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South Dakota working to be among first to get 5G technology 0

South Dakota working to be among first to get 5G technology

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  | When Scott Sandal is talking to potential clients, he seems to always get the same question about the speed and bandwidth of the internet he relies on for his business. “They’re like, ‘in South Dakota?'” he said. Sandal is Sunbird Software’s director of service and support. From Sioux Falls, Sandal runs a team monitoring the power needs of data centers all over the globe.

It’s a job that requires a lot of bandwidth. But in Sioux Falls, Sandal’s got it. Same in Lennox, where he lives, connected online via a fiber optic line.

The quality internet connection helps Sandal recruit South Dakotans who might otherwise look for information technology jobs elsewhere but find themselves seriously considering a big-bandwidth job here. “Just the idea of being able to work from home to support this global customer base,” Sandal told the Argus Leader ( http://argusne.ws/2rjcG7V 1 ). The future of broadband in South Dakota is increasingly the future of business here, and the challenges are many, especially in a largely rural state. While South Dakota is relatively well equipped with broadband internet access and an expanding network of fiber optic lines, the next step is close on the horizon.

Wireless providers are working now to build out dense-network, small-footprint cell technology that will prove crucial for what’s next: fifth-generation mobile data, or 5G. South Dakota’s senior U.S. senator, John Thune, is spearheading federal legislation to speed up 5G deployment before 2020. “I think 5G really does represent the not-too-distant future, it’s not just an incremental step in mobile speed,” Thune said.

Business’ hunger for bandwidth is growing. Remote IT assistance, data backup and cloud storage are no longer new, and their growing importance for firms large and small has expanded business demand for bandwidth. High-speed mobile data is the future for many business sectors, including agriculture, telemedicine, virtual reality, internet-connected appliances and driver-free vehicles.

Mobile data is increasingly how we live. Increasingly, it’s how business gets done. “The devices have changed, the bandwidth has changed, and how we use it in our lives have changed,” said Mark Shlanta, CEO of Sioux Falls-based SDN Communications. South Dakota isn’t entirely connected by fiber optic cable that allows for speedier broadband, but it is surprisingly good at a problem in many parts of the United States: the rural-urban digital divide.

This could prove a crucial key to unlocking the future of 5G wireless data access. Cities, with their concentration of customers, are natural targets for communications companies in terms of the biggest and best broadband access, and any maps of broadband access will show South Dakota’s cities are well served by one or more broadband providers with strong speeds. So how about the rural areas?

Broadband is, for the most part, carried by wires. And just as with electrification and paved roads, rural, less-populated parts of the country are sometimes last in line to connect to the rest of the world. But not in South Dakota.

There might even be room to brag a little bit. “In other states, and you might hear a little bit of that in the national discourse, there’s a ‘rural digital divide,'” said Shlanta, whose SDN Communications was founded by independent telephone companies in the state that interconnected their networks in 1989. “I would argue (in South Dakota) it might be the inverse. That parts of our more urban communities may be lagging than some of the rural deployments.” About 80 percent of South Dakota’s geography is served by independent telecommunications providers, many of whom have strong fiber networks in place even in rural areas and smaller cities. In a quick survey, SDN’s Vernon Brown heard from 10 member companies.

Six are 100 percent fiber networks and another four were at 50 percent or better. The advantages for business in the state are clear. Like Sandal in Lennox, being able to do business from outside the state’s largest cities pays dividends. “It’s advantageous for business to establish businesses anywhere in the state,” said Denny Law, CEO and general manager of Golden West Telecommunications in Wall, which serves customers across western South Dakota and parts of the eastern side of the state. “Certainly the populated areas are good,” he said. “But the possibility of a 4-6 person shop in Phillip or Springfield or Dell Rapids is a potential game changer for them, I think.” If South Dakota is to fully harness the future roll-out of 5G wireless data, with its dense network and blazing speed, it will require a strong backbone in both urban and rural areas. “For 5G to be successful it will require a pretty phenomenal network to transport all of that date,” Law said. “And I think that’s the role a company like Golden West plays in that, to help facilitate 5G.” And, a little legislative help.

Get news headlines sent daily to your inbox John Thune took his 5G sales pitch to Dakota State University last month, and he didn’t pull any punches. “We’re very interested in getting to 5G first,” he said. “We’re competing with the Europeans, with the Asians, everybody wants to get to fifth-generation technology when it comes to mobile first, and we have to win that race.” South Dakota’s senior U.S. senator is the chair of the powerful Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, with oversight of the national telecommunications laws and regulations. In March, Thune introduced the Mobile NOW Act, a bill to open up spectrum to telecommunications companies and smooth the path for 5G technology, and moved it through his committee to the Senate floor.

