Glasswing Ventures announces Connect Council

When I first heard about the Connect Council, I was intrigued. I knew Rudina Seseri and Glasswing Ventures, and knew they didn’t have a reputation for doing things half way. When I heard about the mission of the Connect Council and the people involved, I was more than intrigued, I was impressed. What follows is a quick Q&A with Rudina about the council.

What is the Connect Council?

It is the first of three advisory councils to support and extend Glasswing Ventures’ investment strategy. Collectively, these councils bring together 40 renowned entrepreneurs and technologists, AI visionaries, and world-leading executives to exclusively advise and support the firm and its portfolio companies. The Connect Council is a critical part of the Glasswing Ventures’ DNA, extending our strength in providing AI expertise and advice exponentially amplifying the firm’s and our portfolio companies’ competitive edge. The Connect Council is comprised of two working groups: the AI & Academic Group, and the Business Leadership Group. Today, we are announcing the AI & Academic Group.

Who is on it? 

A group of extraordinary individuals who have been lending their support to us since the founding of Glasswing over 18 months ago – we are grateful to them and very happy to announce that the members of the Glasswing’s Connect Council – the AI & Academic Group include:

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, Professor at MIT and Oxford University and winner of the ACM A.M. Turing Prize
  • Dr. Brad Berens, Chief ‫Strategy Officer at the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg and Principal at Big Digital Idea Consulting
  • Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, Founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc.
  • Dr. Thomas R. Eisenmann, Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, Faculty Co-Chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Dr. Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, MIT Professor and Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program Director
  • Dr. Manuela Veloso, Herbert A. Simon University Professor and Head of Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dr. Peter Weinstock, Executive Director and Anesthesia Endowed Chair of the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program and Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School

Why did you start it? 

We started the Councils as we know that they can bring tremendous scale to the firm as we help harness the positive potential of AI across industries and markets.  Because the Connect Council is a collaborative and vibrant body composed of the most influential thought leaders and innovators in academia and AI technology today — our team, our founders and portfolio companies, gain access to a brilliant collective of luminaries at the forefront of AI and innovation, who are committed to fueling its success and growth.  These visionaries have extensive experience across AI, academia, startups and Fortune 500 companies. They are the catalysts in extending our reach, supporting our portfolio companies and advising us, and helping Glasswing become a cornerstone of the AI ecosystem. They also play a pivotal role in helping bring AI to its full potential in the broader ecosystem and society at large.

What do you hope to accomplish with it? 

Our council members are a resource for candid views and discussions about new technology trends, opportunities and talent in AI – they aren’t just big names and faces on a website. We won’t agree all of the time — and that’s exactly what we hope for. In fact, it’s beautiful when we brainstorm together, as that is when the best outcomes emerge. Our portfolio startups, and many more in the ecosystem, will be able to benefit first-hand from these brainstorms and the brilliance and experience of our advisors.

We have a symbiotic relationship with our advisory council members. They enhance the value we add to founders and companies, well beyond smart capital. At the same time, through their affiliation with Glasswing, they are part of a platform that is developing and shaping the next generation of AI leaders and technology companies. It is because of this mutually beneficial dynamic that our advisors work with us on an exclusive basis.

How will you know if it is working? Any metrics you are tracking? 

Our Connect Council members are catalysts in extending our reach, supporting our portfolio companies and advising us, and helping Glasswing become a cornerstone of the AI ecosystem. They also play a pivotal role in helping bring AI to its full potential in the broader ecosystem and society at large. Being as exclusive and engaged as they are, their inbounds — whether it is bringing in a unique deal flow or helping with diligence or key talent are part of the tremendous value they bring to us.

Is AI really as big as the hype suggests? 

Artificial Intelligence has been at the forefront of tech innovation for some time, but 2017 has been the year in which it has truly taken center stage. In a world of pervasive connectivity, AI is essential to harnessing the power of data. Companies have to create an AI advantage to survive — Google, Facebook, Amazon and countless startups know this and are betting their businesses on it – in fact, startups are becoming major value creators.

AI is already changing many aspects of our daily lives both at home and at work. However, this is just the start. AI is steadily and pervasively redefining our relationship with technology, enhancing human capacity and, fundamentally, how we live. It is big – and it’s going to be bigger than we imagined it.

