5Gnetworks are capable of transferring data at speeds approximately ten to twentytimes faster than the fastest current offered by 4G mobile networks. This wouldallow someone with a 5G compatible device to download a high definition film inabout a minute. The large amounts of data transfer that 5G enables could oneday help to power technologies such as fully autonomous cars or remote surgeryvia robots. This past week, the Oxford City Council approvedCornerstone’s plan to build a 5G mast on the corner of Old Road and WindmillRoad, near the Nuffield Orthopedic Centre in Headington. “We have 5G coverage in more places than anyone in the UK, and we remain focused on connecting many more areas this year and beyond.” “Delivering the best movable experience for our customers has never been more important,” said Marc Allera, chief executive of BT’s consumer business which owns EE. “Our 5G rollout continues apace, with our engineers building and upgrading new sites every day to bring the latest mobile technology to even more people in the places they need it. More data is consumed every year and so the spectrum bands currently in place are becoming congested, which leads to breakdowns in service. Other 5G masts have been built, mostly across east Oxford, in recent months. The planning development reflects the drive among telecommunication companies such as O2, EE, and Cornerstone to establish a presence in the county as providers of the next generation of mobile internet connection. Oxford is one of 12 towns and cities where EE have recently rolled out 5G, alongside Blackpool and Aberdeen. Brendan O’Reilly, O2’s chief technology officer, told the BBC: “It’s vital we continue to invest in new innovations and technologies to keep Britain mobile and connected.” Accordingto data from EE, the main usage of its 5G network has been video streaming andsocial networking. EE’s increasing expansion of its 5G coverage comes inanticipation of Apple’s rollout of the iPhone 12 with 5G compatibility. Image credit to Diermaier / 61 bilder / Pixabay
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island’s water quality crisis was on display in a very public way throughout the month of June, when tens of thousands of fish began washing ashore from Port Washington on the North Shore of Nassau County to the Peconic Bay on the East End of Suffolk.“Vast numbers of dead and dying fish were bobbing in the water and stretching to the opposite bank, like a silvery floating bridge,” as The New York Times described the carnage. “Carcasses were piled at the river’s edge and clumped in the marsh grass.”An estimated 300,000 to 400,000 bunker fish have died since the fish kills started, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The grim scene was compounded by the hot summer weather, with observers saying that the fish were “throwing themselves up on the boat ramp of the Riverhead Yacht Club in a desperate bid to get oxygen.”It was a gruesome display. But will it be enough to get policymakers to take serious action to protect LI’s waters?Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s recent pitch for federal assistance was a good start. Although the county’s planning priorities have been imperfect, the current administration is shrewd, proving very capable at getting funding for their initiatives. If those efforts can be put to work for additional wastewater infrastructure in the Peconic watershed area and its environs, the region would be better off as a whole. The economic impact of the Island’s tourism and fishing industries is too significant to let it go fallow, while recreational usage of the coast affects the residents’ quality of life.To support Bellone’s pleas for funding, we need more effort from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano as well as from state and local policymakers to collectively support improvements that will curb nitrogen contamination in the waters off LI and prevent future fish kills. While the proposed Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant outfall pipe is much needed in Nassau, Mangano should go further. According to the Long Island Press: “The outfall pipe, which would redirect treated waste many miles into the Atlantic Ocean instead of being dumped in the vulnerable Western Bays, is needed in order for the new plant to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water regulatory standards. According to the governor’s office, the Bay Park plant currently treats about 50 million gallons of sewage a day, discharging the treated water into the back bay north of Long Beach.”The lack of a Bay Park outfall pipe and Suffolk’s nitrogen woes are one in the same. LI needs fiscal help addressing its water quality crisis, and it’s time both Nassau and Suffolk pushed hard together for action.In largely unsewered Suffolk, the front line of the war on nitrogen, policymakers must realize that pristine water quality cannot be won with sewers alone. Bellone would be wise to continue Suffolk’s widely praised historical efforts to preserve open space. In particular, the Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, the entity tasked with ensuring the integrity of the 100,000-acre preserve, should seek to find a renewed life under Suffolk County’s stewardship. The Pine Barrens Commission has faced many challenges regarding development pressures in the area, and strong leadership and representation from the county is needed in order to maintain protected nature of the “compatible growth” areas.Governmental actions such as the preservation of the Pine Barrens maximize the effectiveness of hard infrastructure solutions like sewers, and policymakers would be wise to put whatever funding is available towards both efforts. As the Pine Barrens act, which was passed in 1993 in order to protect the Island’s aquifer by preventing development in the pristine, geologically sensitive woodlands, ages, the institutional memory of its importance fades. The entire fragile preservation act hinges on the integrity of its zoning boundaries, and localities are not up to the task of continued preservation, despite their zoning powers. Suffolk must curb the towns’ addiction to variances and hold the line on the strict zoning that preserves the integrity of the region.What it comes down to is dollars and sense: what is the true environmental benefit of sewering versus preserving pricey tracts of open space? Compared to a mile of sewer pipe, it might be more cost effective to purchase additional large open space parcels for aquifer recharge. And, just as important, whose answer should guide policymakers’ hands and what is more beneficial to the environment in the long run?An important concern must also be addressed: Are the sewers purely for protecting the environment, or for promoting more growth? Philosophically, the sewer efforts should be focused on targeted areas where the environmental impact will be the greatest, not where additional development is desired but improper infrastructure in place is an obstacle. We must address our water quality issues, not create more of them.The fish kills were a tangible example of what will continue to happen if Long Island as a whole fails to protect the sole source aquifer system, and the surface waters that surround our region.Whether you live in Glen Cove or Mattituck, we all drink the same water. It’s time to start acting like it.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.
Related Articles Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Ciao! Matchroom Boxing launches Italian property with DAZN & OPI Since 82 November 9, 2018 COVID-19: How the virus is impacting sports events across the globe March 13, 2020 Submit Shelly Suter Hadad – Mansion GroupGibraltar-based online betting group MansionBet has announced its official sponsorship of unbeaten British boxing prospects Anthony Fowler and Jordan Gill.The sportsbook’s branding will make its first appearance as a sponsor on 2 March as Gill faces Emmanuel Dominguez for the vacant WBA International Featherweight title – followed by the highly anticipated all British affair on 30 March, when Anthony Fowler clashes with Scott Fitzgerald.Shelly Suter Hadad, COO & Managing Director of Mansion Group, said: “This is another exciting opportunity for us to support British Boxing and strengthen the MansionBet name throughout the UK sports world, as well as having our brand featured live on Sky Sports.” MansionBet showed clear intentions in supporting boxing during the company’s first year of operations – sponsoring a range of fighters including George Groves, Dillian Whyte, Lee Selby and most recently, the Ultimate Boxxer II competition.The deal, constructed through Matchroom Boxing and Project11, will have MansionBet sponsoring Fowler for four fights and Gill for his upcoming title fight.Eddie Hearn – MatchroomGroup Managing Director of Matchroom Sport Eddie Hearn commended MansionBet’s support of the next generation of British boxers.He said: “Anthony is one of the most exciting young boxers in the country and is going to be involved with some huge fights during his career. “His next step up on the 30th March in Liverpool against Scott Fitzgerald promises to be all action and I can’t wait. He’s a big personality outside the ring, and just as entertaining inside it. It’s great to see MansionBet supporting him and the next generation of British boxing.”