I Stream, You Stream, We All Stream

Here's a Wikipedia definition of streaming

Streaming media is multimedia that is constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a provider. The verb “to stream” refers to the process of delivering or obtaining media in this manner; the term refers to the delivery method of the medium, rather than the medium itself, and is an alternative to file downloading, a process in which the end-user obtains the entire file for the content before watching or listening to it.

So, your computer/TV/phone can either download the entire file (like email) -or- allow you to watch/listen to a "stream" of content. It doesn't save the file, you just enjoy it, as it "streams" by.

Here's an approximate list of how big the stream needs to be to carry the content you want. Although streaming music doesn't take much bandwidth (there are lots of free internet radio stations) - video does. High definition video even more.

Those of you who stream video, like Netflix, may notice that picture quality might vary. When the internet doesn't have enough bandwidth (stream size), it might provide a lower resolution picture. In the Summer, you probably notice it more because there are more people -sharing the stream.

What's a Modem ? (this is really fun)

If you are subscribed to the internet, there is a modem in your house. This is a black box (with blinking lights) which converts the signal coming into the house, to a usable signal for your computer.

It is probably also transmitting that signal via wifi, to your computer

Here is Wikipedia's quick explanation

A modem (modulator-demodulator) is a network hardware that modulates one or more carrier wave signals to encode digital information for transmission and demodulates signals to decode the transmitted information. The goal is attempting to produce a signal that can be transmitted easily and decoded to reproduce the original digital data.

What is the Internet of Things (home version)

Lots of "things" (devices) can be connected to the internet. They can be home energy monitoring or security. It is felt that more and more devices, doing more and more "things" will be available in the future.

Here's a Wikipedia explanation of Building and Home Automation

Building and home automation[edit]

IoT devices can be used to monitor and control the mechanical, electrical and electronic systems used in various types of buildings (e.g., public and private, industrial, institutions, or residential)[49] in home automation and building automation systems. In this context, three main areas are being covered in literature[82]:

  • The integration of the internet with building energy management systems in order to create energy efficient and IOT driven “smart buildings”[82].
  • The possible means of real-time monitoring for reducing energy consumption and monitoring occupant behaviors[82].
  • The integration of smart devices in the built environment and how they might be used in future applications[82].

Net Neutrality - What's That ?

While this isn't directly impacting our Broadband project, Angus King just raised some issues about pending national legislation.

May 18, 2017

King Criticizes FCC Vote to Begin Roll Back of Net Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision today to move forward on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to repeal existing net neutrality protections, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) – a strong proponent of the open internet – released the following statement:

            “Today’s vote by the FCC is a mistake. Rolling back these common-sense net neutrality protections would only deprive Americans of open and equal access to the internet and hand over immense power to service providers who will be able to act as unchecked gatekeepers. That’s not right. The internet is a powerful engine for economic and social opportunity, and it empowers free speech and innovation. It must remain open to all – not just the highest bidder.”

Senator King is a fierce proponent of protecting the internet as a tool that can be used equally by all. In September 2015, he filed an amicus brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the FCC’s Open Internet rules. He also wrote a letter to then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in advance of the Commission’s net neutrality decision urging that broadband be reclassified as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Here's a Wikipedia explanation of Net Neutrality:

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments regulating the Internet should treat all data on the Internetthe same, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.[1] The term was coined by Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu in 2003, as an extension of the longstanding concept of a common carrier, which was used to describe the role of telephone systems.[2][3][4][5]

A widely-cited example of a violation of net neutrality principles was when the Internet service provider Comcast was secretly slowing (a.k.a. "throttling") uploads from peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) applications by using forged packets.[6] Comcast didn't stop blocking these protocols like BitTorrent until the FCC ordered them to do so.[7] In 2004, The Madison River Communications company was fined $15,000 by the FCC for restricting their customer’s access to Vonage which was rivaling their own services. [8] AT&T was also caught limiting access to FaceTime, so only those users who paid for the new shared data plans could access the application.[9] In April 2017, a recent attempt to compromise net neutrality in the United States is being considered by the newly appointed FCC chairman, Ajit Varadaraj Pai.[10][11]

Here's the whole Wikipedia

Hold up your iPhone and say "Ahhhh"

True story

One of our members had a friend, who arrived home late one evening, with a sore throat.

They dialed a Telemedicine Doctor who had them hold up their phone so the doctor could view their throat. Immediate confirmation of a simple medical condition.

Here's a chart of responses to a survey done by Nemours Children's Health System. 

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Digital Literacy - Wordpress and Quickbooks- Sign Up by May 31st

The Island Institute is sponsoring a couple of Free Virtual Workshops for digital literacy in June. Click here to learn about the WordPress: Website Design for Business class on June 19th from 1-4.

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