Rudina Seseri is founder and managing partner at Glasswing Ventures. With over 15 years of investing and transactional experience, Rudina has led technology investments and acquisitions in startup companies in the fields of robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), SaaS marketing technologies and digital media. Rudina’s portfolio investments include Talla, Celtra, CrowdTwist, Jibo and SocialFlow. Rudina has been appointed by the Dean of the Harvard Business School (HBS) for a fourth consecutive year to serve as Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the Business School and as Executive-In-Residence for Harvard University’s innovation-Lab. She is also a Member of the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College. Rudina also serves as Advisor for L’Oreal USA Women in Digital, as Director on the Board of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX) and on the Board of Overseers for Boston Children’s Hospital. She has been named a 2017 Boston Business Journal Power 50: Newsmaker, a 2014 Women to Watch honoree by Mass High Tech and a 2011 Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree for her professional accomplishments and community involvement. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Economics and International Relations and with an MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS). She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies.

Neglected Pure Connect speaker app silenced in iOS 11’s war on 32-bit • The Register

Wireless speaker maker Pure appears to be more the first casualties in Apple’s war on 32-bit iOS apps.

Pure’s 32-bit Connect software for iThings won’t work on Apple’s new 64-bit-only iOS 11, meaning folks using Cupertino’s latest firmware and handsets can’t control their space-age hi-fis. The audio remote-control app joins various games, utilities and other 32-bit-only programs that are not allowed to run on iOS 11 and later.

Punters are urged to install the latest version of Apple’s operating system because it contains security bug patches. By upgrading or buying a new iPhone, folks have to ditch any old apps that haven’t been rebuilt as 64-bit ARMv8 executables, which includes Pure’s.


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Now Pure hardware owners who have moved to iOS 11 are complaining that their gizmos are “useless” without the Connect app to control them. Pure did not respond to El Reg‘s request for comment, and has not said when it expects a 64-bit app will be released. Android versions of Pure Connect are not affected, of course.

According to Pure’s website, a fix is in the works and an FAQ of workarounds via Wi-Fi can be found here. It may take some time for a rebuilt application to emerge as the people who wrote the code for the manufacturer are no longer in business, apparently.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, including the closure of our third-party app developer, and the subsequent release of Apple’s iOS11, a few of you may be experiencing issues accessing the Pure Connect app,” Pure told customers.

“Unfortunately, Apple’s decision to remove support for apps created prior to 2015, which don’t natively run in 64-bit mode, will undoubtedly affect many apps, including our own.”

Part of the problem, it seems, is Pure’s inability to maintain and update its own apps, and it is most likely not alone in this respect: companies that have outsourced their mobile app programming are finding themselves locked out of iOS 11 because they can’t get the code or the tools or the people to rebuild their contract-developed software. The iOS App Store shows that the last update to Pure Connect was on June 25, 2015, more than two years ago, so Pure has been without a mobile developer for a while, it seems.

So on the one hand, it’s a shame to see organizations that were relying on outside developers now being caught out by the iOS crackdown. On the other hand, it’s not an overnight change.

You can’t fault Apple for springing this one on companies and programmers. The Cupertino giant has been warning of the 64-bit changeover for years, and since early 2015 all new apps and updates have been required to be submitted to the online store in 64-bit mode. In March, the iOS 10.3 update also alerted world-plus-dog that all future versions of the firmware would not support apps compiled in 32-bit mode.

Apple’s last 32-bit-processor iPhone was the iPhone 5C, released in 2013 and discontinued in 2015.

“‘Due to circumstances beyond our control’ – yeah, and you’ve only had two years to update your app,” one Reg reader scoffed at Pure in an email to us earlier today. “That’s my Jongo speakers rendered useless after only a year.” ®

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Samsung Connect Home Review | Digital Trends

It’s a commonly held belief that the next big shift in smart home technology will be convergence — for good reason. Once you’ve added smart lighting, security and multi-room audio to your home, you may find your router is buried under a mass of proprietary communications hubs.

