The FCC Wants Your Broadband Stories

On Episode 525 of the Waves of Tech, we are covering another range of technology topics that are interesting and relevant. The Federal Communications Commission wants to hear from Americans by collecting their broadband stories in an attempt to improve mapping and access in the long term. As SpaceX gains momentum around the world, the European Space Agency is rushing to improve their satellite launching capabilities with investment and innovation. Many workers are returning to their work spaces over the next few months and finding the rhythm to working away from home again is going to be an adjustment.

The FCC Wants Your Broadband Stories

Without question, broadband internet access across the United States is anything but equitable. Millions struggle to get reliable and affordable service. Jessica Rosenworcel, the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, is posed to change that by collecting data, creating infrastructure, designing systems, and assessing needs.

  • FCC is encouraging Americans to submit their broadband experiences with the agency
  • Many are being left behind in terms of access to jobs, education, healthcare, etc.
  • Much of the broadband mapping is inaccurate, outdated, and unusable
  • ISPs will only be able to hide so long from their lack of investment in infrastructure

European Space Agency’s Pressure to Compete

As the world attempts to keep pace with the progress SpaceX is making in terms of commercial satellite launches, the European Space Agency (ESA) is investing heavily to turn the tides in the long term space race game. The ESA is working on the next generation of rockets, designed to be more robust, efficient, scalable, and reproducible.

  • European ministers are calling to offer a more significant “technological and industrial”
  • Currency rockets are not positioned to compete at all in the launch market
  • SpaceX’s ability to create low cost and repeatable launches is the benchmark
  • ESA is looking to build upon the successes of their rockets – Ariane 6 and Vega-C

Gearing Up For Back to Work

It’s been a year since the majority of the American workforce was immediately sent home to work. This placed plenty of undue pressure of managers, employees, and individuals. The shift from work to home office is quickly reverting from home office back to work. Many are now gearing up to reenter the office spaces and get working around coworkers and bosses.

  • Many workers are struggling to reorient their minds to office work environments
  • IT professionals are having to revert to office visits & ticket requests of a different kind
  • Hopefully movement back to the office creates a better home-work balance

Resources & Links

FCC wants to hear from Americans

Rosenworcel’s FCC Post

Europe Faces SpaceX dominance

RocketLab Rockets

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