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Kiosks are like robots that don’t move. They replace people for high-volume, repetitive tasks like checking people in or issuing paperwork. Now the General Services Administration is looking for ideas for using kiosks to identify people or issue credentials, remotely. For more details, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke to Darlene Gore, GSA’s director of identity, credential and access management.

Darlene Gore: We’re looking for kiosk capability and functionality. The USSS program has been around for 14 years. We issue PIV cards to federal government, about 120 federal agencies. And so the pandemic introduced, you know, new challenges for card issuance, especially because it’s face to face. Most of the functionality is face to face. And so we’re exploring opportunities with kiosks and hopefully we can deliver that PIV card services through kiosks services.

Tom Temin: Right, so that people don’t have to be in person to get a credential. But somehow you have to verify that who they are, is who they say they are.

Darlene Gore: Exactly, exactly. And that is a really important role for PIV card issuers is to verify the identity of the individual that you’re issuing that PIV card to.

Tom Temin: And what’s your general notion of how that can be done without people turning up in person, they might have their birth certificate, or I’ve never got a PIV card. But you know, for a passport or whatever the case might be, there is an original tying of you to that identity, and then you’re good to go from there on.

Darlene Gore: So it doesn’t negate that it will be a person inside of the kiosk, you still are required to do that validation. FIPS allow us to do remote identity proofing. So what the kiosk is, would normally how we’ve seen different vendors that come in and demonstrate their services, they really have like an individual there behind the scenes that is validating those documentation, you will still perform some of the same function, it just won’t be in-person, that person will be looking through the tube. But one of the main things that the kiosks is the challenge of the kiosk is when you go and you visit that kiosk, you can’t move, you can’t dodge, you really have to be spot on for that verification and validation to happen and for it to validate your identity. So it’s similar like not your standard kiosk is like you may go to a kiosk in the airport, and they’re just take a picture of you and it’s a standalone and there won’t be any interactions with a human interaction, the kisok is for PIV service, they’ll be some human interaction, except for what that person would be at a call center. At least that’s what we’ve been demonstrating. And we think that will be successful for PIV card and identity verification.

Tom Temin: And so therefore, you’re looking for the ability of a kiosk to take in biometric information and tell us more about what you might mean specifically?

Darlene Gore: Yes, so the kiosk of, let me just provide you a quick rundown on the PIV card enrollment. You have to take your picture, validate your driver’s license, you need two forms of identification, according to FIPS. And also an I-99. That could be your passport and your driver’s license. So what we’re looking for that individual is to take that picture, the kiosk, the kiosk just like you would normally. Take the picture, take the picture of the individual, take the fingerprints of the individual, as well as scan those documents. They can it’s almost like a self service where the individual will put their documents in and they’re scanned. And you see that a lot in the industry today outside of the federal space. You can scan your documents at the airport, you can scan your passport, or you go to Customs, you can scan those documents and they will validate who you are. The same practice for PIV services, you would take your picture there, collect your fingerprints, and all the pertinent documents that are required to validate your identity and verify you are who you are.

Tom Temin: We are speaking with Darlene Gore, she’s director of identity credential and access management in the Office of the IT Category at the GSA. And will you be looking for the software stream and chain needed to accomplish this? Or are you also looking at different kiosk hardware form factors? Or both?

Darlene Gore: We’re looking at both. You know, the great thing about having industry days is that you’re exploring, you want to understand and review different emerging technologies that are out there. So you know, we’re not just tied to one thing, but we’re looking at software capabilities that are compliant with our standards without NIST standards and our FIPS standards and also hardware capability that are secure that could plug into the backend connecting to the backend of our system for this services. So we’re looking for both.

Tom Temin: And under the system, this classic system for issuing PIV cards, does this take place at the individual agency level or do people now under ordinary times go to a central location, regardless of the agency?

Darlene Gore: So currently the business today currently is that you will go to a federal site. However, during the pandemic, we explored a pilot with the U.S. Postal Service. I’m sure you’ve heard about that.

Tom Temin: Sure.