The generally accepted target date for 5G is 2020. Thune wants to beat it. In an April 24 interview, Thune said he had talked to the Trump administration only informally about his bill.

But he said the bill should get bipartisan support and gain Trump’s support as legislation that could add jobs and boost economy productivity. “If they’re looking for victories, legislative accomplishments they can point to that are transformative for our economy and have bipartisan support, this is something that can accomplish that,” he said. While the legislation awaits congressional approval and a Trump signature, others are fighting smaller, more local battles. “I use the word ‘densification,'” said SDN’s Shlanta. “Wireless carriers, 20-25 years ago, were trying to establish coverage so people could complete phone calls. Today their bigger needs aren’t coverage, they’re capacity, and the way to accomplish that is greater densification of the networks.” Verizon Wireless is working to build out what are known as small cells, mounting essentially mini cell units atop kiosks and light and power poles.

The denser network adds capacity to Verizon’s 4G LTE service, and is a key stepping stone for 5G, which will require a fiber-connected, small-cell backbone. Thune’s legislation, in part, is meant to address permitting concerns for small cells, which often face the same permitting hurdles as their much, much larger cell tower predecessors. “Every South Dakota city is different and many local codes treat small cells the same as a larger traditional cell site,” said Meagan Dorsch, a Verizon spokeswoman. “This result can be lengthy and costly permitting that discourages new investment.” “Providing a streamlined process that treats small cells as a permitted use and allowing the attachment of small cells to existing structures in the public right of will allow companies to build the next generation of 4G LTE for its customers,” she said. While 5G may be the future, and South Dakota’s networks are better positioned than some states to handle it, Law struck a cautionary note.

Look for the rollout to follow the more traditional path from urban to rural, he said. “It’s going to be an interesting urban application, but it’s going to take a while before neighborhoods have it, and before small communities have it and certainly before rural areas have it,” he said. “But I also think it will be cool when it gets here.” In terms of 5G and South Dakota business, ‘cool’ means game-changing.

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Looking For a Catalyst: Updates on Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) and Liberty Broadband Corporation (NASDAQ … 1

Looking For a Catalyst: Updates on Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) and Liberty Broadband Corporation (NASDAQ …

Shares of Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) are on our watchlist today as the stock has moved -0.33% from the open, touching $110.56 on a recent trade. While the stock has a nice low price tag to it, does it have any value? Most investors are likely looking for that next stock that is ready to take off running.

Maybe the focus is on finding a stock that has recently taken a turn for the worse for no real apparent reason. As we all know, as quickly as a stock can drop in price, it can bounce back just as fast. Although the popular stocks that receive a high level of media coverage tend to recover quicker after a sell-off, there may be plenty of under the radar stocks that are ripe for buying.

Scoping out these potential market gems may help repair a portfolio that has taken a hit for any number of reasons. The average investor might not have the time to monitor every single tick of a given stock, but taking a look at historical performance may help provide some valuable insight on where the stock may be trending in the future. Over the past week, Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has performed 2.55%.

For the past month, shares are -2.41%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed -0.73%. Looking back further, Harris Corporation stock has been 6.13% over the last six months, and 7.89% since the start of the calendar year.

For the past full year, shares are 38.62%. There is rarely any substitute for diligent research, especially when it pertains to the equity markets. No matter what strategy an investor employs, keeping abreast of current market happenings is of the utmost importance.

Everyone wants to see their stock picks soar, but the stark reality is that during a market wide sell-off, this may not be the case. Recently, shares of Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) have been seen trading 8.40% away from the 200-day moving average and 0.42% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading -2.66% away from the 52-week high and separated 42.55% from the 52-week low.

Harris Corporation’s RSI is presently sitting at 55.39. Recommendations Based on the stock’s volatility for the week, which is a statistical measure of the dispersion of returns for a given stock and represents average daily high/low percentage range of 1.22% and month of 1.28%.  So are analysts giving the Buy signal at this juncture?  Sell-side firms currently have a consensus recommendation of 1.90 on the shares.  This is based on a 1 to 5 formula where 1 indicates a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell. Analysts are projecting the stock to trade at 120.90 within the next 12-18 months.  Liberty Broadband Corporation (NASDAQ:LBRDK) are being monitored closely by investors today as the name is currently priced at $87.65, a 0.71% difference from where it most recently opened.  So where is the stock headed from here?  We will take a quick look here at how the stock has performed recently.

