October 25th, 2013
A few years ago, $100 million was earmarked by the Federal Government for the purpose of expanding broadband internet to rural areas in 16 states. These areas were identified as not currently having any type of broadband access by wire, otherwise known as land line. Many of the large ISPs were called upon to widen the technological gap between urban and rural communities. Why did the government budget for this? Because they have learned that broadband internet service improves people’s lives. The internet is not only crucial for attracting business to an area, but is also a vital part of education in the 21st century. It has been estimated today that 10% of all Americans do not have access to a high-speed broadband Internet connection, with many of those affected living in outlying rural communities.
October 18th, 2013
Some interesting news was published earlier this year regarding personal service and internet technology. The news reported that interaction with real human beings wasn’t necessary in order to receive personal service in places like hotels. The report went on to reveal that these interactions are being replaced more frequently by, of all things, smart phone apps. But it is really logical to think that the personal relationships we develop with people over time could be replaced by such apps?
Experts say that such apps like this would not replace personal relationships, but only substitute for personal interactions. Apparently, all it takes to enhance these interactions is to use an app that has personalized recommendations based on the hotels and other locations we tend to visit a lot. Although information collection from customers has been occurring for many years via internet service providers in Austin Texas and other means, technology has made it possible to get all manner of customer feedback and then process it effectively and efficiently.
October 11th, 2013
A major goal has been to expand high speed access to rural areas. Historically, these areas had no choice but to put up with either a dial-up connection, satellite if they could afford the cost of equipment or have no internet connection at all. But the American government realized that there was a divide between urban and rural opportunities that became smaller when many of these rural dwellers were offered a broadband connection. Rural access to internet service providers opened up a number of online job opportunities, as well as helped children get access to the same educational opportunities as their urban counterparts. Additionally, it encouraged more people to stay in these communities, thus increasing the talent pool there and bringing in the economic benefits.
October 4th, 2013
Although progress may be moving slowly according to some, fair access to internet service for all remains a major goal of the United States government. Even so, many communities have ended up taking on the task of creating an internet infrastructure upon themselves. And so have universities, who have been investing a lot of money to create these infrastructures. One such project is called Gig U, and it has served to attract a number of businesses to areas where universities offer high speed internet networks. The result is that the businesses are synergistic with the academic goals of the schools. The good news is that the communities surrounding the universities are also benefiting from access to ultra-high-speed internet.
September 27th, 2013
The private sector, which stepped in to save the day with Gig.U, is still going strong. The initiative, which stands for University Community Next Generation Innovation Project, was spear-headed by a group of several universities and included collaboration from top ISPs.
The project is not for the masses but was created to and still does target new technology businesses to start up near universities so that they may too tap into the world-class broadband infrastructure. Community members are loving the 1 Gbps they are getting from internet service providers. And new businesses are now able to compete globally and tap into the vast, young talent pool from the nearby campuses.
September 20th, 2013
Are you tired of slow internet connections? Wish you could go with a different company? The good news is that you might not have to wait if you build it yourself. That’s exactly what some British farmers did last year. After having waited patiently for high speed broadband to come to their town over several years, they finally became tired of waiting and realized that they would continue to be overlooked for internet connections. So they ended up taking matters into their own hands and built their own network.
By tapping into their local expertise in computer networks, IT support and other internet industry professionals, the farmers were able to hook up their community for an incredibly low cost, coming in at far less than British Telecom’s estimate of ten thousand pounds to connect them. So why wouldn’t this be possible in areas without Internet service providers in Denver Colorado? And if that weren’t enough, the download speeds this tiny community now enjoys come it at over 900 Mbps.
September 13th, 2013
If you think that your connection from your ISP is not only too slow, but is costing you too much, you are definitely not alone. United States citizens pay the most money, but tend to get lower value for their connections than other internet users around the world. An interesting reason about why this is was revealed a couple of years ago, and made some people outraged. The reason was that media organizations have been allowed to place public interest on the back burner by the American government itself.
