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Silver Spring Networks Congratulates Ofcom on Updated UK Wireless Telegraphy License Regulations

Enables 870 to 876 MHz Spectrum Band Use On a License Exempt Basis, Unlocks More Opportunity for the Internet of Things

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 25, 2014--

Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE:SSNI) today congratulated Ofcom for its amendments to the UK’s Wireless Telegraphy Act, which will allow for commercial operations at 870 to 876 MHz on a license exempt basis and go into effect on June 27, 2014. The decision from Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, opens the frequency bands for new machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things applications that unlock greater economic and societal opportunities in the UK. License-exempt spectrum eliminates the prohibitively high costs of existing exclusionary solutions and ensures that high-performing, dedicated, and secure Internet of Things networks can be quickly deployed for the benefit of all UK citizens.

Countries around the world have prioritized the deployment of smart digital infrastructure as a means to improve quality of life and competitiveness, but many have found the lack of effective networking technologies a barrier to implementation. Ofcom’s move to adopt the new European framework will afford participants in the UK the same resources as the US, Canada, and most other industrial nations that allow the leveraging of license-exempt spectrum to benefit citizens through lower costs and improved system performance.

Working with some of the world’s leading smart energy and smart city programmes, Silver Spring Networks has already connected more than 18.5 million critical infrastructure devices such as smart energy meters, smart thermostats, renewable energy generators, networked street lights, and traffic control systems.

“We applaud the release of this spectrum by Ofcom which will help accelerate social and economic benefits for UK citizens and helps to provide a basis for Internet of Things applications such as energy resource management, smart energy and smart water, adaptive street lighting, environmental sensors, and intelligent transport networks that help modernize the UK’s essential citizen services,” said Mark Coyle, Managing Director for the UK & Ireland, Silver Spring Networks. “These types of machine-to-machine networks give the UK an opportunity to establish a technology foundation for its ongoing environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, and smart city leadership.”

“We are excited to continue working with a range of cities, energy companies, and our broad ecosystem to modernize the UK’s critical infrastructure and bring the benefits of the Internet of Things to meet the needs of our existing and future customers,” Mr. Coyle continued.

Earlier this year the CEPT, the organization that represents the national regulatory authorities for 48 European countries, published a framework for license-exempt spectrum availability for a variety of machine-to-machine, smart grid, and smart city wireless networks, among others. The UK is the first individual member state to publish updated regulations allowing license exempt spectrum for broad commercial use for these networks under the CEPT’s new framework.

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About Silver Spring Networks

Silver Spring Networks is a leading networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks. Silver Spring’s pioneering IPv6 networking platform, with over 18.5 million Silver Spring enabled devices delivered, is connecting utilities to homes and business throughout the world with the goal of achieving greater energy efficiency for the planet. Silver Spring’s innovative solutions enable utilities to gain operational efficiencies, improve grid reliability, and empower consumers to monitor and manage energy consumption. Silver Spring Networks’ customers include major utilities around the globe such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Commonwealth Edison, CPS Energy, Energias de Portugal, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Progress Energy, Singapore Power and UK Power Networks, among others. To learn more, please visit www.silverspringnet.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements about Silver Spring Networks’ expectations, plans, intentions, and strategies, including, but not limited to statements regarding the capabilities and benefits of Ofcom’s amended spectrum regulations, and the benefits of Silver Spring Networks’ solutions. Statements including words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect” or “future” and statements in the future tense are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, which, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties include those described in Silver Spring Networks’ documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Silver Spring Networks as of the date hereof. Silver Spring Networks assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

 
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REE WI-FI HOTSPOTS

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COMCAST MUDDIES ITS ANTI-OPEN INTERNET POSITION WITH FREE WI-FI HOTSPOTS

comcast wifi freeThose who believe in open-source soft- and hardware  often also believe in the value of free information over the Internet. But, chances are, they still want their own personal information to be private. The two positions aren’t exactly contradictory, but they do lead to some head scratching when it comes to open Wi-Fi networks.

