internet access

  • Internet.Org’s App With Free Access To Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, Local Info Launches In Zambia

    Internet.Org’s App With Free Access To Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, Local Info Launches In Zambia

    85% of the 5 billion people without Internet simply can’t afford data plans. So Facebook’s accessibility initiative Internet.org today launches its Android and web app for the developing world with free data access to a limited set of services including Facebook, Messenger, Wikipedia, and Google Search. It also provides local health, employment, weather, and women’s… Read More

  • Getting “Internet Freedom” Straight

    Getting “Internet Freedom” Straight

    What is Internet freedom? The United States government has an “Internet freedom” agenda, complete with speeches by the Secretary of State and millions of dollars in program funding. A key United Nations official last year issued a major report emphasizing the right of all individuals freely to use the Internet. Taking a different tack, Vint Cerf, one of the Internet’s… Read More

  • Influencing Innovation: The Americans With Disabilities Act

    Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a code of law that has influenced society and tech companies in interesting ways already, and is expanding to influence them even more. One recent example: feds encouraged schools around the country, notably Princeton and Arizona State University, to drop the idea of requiring students to use… Read More

  • Economy officially in shambles as some people switch to dial-up to save money

    A disheartening report in the Orlando Sentinel finds that some people are switching from broadband to dial-up in order to save money. Sad but true, it seems. Those who are switching are “not the iPod crowd,” according to NetZero CEO Mark Goldstein, but mostly people from older generations who use the internet for very basic e-mail and light web surfing. Read More

  • Verizon to bump FiOS speeds to 50 Mbps nationwide

    If you happen to live in one of the lucky areas of the 16 states where Verizon has made FiOS available, you’ll be able to top your Internet connection out at 50 Mbps down, 20 Mbps up. Verizon says the speed enhancements will begin next week. Some markets already have the 50/20 speed tier, but Verizon will be rolling out faster connections to FiOS customers where 30 Mbps had previously… Read More

  • This Just In: People like Facebook and YouTube

    Almost 40 percent of 18 to 24 year-old office workers said that they would consider leaving their jobs if their access to Facebook and other popular web sites was blocked from their work computers. The survey was given to 1,000 office workers and included other sites as well, YouTube being one of them, according to vnunet.com. The survey by IT services firm Telindus found that 39 per cent of… Read More

  • British town to run fiber-optic cables through sewers

    Normally when you think of fiber and sewers, a different, smellier thing comes to mind than broadband internet access. Hay-oh! Thank you, I’ll be here all week. Bournemouth, UK, which is full of old people — Pem Charnley of EcoWorldly says that a common joke is “that the shop windows are all fitted with bi-focals to allow passers-by to ascertain what lies within”… Read More

  • Denver Airport wireless adds local movie downloads

    Already pretty high up on a short list of airports offering free wireless internet access, Denver International has just upped the ante a bit. The same network provider, FreeFi, is now offering movie rentals over the local network. So simple, yet so brilliant. Read More

  • Time Warner trying usage-based billing in Texas

    I’ll be damned, they’re actually doing it. Time Warner will be testing out a pay-for-what-you-use program for its high speed Internet service in Beaumont, Texas. This, based on findings that about 5 percent of the network’s users account for more than half the bandwidth. Here’s the problem, though. What happens when all the high-bandwidth users leave for the… Read More

  • The rich get richer: Free iPhone/iPod Touch hotspots

    As if specific web sites for iPhone and iPod Touch users weren’t enough, JiWire has announced free Wi-Fi access from over 100,000 locations available only to the aforementioned iPhone and iPod Touch users. In order to glom on to such a network, we’ll be required to first view “a JiWire-supplied advertisement” from companies like HBO and Charles Schwab. When the two… Read More

  • Way to be awesome, Denver International Airport

    DIA joins the short list of American airports that offer free wireless Internet access. Other airports include San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, and Portland (Oregon), to name a few. Denver International has seen a ten-fold increase in users since the service was made free. Previously, the service had been set at $7.95 for a 24-hour connection. I really hope other airports follow suit. Read More

  • Verizon FiOS hits 50 megabits per second in some areas

    I remember my first week of college way back in 1997 and the weird adrenaline rush I got the moment my brand new Pentium 166 (with MMX extensions) first connected to the school’s high speed network. The change from a 33.6 modem to a high speed internet connection was exhilarating. I felt like burning a cigarette into my forearm. I was alive. Read More

  • WiMax news plus a ridiculous, huge advertisement

    The above image has nothing to do with the forthcoming news about Sprint’s WiMax network but I’d just like to point out the gigantic ad that made an unnecessary amount of noise and then stayed on the page I was on until I closed it manually. I wasn’t too hot on Symantec before but now it’s officially over between us. Anyhoo, more news about Sprint’s impending… Read More