Internet/Broadband

Coverage of how Internet service is deployed, used and regulated.

'The race to 5G has begun': Hearing led by Sen Thune (R-SD) touts possibilities of technology in Sioux Falls

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) brought his fight for fifth-generation (5G) internet speeds to Sioux Falls (SD) on Oct 12 during a field hearing of the committee.  "I've heard from stakeholders throughout the country ...

Senate Candidates in Tennessee Differ on Bringing Internet to Rural Areas

House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said she thinks Tennessee's approach to providing high-speed Internet and broadband services to rural areas "has worked well in our state" and she reiterated her opposition to havi

Iowa: Rural broadband, and the unknown costs of the digital divide

According to US News and World Report, Iowa is the most connected state in the nation, which presumably means they have a high percentage of households with access to high-speed internet. But the data used for that analysis is deeply flawed.

From Hotspots to School Bus Wi-Fi, Districts Seek Out Solutions to ‘Homework Gap’

While most schools in the US boast broadband access these days, there is a homework gap—the problem created when students who use digital learning in class can’t get online at home to finish up their schoolwork.

Filtering Out the Bots: What Americans Actually Told the FCC About Net Neutrality Repeal

In the leadup to the Federal Communications Commission's historic vote in Dec 2017 to repeal all network neutrality protections, 22 million comments were filed to the agency.

Fiber Damage Vexes Verizon After Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael has caused such extensive damage to the fiber that underpins Verizon's wireless network that it has stymied the carrier’s efforts to restore service to parts of the hardest-hit areas of the Florida Panhandle.

FCC Chairman Pai Wants to Tweak Tribal Broadband Order

In a letter to New Mexico lawmakers, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said that a tribal broadband order approved in 2018 wrongly cuts out certain tribal telecom companies in that state.

Tech policy and the midterm elections

Voters in elections tend to focus on topline policy issues such as the economy and health care, not tech policy, which enjoys considerable bipartisan agreement and offers little opportunity to highlight differences with opponents.

Made and Distributed in the USA: Online Disinformation

There's been a shift in the flow of online disinformation, falsehoods meant to mislead and inflame.

Internet Connectivity Seen as Having Positive Impact on Life in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced dramatic gains in internet use in recent years.