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Microsoft wants to close broadband gap in rural USA:


Microsoft is tackling the decade-old quandary of limited broadband access in rural America with an ambitious plan to close the gap. Today, company President Brad Smith in a speech in Washington, D.C., ...


Kremlin documents suggest link between cyber giant Kaspersky Lab and Russia spy agency FSB:


U.S. intelligence agencies have turned up the heat in recent days on Kaspersky Lab https://usa.kaspersky.com/ , the Moscow-based cybersecurity giant long suspected of ties to Russia's spying apparatus. Now, ...


I'm Suing New York City to Loosen Verizon's Iron Grip:


Sadly, New York City is far behind Wilson, NC when it comes to ensuring ubiquitous, reasonably priced fiber optic internet access for every resident. A couple of months ago, I interviewed a woman in ...


How to delete yourself from the Internet:


Data breaches. Identity theft. Bank fraud. Every week, we read a fearsome new headline about cybercrime. Reputable services fall victim to anonymous hackers. Ransomware holds random computer user's files ...


We're one step closer to getting cheaper, faster Internet from space:


For many, it's been a years-long pipe dream: Ultra-fast, lag-free Internet that comes to your PC or smartphone via satellite instead of a wire into your home. Facebook, Google and even SpaceX have all ...


"Nobody Speak" - Billionaires want to enlist you in their secret plans to take down the press:


This post discusses the documentary "Nobody Speak," which premieres on Netflix on June 23. The gusher of movies, television shows and documentaries currently welling out of Netflix can be daunting ...


Senators Introduce Bipartisan Rural Broadband Bill:


If passed, this bill would streamline the application process required to construct broadband infrastructure on federal lands. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., have introduced ...


Netflix, joining next month's net neutrality protest, says it will 'never outgrow' the fight:


Netflix is reentering the fray over net neutrality, saying it'll participate in an online protest next month designed to draw attention to a high-stakes fight over the future of the Internet. The streaming ...


Four States to Build Out Rural Broadband Infrastructure with Federal Grant Money:




Theresa May renews her call for internet regulation following the London Bridge attack - Tech firms react:


Following the London Bridge terrorist attacks, Prime Minister Theresa May has called for foreign leaders to consider regulating the internet as a means to prevent terrorism. May delivered her remarks ...


Successful Pilot Prompts Fiber Optic Expansion in Prince George County, Va.:


The service the co-op is now providing offers a speed of 30 megabytes per second with no data cap and unlimited usage. by Michael Buettner, The Progress-Index, Petersburg, Va. Full Story: ...


Louisville, Ky.'s Gigabit Experience Center Brings Fiber Connection Speeds to 'Network Connectivity Desert':




Seeing Past Light Poles: Plotting a Smart City Strategy for Energy and Connectivity:


San Leandro, Calif., is drafting a fiber-optic master plan -- an effort sparked by an upgrade to LED streetlights. "What should we be doing with our poles that will help our community move into the ...


Hey Startups, It's Your Duty to Fight for Net Neutrality:


Today, entrepreneurs can use the internet and focus first and foremost on building something people want. But if Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai undermines net neutrality, entrepreneurs ...


Guess who paved the way for the FCC to pave the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy Missoula's KECI--and 55 other stations? :


"They are pushing package stories from Washington [D.C.] headquarters that often are hard to distinguish from Republican Party talking points in terms of their framing, and they get especially active ...


How to remove Facebook from your life and never miss a social beat:


It has never before been easier to completely remove Facebook from your life -- not missing a single social beat in the process. And when you finally do, you'll wonder what took you so long in the first ...


John Oliver and Net Neutrality and the FCC - http://www.gofccyourself.com:


Equal access to online information is once again under serious threat. John Oliver encourages internet commenters to voice their displeasure to the FCC by visiting http://www.gofccyourself.com and clicking ...


Sinclair warned its viewers about the media's 'fake news.' Now it's about to take over some of the nation's biggest stations.:


Sinclair appears unique among broadcasters for what some analysts see as a political slant to its programming -- "The must-runs look like they are part of the news," David Twedell, business manager ...


Comcast upgrades home networking with Xfinity xFi:


Comcast Xfinity customers have a new app to make it easier to expand and monitor their wireless home network. The nation's largest Internet service provider is launching Xfinity xFi, a free wireless ...


Did Net neutrality keep broadband out of low-income neighborhoods, as FCC claims?:


A big reason current net neutrality rules need to get the boot, says the head of the Federal Communications Commission, is that they're curbing broadband investment in low-income neighborhoods -- cutting ...


Here's how you should really use Google Docs:


This week many folks found a suspicious e-mail in their inboxes. They were invited to look at a Google Doc with a link that was in fact a phishing exercise to tap into our digital identities. Luckily, ...


Rural internet providers applaud FCC move to kill net neutrality rules:


"Rural America urgently needs a smarter and more practical approach than rules based on laws written when our grandparents were stringing the countryside with copper and even cattle wire to connect neighbors ...


What's Your Favorite Podcast and Why?:


Podcasts are everywhere these days. Lots of people are listening to them and lots of people are creating them. What's your favorite podcast that has offered you useful or inspiring content as someone ...


Why Your Next Wi-Fi Setup Should Be a Mesh Network:


The next time you upgrade your Wi-Fi equipment, take a bold step: Throw out your stand-alone router and instead consider investing in a so-called mesh system. A mesh network could solve most, if not ...


Internet firms gearing up for a fight over 'net neutrality':


Internet companies are readying for a showdown with telecoms and a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Net neutrality basically prevents broadband ...


Verizon launches near-gigabit speed Fios, rivaling Google Fiber - Comcast offers Utah customers 1-Gig internet:


When it comes to your Internet at home, you can never have enough bandwidth. Verizon gets that, and on Monday said it was ready to roll out near-gigabit speeds to more than 8 million potential customers ...


The FCC Is Leading Us Toward Catastrophe:


Chairman Pai is trusting cable and telcos to do the right thing. Bad news for anyone who wants accessible internet. This is a breathtaking move. It should be deeply troubling to all Americans, no ...


'60 Minutes' What is "brain hacking"? Tech insiders on why you should care:




Don't get fooled again by bogus links, bots and pure bunk. Here's how.:


Roger Daltrey of the Who sang it with a full-throated scream in 1971: "We don't get fooled again!" And yet, we still do. Oh, do we ever. Remember this one from the presidential campaign? The "news ...


What's the best way to back up your phone?:


Smartphone owners carry important files on them - documents, irreplaceable photos and videos, for example. What are you doing to back-up your device in case it's lost, stolen or damaged? There are ...

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