When Wi-Fi routers first came out — and we were all a bit naïve about data privacy — the tenants of a multi-unit apartment building might split a network, presaging the sharing economy in which sharing means that individuals have to fork over less money to big corporations. Still, those halcyon days faded as we learned to lock our digital doors against thieves.

But in a strange plot twist, Comcast, which became notorious for suing the U.S. government for its net neutrality rules, is opening up the Wi-Fi routers it rents to its cable ISP subscribers to provide free hotspots for nearby users to log on. The company has opened up 150,000 routers in Houston, but has said it plans to expand the program.

With Comcast’s abysmal reputation, one might first suspect that the move will violate the privacy of its subscribers? Comcast insists that the bandwidth opened up to guest users will not eat into the subscribers’ data, nor will the guests have access to their data. Subscribers can also opt out of the program, though the routers create the guest networks by default. A mobile finder app shows available networks but doesn’t provide exact addresses.

 

Comcast actually seems to be playing with the good guys when it comes to embracing the sharing economy.

If there is unused capacity in Internet infrastructure and telecoms and hardware-makers now have the smarts to keep subscribers’ data walled off, marshaling an army of Wi-Fi routers for use as hotspots could help expand access to those who lack it. The move also helps Comcast make a name for itself in the public hotspot arena currently dominated by AT&T and to poach cellular data charges from AT&T and Verizon.

Of course, Comcast could eventually charge for use of the hotspots, whether by selling minutes or bytes to guests or by making the additional guest network a premium service for its subscribers.

But there’s something odd about Comcast’s apparent good will. The company’s aggressive opposition to net neutrality rules has relied on a claim that data-hungry services like BitTorrent, Google and Netflix are using more than their share of a limited good: bandwidth.

Comcast has justified its position that it needs toll lanes on the Internet highway because the regular lanes are nearing full capacity. Yet, with the Wi-Fi hotspots, the company is unveiling brand new, open lanes on that very same highway. No toll required. The two positions are difficult to reconcile.

The highway metaphor might tell us a bit more about ongoing Internet controversies that we might like. Stop-and-go traffic in some areas and lack of roads in others different problems with the same general cause: inadequate infrastructure. It was the federal government that built the interstate highway system, but it has sat back and advocated for private competition when it comes to the Internet highway. Corporations will, by definition, look for a pay-to-play solution.

While Comcast’s move to open up Internet access from in-home routers seems, for now, to help users, its plans to make the pipes that feed the routers a private toll road don’t.

Photos: wifi concepts/mtkang courtesy of Shutterstock.com

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CLEAN ENERGY GROWTH STALLS

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CLEAN ENERGY GROWTH STALLS WITH LOSS OF INCENTIVES

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The question about coal power isn’t whether it can be made clean — it can’t, according to a recent National Geographic cover story and the vast majority of environmental advocates — but whether it can be made clean enough to provide power as the world transitions to renewable energy sources without triggering an ecological disaster before we get there.

Given increasingly frantic alarms about climate change from reputable organizations including NASA and the United Nations along with human cardiorespiratory health data from the World Health Organization, the transition to clean energy needs to gather speed, fast. Yet, in 2013, the addition of renewable capacity slowed slightly compared to the previous year as a result of shrinking governmental incentives and investment, according to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

While the survey found that renewable energy still relies on public incentives, it also suggested that at least parts of the industry are not as dependent as they once were on such incentives, thanks to falling prices.

renewable energy, wind power, solar power, While there was an overall decline in investment, there are signs that the sector is reaping the rewards of becoming a more mature industry. Prices for technologies continue to drop, making them increasingly competitive with conventional power sources,” Phyllis Cuttino, director of the nonprofit’s clean energy program, said in a news release.

As incentives phased out in Europe and the United States, new installation of renewable energy in the developed world slowed, in some places dramatically. But renewable energy gained steam in the developing world, where distributed generation systems are seen as a more affordable alternative to conventional transmission infrastructure, Cuttino said.

The end of long-standing feed-in tariffs in Germany played a major role in the drying up of funding among developed nations. But Japan bucked the trend of the rest of the developed world. Moving aggressively to build non-nuclear energy sources in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, it saw an 80 percent jump in investment, according to the report.

