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Within the next four years, every New York resident will have access to high-speed Internet, or so that's the promise of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. He and his administration laid out the third part of his "2015 State of the Opportunity" agenda, that being a $1 billion broadband program that taps into both public and private resources. As part of the plan, Cuomo will create a $500 New NY Broadband Program that utilizes capital funds from bank settlements, offering up that money as incentive to private sector parties to expand high-speed Internet access in underserved and unserved areas. To qualify... Read more...
President Obama traveled to Cedar Falls, Iowa today to make an early announcement ahead of his State of The Union address. The president is setting out to highlight what he views as a need for some U.S. cities to have better choices when it comes to high speed Internet. He will be encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pressure states in which cities have inadequate Internet connectivity. Screen grab: Affordable High Speed For All Americans. Image credit: Whitehouse.gov The issue stems from some situations in which major broadband suppliers either avoid a particular city or refuse... Read more...
If you want a good cigar, go to Cuba. But if you want Wi-Fi Internet access, Cuba should be one of the last destinations on your list, though that may soon change. Here's the thing -- Internet access in Cuba is mostly only available to government officials or in the form of expensive hourly public access. However, there are plans to offer wireless service for the first time ever starting sometime this month.At present, Internet access is hard to come by in Cuba. Outside of government employees, Internet access is mostly made available to locals such as journalists, doctors, and athletes, and anyone... Read more...
At present, Google and AT&T are the two companies making the most noise about gigabit Internet service for consumers. It's high time other ISPs jump on board as well, don't you think? If you agree, you'll be happy to know that Comcast and Liberty Global (a major ISP in Europe) are two other Internet companies with gigabit service on the roadmap. Broadcom has reportedly begun sampling its first DOCSIS 3.1 chip (BCM93390), which enables gigabit Internet service, as well as makes it possible for consumers to shovel 2Gb/s of wireless data in their homes. In turn, Comcast and Liberty Global have... Read more...
For anyone that lives in (or has visited) the San Francisco Bay Area, you’re most likely very familiar with the Bay Area Rapid Transit or BART. The commuter rail system covers a total of 104 miles, has 44 stations, and weekday ridership over 420,000.  With so many people using BART on a daily basis, Wi-Fi access is a much-welcomed perk for riders. BART obviously agreed and in 2009 signed a 20-year contract with WiFi Rail to eventually provide Internet service to its entire 669-car fleet. Under the contract, WiFi Rail agreed to pay for the infrastructure and all costs involved in the getting... Read more...
On Monday, North Korea’s Internet was taken offline. The country suffered a complete Internet outage that lasted around nine hours before it was restored on Tuesday. However, the cause for the outage has yet to be determined. According to Dyn, a company based in the U.S. that monitors Internet infrastructure, the reason for the Internet outage in North Korea could range from technological glitches to hacking attacks. The company said that the country’s internet links, which pass through China, were unstable on Monday and then went completely offline "I haven't seen such a steady beat of routing... Read more...
Just as tires and wheels aren't the same thing, the World Wide Web (WWW) and Internet are also separate, albeit just as intertwined. If you already knew that, pat your self on the back or grab a cookie -- you're in the minority, according to a Web IQ quiz conducted by Pew Research in which just 23 percent of respondents correctly selected (or guessed) "False" when asked if the Internet and WWW are the same.In stark contrast, 83 percent of respondents were able to correctly identify Bill Gates as the technology leader portrayed in a photo. It's the question with the least amount of wrong answers,... Read more...
The San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Championship last season and are legitimate contenders to do it again in 2015, but if you need another reason to move to Texas, consider the good fortune falling upon San Antonio's neighbor to the northeast. Lucky folks in Austin, Texas, are being treated to Google's ultra high speed broadband service with the 1Gbps upload/download tier running just $70 per month. How's your 30Mbps or even 100Mbps service looking now? Here where this editor lives (southwest Michigan), that's just a little more than what Charter charges for 60Mbps, which only covers downloads --... Read more...
GoDaddy, the world's largest domain name registrar with 14 facilities spread across the world, is reportedly planning an initial public offering (IPO) next year and is seeking a valuation of $4.5 billion. The paperwork for the IPO was filed by GoDaddy Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Scot Wagner back in June, and he met with analysts a week ago to provide an update.According to a report in the New York Post, GoDaddy is backed by buyout bigwigs KKR and Silver Lake, the latter of which is the same one that helped Michael Dell buy back the computer company he founded and take it private.Part of the... Read more...
If Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler gets his way, phone bills will go up by 16 cents a month, or $2 per year, as part of a plan to fund faster Internet access in schools. This would apply to the E-Rate fee that appears on phone bills, which is a program to fund Internet access to schools and libraries. Wheeler and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass) fielded a conference call to introduce the proposal. Both are in agreement that the current program needs rebooted, stressing that there's a growing divide between schools in well-to-do neighborhoods and those in lower-income, rural... Read more...
Although in-flight Internet access has existed for a handful of years now, it's still pretty rare to board a flight and find out that it's offered. In the dozen or so times I've flown in recent years, none of my flights had it, much to my chagrin. Although, I have to admit that after learning of a recent experience by a Singapore Airlines customer, I'm starting to think that I might be better off without it. Once in the air, Jeremy Gutsche plunked down $28.99 to experience the wonders of in-flight Internet. I doubt it needs to be said, but $29 for a service like this is really high - it's almost... Read more...
President Barack Obama's first order of business this week was to post an open letter urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify Internet service as a utility and implement strong rules in favor of net neutrality, such as disallowing the rental of premium fast lanes and banning the practice of throttling. But while it's nice to have the President in your corner on important issues like net neutrality, it's come to light that politicians on both sides of the aisle received a combined sum of more than $8 million in campaign contributions from big cable companies in the 2014... Read more...
Little by little, Google is giving the U.S. a major boost in broadband speed through Google Fiber, its fiber optic-based Internet service that delivers 1Gbps (1,000Mbps) speeds to consumers and businesses in select territories. Kansas City is one of the lucky few early adopters, and beginning this week, Google will offer an Early Access Program for Google Fiber for small businesses in certain parts of central Kansas City. "Whether a business uses their connection to move to the cloud, get closer to customers on Hangouts, or bring more transactions online, we’re excited to see what happens... Read more...
Gogo raked in record revenue of $104 million for its fiscal third quarter of 2014, up 22 percent year-over-year, however the company has also been spending a great deal on expanding its in-flight Wi-Fi service to more airlines. As a result, Gogo ended up posting a $24.9 million loss for the quarter, or $0.29 per share, compared to a loss of $18.7 million, or $0.22 per share a year ago. Though the company couldn't manage to climb out of the red, Gogo President and CEO Michael Small was pleased with the performance as he keeps an eye towards long-term growth. In order to set the company up for that,... Read more...
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