Darlene Gore: And what that allowed us to do for the first time was to deliver federal services through the Postal Service. So what we’re really, what we’re looking at is how do we expand this footprint and our roadmap because the total workforce is changing, as you’re probably familiar with OMB’s directive on a total workforce to be able to work from any location now. So now the federal government has to catch up with that. They may not be coming to a federal business, a business to do those functions, we have to explore the opportunity, expanding that service outside the federal government. So that may mean that we could have a kiosk and a location in a secure location, so that federal employee can continue those federal functions without having to come to a federal building.

Tom Temin: Right. So if someone was, say, approved for a job at GSA, and you needed to get that PIV card, they could go to a post office or maybe some other type of location. And could that particular kiosk be multiple function like push here if you’re getting a refund at the store, push here if you’re signing up for a PIV card at the GSA?

Darlene Gore: Well, it would not have, it’d have multiple federal functions. It could potentially have multiple federal functions. And what I mean by that, because one of the main as we mentioned before was the collection of the biometrics. So for example, if you have a suitability and you have to, and you’re onboarding an employee, you have to collect those biometrics. So as multipurpose agency can choose to send that individual and this is notional how our vision is that agencies can choose to send that individuals to that kiosk to collect those biometrics that will serve multiple purposes. One could be for suitability, that person is onboarding employee and the other continuing on to PIV card issuance. But it’ll have one collection point that that individual can go to, instead of going to, I got to go to my federal agency to collect for my background investigation, you can just go to, it’ll be a one stop shop, basically.

Tom Temin: Right. And so you envision, again, notionally these kiosks being in postal offices, and I suppose there are other maybe large types of publicly available federal locations, besides post offices maybe?

Darlene Gore: Yeah, possibly get on PBS (Public Buildings Service), GSA is in charge of PBS. And we can probably explore some PBS buildings that we can distribute these kiosks at any federal entity. We’re not just, in some of the federal agencies also may opt in to have a kiosk service where they can just go in and not have a clerk there because we have about nearly 3,000 sites nationwide that the federal agencies right now man, with clerks with registrars so they could maybe opt in, we can still use that same footprint, but also complement it with footprint outside of the federal government that will expand the footprint across the U.S.

Tom Temin: And I guess kiosk technology itself has changed a lot. So maybe they don’t have to be big giant plastic or metal size of a mailbox, you know, or something that can be maybe a desktop type thing that could be in a carrel, stand up cubicle type of thing, almost like a voting booth.

Darlene Gore: Yep, it could. It’s funny, you should say that because I’ve seen them all. And one of the reasons why this is so important to the federal government because I’m a traveler. I don’t know about you, Tom. But I’ve seen the change in Customs and how you can go through Customs. And they are now they have these little kiosks on a pedestal it just a little small, little slim, not very large at all. So I envision that the government can follow the same procedures and streamline the equipment footprint at least because we always have clunky equipment services when we deliver our services. So we need to streamline that a little bit. So I could be just a little pedestal, a little small petite pedestal, or it could be a big clunky one.

Tom Temin: Right.

Darlene Gore: That’s what we’re hoping to explore at the industry day.

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Killexams : Apple Hires Former Lamborghini Executive to Help Lead Design of Electric Vehicle

A former Lamborghini executive has joined Apple to work on the company's long-rumored electric vehicle, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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The report notes that Apple hired Luigi Taraborrelli, a 20-year veteran of Lamborghini, to help lead the design of the vehicle. Taraborrelli oversaw chassis and vehicle dynamics engineering/R&D at Lamborghini, according to his LinkedIn profile. Taraborrelli helped lead the design of suspension components, rims and tires, steering and brake systems, exhaust systems, fuel systems, driver assistance technologies, and more.

"For over twenty years I have been in the automotive business working on designing amazing cars and simultaneously adapting and re-shaping my team's organization in order to meet company's vision and mission," wrote Taraborrelli on his LinkedIn profile. He also said technology is one of his passions, which makes Apple an ideal fit for him.

Apple has been rumored to be working on an electric vehicle since 2014. The project remains under the leadership of Kevin Lynch, who is also has a lead role on the Apple Watch team, and John Giannandrea, the company's head of machine learning.