China remained the largest single market for renewable energy, accounting for $54.2 billion of $254 billion total investment. The Asian giant has begun to use more of its own renewable energy technologies, adding roughly 8 gigawatts of solar and 14 gigawatts of wind capacity.

global-capacityThe United States was the second largest site of renewable energy investment.

Solar power had a much better year in 2013 than wind power. As prices fell, new capacity grew by nearly 30 percent, or 40 gigawatts, worldwide even as investment fell by nearly a quarter. More solar capacity was added in 2013 than in the nine years from 2001 and 2010.

In 2013, for the first time, more solar than wind energy was installed globally as wind saw installations fall even as investment held steady. Global installations fell 40 percent, led by a devastating 90 percent slowdown in the United States spurred by stalled renewal of a production tax credit.

On the bright side, the United States added a record amount of new solar capacity—more than 4.3 gigawatts—thanks to the completion of a number of less-expensive utility-scale plants.

Although investment shrunk overall, investors showed growing interest in energy efficient and low-carbon technologies, including everything from smart meters to energy storage mechanisms, boosting financing 15 percent.

A major Stanford University project argues that it’s both financially and technically feasible to have 100 percent renewable energy worldwide by 2050.

Photos: Gencho Petkov / Shutterstock.com,  Andrew Barker / Shutterstock.com, Pew Charitable Trusts

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SIMPLY SEEING

Confusion is a great opportunity. The problem with people who are not confused is great – they think they know, and they know not. The people who believe that they have clarity are really in great trouble; their clarity is very superficial. In fact they know nothing of clarity; what they call clarity is just stupidity.

Idiots are very very clear – clear in the sense that they do not have the intelligence to feel confusion.

To feel confusion needs great intelligence.

Only the intelligent ones feel confusion; otherwise the mediocre go on moving in life, smiling, laughing, accumulating money, struggling for more power and fame. If you see them you will feel a little jealous; they look so confident, they even look happy.

If they are succeeding, if their money is increasing and their power is increasing and their fame is growing, you will feel a little jealous. You are so confused and they are so clear about their life; they have a direction, they have a goal, they know how to attain it, and they are managing, they are already achieving, they are climbing the ladder. And you are just standing there, confused about what to do, what not to do, what is right and what is wrong. But this has always been so; the mediocre remains certain. It is only for the more intelligent to feel confusion, chaos.

Confusion is a great opportunity. It simply says that through the mind there is no way. If you are really confused you are blessed. Now something is possible, something immensely valuable; you are on the verge. If you are utterly confused, that means the mind has failed; now the mind can no longer supply any certainty to you.

You are coming closer and closer to the death of the mind. And that is the greatest thing that can happen to any man in life, the greatest blessing – because once you see that the mind is confusion and there is no way out through the mind, how long can you go on clinging to the mind? Sooner or later you will have to drop it; even if you don’t drop it, it will drop of its own accord. Confusion will become so much, so heavy, that out of sheer heaviness it will drop. And when the mind drops, confusion disappears.

I cannot say that you attain to certainty, no, because that too is a word applicable only to the mind and the world of the mind. When there is confusion, there can be certainty; when confusion disappears, certainty also disappears.

You simply are  clear, neither confused nor certain, just a clarity, a transparency. And that transparency has beauty, that transparency is grace, it is exquisite.

It is the most beautiful moment in one’s life when there is neither confusion nor certainty. One simply is, a mirror reflecting that which is, with no direction, going nowhere, with no idea of doing something, with no future, just utterly in the moment, tremendously in the moment.

When there is no mind there can be no future, there can be no program for the future. Then this moment is all, all in all; this moment is your whole existence. The whole existence starts converging on this moment, and the moment becomes tremendously significant. It has depth, it has height, it has mystery, it has intensity, it has fire, it has immediacy, it grips you, it possesses you, it transforms you.

But I cannot give you certainty; certainty is given by ideology. Certainty is nothing but patching up your confusion. You are confused. Somebody says, “Don’t be worried,” and says it very authoritatively, convinces you with arguments, with scriptures, and patches up your confusion, covers it with a beautiful blanket – with the Bible, with the Koran, with the Gita. You feel good but it is temporary, because the confusion is boiling within. You have not got rid of it, it has only been repressed.