Most investors are likely looking for that next stock that is ready to take off running. Maybe the focus is on finding a stock that has recently taken a turn for the worse for no real apparent reason. As we all know, as quickly as a stock can drop in price, it can bounce back just as fast.

Although the popular stocks that receive a high level of media coverage tend to recover quicker after a sell-off, there may be plenty of under the radar stocks that are ripe for buying. Scoping out these potential market gems may help repair a portfolio that has taken a hit for any number of reasons. The average investor might not have the time to monitor every single tick of a given stock, but taking a look at historical performance may help provide some valuable insight on where the stock may be trending in the future.

Over the past week, Liberty Broadband Corporation (NASDAQ:LBRDK) has performed 4.73%. For the past month, shares are -4.32%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed 1.49%.

Looking back further, Liberty Broadband Corporation stock has been 24.27% over the last six months, and 18.33% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are 53.37%. There is rarely any substitute for diligent research, especially when it pertains to the equity markets.

No matter what strategy an investor employs, keeping abreast of current market happenings is of the utmost importance. Everyone wants to see their stock picks soar, but the stark reality is that during a market wide sell-off, this may not be the case. Recently, shares of Liberty Broadband Corporation (NASDAQ:LBRDK) have been seen trading 13.14% away from the 200-day moving average and 0.99% off the 50-day moving average.

The stock is currently trading -5.14% away from the 52-week high and separated 59.22% from the 52-week low.

Liberty Broadband Corporation’s RSI is presently sitting at 58.38.

Gupta plan to resettle Zuma and his family in Dubai 0

Gupta plan to resettle Zuma and his family in Dubai

The City Press has revealed details[1] about emails between the Gupta family and their employees, which it said “has blown the lid off how they have managed to do business with government”.

The City Press said the emails included “a draft letter from President Jacob Zuma to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in which he asks for “patronage” in his bid to “make the UAE a second home”.

The Sunday Times has also reported[2] on the emails, revealing that the Gupta family has been planning to resettle Zuma and his family in Dubai.

The Sunday Times said the “series of explosive e-mails show the extent of the Saxonwold family’s control over cabinet ministers, and state-owned companies and their CEOs and boards”.

The revelations include ministers and CEOs treated to luxury excursions in Dubai, and how the Gupta family handpicked Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane.

According to the report, Zuma has “denied the claim about setting up residency in Dubai, saying his only home was in Nkandla”.

How South Africa Is Being Stolen

Over the last few years many reports have suggested that the Gupta family has a corrupt relationship with President Zuma and some of his family members.

The latest report, titled “Betrayal of the Promise: How South Africa Is Being Stolen[3]” was penned by South African academics, and “connects the dots” using publicly available information.

The report shows links between president Jacob Zuma, the Gupta family and their many associates and businesses, revealing the exact structure of state capture in South Africa.

This report suggests South Africa has experienced a ‘silent coup’ that has removed the ANC from its place as the primary force for transformation in society.

It aims to change the popular discourse from a focus on corruption to a focus on the systemic nature of ‘state capture’ as the political project of a well-organised network that strives to manage the symbiotic relationship between the constitutional state and a shadow state.

The report traces the ANC’s history of transformation, identifies seven broad areas of capture and control and details how the shadow state was built.

Notably, the report uses publicly available information, as well as media reports and statements from officials to tie things together – from the appointment of certain ministers and how their decisions and approvals ultimately befitted the Gupta family, to the links various players have to each other.

The conclusion reached is that a ‘shadow state’ has been built in South Africa, where a small network of individuals and companies are receiving the full benefit of procurement deals and contracts with state-owned companies – all with links to the president and the Gupta family’s network.

South Africa on the brink of collapse

A week earlier the South African Council of Churches released[4] its findings on state capture, which painted a bleak picture of Zuma and his allies.

The findings showed numerous ways how state resources were looted in South Africa by powerful individuals aligned to Zuma.

“South Africa may just be a few inches from the throes of a mafia state from which there may be no return – a recipe for a failed state,” the South African Council of Churches said.

The council further warned that the country risks collapsing if the ANC does not act on the “systematic siphoning of state assets pivoted around President Jacob Zuma”.

The full reports, with further revelations of the Gupta email investigation, are available in the 28 May editions of the Sunday Times and City Press.

Now read: Zuma faces new Arms Deal allegations[5]