Earlier this month, The Information's Wayne Ma reported that Apple's vehicle design goals included four seats facing inwards, a curved ceiling that resembles the roof on a Volkswagen Beetle, and a trunk that automatically rises for easy access. The report also claimed Apple has pushed for exemptions from the U.S.'s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to release a vehicle without a steering wheel and brake pedal.

Gurman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have both claimed that Apple aims to begin mass production of the vehicle by 2025, but the project has faced numerous leadership changes and other technical challenges, so the launch timeframe may continue to be pushed back.

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Killexams : As Apple And Other Big Techs Move Toward Disrupting Healthcare, Munster Weighs In On The Opportunity No result found, try new keyword!Big techs continue to make moves toward the goal of “healthcare disruption,” Loup Funds co-founder Gene Munster said in a exact note. Sun, 07 Aug 2022 22:18:01 -0500 en-us text/html Killexams : The Sunday Brief: Bigger questions after second quarter earnings

Greetings from rural Midwest.  Pictured is the American Broadband fiber inventory for a new market we are in the process of launching.  More details on that launch in a few weeks as we bring fiber goodness to unserved and underserved homes and businesses. 

This has been a very busy couple of weeks with insightful earnings news from many companies.  We are going to do our best to sort through 10+ hours of earnings calls and focus on a few questions we think were left unanswered.

The fortnight that was

In the previous Brief, we discussed AT&T’s and Verizon’s earnings.  After that Brief was published, the remaining eight companies (including each of the Fab Five) reported earnings.  For the Fab Five, reaction was positive across the board – even Meta/ Facebook added to their market capitalization.  Over the last two weeks, the Fab Five have added $687 billion in value with 99% of that coming from Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet.  Cumulative Fab Five losses, which peaked at $2.7 trillion in June, are now a trillion less. 

The Telco Top Five had more of an intra-company realignment rather than large-scale movement.  Over the last two weeks, they have lost $7 billion in total market capitalization with $24 billion in Comcast and Charter losses offset by $17 billion in T-Mobile and Verizon gains (re: Verizon took their stock price haircut three weeks ago).  Comcast has lost $55 billion in market capitalization this year and now trails T-Mobile in total value.  Interestingly, T-Mobile is only $8 billion away from taking the “most valuable company” spot from Verizon. 

While the discussion of the Telco Top Five has a distinctively US-focused bent, the Fab Five are more closely linked to the global recovery.  With the dollar remaining at record highs (see the Bloomberg dollar index measure here, dollar to yen index from Yahoo here and the Wall Street Journal dollar to euro exchange rate history here), earnings continue to require constant currency adjustments.  Each of the Fab Five are likely keeping significant currency stores abroad and borrowing in US dollars as necessary to fund daily operations. 

Not much funding is needed thanks to large cash balances for each of the Fab Five.  The following chart was posted to our online-only interim Brief post (here) and reflects the net debt for each of the Fab Five from 2Q 2021, 4Q 2021, and 2Q 2022: 

Negative net debt shrank by about $92 billion over the four quarters ending 2Q 2022, with $24 billion coming from Meta/ Facebook.  While each of the Fab Five have share buyback plans, it does not appear that exact market capitalization losses have triggered the action of taking on additional debt to buy back shares.  These corresponding drops would seem to indicate that foreign repatriation of funds has slowed to a crawl, but the situation is not dire.

Each of the Fab Five generates plenty of cash to continue their businesses generally unabated; provided that there is no forecasted long-term recession (even with all of the back and forth on our current economic state, no one is predicting long-term economic declines).   

A strong cash position is also good for quick execution of acquisitions.  As we discussed in the last Brief, Amazon is looking to supplement its health care portfolio with their $3.1 billion One Medical acquisition, and last Friday they announced the acquisition of the Roomba parent, iRobot for $1.7 billion (including debt, announcement here).  If only the FTC would cooperate with a quick approval (more on the FTC’s activities with respect to Amazon and Meta in this Bloomberg article). 

