If there were a modern reboot of "The Little Mermaid," Ariel would probably tell Sebastian that living under the sea was a pain because of the shoddy Wi-Fi connection. But a research team at the University of Buffalo in New York might be able to grant Ariel's wish of a better underwater Internet. Tommaso Melodia, the director of the Wireless Networks and Embedded Systems Lab at the university, said that his research wasn't so much to create a new Internet below the sea but to make sensors and other underwater electronics more accessible to land-based devices, such as laptops and mobile phones. "We're looking to make underwater networks a part of the Internet, so you can access them without specialized equipment or software," he told ABC News. In addition to monitoring pollution levels or reading geological data to better predict tsunamis, Melodia believes law enforcement agencies would find an underwater Internet useful as well. "I've been reading ... that there's a lot of drug trafficking from South America to North America via submarine," he said. "You could create networks of devices that can detect this type of activity." http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/underwater-internet-make-ocean-wi-fi-friendly/story?id=20587056
James F. Booth
For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.