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AT&T Plans 5G Technology Tests Later This Year
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kstaron
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2/19/2016 | 5:10:56 PM
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Green means that they won't be polluting so much that the world's sea level will rise faster than people can adopt 5G technology, and sustainable means they can use wind and solar and still charge people as though they were paying people to bring it out of a mine and port it from West Virginia.

Seriously though, climate change and pollution are factors that cut into the bottom line of a company, either by having to deal with rising water, global climate issue, enviromental disasters, or the fact that their customers have to pay more in flood insurance or medical bills due to environmental factors and can't pay them for a product. This isn't worshipping at the altar of Al Gore. It's recognizing that green and sustainable is better for the bottom line.
tjgkg
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2/16/2016 | 4:47:18 AM
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Also a big problem would be transmitting the power from the storage stations. How much of that stored power will deteriorate over distance? How long can you store the energy? But also neither method is efficient yet in generating large amounts of energy for their sizes.
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2/15/2016 | 6:04:28 PM
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The really neat thing about solar and wind is that you can build the plants out in the middle of nowhere and once they're built, the cost of fuel is - nothing. The big problem isn't generating power, but storing it. The wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine, and the same lithium-ion batteries that imperfectly power our mobile devices and inadequately power electric vehicles have also not lived up to the task of storing large amounts of power.
tjgkg
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2/15/2016 | 4:41:48 PM
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So far solar and wind have not lived up to expectations. It is a good start but there certainly must be better ways of generating energy. FiOS has rolled out 5G wifi. My home network has it. There is a difference but the signal is not as wide as with 4G, but it is noticably faster.
tjgkg
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2/15/2016 | 4:38:31 PM
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Totally agree. Algore and his lot love to use slogans in their "climate change" campaign. Too bad they all use private jets and gigantic limos to get to their events.
Brian.Dean
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2/15/2016 | 5:21:27 AM
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I agree to your take on the meaning of "green and sustainable" in the content of 5G. The power should be produced by the infrastructure for the infrastructure -- similar, to the Gigafactory. And, standards should be implemented that decrease the power consumption levels at the device/user end as well.

In many parts of the world, "green and sustainable" will be the only possible solution because the electricity grid is not stable.
Li Tan
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2/14/2016 | 9:23:57 PM
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This is good point - despite the speed and benefit, will be a sustainable technology? Is it realistic to deploy it widely without high cost? This is the important trade-off that needs to be made.
Gary_EL
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2/13/2016 | 2:39:16 PM
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I agree, and what does "green and sustainable" mean in this context, anyway? No matter how you slice it, this is going to use A LOT of electricity. Perhaps require the carriers to build their own solar power plants, backed up by natural gas for when the sun doesn't shine? One thing inherently "green" about this is that when people are playing on 5G, they are not going to be simultaneously driving their car, at least some of the time, anyway.
mattt1986
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2/13/2016 | 12:51:33 PM
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Has to be green and sustainable? What the heck does that even mean? It's 2016... time to stop prostrating ourselves at the altar of Algore.


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