connectivity

Mozilla and NSF awards $380K to small projects connecting the unconnected

The FCC may be hard at work at "bridging the digital divide," as Chairman Pai so frequently puts it, and the Connect America Fund II will help. But while the big players are setting up, people all ove

Google is using light beam tech to connect rural India to the internet

Google is preparing to use light beams to bring rural areas of the planet online after it announced to a planned rollout in India. Alphabet’s X — the company formerly known as Google X &#8

Crunch Report | Uber Adds Tipping

Netflix launches a "choose your own adventure" style cartoon for children, Uber adds tipping as the first change in its "180 days of change" campaign, Skype outage causes connectivity issues and Boom

Talking fiber, drones and open-source hardware with Facebook’s Yael Maguire

Facebook has been putting lots of resources into improving internet connectivity in rural areas. That may seem like a distraction for the social networking giant, but Facebook takes its mission to con

Networking services startup Cradlepoint lands $89M investment from TCV

In a world where having internet connectivity is the lifeblood of just about every business, Cradlepoint helps customers deliver consistent networking services, even when there is a lousy cell signal.

Facebook supports NGOs with release of emerging markets population data

From rockets to planes, Facebook’s Connectivity Lab has been hedging its bets on a number of experiments to bring internet access to the far reaching corners of the globe. The group broadly bre

Broadband access creeps along but DDoS attacks explode

Akamai released its quarterly State of the Internet reports today, one detailing quality of access and the other attacks on companies and infrastructure. The slow march continues towards a better and

Google expands its initiative to provide free Wi-Fi hotspots in emerging markets

Google today announced a collection of updates aimed at helping get 'the next billion' internet users in India and emerging markets online. One of the more subtle yet interesting components to that pu

Facebook’s OpenCellular is a new open-source wireless access platform for remote areas

Facebook is clearly very serious about its mission to connect the world and in the process, it has launched solar-powered drones that use lasers to connect to each other and the ground, and more pros

Facebook’s Terragraph and ARIES antennas bring Internet to underserved areas

Probably the most impressive of Facebook’s connectivity projects is its solar-powered Aquila drone for enabling Internet access in remote areas. But while the technology behind Aquila is impre

AT&T Plans To Expand Its 4G LTE Network To The Wild Blue Yonder With Inflight Connectivity

When I fly, I am afforded a few brief hours of sublime luxury when I’m not connected to the Internet – I live in Canada, you see, where in-flight Wi-Fi between our country and the U.S. still i

TC Startup Battlefield Alum Open Garden Launches Wifi Opener To Make Wi-Fi Password Sharing Easier

<a target="_blank" href="http://opengarden.com/">Open Garden</a>, a former TC Startup Battlefield contestant, launched its latest product today. <a target="_blank" href="https://play.google.com/store/

Open Garden 2.0 Makes Sharing Your WiFi And Mobile Connections Easier And Faster

<a target="_blank" href="http://opengarden.com/">Open Garden</a>, one of the finalists at <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/05/21/open-garden-lets-you-crowdsource-your-mobile-connectivity/">Te

Open Garden And TextMe Team Up So Android Tablet Users Can Text, Call, & Video Chat Even When They Don’t Have A Signal

<a target="_blank" href="http://opengarden.com/">Open Garden</a>, the TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2012 Battlefield <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/05/22/the-final-six-disrupt-nyc-startups-a

Which States And ISPs Are Winning The Internet Speed Race In The U.S.?

As much as those in Silicon Valley get wrapped up in all the innovative technologies and businesses being built on top of and around the Internet, the fact of the matter is that there are still some s

EDGE network down in Pittsburgh?

A reader just sent in a tip that EDGE service might be down in the Pittsburgh area. It appears, at least on my iPhone, that EDGE is down in the Pittsburgh area. Anyone else say anything about this? Ho

Hope You Didn't Buy That 360 Elite Just Yet

I’m sure that anyone with a decent HDTV with HDMI realized that purchasing an Xbox 360 Elite would be in their best interest. I mean, who doesn’t want to play games on a big screen in full