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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 ...


UW professor: The information war is real, and we're losing it:


A University of Washington professor started studying social networks to help people respond to disasters. But she got dragged down a rabbit hole of twitter-boosted conspiracy theories, and ended up ...


The House just voted to wipe away the FCC's landmark Internet privacy protections:


The providers could also sell their users' information directly to marketers, financial firms and other companies that mine personal data -- all of whom could use the data without consumers' consent. Congress ...


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 ...

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