Multi-device controllers like Wink and SmartThings (now owned by Samsung) have helped to reduce the clutter. Samsung Connect Home takes convergence one step further by bringing together whole home Wi-Fi with a SmartThings controller. It’s an obvious progression, but one that has taken some time to reach the marketplace.

With SmartThings, Samsung has acquired great experience and execution in smart home control. It makes a lot of sense to take that proposition to the masses by packaging it in a router. But with little heritage in home networking, Samsung will need to be on form to compete with leading whole home Wi-Fi systems like NETGEAR Orbi , Linksys Velop and Google WiFi in a crowded marketplace. Read on to find out how well it did in our Samsung Connect Home review.

Samsung Connect Home mashes Wi-Fi and smart home control but convenience comes with compromise.

Samsung Connect Home is a compelling concept, controlling your home network and smart devices via a single, compact hub. Switch on lights, adjust room temperature, fire up the guest Wi-Fi and more.

Connect Home can operate the same extensive list of devices as a SmartThings Hub. It includes voice assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo, smart lighting systems, including Philips Hue and LIFX, ecobee and Nest Learning Thermostats, security systems and speakers.

Like other whole home Wi-Fi systems, Samsung Connect Home takes a modular approach to networking. A single hub, priced at $169.99, supports wireless coverage in homes up to 1,500 square feet. For larger homes, a $379.99 three-hub mesh network extends coverage up to 4,500 square feet.

AC1300 network speeds (up to 866 Mbps at 5 GHz, 400 Mbps at 2.4 GHz) are match competitors such as Google Wi-Fi ($129/$299 for a three pack) and the first-generation eero ($199/$499), but are slower than NETGEAR Orbi and Linksys Velop.

Samsung Connect Home Compared To

For speed as well as smarts, the $249.99 Samsung Connect Home Pro offers the same wireless coverage with AC2600 speeds (up to 1733 Mbps at 5 GHz, 800 Mbps at 2.4 GHz) and a premium finish. Those with large homes (and deep pockets) can create a mesh network with up to five Home Pro hubs for extensive coverage.

Cute and compact hardware, packed with connectivity

The days of the monolithic, ugly wireless router are numbered. Whole home Wi-Fi systems like Samsung Connect Home are compact, aesthetically neutral devices designed to be scattered around the home rather than hidden in the basement or in a closet.

Most systems released in the last couple of years have been cut from similar cloth – white, puck-shaped hardware sporting twin Gigabit Ethernet ports (one for connection to your modem and a second for wired network devices), a power input and a reset button. No twinkly status lights, no spiky antennas but also no USB ports for storage sharing and, with just two ports, limited hardwired connectivity.

Samsung Connect Home Review

With integrated smart home device support, the lack of ports is less of a problem for Samsung Connect Home than its competitors. Packed with connectivity, it supports Zigbee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth 4.1 & Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wave2).

Under the hood, the Connect Home and Pro systems are a little different in architecture. Connect Home is powered by the Qualcomm IPQ4018 (700MHz Quad Core) processor with 512 MB RAM, while the pricier model gets a boost from a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm IPQ8065.

Frustrating setup experience, requiring live Internet connection

Setup is performed with the Samsung Connect smartphone app, available for iOS and Android. The app frustratingly requires a live Internet connection, as you’ll need to sign up for (or log into) a Samsung account during the process. If your phone has data service then life should be more straightforward as long as it can connect to the router. However, I was unable to complete setup on either the Connect Home or Connect Home Pro using a Google Pixel XL smartphone running Android Oreo. It simply couldn’t detect the Wi-Fi hub.

The kind of setup experience that might see this product being returned to retailers in droves.

As that was the only device I had with mobile data, I was forced to dig out an old Moto X handset, connect that to the Pixel’s mobile hotspot for data service, then download and launch the Samsung Connect app to complete installation. The kind of hackery Dr. Frankenstein would be proud of, certainly, but also the kind of experience that might see this product being returned to retailers in droves.

Even when the router was configured, with the Pixel XL connected to its wireless network, the smartphone remained unable to detect and manage Connect Home’s settings. Samsung’s engineers clearly have some work ahead of them.

Fortunately, once the main router was set up, adding the two satellite hubs to the network was simple. Plug in, a few taps on the Connect Home app, a quick connectivity test and you’re done.