The intelligent person hesitates, ponders, wavers. The unintelligent never wavers, never hesitates. Where the wise will whisper, the fool simply declares from the housetops.

Lao Tzu says, “I may be the only muddle-headed man in the world. Everybody seems to be so certain, except me.” He is right; he has such tremendous intelligence that he cannot be certain about anything.

I cannot promise you certainty if you drop the mind. I can promise you only one thing, that you will be clear. There will be clarity, transparency, you will be able to see things as they are.

Osho, The Book of Wisdom, Talk #4

 

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Sources:

All of the information in this essay came from A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, and Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen, both of which uses primary sources such as eyewitness accounts, journal entries, and letters from Christopher Columbus himself.

A very important note about Bartolomé de las Casas and the African slave trade

This issue keeps coming up and, despite my footnotes, I keep seeing commentary about it so I’m going to address it here.
Initially, Bartolomé de las Casas advocated the use of African slaves instead of native labor. In the first few years after he renounced his land and title, his initial cause was to end the suffering of the natives, rather than seeking an end to the institution of slavery itself, and so this became his deplorable rationale for the endorsement of African slavery. Bartolomé de las Casas eventually retracted those views, however, and came to see all forms of slavery as being equally wrong. In The History of the Indies published in 1527, he wrote the following:

I soon repented and judged myself guilty of ignorance. I came to realize that black slavery was as unjust as Indian slavery…
and I was not sure that my ignorance and good faith would secure me in the eyes of God.

I know that the discovery of the New World means a lot of different things to a lot of different cultures. I like the sound of Bartolomé Day. If you don’t like that, call it Indigenous People’s Day. Or perhaps Chris-Columbus-was-a-turd Day. I’d even settle for just calling it MONDAY.

But please, oh please

do not call it Columbus Day.

 

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BORN WILD

I’ve been feeling sad lately… for no reason that I know of.

You are holding – that may be the whole problem. You don’t trust life. Somewhere deep down there is a mistrust of life, as if, if you don’t control them, things will go wrong and that if you remain in control only then can things go right; you have to always deliberately manage things. Maybe your childhood conditioning has helped in that way. That has done much damage, because when a person starts managing everything, his life is lived at the minimum.

Life is such a vast phenomenon; it is impossible to manage it. And if you really want to manage it, you have to cut it to the minimum; then you can manage. Otherwise life is wild.

It is as wild as these clouds, and this rain and this breeze and these trees and the sky. It is wild – and you have cut your wild part out completely. You are afraid of it – that’s why you don’t open as much as you can, and that is creating your sadness also.

Sadness is nothing but the same energy that could have been happiness.

When you don’t see that your happiness is flowering, you become sad. Whenever you see somebody happy, you become sad: Why is it not happening to you? It can happen to you! There is no problem in it. You just have to uncondition your past. You will have to go a little out of the way for it to happen, so just make a little effort to open yourself. Even if it feels a little painful in the beginning…. In the beginning it will feel painful.

Start one meditation in the night, from tonight. Just feel as if you are not a human being at all. You can choose any animal that you like. If you like a cat, good. If you like a dog, good…or a tiger – male, female – anything you like. Just choose, but then stick to it. Become that animal. Move on all fours in the room and become that animal.

For fifteen minutes enjoy the fantasy as much as you can. Bark if you are a dog and do things a dog is expected to do – and really do them! Enjoy it and don’t control, because a dog cannot control. A dog means absolute freedom, so whatsoever happens in that moment, do. In that moment don’t bring in the human element of control. Be really doggedly a dog! For fifteen minutes roam around the room…bark, jump. Continue this for seven days. It will help.

You need a little more animal energy. You are too sophisticated, too civilized, and that is crippling you.

Too much civilization is a paralyzing thing. It is good in a small dose but too much of it is very dangerous. One should always remain capable of being an animal.

Your animal has to be freed; that is the problem as I see it. If you can learn to be a little wild, all your problems will disappear. So start from tonight – and enjoy it!

 

 

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