Internet/Broadband

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

Letter to Editor: Pencils, Books … and Full Internet Access

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Already the Federal Communications Commission has updated its program supporting connectivity in low-income households to include broadband. Many broadband providers have low-cost offerings, and we need to ensure that schools and students are aware of them. We also need federal policies to increase unlicensed spectrum, which is used to support Wi-Fi. Finally, we need to keep tabs on local efforts — from outfitting school buses with wireless service to lending out library hot spots — and make sure that successful programs are copied elsewhere.

Letter to Editor: Pencils, Books … and Full Internet Access

Location:
Common Cause, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Internet is the 21st century’s marketplace, politically and economically; it’s where the next generation will do business and exchange ideas. That’s why it’s critical that Congress resist partisan efforts to gut the Federal Communications Commission’s recent action modernizing its Lifeline program to support broadband.

What’s new in Salt Lake City? Think fast — it’s Google Fiber, up and running

Location:
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Recommendation:
3

A slow wait gave way to blazing speed Aug 24 as Google Fiber turned on its high-capacity Internet services in Salt Lake City (UT).

Obama Administration to Help Appalachian Communities Revitalize Downtowns through Broadband Service

Location:
Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, 20250, United States
Recommendation:
3

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced the selection of 10 communities in six states that will participate in the Cool & Connected planning assistance program, an innovative initiative to help people use broadband service for downtown revitalization and economic development.

Next Century Cities Mayors Oppose Anti-Municipal Broadband Decision

Location:
Next Century Cities, 1200 18th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Forty-two mayors and city leaders have sent letters of support to Chattanooga (TN) Mayor Andy Berke and Wilson (NC) Mayor Bruce Rose, who are advocating to overturn an anti-municipal broadband decision made by the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Comcast Announces 3 Million Low-Income Americans Have Crossed the Digital Divide Through Internet Essentials

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
4

According to a five-year progress report, Comcast’s acclaimed Internet Essentials program has helped connect 750,000 families, or 3 million low-income Americans, to low-cost, high-speed Internet service at home.

CenturyLink sues Idaho for $37 million over state broadband project

Location:
Idaho State Capitol, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID, 83702, United States
Recommendation:
3

CenturyLink and Education Networks of America are suing the state of Idaho for $37 million over claims that it broke the terms of their broadband agreement, one that includes expanding their fiber network to support a state broadband project for local schools.

Verizon fiber cut in Oneida (NY) catches state PSC's attention

Location:
Oneida, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

Verizon's landline and wireless voice customers in New York’s Madison County are back on line after the telecommunication company repaired a severed fiber line that provided service to about 1,500 of its own customers as well as Frontier and Windstream customers. The state's Public Service Commission is taking a look at the incident.

AT&T says Google Fiber’s bad info delayed pole attachments

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T claims that Google Fiber’s call for a one-touch-make-ready ordinance to streamline the process of stringing fiber on poles in Nashville (TN) could compromise the telecommunication company's own facilities because Google often provides incorrect information about where it is looking to attach its facilities.

National Cyber Security Alliance Survey Reveals the Complex Digital Lives of American Teens and Parents

Location:
National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), United States
Recommendation:
3

A National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) study of online safety attitudes and behaviors reveals a complex relationship between American teens and parents.

Activists call for Facebook 'censorship' change after Korryn Gaines death

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

A consortium of activist groups has sent an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to implement an “anti-censorship policy” at Facebook in its dealings with law enforcement officials in the wake of the death of Baltimore woman Korryn Gaines. Gaines, killed just after her Facebook Live video stream of her confrontation with police officers was turned off, was being served an arrest warrant after failing to appear in court for a traffic violation.

What New York's free Wi-Fi kiosks mean to the city's homeless

Location:
New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

An effort to replace obsolete pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing and phone calls has been a hit with panhandlers and the homeless, the least wired people in the city. The city doesn't track who's using the new LinkNYC terminals, but anecdotal evidence suggests many users are living on the streets.

Comcast’s $70 gigabit deal is shockingly difficult to sign up for

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
3

When Comcast brought its gigabit download cable service to Chicago (IL) recently, there was plenty of confusion about the price. Comcast initially said it would cost $140 a month, even though a $70 monthly price is available in other cities where Comcast has to compete against Google Fiber.

Three FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Awardees Rejected Over Letters of Credit

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

An Federal Communications Commission order denies petitions from three entities that were provisionally awarded funding in the FCC Rural Broadband Experiment program because the awardees were unable to obtain satisfactory letters of credit — a decision that does not bode well for other provisional awardees that have experienced difficulties obtaining letters of credit meeting the FCC’s strict requirements.

Proposal to monitor social media comes under criticism

Location:
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States
Recommendation:
3

A coalition of 28 organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Democracy and Technology signed a letter expressing opposition to the Department of Homeland Security’s proposal to include social media in its review of visa-waiver applicants.