One other use of cash (copious amounts in this instance) is buying up rights to selected games in various sports.  Apple has been on a tear with Major League Soccer (MLS – 10 year term – $2.5 billion – takeaway from ESPN) and Friday Night Baseball (term unknown, but multi-country streaming rights), while Amazon snagged Thursday Night Football from Fox (NFL – 11 year term – price ~$11 billion) and NBC expanded their Sunday Night Football rights with Peacock streaming and Telemundo Deportes broadcast rights (NFL – 11 year term – price ~$20 billion). 

The biggest prize, however, is the NFL Sunday Ticket.  We have discussed this in a few Briefs, and expect Apple to take the prize with somewhere between $2.5 and $3.0 billion per year (Dylan Byers has a good summary of the Apple advantage in this Puck article).  The question then becomes term – will the NFL make the contract concurrent to the existing deals, locking in a marquis global streaming and distribution partner?  Will Apple then turn around and strike an exclusive streaming distribution deal for commercial locations (e.g., with AT&T or Verizon)? 

One of the nice things about September is that it features the start of the NFL season (Sept 8 – Buffalo Bills at the Los Angeles Rams) and also the annual Apple iPhone and other hardware announcements.  Whether Tim Cook could have a special “one more thing” depends on Apple’s appetite to spend for these rights.  We think that Apple will expand their audience because of this deal and will also step up their distribution agreements with rural and suburban fiber providers to convert as many satellite Sunday Ticket customers as possible. 

Finally, many of you have asked about price increases in the communications space and the potential persistency of our current wage-price trend.  As I have discussed with many of you, when you own a part of a rural broadband provider with legacy operations in Alaska, Nebraska, and Louisiana, certain commodity prices drive regional economic outlooks.  In Louisiana (Lake Charles), natural gas is very important.  Here’s the price of natural gas going back to 1997 from the U.S. Energy Information Administration

Natural gas is at a 14-year high with annual price gains in the 75-80% range.  Heat for many homes and businesses, particularly in the Midwest, comes from natural gas.  This will impact real estate costs for a broad array of service providers this winter, particularly hospitals, commercial offices, and delivery vehicles that have converted to natural gas.  While we do not have time to go into heating oil and propane, prices have increased on par with their natural gas counterparts (more here). 

In Nebraska, corn drives the economy.  Here’s that chart :

In early 2021, as the world was beginning to think about a post-COVID economy, corn shot up from the COVID-low $3-$3.50 per bushel to $5-$6 per bushel.  That has served as an effective floor for the last two harvests.  Like petroleum, corn is an essential ingredient in many foods.  The 6-7 years of persistently low prices seems to have been broken, and, while that has many Nebraska farmers happy (especially if fertilizer prices continue to decline from their exact highs), it’s not a good sign for long-term inflation.  

This is not a commodity blog, but to answer several of your questions, there’s no sign from the heartland using petroleum, natural gas, propane/ heating oil, or corn prices that we are in a transitory phase.  It’s time to think about 4-6% annual inflation, at least for several years.  (And, for those in Alaska who look beyond petroleum costs, check out the price trends of various shell fish from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game here – yikes!).  

Bigger questions after second quarter earnings 

There’s a lot to unpack from the second quarter earnings calls.  To use space and print as effectively as possible, we will spend this Brief and the next attempting to explain and answer four questions: 

  1. How can cable mobile/ broadband bundling succeed? 
  2. How aggressive will (holiday) promotions be for the rest of 2022?
  3. Is T-Mobile a meaningful business player beyond small business (50+ employees) in the next five years?
  4. Can any meaningful acquisition activity receive approval?

There are many more questions to think about, but these are the big multi-company/macro questions in our view.   

Question #1:  How can cable mobile/ broadband bundling succeed?

Most of the cable companies have reported earnings, and mobile bundling success/ opportunity was at the top of the list.  Nearby is the chart showing net additions for each cable company since each launched MVNOs. 

To date, using 2.4 devices per home (a lower figure than we would use for a traditional wireless provider), Comcast and Charter have penetrated approximately 3.2% of their total passings with wireless.  Comcast’s wireless offering turned five years old this quarter, and Charter’s will turn four years old next quarter.  If the tables were turned, and we were examining penetration of a new fiber provider in a Charter or Comcast territory, would 4% (or even 24%) be acceptable for the business case?  Cable’s performance in wireless has been plodding patient (no subsidies or crazy offers), but can they afford to wait much longer? 

