> dollars right there. Telecom is a sector of the economy that requires
> a lot of capital...

There's technology in the pipeline which will make it cheaper, much
cheaper, especially if you introduce all of it simultaneously.

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