Aruba, Ruckus, Aerohive pop as FCC approves $2B Wi-Fi plan


The FCC has cleared a plan to spend $2B - $1B/year in 2015 and 2016 - to bring Wi-Fi to U.S. schools and libraries using funds from its E-Rate program. "Because of what we do today, 10 million kids will be connected next year who otherwise wouldn’t," predicts chairman Tom Wheeler.

Wi-Fi equipment vendors Aruba (ARUN +4.6%), Ruckus (RKUS +5%), and Aerohive (HIVE +4.5%) have rallied on the news, much as they did last month after Wheeler first floated the plan. Ubiquiti (UBNT - unchanged) might also benefit from the initiative.

The plan has some critics. Some schools and teachers unions argue it doesn't cover enough locations, and have also noted it doesn't guarantee funding for future years.

Ruckus reports on July 30, and Ubiquiti on August 7.

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  • DougRk
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    How about the fact that, in young people especially, 'net access destroys curiosity, discipline, and initiative. There is profound psychological damage being done to legions of kids in this country.
    11 Jul 2014, 02:02 PM Reply Like
  • abujordan
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    Don't forget how rock & roll ruined a generation of young people.
    11 Jul 2014, 02:11 PM Reply Like
  • Philip Marlowe
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    Where did you get that idea. Web access is great for curiosity. You can look anything up! And the best part of it is that you can get the information you need and not just sit half comatose on a couch and absorb the information you are fed from a TV.

     

    The web may not be perfect but it is a huge improvement from TV.
    11 Jul 2014, 02:20 PM Reply Like
  • Brice Mckalip
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    Agree @Philip, wandering through Wikipedia has eaten up a fair number of evenings but much better use of the time than TV and more informative than most books.
    11 Jul 2014, 02:55 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    Raise your kids with unfettered 'net access on tablets. I'll raise mine reading books and exploring with their hands. We'll see whose minds are more curious as adults. lol
    11 Jul 2014, 06:05 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    No denying the wealth of info at your fingertips. But knowing info is at your fingertips tends to diminish the desire to learn. Been there, done that, experienced it first hand, having taught for a good number of years in a former life. View this understanding the psyche of a child and their desire to shortcut most everything they do. The constant need of parents and guardians and teachers and mentors to push, nuture, demand, focus... all of that is undermined when info is right there any time it's needed. Great for a responsible adult, though, no doubt.
    11 Jul 2014, 06:27 PM Reply Like
  • Philip Marlowe
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    They should get UBNT gear. If they get Ruckus or Aruba, they will load up on gear for the first two years and then will be out of luck afterwards as their funding will end but they will need to pay license fees to Ruckus and Aruba. UBNT is cheaper and better.
    11 Jul 2014, 02:21 PM Reply Like
  • a alto
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    Unreal UBNT was unchanged today .
    11 Jul 2014, 04:37 PM Reply Like
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