Will it take more than a few years before we can finally say that the internet speed/price issue has been resolved? It’s hard to tell. But in the meantime, we as internet users can ensure we’re getting as much for our money as possible. This includes doing as much research as possible into Internet Service Providers in Indianapolis Indiana. And then, we can claim as many valuable online savings as we can.
September 6th, 2013
With technology moving more quickly than ever before, the education sector has had little choice but to keep pace. The internet has given millions of students the opportunity to get their college or university degrees without having to physically attend an institution. But what about students living in rural or underprivileged areas without internet access? The results of a recent study were shocking; apparently, a lack of computer access had virtually no effect on a student’s ability to do well academically. But the impact of technology on a student’s ability to achieve isn’t easy to measure, as technology can affect such a wide range of areas, making this difficult to quantify. And yet, other studies have revealed that technology does, in fact boost a student’s achievement overall, but only under certain circumstances.
August 30th, 2013
Living in the country may give you lots of peace and quiet, cleaner air and a higher degree of freedom. But what about the internet connections you can get? A huge difference between rural and urban internet speeds exists, and it must be closed. But why is it so costly to get wired connections like cable or fiber optic to rural areas? Cost is the main reason. It actually costs more to power ten rural homes with a land-based connection like DSL than it is to connect a hundred homes located in an urban area. But the Universal Service Fund (USF) helps to get rural homeowners online by paying rural ISPs to run cable and fiber optic lines. In turn, those companies pay back into the USF, ensuring the continuance of rural connection expansion.
August 23rd, 2013
Many major universities in this country have become very interested in getting high speed Internet access and then also making it available to their surrounding communities. But why are these colleges interested in sharing their connections? One proven theory is that certain businesses work well when they are located close to large institutes of learning.
This is especially true with high-tech businesses, which benefit most often from the faster Internet connections. To this end, some schools are designing infrastructure that will allow for connection speeds that may be up to one thousand times faster than anything residential providers can currently offer. It is hoped that the availability of these super-high speed connections will attract technical businesses that will set up shop near university and college campuses. But the residents of the community can also count themselves lucky to be living so near to a source of high speed internet connectivity.
August 20th, 2013
If there was any question with regard to the legality of tactics used by the NSA in its surveillance efforts over the past few years, an answer may now have been provided. According to documents leaked by analyst-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA had overstepped its legal authority and broken privacy rules thousands of times since being given new powers by the government just five years ago. Among the infractions are large numbers of unauthorized surveillance of American citizens or those targets of foreign intelligence currently living in the United States. The information is interesting, given the fact that the NSA recently stated that it doesn’t engage in surveillance on American residents.
The leaked information reveals that these many security and privacy breaches occurred both intentionally and inadvertently, and covered a wide range of violations, from significant violations of the law to mistakes leading to the unintended interception of communication. But whether the invasions into internet service providers in Portland Oregon users and others were intended or not, it placed the privacy of millions of Americans at risk. And unfortunately, the news gets worse, as it appears that the number of these kinds of incidents increased in 2012s first quarter, and have seen increases in the last three years.
August 13th, 2013
Although a memo was released last week by the NSA with the goal of shedding light on its operations and reducing fear amongst the public, some are saying that the organization is covering much more ground that it appears to be on the surface. In the memo, the NSA stated that the amount of traffic examined by its analysts accounts for 0.00004% of all the internet traffic in the world, or about one dime’s worth of space on a basketball court. But closer inspection has revealed that that dime’s worth of space actually accounts for much more – about 29.21 petabytes more – than NSA numbers would have us believe.
29 petabytes per day is roughly equivalent to almost 3 terabits per second. To put the numbers in perspective, search engine giant Google only processes 20 petabytes of internet data per day. That’s quite a frightening amount of data, considering that the NSA memo used harmless -sounding terms like ‘touch’ , ‘select’ and ‘look at’ when describing how the seemingly small amount of data it accessed was being handled. When just one packet of IP data was captured an analyzed, it was found to contain a lot of data, including where the user is surfing from, what they are searching for and the last web address they visited.