A home hub for all your connected devices

The Samsung Connect app manages both your home network settings as well as smart home devices from a wide range of manufacturers. As a bonus, if you own other Samsung devices with network connectivity, such as a newer Smart TV, washing machine, or fancy fridge, you can connect directly to those using your phone as a TV remote to schedule washing cycles and more.

Router controls are a little less intuitive and can be tricky to hunt down on the app, but the selection is reasonably comprehensive. Like most whole-home Wi-Fi systems, Samsung Connect Home isn’t going to serve the needs of advanced users looking for every possible network optimization tweak and widget available, but there’s a decent array of features that’ll suit mainstream home admins. They include bandwidth prioritization, port forwarding, guest networking, and light parental controls for restricting online access at dinner or bedtime.

While the app looks slick, it doesn’t take too long to uncover issues, particularly around device connectivity. For example, the My Devices section can be very slow to update when new devices are added to the network, meaning you never quite trust what’s being reported.  Worse still, without a live Internet connection, the Connect Home seems unable to provide any visibility of local network devices.

Samsung appears to be adding missed features and performance improvements with firmware updates – hopefully that work will continue over the coming months.

As a SmartThings hub, Connect Home does a decent job, but for some reason, devices must be set up manually. Samsung sent a SmartThings electrical outlet and multipurpose sensor for review, but Connect Home was unable to automatically scan and detect the devices. Once manually configured, though, both performed as expected with quick response times from the app.

Overall the Samsung Connect Home successfully combines home networking and smart home control in a single, compact hub – a real technical achievement. But this convenience comes with compromises and quirks that can cause frustration when using.

Strong wireless coverage, weak mesh networking speeds

We placed three hubs around a four-floor, 2500 square foot home. The main hub was positioned next to the cable modem in a second-floor bedroom. One satellite hub was placed a floor above in the attic, while the third was installed two floors below, in a basement where Wi-Fi coverage is patchy.

At short range, Connect Home performs really well. Average wired speeds of 893 Mbps and 385 Mbps are very good for this class of device. The Samsung Connect Pro boosted wireless speeds by 30 percent, with the average hitting an impressive 498 Mbps.

Whole Home Wi-Fi Systems Ethernet Speeds

Model Average Ethernet Speed (Mbps)
Linksys Velop 943
Samsung Connect Home 893
NETGEAR Orbi 858
Ubiquiti Labs AmpliFi HD 802
Eero (1st Gen) 761
Google WiFi 754

Test Clients: 2 x Intel NUC Core i5 PCs 

Whole Home Wi-Fi Systems Short Range Wireless Speeds

Model Average Short Range Speed (Mbps)
Samsung Connect Home Pro 498
Samsung Connect Home 385
Ubiquiti Labs AmpliFi HD 364
NETGEAR Orbi 337
Google WiFi 297
Linksys Velop 159
Eero (1st Gen) 156

Test Client: MacBook Air with D-Link DWA-192 AC1900 USB Adapter plus Intel NUC Core i5 PC

Wandering around the house with a Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the Samsung Connect Home was able to sustain a strong connection in both the attic and basement, but mesh networking speeds were less impressive. Average speeds of 181 Mbps close to main hub in the bedroom dropped to 61 Mbps in the basement and just 41 Mbps in the attic. As I usually struggle to receive a Wi-Fi signal in the basement, Samsung’s debut certainly offered a boost, but speeds were behind competing systems.

Whole Home Wi-Fi Systems Long Range Mesh Wireless Speeds (Wireless Backhaul)

Model Average Mesh Wireless Speeds (Mbps)
  Bedroom (Main) Attic (Sub 1) Basement (Sub 2)
NETGEAR Orbi 322 217 228
Linksys Velop 309 250 163
Google WiFi 285 123 90
Ubiquiti Labs AmpliFi HD 216 157 59
Eero (1st Gen) 211 67 82
Samsung Connect Home 181 44 61

Test Client: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 plus Intel NUC Core i5 PC 

Like some other whole home Wi-Fi systems, Connect Home’s performance can be bolstered by connecting the satellite hubs to a wired network, reducing wireless congestion. Doing so accelerated speeds up to 80 percent but, given the low base, it wasn’t enough to stand out.