Update on Municipal Broadband Decision. The Fate of Pinetop, NC

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Greenlight, the muni provider of Wilson (NC), took advantage of the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 municipal broadband order and began offering gigabit broadband in Pinetop (NC), population 1400. Pinetop lies in Edgecomb County, next door to Wilson County.

Google Fiber’s struggles highlight value in using existing dark, shared fiber assets

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

Google Fiber's move to delay certain fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) builds may have sparked concern from industry pundits that the service provider is turning its back on fiber, but these moves actually allow it to consider a new strategy: sharing dark fiber networks.

One mayor's take: Why America needs a new agenda for cities

Location:
Kansas City Mayor's Office, 414 E 12th St, Kansas City, MO, 64106, United States
Recommendation:
3

We all know the stories of crumbling roads, failing bridges and broadband access that lags behind our international peers. The last few decades have been hard on our urban centers but Americans are falling in love with cities again. Cities all over the country are experiencing major influxes of new residents.

FCC chairman doubles down on political hubris after court decision

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States
Recommendation:
3

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission, at the urging of the White House, voted along party lines to preempt portions of Tennessee and North Carolina laws designed to delineate the terms and conditions under which municipalities may construct and deploy broadband Internet networks in order to offer advanced communications services to the general public. Notwithstanding clear Supreme Court precedent holding that this type of preemption is unconstitutional, the FCC nonetheless plowed ahead with its efforts to have the federal government dictate to a state how it governs its municipal subdivisions.

Why smartphones alone won’t close the digital divide

Location:
California Emerging Technology Fund, 5 Third Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

There is much to celebrate in the Field Poll’s annual survey on the “digital divide” in California. The percentage of Californians with high-speed Internet at home has risen to 84 percent in 2016 from 55 percent in 2008. But the divide between those who have broadband at home and those who do not is closing largely because of smartphones

With a comfortable lead, Clinton begins laying plans for her White House agenda

Location:
Clinton 2016, 1 Pierrepont Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, 11201, United States
Recommendation:
2

Hillary Clinton’s increasingly confident campaign has begun crafting a detailed agenda for her possible presidency, with plans to focus on measures aimed at creating jobs, boosting infrastructure spending and enacting immigration reform if current polling holds and she is easily elected to the White House in November.

Your Internet Privacy Should Be Up For Sale

Location:
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60637, United States
Recommendation:
2

Internet companies collect abundant information about people’s online activity. They use this information to determine people’s interests and shopping profiles, and then make money by selling personalized “behavioral” ads. The Federal Communications Commission is not too happy about this barter in people’s information.

AT&T to offer $10 broadband service to low income families in Illinois

Location:
IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

[SOURCE: Fierce, AUTHOR: Sean Buckley]
AT&T is going to start offering broadband internet services for $10 a month to eligible low-income families in Illinois through its ...

DC Circuit Sets Deadline for FCC Network Neutrality Response

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission has until Sept. 12 to respond to petitions by broadband providers including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, CenturyLink, and others for a full federal appeals court review of a panel decision upholding the agency's network neutrality rules. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit won't accept replies from broadband providers after that. After considering any filings from the FCC and its supporters, the full court will determine whether or not to rehear the case.

Government Agencies Make Funding and Investing in Broadband Infrastructure Easier for Communities in Need

Location:
Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council, 125 Half Mile Road, Red Bank, NJ, 07701, United States
Recommendation:
2

Schools, hospitals, libraries, and emergency services all have a few things in common — they are vital as anchors within a community and depend on high-speed Internet access to provide their services. Unfortunately, many low or moderate-income areas lack the broadband access that could help them revitalize their neighborhoods and be competitive in the digital age.

San Rafael kicks off push to build 'iterative' website as part of digital services overhaul

Location:
San Rafael, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

San Rafael, California, is aiming to build a new website with the public’s help, following in the footsteps of major metropolises like Boston and New York City by launching a beta version of the overhauled web portal before rolling out a full version.

Bulk data collection vital to prevent terrorism in UK, report finds

Location:
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
2

The bulk collection of personal data by British spy agencies is vital in preventing terrorist attacks, an independent review of draft security legislation has found.

Will Facebook’s OpenCellular Boost Remote Internet Access?

Location:
International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland
Recommendation:
1

Facebook’s recently-introduced OpenCellular project hopes to deliver wireless Internet access to the 10 per cent of the world’s population that lives in the most remote places – outside the range of existing cellular networks, and with no access to the Internet.

NTIA Seeks Input as it Develops Initiatives to Increase IPv6 Adoption

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

As part of our effort to encourage greater IPv6 adoption, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration is requesting comment from organizations that have implemented IPv6.

Broadband Equity Defines the Future of Communities

Location:
Chattanooga, TN, United States
Recommendation:
2

Public broadband offers communities options to extend high-speed connectivity to un- or underserved constituents. At least it did.

Syndicate content