Comcast and Charter don’t emphasize triple play bundles any longer.  Digital phone has been deselected in favor of mobile (finally).  Programming costs continue to rise, and YouTube and Hulu now define skinny bundles (and skinny margins) even as they redefine the advertising world.  Both companies would rather have broadband from a new passing than an incremental revenue generating unit (RGU) of video at an existing home. 

Mobile is a slightly better gross margin business for traditional cable companies than video (although nowhere as good as digital phone).  Tom Rutledge, Charter’s CEO, has gone so far as to (rightly) redefine his company as one of the largest wireless companies in the world.  Why has market share been so elusive? 

Charter’s COO, Chris Winfrey, addressed this issue on their earnings call in response to a question from Peter Supino, saying that Charter has struggled with bridging the gap between household (stationary) revenues versus device-driven revenues.   

“So nothing to announce today, Peter, but clearly, we think a lot about mobile and its ability not only to attach to existing Internet customers, which has been the predominant path so far. But, as the market understands better our product, the fact that it is the fastest mobile product in the country and that it’s real, that it really does save customers a lot of money, no contracts, no taxes, no fees, I do think there’s a really powerful case that we can use mobile to actually drive significant Internet net adds and particularly in the market with low volume to be able to kick start in volume in the marketplace by using mobile to do just that.

So we’re constantly testing different concepts in the marketplace. Economically, it’s a no-brainer and it makes a lot of sense, but it is a new package structure for educating customers to get them to think about buying a household service and an individual service together so that they can get those savings and they can get that better product, and that may take a little bit of time for us to find the right connection as well as to educate the marketplace.”

Spectrum Mobile is a very strong product when it is paired with a broadband connection that customers value.  With their network provider (Verizon) now in market with a $30/ month price point (albeit with the 5th line), is the bloom off the rose? Can cable play defense and offense at the same time?  

We believe strongly that cable can win 25% share if they combine switching with the introduction of new (Apple) devices.  Aggressive device promotion (via aggressive trade-in credits and perhaps a free speed upgrade) will win the day but Charter and Comcast need to commit to the short-term financial risk.  They also need to Improve their unserved base marketing once they get a new offer in place.  Running Spectrum Mobile spots during unused ad inventory is fine at the beginning, but the business is entering its fifth year. 

Most of the same points above can be made for Comcast or even Altice (who is now growing at pre-Sprint rates and appears to be off to a good relationship with T-Mobile).  One additional point for Comcast would be to at least match Spectrum’s growth rate – for 12 out of the last 14 quarters, Spectrum has outpaced Comcast on net additions with six million fewer households passed. 

Question #2:  How aggressive will (holiday) promotions be for the rest of 2022?

Times are going to be tight for 40-50% of consumers heading into the Holiday selling season.  Salesforce published their predictions for the Holiday season late in June – it was chock full of interesting data.  One important data point:  51% of consumers plan to spend less in the 2022 holiday season than 2021. 

They make several predictions:

  1. Shoppers will buy even earlier to avoid price hikes (37% more US shoppers are starting earlier)
  2. Loyalty shifts to value (half of all shoppers will shift brands this holiday due to pricing)
  3. Physical stores will drive growth across all channels (60% of all digital orders are now influenced by the store)
  4. Shoppers will gravitate toward sustainable options (64% of consumers will stop doing business with a company if corporate values don’t align to their own)
  5. Retailers will test NFT drops (creating digital “twins” of physical goods)

While we aren’t sure that all of these are applicable to the communications industry, we definitely think that the first three predictions could shape the attractiveness of one broadband or wireless carrier over another. 

Both Verizon and AT&T suggested in their earnings calls that increased content bundling is “on the table” for the fourth quarter.  T-Mobile already has a terrific Tuesdays app that gives stuff away for free (including 20 cent gas discounts at Shell – our personal favorite).  Charter and Comcast, with their new joint venture, could actually provide away a free television (with set top box already included) for the right contract term and product mix. 

