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AT&T launches first Eastern Washington LTE (true 4G) service in Pullman

If you're a big fan of LTE (long term evolution) mobile data, AT&T has news.

The wireless provider announced it's deployed true LTE service in the Moscow-Pullman area.

So, to confuse things, the way mobile connectivity works, LTE is considered important because it qualifies as “true 4G” service. True 4G data speeds are generally 10 times faster than mobile 3G networks.

Verizon, Spring and AT&T all offer 4G service in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene.  Verizon can properly claim to be the first wireless carrier with LTE service in Spokane.

AT&T hasn't said when it will bring LTE service into Spokane. At present, it offers a hybrid network here called 4G HSPA+. And that, according to an AT&T spokesman, is roughly four times faster than 3G.

Pullman and Moscow get AT&T’s first Eastern Washington LTE data network

If you're a big fan of LTE (long term evolution) mobile data, AT&T has news.

The wireless provider announced it's deployed true LTE service in the Moscow-Pullman area.

So, to confuse things, the way mobile connectivity works, LTE is considered important because it qualifies as “true 4G” service. True 4G data speeds are generally 10 times faster than mobile 3G networks.

Verizon, Spring and AT&T all offer 4G service in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene.  Verizon can properly claim to be the first wireless carrier with LTE service in Spokane.

AT&T hasn't said when it will bring LTE service into Spokane. At present, it offers a hybrid network here called 4G HSPA+. And that, according to an AT&T spokesman, is roughly four times faster than 3G.

Ed Schweitzer honored by IEEE for his achievements in power systems

Ed Schweitzer III, founder and president of Pullman’s Schweitzer Engineering Labs, was presented a 2012 IEEE Medal in Power Engineering last weekend during a ceremony in Boston.

He was among 26 men and women saluted by the IEEE for achievements in technology, computing and engineering. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional association.

The award recognized Schweitzer’s role in “revolutionizing the performance of electrical power systems with computer-based protection and control equipment.”

His company, with offices in Pullman and Lewiston, designs and manufactures a range of products used in the electric power industry. Its products provide backup protection for distributed power applications and help utilities keep accurate measurements of power flowing through transmission lines.

Itron partners with northeast U.S. utility to study advanced smart grid options

On Wednesday, as Itron reported mixed earnings, the Liberty Lake utility technology maker and service provider also announced it's taking part in an East Coast smart grid demonstration project.

Itron and National Grid, a northeast U.S. utitlity, announced they will be partners on a project to build and evaluate advanced smart grid systems in Massachusetts.

Here's where the geeky tech stuff shows up in the story: the two firms will field-test the multi-application capabilities of the new Itron-Cisco IPv6 based smart grid solution, including advanced metering, home area networking (HAN) and distribution automation (DA). That “stuff” is the typical and more or less standard set of tools the smart grid depends on.

OK, then, what's the key news here?  The press report says the system will use Cisco technology that allows a utility to exchange information with its residential and business customers without requiring them to all use just one proprietary set of equipment or applications.

As designed, that makes the smart grid more open-standards based, sort of like the way the Web is designed.

It's a big deal because this allows an electric utility do have a grid system across a diverse set of customers, including large industrial customers, or when dealing with a dispersed group of home customers, some of whom may be using different home metering products than others across the utility map are using.

If you really want all the other details, here's the official Itron release.

Itron and Cisco not long ago announced they had a similar deal for BC Hydro, one of Canada's largest electric utilities. Here's a summary of the project being done in British Columbia.

A second new hotel coming to Pullman?

Last month a California property company announced plans to buy land in Pullman to build a Hilton-branded hotel and convention center.

Something must be happening in Pullman.

Now a Louisiana company, InterMountain Management, LLC, has plans to build a 100-room, $11.5-million Hampton Inn & Suites in the southeast corner of Pullman.

Director of Development Stan Jones said InterMountain is preparing to  close on roughly four acres near the intersection of Bishop Blvd. and Fairmount Drive.

“The decision by the other company is purely coincidental to our plan,” said Jones.

He said InterMountain, based in Monroe, La., has found that Pullman is underserved for quality lodging and accommodations.

Jones said it seems odd to him that Hilton Hotels  – which also owns the Hampton Inn & Suites division — would add two new hotels in the same relatively small city. “But that is a question for Hilton,” Jones said.

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