Warranty information

Samsung Connect Home and Connect Home Pro are supplied with a limited, one-year warranty.

Our Take

Samsung Connect Home successfully combines whole home Wi-Fi and smart device control in an attractive, compact hub with smartphone app control. It’s a brave technical challenge that Samsung delivers with reasonable success, but frustrations with device configuration, weaknesses in the Samsung Connect app and mesh network speeds well behind competitors prevent us from giving the system a full endorsement.

Is there a better alternative?

With a slew of whole home Wi-Fi systems hitting the market over the last twelve months, you can find high-performing mesh networking kits available for a range of budgets, although none offer the convenience of true smart home device control like Samsung Connect Home.

At $399 and $499 respectively, NETGEAR Orbi and Linksys Velop remain top picks on performance although you’re paying top dollar for the best network speeds and that’s before you add a $99 SmartThings Hub into the mix.

While not hitting the same heights on performance, the $299 Google WiFi and $289 TP-Link Deco systems offer great value with smooth smartphone app controls and great looking hubs.

How long will it last?

Samsung Connect Home embodies an experimental new product category for the company and, as such, we’d be a little concerned about the sustainability of this product line.

That said, Samsung’s developers are pushing out firmware updates with enhanced features and fixes while the company is heavily marketing the products in big box retailers so, in the short term, things look good.

Should you buy it?

If your current router is creaking under the weight of proprietary smart home hubs and you’re happy to ride the rollercoaster of firmware updates to fix hiccups, Samsung Connect Home offers real convergence if not the best performance.

At this point, however, you might be better off sticking with a whole home Wi-Fi system from an established networking brand and adding the excellent SmartThings hub.

Apple Look at Sequence 3 evaluate: do not connect with us, we would not connect with you.

It really is starting to glance like Dick Tracy had it mistaken, that watches do not make good communications gadgets and telephones do not make good watches just after all.

Very first came Huawei’s Look at 2, a clever enjoy that incorporates a 4G SIM that you can make calls on, which is useless by lunchtime if you truly do check out to use it as your telephone.

Now you can find Apple’s Look at Sequence 3, a clever enjoy that would not comprise a SIM, but that you can yet make calls on, which is useless by afternoon tea if used for way too several calls.

Absent some sort of wonder with battery technologies, or some sort of shift in how massive (or probably radioactive) a matter individuals are ready to strap to their wrist, it looks like telephones and wrist watches aren’t heading to be the cosy bedfellows several of us hoped they may possibly.

I imply, if Apple, the world’s richest firm, won’t be able to construct a enjoy that allows you leave your telephone at home all working day, then who can?

Nonetheless, given the selection amongst getting the WiFi-only Apple Look at that can only make calls when it truly is Bluetooth-tethered to your Apple iphone, and investing $100 more to purchase the product that has a 4G voice and info relationship, which is considerably less than 1mm thicker than the WiFi product, it truly is a rather uncomplicated final decision. Even the rather crimson dot on the crown, that indicates you are wearing the “GPS + Cellular” product, is really worth the added income.

4G on a enjoy may perhaps not yet be what we hoped it would be – a thing that would allow us neglect to pack our telephone and not have to worry about heading home to retrieve it – but it truly is nevertheless rather useful. I’ve been wearing the GPS + Cellular Apple Look at for around a 7 days now, and even though the 4G connectivity leaves some items to be preferred, it is quite relaxing getting able to leave your telephone at home for a speedy vacation to the shop, or a speedy dip in the pool, and not be gripped by the biggest of all 21st century malaises, the anxiety of missing out.

Electronic SIM

Nevertheless in truth you may perhaps miss out on a couple items, which I’ll get into presently.

The cause the Look at Sequence 3 can make and receive calls and have a dwell net relationship, devoid of a telephone tethered to it and devoid of a little SIM card inserted into it, is really only mainly because it truly is created by Apple and not by Samsung, Huawei or some other firm that has little sway with Australia’s telcos.

The cellular product of the Look at has an electronic SIM, or eSIM, in it, the quite matter that Samsung has been hoping for years to convince Telstra, Vodafone et al to empower, but which (at the time of producing) Telstra and Optus the two got on board with only for the sake of Apple.

