Boaters can enjoy significantly higher data speeds and greater Internet range offshore than cellphones alone provide, in an all-in-one solution /EIN News/ -- MIDDLETOWN, R.I., June 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI), a leading global satellite communications provider, is introducing the TracPhone® LTE-1 marine communications system designed to provide Internet access in U.S. waters more than 20 miles offshore, with data download speeds up to 100 Mbps. The system, which utilizes LTE Advanced (LTE-A) cellular network technology, is compact and affordable enough for a vast array of small and mid-size recreational boats—including sailboats, center consoles, fishing boats, and more—that until now have had few options besides the boater’s own cellphone for accessing the Internet while on the water. With the TracPhone LTE-1, boaters can access the Internet at twice the range and up to 10 times the data speed of typical cellphone … [Read more...] about Marine Communications Leader KVH Introduces LTE System for Fast, Affordable Internet Access Offshore
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View Comments Advocates say public-owned internet could increase competition, lower rates, protect public access. Last week the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners approved what amounted to a fairly routine budget, with one exception — tabbing $150,000 to explore how the region could set up municipal high-speed Internet. The goal, pushed by activists calling themselves Municipal Broadband PDX, is to bring down rates charged by large Internet service providers like Comcast, which operates under the name Xfinity in Portland. Instead of concentrating market power in regional monopolies or oligopolies, companies would compete for customers over the pubicly owned Internet. The activists say their push has gathered momentum since last year, when the Federal Communications Commission eliminated Obama-era rules governing "net neutrality," which prevented Internet service providers, or ISPs, from charging more for certain kinds of Internet content. The Portland-based group says … [Read more...] about County explores municipal high-speed internet access
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
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
Syria's largest city, Aleppo, appears to be experiencing Internet outages. According to The Washington Post, the city lost its Internet connection Thursday at about 5:48 p.m. local time. The outage comes as the United States considers military intervention in response to what it says was a chemical weapons attack last week in Damascus. Aleppo remains a bloody battleground between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels. Renesys, a U.S.-based network security firm that studies Internet disruptions, says that the root of the outage appears to be caused by a failure in local infrastructure as Internet data is transferred between telecommunication lines. Aleppo's loss of connection appears to be related to a disruption in data transferred from Turkey-based Turk Telekom to local company Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE) and from STE to customers in Aleppo. The majority of Internet usage in the rest of Syria, which is carried by Hong Kong-based PCCW and … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, appears to lose Internet access
President Donald Trump introduced his first federal budget outline on Thursday. Within the proposed plan are indicators of the administration’s plans for broadband and internet infrastructure, including a focus on future technologies—along to massive cuts to existing ones. There isn’t much mention of telecommunications in general within the Trump budget, but the administration does specifically state its intention to continue funding the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Read: Trump Budget Cuts: Spending Blueprint Expected To Target EPA, State Department, Safety-Net Programs The NTIA is agency within the Department of Commerce that deals with telecom infrastructure for federal and commercial use, develops policy for internet economy, online privacy and cybersecurity-related issues. It also oversees the investment of nearly $4 billion in broadband projects throughout the country through two major grant programs, the Broadband … [Read more...] about Rural Broadband Internet Access: How Trump Budget Will Affect High-Speed Infrastructure
When will internet access arrive in rural areas? Editor, Times-Dispatch: Prompted by a wave of Americans concerned with losing access to the entirety of the internet through roll-backs of the net neutrality, I would like to draw attention to the millions of rural Americans waiting for access to broadband services. I live in God’s country, Goochland, and we have a digital divide. I applaud my local leaders for the efforts they have put forward in addressing the issue. However, their hands are tied as internet access is not categorized as a utility. Dependable internet access is required for equitable access to health care. Our health plan requires a copay for office visits but offers telemedicine, or online consultation with a licensed physician for acute care, at no out-of-pocket cost. However, our satellite connection and 10-gigabyte data limit hinder the use of such tools and deny us preferential treatment. Since my son’s epilepsy diagnosis, I have learned … [Read more...] about COD, Jan. 7, 2018: When will internet access arrive in rural areas?