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Large ISPs, Flushed with Capital, Blame Consumer Protections for Their Disregard of Rural America:


Companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon are going around to state legislatures and telling them that any laws they pass that protect consumers will harm their ability to deploy networks in rural ...


The Expensive Education of Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley:


Facebook, as well as Twitter and Google's YouTube, have become the digital arms dealers of the modern age. They have weaponized social media, and we are all paying the price. Kara Swisher https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/02/opinion/the-expensive-education-of-mark-zuckerberg-and-silicon-valley.html ...


Rural ISP Director Says Report Gives False Impression:


Dale Merten runs a small telephone and internet service provider in rural Washington state. He's bullish on broadband but not as keen about the methodology of an internet speed study published ...


Midco plans fixed wireless internet to reach rural and rugged areas:


Midco says that it acquired a fixed wireless provider named InvisiMax after the companies successfully deployed wireless broadband to a rural North Dakota community in only 30 days. Its current fixed ...


Family pushes for Smart911 upgrades after tragedy:


After Kyle Plush died while waiting for police to find him, his parents are trying to spread the word about Smart911. The service allows citizens to input information like medical conditions or ...


By Gluing Fiber to the Ground, Startup Thinks It Can Slash Broadband Installation Costs for Local Government:




City-Owned ISP Captures Title of Fastest in the Nation:


NextLight, a community-owned fiber-optic network ISP in Longmont, Colo., kicked Google Fiber from its top-seeded post and vows to retain its No. 1 rank as neighboring Fort Collins prepares to launch ...


After a Broadband Utility Plan Failed, Michigan Towns Are Getting High-Speed Service:




Aleksandr Kogan: The link between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook:


Mark Zuckerberg has been the one testifying before Congress, but the scientist at the heart of the biggest privacy scandal on Earth has largely stayed out of the spotlight, until now Correspondent ...


Kansas Governor Signs Bill Creating Task Force to Bring Broadband to Every Corner of the State:




Idaho Counties Consider Banding Together to Buy New Fiber Optic Network:




Today's TED Talk - How we need to remake the internet:


"We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it's financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them," In the early days of digital ...


Maine Towns Put Up Cash for Better Internet Service:




Facebook says it will not extend GDPR privacy protections beyond EU:


The GDPR requires robust and unprecedented user consent from companies that wish to collect data over the internet with a product or service. Not only that, but users must be given a way to revoke that ...


Blimp-like SuperTowers Will Bring Broadband to Rural Areas:


While it's true that the majority of America's population resides in large cities which tend to fall closer to the coasts, a massive portion of the population continues to reside in regions which qualify ...


Rural Broadband's Only Hope: Thinking Outside the Box?:


As states struggle to close the connectivity gap in rural areas, some experts believe a federal mandate, similar to the one that first brought those residents electricity, might be in order. by ...


Help Missoula Community Access Television plan for the Future-please give us your input!:


MCAThttps://www.mcat.org/ has partnered with The City of Missoula to create a community needs assessment for Missoula's needs for Missoula residents communication through cable tv and beyond. We ...


Tribes lead the way for faster internet access in New Mexico:




How a rural electric co-op connected a community:




Ajit Pai faces heat over proposal to take away poor people's broadband plans:


The Federal Communications Commission chairman's plan for the Lifeline subsidy program would force most users of the program to find new providers. But such users could have trouble finding replacement ...


CBS Sunday Morning News - Overload: How technology is bringing us too much information:


Smartphones and other gadgets deliver a wealth of information, but are they also delivering an OVERLOAD to our senses? Our Cover Story is reported by Sunday Morning Senior Contributor Ted Koppel: Fifty, ...


How to download your Google data and what you'll find:




FTC regains jurisdiction over broadband providers :


The FCC's decision to move BIAS providers back under the FTC's jurisdiction is likely to change the manner in which BIAS providers are regulated, as well as the consequences for violating rules governing ...


SpaceX gains official approval to launch high-speed satellite Internet service:


SpaceX has received official permission from the U.S. government to launch a fleet of satellites designed to beam high-speed Internet signals down to Earth. The decision marks a major milestone for ...


San Francisco Aims to Close the Digital Divide with Citywide Fiber Project:


The high-speed network will be a public-private operation and will offer free service to any resident living below the federal poverty line. by Skip Descant http://www.govtech.com/network/San-Franciso-Aims-to-Close-the-Digital-Divide-with-Citywide-Fiber-Project.html *** LA ...


Google announces plan to combat spread of misinformation:


Google announced Tuesday that it plans to spend $300 million over the next three years to help combat the spread of misinformation online and help journalism outlets. The company said it has adjusted ...


For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here's What I Learned.:


I first got news of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., via an alert on my watch. Even though I had turned off news notifications months ago, the biggest news still somehow finds a way to slip through. But ...


Electric Company Looks to Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural Area:


"We believe it's important for us to provide it in order to keep the choice of a rural lifestyle viable for young families, and really for anyone who wants to live out here," says Gary Wood, the president ...


Rural Communities Take Broadband Into Their Own Hands:




SpaceX wants to beam Internet down to Earth. Here's how it will start.:


The goal of SpaceX and almost a dozen other companies is to deliver fast, reliable Internet access to virtually everyone. SpaceX is preparing to hit another orbital milestone with the launch of a pair ...

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