In our checks, we found the Watch’s eSIM to be either simple to empower, or difficult to empower, depending on the nature of our telephone contract.

The approach entails entering the username and password to your telephone account into the Apple iphone, and then agreeing to tack an added eSIM info demand on to that account (now it truly is only $5 a month), and it truly is useless simple except if you are on a company telephone account and do not have a username and password and the authority to increase an added demand to your bill, in which circumstance it seems like it won’t be able to be performed proper now.

As a consequence of that, I had to borrow a telephone account to take a look at out the Look at, which was a shame mainly because I missed out on the best characteristic: the eSIM keeps the same telephone number as your principal SIM, so if you acquire your Look at to the pool with you (it truly is water resistant adequate to do laps even though you have got it on), it will ring anytime your telephone again at home rings, and you can acquire the connect with using its built-in microphone and speaker, which most of the time is loud adequate.

Just a tease

Oddly, though, if the Apple iphone it truly is paired to is switched off or has operate out of batteries, calls to your number will go to voicemail. For some cause (which I hope goes absent) the Apple iphone has to be on and ringing for the Look at to ring, way too.

And the way the Look at receives notifications above its 4G relationship is a little odd, way too, and considerably less reliable than messages obtained above its Bluetooth relationship, when its paired Apple iphone is nearby. Some notifications show up, and some do not.

Text messages do not get as a result of, for instance, except if they were being despatched by another Apple iphone, which is confounding.

Tinder notifications, telling you that you have a new match, do get as a result of above 4G even so.

And which is the rub of the Look at. You get the standard notification when you have still left your telephone at home, but with no telephone you can find no way to know nearly anything more. It really is just a tease, really, a assure that when you do get home to your telephone, a thing interesting awaits.

That is not just the anxiety of missing out. That is truly missing out. That is worse.

SpaceX Names Satellite Broadband Service, Works FCC Connect America

What’s in a name?  “Starlink” is the potential title for SpaceX’s massive satellite network to deliver high-speed Internet access, reports Florida Today.  The company has filed two trademarks for Starlink with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, one applicable to satellite communications and research into the field and the other related to hardware, including satellites, ground terminals, and satellite Earth stations to control the network.

SpaceX’s Starlink network would be composed of an initial 4,425 satellites put into orbit by 2024, plus another 7,518 satellites to add more bandwidth in the future, according to media reports and testimony to Congress. CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk believes a massive, low-flying satellite communications network can offer speeds competitive with or even better than terrestrial fiber optic cabling, since signals would be moved in a point-to-point fashion and transmitted between satellites via laser without the delays introduced by moving light through glass.  Existing fiber optic network rely on sending signals through cables that follow the curves and rights-of-way where they have been put, with switches and routers adding additional delays.

Musk isn’t planning to build such a network simply out of the goodness of his heart. He needs a continuing revenue stream to fund plans for ultimately putting a colony on Mars, with broadband services being a big piggy bank.  SpaceX’s current launch services business is very lean, with proceeds redirected into improving the companies lines of Falcon 9 rockets and Dragon spacecraft.

Launching satellites is expensive, but SpaceX has demonstrated the ability to land and reuse the expensive first stage of the Falcon9.  The company has over a dozen “flight-proven” Falcon 9 first stages today, with more expected to be added to its inventory in the future. With a fleet of reusable rockets, SpaceX essentially will have “surplus” launch capacity it will use to put up its satellite communications cloud.

SpaceX is also positioning its future satellite service to qualify for government funds.  The company asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to consider it as a potential Connect America Fund award recipient, according to Space News. The Connect America Fund is designed to support broadband build-out to around 23 million Americans who lack access to high-speed infrastructure in urban and rural areas, with up to $198 million in subsidies expected to be provided to voice and broadband carriers over the next decade.

Low-latency satellite would provide a perfect solution for rural consumers seeking high-speed internet access. SpaceX wants to make sure it can participate in the Connect America Fund once it gets Starlink open for business, indicating the company is thinking long-term and working “the system” as needed.  I’m wondering if we’ll see a SpaceX Starlink presence at CES 2018, but that may be too soon.