These are all good, but the real “free” to most consumers is devices, particularly the iPhone.  Or, even better, the Phone + Apple Care.  How that is accomplished within the boundaries Apple places on carrier pricing remains to be seen, but we have a feeling that many teams are working on the solution at each company.  We think that we may soon see the most competitive wireless device environment in the last decade, one which will spawn switching and likely lead T-Mobile to market capitalization leadership.  More on that the next Brief. 

Until then, if you have friends who would like to be on the email distribution, please have them send an email to [email protected] and we will include them on the list (or they can sign up directly through the website).  Enjoy the rest of August and go Royals and Sporting KC!

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Killexams : Apple's iPadOS Delay: Gurman Discusses Reasons For Holding Back Release, Why It Makes Sense No result found, try new keyword!Free Alerts is likely to delay the release of the next iteration of the iPadOS – the operating system that powers the iPad, by nearly a month to October, Bloomberg columnist Mark Gurman said last week ... Sun, 07 Aug 2022 09:32:07 -0500 en-us text/html Killexams : Some asylum seekers from Texas didn’t want to stay in NYC, Mayor Adams reveals: ‘It’s just inhumane’ No result found, try new keyword!But now it appears some of the migrants coming to City aren’t staying — a result, according to Adams, of the Republican governor’s ill-conceived and poorly-planned policy. Mon, 08 Aug 2022 09:59:42 -0500 en-us text/html Killexams : What’s up with… 5G, FWA, Meta and Apple

5G - the answer to everything (what was the question again?)

With the British holiday season in full swing, airports are bursting at the seams, and flight cancellations and delays are now the norm. The queues both on departure and arrival are horrendous. There are too few staff to provide the necessary service at check-in, security, baggage handling, hospitality and so on. There aren’t enough ground staff, cabin staff or flight deck crews. Systems are stretched to the maximum and are falling over. It’s such an appalling mess that a ceiling of 100,000 passengers per day has been imposed at London’s massive Heathrow Airport until 11 September. The airport authorities are also calling on their airline partners to stop selling summer tickets until further notice. Some are complying, others are not. Now, step forward and take a bow, Ericsson of Sweden. According to the manufacturer’s rather rose-tinted Connected Aviation report, most of the problems hitting airports around the world, not just in the UK, could be solved more or less instantly by installing private 5G networks. The report claims that performance gains in the order of between 20% and 40% can quickly be achieved with the help of “secure and reliable connectivity”. The Ericsson report identifies five areas that are affecting the smooth and efficient operation of airports. First up is turnaround delay, which hits on-time-departure-time performance, and is costing the sector some $33bn a year. Next is financial sustainability because operational inefficiency is driving an increase in operational costs. The total cost per passenger of getting them through an airport is now $14.10, while the industry return on invested capital is 6.6% and the net profit is 3.1%. Both are declining year on year. Then there’s the high cost of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO). There are not enough skilled mechanical and electronic engineers to fill jobs now and they command very high salaries. To make matters worse, it is forecast the global industry will need some 630,000 MRO technicians by 2030, as the worldwide fleet of aircraft grows by 40%. Then there’s the matter of the customer experience which, in more than 90% of cases, is abysmal. Passengers complain that they are treated like cattle and are enduring increasingly long waiting times while being ripped-off by the very high prices of poor airside facilities and services. And down at the bottom of the list, of course, (we are talking aviation here) comes protection of the environment. CO2 emissions are increasing by 2% per annum and the industry is aiming to reduce carbon footprints from utilities (airports) and fuel burn (airlines). Apparently, the universal nostrum to these problems is 5G. The report details four use cases, each of which, Ericsson says, shows how 5G “brings instant pay back by connecting assets, providing instant communication, digital load control and shifting data. With tons more information being processed it is vital to upload and offload remote data much more efficiently. Each flight needs to offload between 500GB and 1TB of data related to sensors, which is critical to providing reliable information for aircraft-predictive mechanisms and enhancements.” The report concludes: “The airport ecosystem can keep up with heightened data demand and increase operational efficiency without compromising safety and security. After years of testing, private 5G networks are ready to be deployed commercially at airports and within the broader aviation industry.” If only it were that simple.

