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Attached Communication
Closed, physically connected networks such as those on starships, in buildings, or on planets or stations generally use superluminal hubs or "Sulum hubs". Light traveling through nanoglass tubes doped with alkali metals travels faster than light in a vacuum. The encoding, decoding, and pass-through routing of signals, which is the limiting factor in attached communications, are carried out by high-speed biocomputers.  

Biocomputers are manufactured that are specialized in the memorization and translation of languages. Because of their biological/neural nature they are able to interpret meanings and guess at unknown phrases, paraphrase, and decipher complicated twists to language like emotion, slang, and accents. So far, there has been little progress in near real-time translation of unknown languages. The bio-translators require a reasonably extensive introduction to any given language in order to build effective translation networks.

Data processing is characterized by the integration of billions of key components on a single chip, all at the microscopic level. Hundreds of specialized, multi-pipelined bio-silicon hybrid data, video, and communications processors are integrated on a single electro-chemically driven chip. Electronics, biology, chemistry, and photonics merge to drive technologies such as 3D memory matrices, single atom transistors, and electro-chemical neural networks. Many low-power devices include resonant power matrices that generate the power to run the device from the proliferation of high-frequency signals broadcast on starships and highly populated planets like those found in the Prodigal Void.

The universe is big and vast and so, therefore, is the market, particularly in the highly populated Prodigal Void sector. This makes extremely specialized, single-purpose chips practical to mass produce. Manufacturing lines are hyper-automated and can produce a few specialized chips at a time, self-reconfiguring on the fly for the next few without slowing down. The physical assembly process is the constraint, not the processing and reconfiguring. The use of nano-assembly is common, particularly among the Skalds of the Farrago sector. Growing biocomputers and bio-equipment is still something of an elusive art, though the Y'Hotha Alliance, also of the Farrago, are masters of the process, growing the majority of their technologies.

Quantum computers make use of a single atom to represent several bits of data. They use the various quantum states of atoms so each "qubits" of data can represent several states of data, beyond 1 or 0. Quantum computers allow for high speed processing and, particularly, mass storage of data.

Communications are a big deal. Space is vast and people and ships are small, crawling slowly across the face of the galaxy. In their most direct form, communications are limited to the speed of light. Even speedy little tachyons, as it turns out, cannot be modulated in any way to actually carry information superluminally.  It is one of the greatest ironies of space travel that it's faster to get there than to send a message there. 

Most communications are based on either electromagnetic or tachyon emissions. Electromagnetic broadcasts are slow but have the advantage of broadcasting three-dimensionally. They are used in conjunction with the Universal Repeater System to propagate news and network broadcasts. Tachyon Burst messages are used locally or fired at targets with a predictable location to send directed messages that are hard to intercept. The actual tachyons travel faster than the speed of light but the beam itself cannot be modulated superluminally, so the message is basically received at the speed of light.

Universal Repeater System and the IntelligNet
The Universal Repeater System and the IntelligNet are jointly supported, funded, and maintained by most major governments and corporations and several independent organizations within the Prodigal Void. Broadcast relays are set up near all major worlds, on major trade lanes, and wherever someone sees it necessary to spend the resources. The relays constantly broadcast private and public messages and information and provide massive data storage for corporations, governments, and individuals. There a variety of proprietary and public standards in place for the construction and deployment of the relays and for the broadcast of information. In order to be an official part of the System, it is basically only necessary that the relays have available certain information using certain broadcast and storage standards. The relays will slow-update each other through their normal broadcasts, with biocomputers that filter and store the information that is gradually assimilated from a variety of broadcast sources, figuring out what information is most modern and probably correct. Hopper-ships, both manned and automated, travel between critical relays specifically for the purpose of providing current and updated information. In addition, the communications systems of every major starship automatically broadcast update information and act as mobile relays unless specifically shut off by the crew. "Running silent" is considered at best ignorant in civilized space and is usually considered a very suspicious activity. The repeaters are turned off only in dangerous areas and during combat. 

The IntelligNet is by the far the largest and most ambitious network of its kind. Other regional governments maintain similar, though significantly smaller, networks including the Zvetaku Creed, the Y'Hotha Alliance, the Makkuth, and the individual factions of the Skalds. The network of one faction will generally attempt to collect, decipher, and use information from the others.

The IntelligNet grew as a result of public, government, and business support. InterSOL Trade would pour money and resources into the IntelligNet to guarantee themselves an almost exclusive position controlling the now universal cashless, wireless transaction system. Nano-Cybernetix would find vast riches in breakthrough neural implant and control technology and subsequently provide much of the hardware. A young upstart Ignatius Solutions would provide much of the software protocols and a great deal of the hardware.

IntelligNet Interconnection
Every person has a large personal "data follow", which is a collection of personal data, tastes, and information used for a variety of purposes. Personal identification, history, tastes, preferences, and monetary information are all stored securely. These are accessed in a variety of ways based on personal and local preferences, with the most common being by swipe card or a personal transponder which is either carried or integrated with a neuralink. Essentially, everything that a person is and likes is stored centrally and available for immediate, wireless access.