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February 4, 2013
Unsurprisingly, major telecom providers like AT&T and Verizon aren’t big on having to compete with the government for customers who don’t actually need the overpriced services being offered by their companies. Some GOP members have suggested that it would be more fiscally responsible for the FCC to sell the broadcast spectrum, allowing the government to raise billions in new revenue. What say you, dear reader? source

Unsurprisingly, major telecom providers like AT&T and Verizon aren’t big on having to compete with the government for customers who don’t actually need the overpriced services being offered by their companies. Some GOP members have suggested that it would be more fiscally responsible for the FCC to sell the broadcast spectrum, allowing the government to raise billions in new revenue. What say you, dear reader? source

17:02 // 1 year ago
November 5, 2012

Kim Dotcom wants to bring faster download speeds to New Zealand

  • $330M the estimated construction cost of an underwater fiber-optic cable, stretching from the United States’ West Coast all the way to New Zealand, that Kim Dotcom would like to see completed in the near future. Development on the project was halted in August after adequate funding could not be raised by the original proposers. The Guardian reports that Mr. Dotcom hopes to fund the developments costs through a combination of his new company Mega, a number of outside investors, and using money he hopes to be awarded in lawsuits against US and NZ authorities. source
17:52 // 1 year ago
March 21, 2012
KeyWiFi hopes to bring wireless internet to even more people
A New York-based tech start-up hopes to bridge the technological divide by giving roughly 5 billion people an opportunity to join the online community. “Think of all the spare WiFi not being used all around you and the people who might want to use it. The digital divide is within 100 yards of where you live. That’s a problem,” said CEO Adam Black during a start-up presentation in March. The company hopes to begin offering its peer-to-peer network rental platform in April. source
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A New York-based tech start-up hopes to bridge the technological divide by giving roughly 5 billion people an opportunity to join the online community. “Think of all the spare WiFi not being used all around you and the people who might want to use it. The digital divide is within 100 yards of where you live. That’s a problem,” said CEO Adam Black during a start-up presentation in March. The company hopes to begin offering its peer-to-peer network rental platform in April. source

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15:43 // 2 years ago
March 2, 2012

Pakistan’s building a controversial wall around its internet access

  • $10 million to build a “great firewall” around Pakistan’s interweb source

» And they’re being open about it: Unlike China and other countries that have national internet censorship policies, Pakistan is discussing the issue openly, going so far as to take proposals to build a wall and putting ads in the country’s newspapers. It’s drawn a lot of controversy, however, partly as a result of the ads. “The authorities here are big fans of China and how it filters the Internet,” said Sana Saleem of the activist group Bolo Bhi. “They overlook the fact that China is an autocratic regime and we are a democracy.”

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11:22 // 2 years ago
June 4, 2011
david-noel:

A United Nations report said Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law.
The report railed against France and the United Kingdom, which have passed laws to remove accused copyright scofflaws from the internet. It also protested blocking internet access to quell political unrest.
(via U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right | Threat Level | Wired.com)

A bold step for the UN that thinks as much about the recent past as it does about the long-term future.

david-noel:

A United Nations report said Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law.

The report railed against France and the United Kingdom, which have passed laws to remove accused copyright scofflaws from the internet. It also protested blocking internet access to quell political unrest.

(via U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right | Threat Level | Wired.com)

A bold step for the UN that thinks as much about the recent past as it does about the long-term future.

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13:29 // 3 years ago
April 6, 2011
19:06 // 3 years ago
March 5, 2011
futurejournalismproject:

3: Percent of Cubans that use the Internet frequently
30: Amount, in dollars, in which approved Internet users such as doctors and academics sell their User Names and Passwords to others in order to supplement their monthly incomes.
3,000: Times by which Cuba’s Internet access speed will increase now that the nation is connected to fiber-optic cable via Venezuela.
Source: The Economist - Wired, At Last: The Battle of the Blogs Begins

Cuba’s got some interwebs finally. Good for them.

futurejournalismproject:

3: Percent of Cubans that use the Internet frequently

30: Amount, in dollars, in which approved Internet users such as doctors and academics sell their User Names and Passwords to others in order to supplement their monthly incomes.

3,000: Times by which Cuba’s Internet access speed will increase now that the nation is connected to fiber-optic cable via Venezuela.

Source: The Economist - Wired, At Last: The Battle of the Blogs Begins

Cuba’s got some interwebs finally. Good for them.

14:34 // 3 years ago
February 2, 2011
Egypt’s internet returns: Welcome back, everybody!
This is what the return of the Internet looks like. A leap. That leap, of course, looks like a victory. To the Egyptians who now have thousands of e-mails to check and thousands of tweets to pore over – we salute you. source
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This is what the return of the Internet looks like. A leap. That leap, of course, looks like a victory. To the Egyptians who now have thousands of e-mails to check and thousands of tweets to pore over – we salute you. source

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8:39 // 3 years ago
December 22, 2010
This would harm investment, stifle innovation, and lead to job losses. As Americans become more aware of what’s happening here, I suspect many will be as alarmed as I am at the government’s intrusion.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch “I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about” McConnell • Talking about net neutrality, which proves that he doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. If only Ted Stevens were still alive to remind Mitch that the ‘net is a series of tubes. What happens to your own personal Internet when an obstructionist jerk like McConnell tries to favor large corporations over consumers? It won’t be like a dump truck. It’ll be like your own busted series of tubes that you’re paying out of the wazoo for. All because McConnell wants you to think that all government regulation is bad, even when it’s not bad. While this net neutrality policy is kinda weaksauce, it’s better than letting AT&T and Comcast regulate usage. source (viafollow)
9:50 // 3 years ago