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Gerry Smith

Without Internet, Urban Poor Fear Being Left Behind In Digital Age

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 03.01.2012 | Technology

Jillian Maldonado is a 29-year-old student at the Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center and an Avon sales representative who earns $300 a week. On most ...

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.

The President's Vision for Our Next Economy, Hispanics, and Broadband

Kristian Ramos | Posted 04.07.2012 | Latino Voices
Kristian Ramos

Broadband access for Hispanic could help provide a path forward for a community struggling under the weight of poverty, lack of educational opportunities and economic upheaval.

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 ...

Gerry Smith

F.C.C. Chair Announces New Plan To Bridge Digital Divide

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.09.2012 | Technology

The head of the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced a new plan to expand broadband Internet access by modernizing a program that pro...

Louis C.K. Takes the Internet Seriously

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 02.21.2012 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

Louis C.K.'s "fun little experiment" illustrates the threat to the cable business model. Cable has long been the gatekeeper to content -- Comcast decides what channels I can choose from. But right now on the Internet, I choose what content I can choose from.

Scientists Shatter Internet Speed Record

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 12.16.2011 | Technology

Scientists and researchers have set a new Internet speed record by managing to transfer data at a sustained rate of 186 gigabits per second (Gbps), a ...

Time to Occupy the Internet Before It's Too Late

Bob Cesca | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

There's a cold war of attrition being fought for the right to own the Internet, its content and its technology, and you're losing.

America's Internet -- Now as Good as Angola's

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.08.2012 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The lack of competition in our deregulated high-speed Internet marketplace has gotten so bad that the U.S. has gone from number one in broadband penetration at the close of the 20th century down to 25th in the world.

Support Net Neutrality to Preserve a Free and Democratic Internet

Sen. Mark Udall | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Sen. Mark Udall

Net Neutrality guarantees a level playing field for all websites and Internet users. It ensures that everyone has a voice on the Internet and that no one can be silenced simply because they can't afford to pay. We need to keep it that way.

Selling Our Wireless Future

Yochai Benkler | Posted 12.27.2011 | Technology
Yochai Benkler

As the deficit supercommittee searches every corner to make budgetary ends meet, one solution they are considering, "incentive auctions" of the TV bands, could threaten the future of wireless innovation.

The FCC's Latest Rip-Off

Josh Levy | Posted 12.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Levy

Do you want to hand over even more of your hard-earned money to your phone company? If you do, you’re in luck: The FCC has a plan for that. T...

High Speed Internet To Expand Across The Globe

AP | Posted 12.25.2011 | Technology

GENEVA -- A United Nations panel has given governments a target of connecting half the world's poor citizens to broadband Internet by 2015. The U.N.'...

Senators' Choice: Their Constituents Future or Big Telecom. Hmmm...

Art Brodsky | Posted 12.06.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Regulate the Internet? Seize control? That's all nonsense, but nonsense to which our elected representatives, through the influence of the Tea Party and the big telecom companies, are willing to accede.

Is the FCC Reaching Into Your Pocket to Pad Industry Profits?

Craig Aaron | Posted 12.06.2011 | Technology
Craig Aaron

The baseline for the FCC should be what's best for consumers, not just to slightly water down the industry's worst ideas and expect the public to be satisfied with something "less bad."

RANKED: The Top 15 Countries With The Fastest Internet Speeds

Posted 11.24.2011 | Technology

Pando Networks, a company specializing in delivering large quantities of online information to other companies, has released its most recent Global In...

10 States Where The Internet Is Too Slow

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 11.19.2011 | Business

In much of the country, access to affordable, high-speed internet is taken for granted. However, in vast sections of the United States broadband inter...

Welcome to Your Hungarian Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 11.14.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

While the U.S. has blindly followed a path of broadband industry "deregulation," other nations in Europe and Asia beefed up their pro-competitive policies. The results are evident in our free fall from the top of almost every global measure of Internet services, availability and speed.

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?"

The Upside of Expanding Broadband Access In The Hispanic Communitty

Kristian Ramos | Posted 10.28.2011 | Latino Voices
Kristian Ramos

Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic group in America...creating ways to give them equal access to the internet is better for the country as a whole.

U.S. Injects More Money Into High-Speed Internet Plan

Posted 10.22.2011 | Technology

MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP/THE HUFFINGTON POST (RICHMOND, Va.) -- Telecommunications companies in 16 states will share more than $103 million in federal f...

Obama Administration Is Sending Mixed Signals on Rural Economic Development

Shirley Bloomfield | Posted 10.20.2011 | Technology
Shirley Bloomfield

When it comes to the Obama administration promoting broadband development in rural America -- a prerequisite for economic growth -- the left hand may not know what the right hand is doing.

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 ...

Comcast: Internet Access Is Temporarily a Civil Right

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 10.09.2011 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

Smart communities invest in themselves rather than depending on big, absentee corporations. Requiring Comcast to provide affordable broadband connections is better than not, but continuing to let Comcast effectively decide who can afford access to the Internet is madness.

Your Internet Is Almost As Fast As Promised

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 10.02.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — The major providers of residential broadband services in the U.S. deliver Internet connections that are generally 80 percent to 90 ...