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Phone Companies Will Soon Banish Robocalls. For Real This Time:


If Democrats, Republicans, and the telecommunications industry can agree on anything, it's that robocalls are the worst. That's why the Federal Communications Commission will likely pass rules today that ...


How Facebook's Big Bet on Video Could Change TV:


"My research suggests that if the goal is to create viral content, then making sure the content elicits an emotional response is key. The types of emotions that make your heart race ... are more useful ...


The World Wide Web's inventor warns it's in peril on 28th anniversary:


Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, now wants to save it. The computer scientist who wrote the blueprint for what would become the World Wide Web 28 years ago today is alarmed at what ...


The Road to 5G Starts With Home Broadband:


This year's Mobile World Congress is all about 5G and IoT, with some handset and wearable launches. Wireless carriers and infrastructure vendors are starting to launch Gigabit broadband pilots to bring ...


The Missoulian and Ravalli Republic pull the plug on online comments:


Beginning Monday, we are turning off comments on Missoulian.com and Ravallirepublic.com. This doesn't mean we want to shut off discussion about the news of the day. But it does mean we want to direct ...


The FCC Helped Make the Internet Great: Now, It's Walking Away:


The mantra that regulation stifles innovation is so ingrained these days that we ignore examples which don't fit the script. That includes the biggest one: the growth and development of the internet. ...


FCC: Your ISP Doesn't Have to Protect You From Hackers:


Last October the agency passed a set of rules that would have required internet providers to take steps to protect your private data from hackers, notify you if someone hacked your data, and require your ...


The Amazon S3 Outage Is What Happens When One Site Hosts Too Much of the Internet:


If youv'e been having trouble using some of your favorite apps today, you're not alone. Users have reported trouble with sites and apps like Medium, Slack, and Trello. The problems seem to stem from ...


Here's why the internet isn't working today:


The internet has been a little difficult for people to navigate on Tuesday. Amazon Web Services, the popular storage and hosting platform used by a huge range of companies, reported that it is ...


Broadband Internet Can Help Rural Communities Connect -- If They Use It:


Academic studies have found that broadband access led to more new businesses in rural areas, and that high levels of broadband adoption were associated with increased median household incomes and lower ...


Google's wireless gigabit broadband is coming to Denver - no trench digging required:


Google Fiber's Webpass will bring top-speed connections to office, apartment buildings, no trench digging required By Tamara Chuang | tchuang@denverpost.com | The Denver Post Full Story: ...


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New 5G Wireless Will Increase Need for Fiber, not Reduce It:


Some folks wonder whether the newer, faster wireless convention of 5G will mean rural areas can skip expensive fiber networks. The answer is "no, that dog won't hunt." Like other blended systems, ...


The FCC is stopping 9 companies from providing federally subsidized Internet to the poor:


Regulators are telling nine companies they won't be allowed to participate in a federal program meant to help them provide affordable Internet access to low-income consumers -- weeks after those companies ...


AT&T plans to deliver fast Internet over power poles - Project AirGig:


AT&T raised a few eyebrows last fall when it announced experimental technology to deliver speedy "multi-gigabit" wireless Internet over existing power lines. Now that potential solution, called Project ...


Gov. Haslam broadband plan offers $45M in grants, incentives:


More rural Tennesseans will have access to reliable broadband services through state tax breaks or grants, "deregulation" and consumer education, Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday morning in introducing ...


FCC chair: 'Nobody safe' if GOP undoes net neutrality:


Online companies such as Amazon.com are vulnerable to unfair competition from internet service providers if the Federal Communications Commission's open-internet rule is reversed, agency Chairman Tom ...


BOC Progress Report and Announcing the Broadband Interagency Working Group:


Today, we are pleased to report https://www.ntia.doc.gov/report/2017/broadband-opportunity-council-agencies-progress-report-january-2017 that the 25 participating agencies of Broadband Opportunity ...


Elusive high-speed internet sprouts in rural Tennessee:


"At the end of the day, our mission is to serve our membership. That's what we were founded on. That's the principles we believe in today. It's risky and it's a challenge. To the main point, small rural ...


'Borrowing' the Internet: Library Program Lets Patrons Take Access Home:


Families are getting online by borrowing simple cellular devices from their local libraries. After some initial success in big cities, researchers are testing the program in rural settings. ...


40,944 Members of Montana's Tribal Population Have No Access to Fixed Broadband:


Tribal Broadband : Status of Deployment and Federal Funding Programs Lennard G. Kruger Specialist in Science and Technology Policy T ribal areas and communities continue to lag behind ...


The real story about broadband in rural Montana:


A popular political narrative these days is to disparage the state of broadband infrastructure in Montana. Never mind evidence to the contrary. On Dec. 25, James Grunke of the Missoula Economic Partnership ...


Mixing It Up: Communities Get Behind Hybrid Broadband Systems:


Fiber to the premises has been the holy grail of broadband deployment. Some smaller communities are finding that combining fiber with fixed-wireless delivery (either as an interim or permanent ...


Montana's broadband network growing at unprecedented pace, transforming rural communities:


2016 State of Rural Broadband report details rural initiatives to conquer Montana's divide Blackfoot Telecommunications Full Story: http://www.blackfoot.com/about-blackfoot/news/2016-state-rural-broadband/ *** Your ...


Broadband MT - Conquering Montana's Divide:


Montana's independent rural telecommunications companies strengthen our communities by empowering education, expanding economic opportunity, improving access to health care, and connecting friends ...


Don't Gut Net Neutrality. It's Good for People and Business:


THE INVENTION AND commercialization of the internet is one of the things that makes America great. And what makes the internet great is the easy, unrestricted, and free availability of all kinds of information, ...


Where to Donate to Protect the Internet in 2017:


The internet faces forces of government and corporate surveillance like never before in its history. A new president's rhetoric and cabinet picks seem to show that he intends to strip Americans of their ...


How Amazon, Google, and Facebook Will Bring Down Telcos:


Amazon, Facebook, Google, and a handful of others are displacing media companies and telcos. They already host much of the content you consume, and produce more and more of it. They own much of the infrastructure ...


Sen. Capito urges Trump to include broadband expansion in infrastructure plans:


U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) is encouraging President-elect Donald Trump's administration to include broadband deployment measures as a core component of any infrastructure proposals. In ...


Canada declares 'high-speed' internet essential for quality of life:



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