It’s going to be a multi-technology broadband market in the US. According to projections from Counterpoint Research, fixed wireless access (FWA) technology will play a large part in filling the rural broadband access gap that disadvantaged nearly a quarter of US households when the pandemic struck in 2020. As a result, the percentage of households without access will have fallen to just 1% by 2027 as operators scramble to deploy FWA and mop up the stragglers. “T-Mobile will lead the 5G FWA market by the end of 2022, with an estimated 67% share. It will be followed by Verizon with a 29% share,” said Counterpoint principal analyst Tina Lu. “There will be other broadband migrations to make up the numbers. More than half of the households that currently use VDSL and cable technology will have migrated to fibre or FWA by 2025 and the US will have almost 26 million 4G, 5G and non-cellular FWA subscriptions, less than half that of fibre. 4G/LTE technology will take the bulk of FWA subscriptions to 2024, but by 2025, most will be 5G,” added Lu.

Mark Zuckerberg apparently believes that his company, Meta (formerly Facebook, lest we forget), is in “very deep philosophical competition” with Apple over the construction of the “metaverse”. Not ordinary competition you’ll note, but something so very much more. He seems to be suggesting that the rivalry between the two companies is something intellectually and spiritually far more challenging than a scrabble to develop augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), and then sell the hardware and corner a market. But it isn’t really. Speaking last month at an all-hands-must-attend virtual meeting, a copy of which found its way to The Verge, the influential technology news website operated by Vox Media, Zuckerberg said that where his nascent metaverse is concerned, it will be a more open and less expensive alternative to whatever Apple comes top with. Well, that’s a philosophy of a sort, I suppose, not sure how deep it is though. “This is a competition of philosophies and ideas,” he added, “where they [Apple] believe that by doing everything themselves and tightly integrating that they build a better consumer experience… and we believe that there is a lot to be done in specialisation across different companies, and will allow a much larger ecosystem to exist.” So, this is the nub of the philosophy – Zuckerberg wants the metaverse to be interoperable, hence his pushing of the Metaverse Open Standards Group to Microsoft and other big companies to devise and use open protocols that will allow users to slide their avatars easily through the immersive 3D virtual worlds of the future. At the moment, the early versions of such environments seem to consist of some Johnny (or Jilly) No-Mates marooned on a badly rendered tropical isle, dressed like a banana or the back end of a pantomime horse, looking vaguely around for someone to talk to. Unsurprisingly, Apple will not become a member of the group. Mark Zuckerberg has always been jealous of Apple’s iOS and the company’s strength in mobile. It looks like he’s going to try to make Meta the Android-ish equivalent to iOS. “We’re trying to make more stuff interoperable with Android,” he said. “We’re trying to develop the metaverse in a way where you can bring your virtual goods from one world to another.” (And still dress like a mongoose or an aardvark if that’s what floats your boat). Meanwhile, the race is on to have greatly improved VR with AR headsets available to consumers before the Christmas present-giving season. Apple is known to have one more or less ready now, while Meta has a plan to do the same in the form of Project Cambria. The company is also hoping to launch a pair of working AR glasses to the same year-end timetable. Zuckerberg has told his staff to prepare for an intense period. Perhaps the Aristotle of the early 21st century could do worse than to look back to the work of an early- and mid-20th century philosopher: In his work Culture and Value, Lugwig Wittgenstein wrote: “Our civilisation is characterised by the word 'progress'. Progress is its form rather than making progress being one of its features. Typically it constructs. It is occupied with building an ever more complicated structure. And even clarity is sought only as a means to this end, not as an end in itself.”

