Special to Clarion Ledger Published 10:00 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 A recent Mississippi State engineering graduate is leading a team of other young alumni and current MSU students in work that could mean big improvements for internet access in rural areas of the U.S. and has the potential to make a global impact. About half of the world’s population does not have internet, and running fiber is not economically feasible in most rural areas. However, WISPr Systems, a new company born at MSU and now valued at about $2 million, could help make internet access in rural areas much more practical and affordable. Conor Ferguson and his associates have utilized MSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach in the College of Business, which offers resources and a network of business experts who have coached the company through the start-up process. WISPr Systems builds advanced automation tools for wireless internet service providers that eliminate the cost-intensive process of … [Read more...] about Startup by students at MSU uses drones to boost rural internet access
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two western senators are proposing to expand access to a $4 billion federal program that has allowed public schools and libraries throughout the U.S. to obtain high-speed internet at affordable rates as one way to close the digital divide that persists across American Indian communities and other rural areas.Librarians, policymakers and other experts gathered Thursday in Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion on the legislation and the needs of tribal communities.Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn told the group that investing in broadband infrastructure is critical because those investments increasingly determine which cities, towns and tribal nations thrive. × Advertisement "Just like water, roads, railways and electricity, broadband is now fundamental when it comes to our community development," Clyburn said.The commissioner also ticked off a number of statistics, saying they can't be shared enough given the lack of disparity … [Read more...] about Panel tackles lack of high-speed internet in Indian Country
Supported by Europe By SEWELL CHANMARCH 28, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story Ecuador’s government said Wednesday that it had suspended internet access for Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who since 2012 has lived in Ecuador’s Embassy in London, out of concern that he was harming its relationships with Britain and other European nations.The decision set off a furious reaction from some Assange supporters. One of them, Kim Dotcom, an online renegade who founded a file-sharing site, urged supporters to gather outside the embassy in protest. The filmmaker Oliver Stone wrote on Twitter: “Free Julian Assange! Restore his internet connection!”Ecuador’s government granted Mr. Assange citizenship in January, the latest step in a longstanding diplomatic standoff. But it said it had suspended Mr. Assange’s online communications on Tuesday because he had imperiled “the good relations … [Read more...] about Ecuador Cuts Off Julian Assange’s Internet Access. Again.
World WikiLeaks Julian Assange Russia 2016 campaign Ecuador’s Embassy in London has cut off all Internet access for its whistleblower-in-residence Julian Assange, claiming that the WikiLeaks founder broke an agreement to not spread messages that could damage Ecuador’s relationship with other countries. “The behavior of Assange, with his messages on social media, puts at risk the good relationship the country maintains with Great Britain, with the other members of the European Union, and with other countries,” the Ecuadorian embassy announced in a statement Wednesday. The agreement to not send messages that would damage Ecuador’s foreign policy was allegedly signed by Assange last year. The decision was made after Assange and his organization WikiLeaks were accused of attempting to influence foreign elections and damage Ecuador’s foreign policy. Ecuador cut Assange’s Internet access once in 2016 over concerns that he may try to interfere … [Read more...] about Can Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Influence Foreign Elections Now That Ecuador Cut Off His Internet Access?
A handful of companies are behind an aggressive effort to use satellites to beam down Web pages at speeds dozens of times faster than standard dial-up connections. Satellites, with their high capacity and nearly blanket coverage, could increase the stakes in the race toward "always on" Internet services for homes and businesses. That market is now dominated by cable and phone companies that use their lines to link consumers to the Web at quick speeds. Satellite Internet providers still see an open playing field. Many areas now lack the upgraded cable lines needed for two-way online access or are too far for the phone company to offer high-speed Internet services known as digital subscriber line service, or DSL, to consumers. That leaves out millions of potential consumers living outside of major metropolitan areas. "Many people can't get DSL and cable where they are and satellite provides them with that option," said Sean Badding of the market research firm The Carmel Group. "It's … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Looking Skyward For Internet Access