Governmental Solutions to the Question of Rural Connectivity

Internet equality is severely lacking in rural areas in the United States, where the price of service costs significantly more than in cities, and where connectivity and speed are much worse. The Federal Communications Commission found that – as of 2018 – less than 70 percent of rural Americans have access to broadband connection. Although the advent of 5G should reduce some of this inequality, finding solutions is still challenging. Here are some examples of effective responses to the lack of internet access in rural America. In an article discussing the challenge of bringing highspeed broadband to rural Virginia, The

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Pacific Underwater Cable Internet Goes Live

A massive underwater cable internet project to link Japan to the west coast of the United States is ready to go live. It marks the end of the two-year build that saw several companies, including Google, invest $300 million. The cable is 5,600 miles long and connects Oregon to the coastal Japanese cities of Chiba and Mie. The cable is nicknamed “Faster,” which is fitting considering the connection will run 60 terabits per second. To put it in perspective, that is 10 million times faster than the standard cable. Along with Google, the cable project was funded by Global Transit,

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2015 Was a Big Year for the Internet

2015 was a big year for the Internet. Reports show that the number of people online rose 6.7 percent, to 3.2 billion humans with Internet access. That is roughly 200 million in 2015 alone. While this number seems like a lot, 4.1 billion people or 57 percent of the world population is still not connected. Companies like Facebook are pushing to increase connectivity worldwide. It has called governments, corporations and non-profits to action, encouraging them to increase connectivity in rural communities, developing nations and impoverished regions. However, the question remains of whether or not this goal is even possible to

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Is Li-Fi the Future of Wireless Internet?

Yesterday we told you how Christmas lights could interfere with your Wi-Fi connection. Today, we’ll tell you about how a light bulb could be your Wi-Fi connection. Isn’t technology grand? Li-Fi, a new Internet technology based on light has been in the works for a few years, but has now reached a new pinnacle in its development. A New Delhi start-up called Velmenni has recently used a Li-Fi enabled light bulb to transmit data at 1 GB per second, which is 100 times faster than speeds enabled by current Wi-Fi. Velmenni used Jugnu smart LED bulbs to conduct its test,

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Christmas Lights Could Interfere With Wi-Fi

You’re in the middle of decking the halls when you hop onto Pinterest for a last-minute tree-trimming idea. Except the mission is anything but quick: you stare at your screen impatiently while waiting for it to load, wondering if you’re running off your dial-up connection from 1996. Before you call your ISP to ream them out, take a look around your house. According to communications regulator Ofcom, your Christmas lights could be to blame. Overall, it estimates over 5 million homes in the UK could improve their Wi-Fi speed by simply rearranging their electronics equipment. “It could be down to

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Comcast Launches Unlimited Data in Atlanta

Love the Internet and live in Atlanta? Comcast’s new offering might be of interest to you. For an extra $35 per month, Comcast will remove the 300 GB cap and let you surf to your heart’s content under a new unlimited data plan. The Atlanta pricing structure was announced over the weekend, but it isn’t the first of its kind – Comcast rolled out a similar trial in Florida last year where subscribers pay a $30 fee to go unlimited. According to the Washington Post, the company started toying with the idea last year after surveying heavy users. Sixty percent

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Facebook Will Use Satellites to Beam Internet to Africa

Facebook has announced it will be partnering with Eutelsat Communications – a French satellite operator – to deliver broadband Internet to the developing world. The social network is continuing its Internet.org initiative by using a satellite to bring Internet access to over 14 nations in sub-Saharan Africa. “Facebook’s mission is to connect the world and we believe that satellites will play an important role in addressing the significant barriers that exist in connecting the people of Africa,” said Chris Daniels, VP of Facebook’s Internet.org program. “We are looking forward to partnering with Eutelsat on this project and investigating new ways

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Ontario Government Sells Provincially Owned Telecom Company Ontera

The government of Ontario is receiving criticism for selling provincially owned telecommunications company Ontera. Why? The sale resulted in a loss of $61 million. Despite the controversy, Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle says it was a “necessary decision” which will be positive for taxpayers. Bell Aliant purchased the company in question for $6.3 million, whereas the Ontario government paid $6.5 million for the consultants, lawyers and others advising them on the sale alone. The loss, according to a Public Accounts report comes from a “disposal of shares of Ontera” because “the government provided a one-time contribution of $52,092,000 to support

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Comcast Planning Nationwide Gigabit Internet by 2018

Comcast VP of network architecture Robert Howald recently told FierceCable that the company plans to offer gigabit Internet to all of its customers by 2018. Comcast was already found to be the fastest nationwide ISP in the United States, according to SpeedTest.net. In the not-too-distant future, things will be getting even faster. Comcast plans to transition its DOCSIS 3 technology (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) to DOCSIS 3.1. Once the transition is complete, Comcast’s network will handle Internet speeds of at least 1Gbps, and potentially up to 10Gbps. The rollout of Comcast’s DOCSIS 3.1 is anticipated to begin in

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Bell Launches Fibre-Based Broadband Service

Bell Canada recently announced the first-phase launch of its 1Gbps-capable direct fibre-based broadband service called Gigabit Fibe. The service is now available across 1.3 million homes in Ontario and Quebec, and will enable access speed tiers of 15Mbps, 25Mbps, 50Mbps, 150Mbps, 300Mbps and 940Mbps. In a press release, Bell’s CTO Stephen Howe announced Gigabit Fibe will be made available to a further 650,000 residences in Atlantic Canada by September, and 250,000 more in Ontario and Quebec throughout the year. Bell hopes to cover 2.2 million homes by 2016. Customers in Ontario and Quebec who subscribe to a multi-service bundle can

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