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90's Internet Nostalgia: "Who's on the Phone, I Can't Log on"

Kristian Ramos | Posted 08.04.2014 | Technology
Kristian Ramos

Continuing to rely on the same old wired telephone regulations to govern a world where consumers communicate in different forms, and over various platforms and services, no longer makes sense.

Time for Apple to Take a Bite Out of the Broadband Problem

Elie Jacobs | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Elie Jacobs

There are many things to do with $159 billion, this is just one idea. An idea that helps the company and country.

7 Everyday Complaints That Are Really Just Reminders To Be Grateful

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Updated December 2, 2013: 12 p.m. EST. Whether it's lamenting about loans or long lines, some of us love to complain like it's our job. (Especial...

The Key to Social and Economic Development? Broadband Adoption

Robert Pepper | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Robert Pepper

Two Asian nations -- Korea and Singapore -- have managed to leapfrog multiple stages of economic development and have transformed into economic miracles. This comes as no accident, in part, because both have taken a planned approach to technological development, starting with national broadband plans, which has led to increased broadband adoption, and successive waves of economic growth.

Julius Genachowski Is Government's Unsung Hero

Steve Westly | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Steve Westly

FCC chairmen often fall into one of two camps -- stern regulators focused on compliance or free-market stalwarts eager to spark private sector growth. Chairman Genachowski is rare in his ability to simultaneously accomplish both goals.

The Fine Print Misses the Mark

Michael K. Powell | Posted 12.15.2012 | Business
Michael K. Powell

Author David Cay Johnston won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his reporting on U.S. tax policy. But in his just released book, The Fine Print, Johnston falls woefully short of that standard in his attempt to critique the state of broadband in the U.S.

Gerry Smith

To Expand Net Access, America Can Find Blueprints Abroad

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.10.2012 | Technology

For many low-income Americans, Internet access is a luxury they can't afford. Too bad they don't live in South Korea. By the end of this year,...

Google's New Super Fast Internet Service May Not Reach Low-Income Residents

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 08.31.2012 | Technology

When Google unveiled its new Internet service in Kansas City last month, the company said customers would receive speeds so fast they would no longer ...

Gerry Smith

'Digital Divide' Overlooked As Party Conventions Embrace The Web

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 08.29.2012 | Technology

With a steady stream of blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos, the presidential campaigns have increasingly embraced the web as a way ...

Gerry Smith

19 Million Americans Without High-Speed Internet

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 08.22.2012 | Technology

About 19 million Americans still have no access to high-speed Internet, according to a new report by the Federal Communications Commission. About 1...

Gerry Smith

Smartphones Bring Hope, Frustration As Substitute For Computers

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.06.2012 | Technology

When Erick Huerta was growing up in Los Angeles, his family could not afford a computer. His mother sold tamales from a street-side stall, and his fat...

Gerry Smith

On Tribal Lands, Digital Divide Brings New Form Of Isolation

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 04.23.2012 | Technology

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- Like many college students, Wilhelmina Tsosie must go online to complete her assignments. But unlike the vast majority of Americ...

Mutant Broadband Bills Are Infecting Our Communities

Josh Levy | Posted 04.25.2012 | Technology
Josh Levy

In the next weeks, we'll be fighting to protect the rights of communities to determine how they'll access information in the 21st century. We can't let corporations and their politician friends hijack our right to build better broadband.

Gerry Smith

Digital Divide in Mississippi Splits Along Racial Lines, Report Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.31.2012 | Technology

African Americans in Mississippi often have fewer options for high-speed Internet and spend a higher proportion of their incomes on the Internet than ...

A National Rural America Jobs Plan

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 01.31.2012 | Small Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

Global competitiveness through connectivity in underserved rural areas, supported by the U.S. government -- now that's an investment worth pursuing.

A Huge Step In Getting Seniors, Minorities, Low-Income Individuals Online

Daniel Kent | Posted 12.26.2011 | Impact
Daniel Kent

On Oct. 12, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Connect to Compete, a national program to promote broadband adoption and digital literacy. It's a big step in the right direction.

Why Dr. King Would Have Championed Universal Broadband Adoption

David Honig | Posted 10.26.2011 | Technology
David Honig

As the nation prepares to dedicate Dr. Martin Luther King's National Memorial, let's give ourselves this thought experiment: "What would Dr. King be doing today if he were armed with the social media and telecommunications technology we take for granted?"

Transforming Rural Economies: Bridging The Digital Divide

Diane Russell | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Diane Russell

If Americans can put a man on the moon, we can be sure everyone has access to high-speed broadband Internet, regardless of where they live.

U.K. Unveils Ambitious High-Speed Internet Plan

The Guardian | Juliette Garside | Posted 10.15.2011 | Technology

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt will fire the starting gun on the race to turn Britain's internet "not spots" into hot spots this week by allocating a ...

FCC Appears to Find Middle Road to Hope

Danny Bakewell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Danny Bakewell

Getting connected online would provide a much-needed lifeline for struggling communities of color while empowering all Americans to survive and thrive in the new millennium and beyond.

Amy Lee

Reactions To FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Mixed

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

For the tech community, net neutrality is the byword for a free and open Internet. So the Federal Communication Committee's announcement that they wou...

Civility -- and Why Bobby Rush Should Be the Ranking Communications Subcommittee Member

David Honig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Honig

Congressman Bobby Rush has supported five of the six Open Internet principles, but he's quite properly concerned about the FCC's proposed economic non-discrimination principle on jobs.

Broadband Is Coming To Rural America -- And My Work Force Is About To Skyrocket

Christopher Hytry Derrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Christopher Hytry Derrington

You're entitled to "Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness, and Broadband Internet Access!" Or, given that the mid-term elections are upon us: "A ch...

Mr. President: Time to Take the Wheel on Net Neutrality

James Rucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
James Rucker

The FCC still has the power to reverse the rejected reasoning of the Bush years, to re-establish its legal footing, and to protect the public interest.

A Plan to Connect All Americans to the Digital World

Jim Steyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jim Steyer

President Kennedy spoke to his "fellow citizens of the world." Today we must make sure that all Americans can be fellow citizens of the digital world. The National Digital Literacy Corps is a great way to start.