In the US, the White House has published an update to President Joe Biden’s enormous Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (aka the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act), which the administration calls “a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness”. And that’s exactly what it is. The deal which, despite some big difficulties along the way to being passed, is now turning out to be a triumph for the president, has been negotiated with both Democrat and Republican members of Congress and will finance the rebuilding of crumbling roads, bridges and railways across the US, expand access to clean drinking water, help ameliorate the effects of the climate crisis and ensure that every American has high-speed internet access. More than 30 million people across the US live in areas (mainly but not exclusively rural) where there is still no high-speed internet connectivity or broadband infrastructure. What’s more, a exact study of data from 35 countries published by the international, intergovernmental Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) confirmed that the US has the second-highest broadband tariffs. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will provide $65bn to help ensure that “every American has access to reliable high-speed internet through a historic investment in broadband infrastructure deployment”. A further aim of the legislation is to help lower prices for internet services and to further bridge the lessening but still far too wide digital divide. The new update on the progress of the initiative includes a new and sensible metric that records those residents in each of the 50 states that “do not have an internet subscription”. Thus, for example, the section of the report on Alabama shows that 32% of citizens do not have the internet. In Virginia, that figure is 21% and in California it is 15%, and so on, state by state. Hitherto, the sole metric covered was the number of Americans that have high-speed internet service from at least one ISP. High-speed is defined as 25Mbit/s upstream and 3Mbit/s downstream and is in dire need of updating. The current administration has also introduced the Affordable Connectivity Program, via which low-income residents can get a $30-per-month subsidy. Residents of tribal lands get up to $75.

- The staff, TelecomTV

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Customs and Border Protection’s internal affairs unit is looking to add hundreds of staff over the next year to help expand oversight and drive accountability at the country’s largest law enforcement agency.

CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility is planning to hire approximately 300 additional personnel at its investigative division through September 2023, according to Dan Altman, executive director of investigative operations at OPR. The office investigates allegations of corruption or misconduct by CBP employees.

“The highest priority going into this growth is going to be to develop very capable, best-in-class teams that are going to be able to respond to use-of-force and critical incidents, bringing that critical transparency and accountability that both Congress and the public expect,” Altman said in an interview. “We’re also going to considerably expand the number of personnel that we have assigned to working directly on corruption cases.”

Studies dating back to 2015 have found OPR, previously known as the Office of Internal Affairs, is undermanned, even as CBP’s frontline law enforcement numbers have swelled over the past two decades.

A 2016 report from the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s “CBP Integrity Advisory Panel” concluded the agency’s internal affairs office was “woefully understaffed,” with just 218 investigators compared to 44,000 law enforcement officers at the time.

The report recommended CBP employ at least 550 internal affairs investigators. The council based the recommendation on the ratio of internal affairs investigators to total law enforcement personnel at other organizations like the FBI, the New York Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and CBP’s own predecessor agency, the U.S. Customs Service.

But the recommendation is only now coming to fruition. The Biden administration’s fiscal 2022 budget request included $74 million to hire more than 300 special agents at OPR. Congress approved funding for the additional OPR positions as part of the omnibus appropriations agreement signed into law in March.

Altman said the planned hiring push will bring the investigative division from about 400 today to “almost” 700 personnel.

The growth will allow OPR to double the number of personnel it has assigned to the FBI-led border corruption task forces. Altman said it will also help expand programs focused on fraud and economic crimes.

OPR is also taking on responsibility for responding to critical incident scenes involving CBP personnel starting Oct. 1, after the agency disbanded its controversial Border Patrol Critical Incident Response Teams earlier this year.

The agency defines a critical incident as “any incident that involves CBP personnel that results in, or is intended or likely to result in, serious bodily injury or death; a use of force; or large media attention.”

Additionally, OPR will have a crucial role in reviewing body cam footage after CBP began outfitting officers and agents with body-worn cameras last August.

Altman said he hopes the increase in staff will allow his division to introduce more “specialization” in areas like use-of-force incidents or corruption.

“We’re hoping to bring on people some who may have experience working for CBP in various components, folks outside of CBP that may have experience conducting complex investigations involving corruption, fraud, civil rights violations, sexual assaults, and then also looking at bringing on analysts and other professional staff with specialized skills ranging from crime scene processing to forensic accounting to multimedia specialties,” Altman said.

The funding for staff increases expires at the end of fiscal 2023, giving OPR a little over a year to meet the ambitious hiring targets before it needs to seek an extension of the funding authority from Congress.

“This is a really tough time to be recruiting for law enforcement. There are lots of jobs out there,” Altman said. “I think our strategy overall is do everything we can to educate applicants about the really unique aspects of working for CBP. And we’ve got a very diverse and dynamic mission set in some really interesting areas in which we have potential opportunities for employment.”

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