August 9th, 2013
Although there has been much in the news with regard to the privacy settings of many sites, and how much of our information they place at risk, at least one party says the fault could be ours. A professor of behavioral economics has investigated how internet users think about their privacy choices and the consequences of those choices. And as it turns out, out instincts about privacy aren’t very accurate at all. When online, it was discovered that thinking about privacy was not something that came naturally to users, simply because no other similar thing exists in either our culture or human evolution.
It also seems that those guidelines we use to gauge the trustworthiness of recipients of our information offline do not help us whatsoever when we try to apply them online. For instance, another’s revelation of personal information to us in the real world makes it more likely that we will do the same. But when we get online with internet service providers in Houston Texas and try to do the same thing, the results are far less reliable. And this is precisely why, say some, that giving users control over privacy settings simply won’t work.
July 30th, 2013
45 Mbps speeds will soon be available in two states from one of the more popular ISPs in the nation. AT&T has announced that its High Speed Internet Power offering will be in place soon. The new offering is meant to pose a challenge to AT&Ts competition in the cable internet arena. In addition to the 45 Mbps offering, which is no surprise due to its revelation in a second quarter earnings call, even higher speeds are to be expected later on in 2013. AT&T’s wireline IP network will soon be expanded and enhanced in order to serve almost 60 million customers in its territory. The company plans to reach this goal by the end of 2015.
As far as future speed offerings go, AT&T has said that it plans to offer both a 75 and a 100 Mbps download speed product to customers later on this year. The 45 Mbps product that this more popular of the internet service providers in San Diego California will be offering will cost customers $49.95 per month for up to two years as an introductory rate. But in order to get this price, customers will have to bundle the new high speed service with phone and TV service.
July 23rd, 2013
Most ISPs these days have limits on the amount of bandwidth each user can use every month. These limits have had to be imposed due to the high availability of quality video content and other items that are now available online. The more high quality video that a user watches on their computer, the more bandwidth will be used. But the good news is that there are ways to reduce the amount of bandwidth you use. Using less bandwidth will mean that you don’t have to worry about extra charges for going over your bandwidth limit, which can be excessive, depending on the company you are with.
The thing is, your internet company will know how much bandwidth you use every month. But you can avoid going over by simply keeping an eye on how much content you are consuming online. You can also track it. Once you know when you tend to use the most bandwidth, you can think about spreading that usage out over one month instead of, say, one week. Another thing you can do to ensure internet service providers in New York New York don’t penalize you is to choose video that’s in a lower quality, as this will also use less bandwidth.
May 22nd, 2013
Customers of one of the major internet service providers in Austin Texas may be happy to know that they can get online for free. A promotion is being run by Comcast through July 4 of this year, whereby the company will offer free Wi-Fi access to residents in Philadelphia, California, greater Boston and New Jersey.
Should a non-subscriber to the company try and connect their Wi-Fi enabled device, they will be asked to click a link on the sign-in page, after which they can become a customer. Those trying to access the free connection via their smart phone will have to choose the ‘summer promotion’ option in the drop down list of available connections. Although not widely marketed, the promotion will begin one day before Memorial Day Weekend, which could result in much Wi-Fi activity.
May 8th, 2013
Tax season almost always carries with it a sense of urgency and some trepidation, especially among those who might owe money. And along with the madness of the season are always rumors. One of the more popular ones is that the IRS can snoop around in taxpayers’ email messages to try and catch those who would cheat on their taxes. This has especially caused worry among those who use the cloud and internet service providers in Denver Colorado to store their messages.
The truth is that as far as email messages are concerned, there is nothing in the 4th Amendment which protects them. While it may seem reasonable that they would be covered, but the IRS Search Warrant Manual states that email messages will generally lose any protection once they have been transmitted from a user’s computer.
May 1st, 2013
People have certainly become more mobile recently. More than ever before, customers of internet service providers in Indianapolis Indiana and other providers are using their phones, tablets and other devices to get online as well as their home computer counterparts. And advertisers seem to be catching on. New techniques and software is being developed that could see the tracking of users’ habits no matter which device they use to surf the web.
The new technology is called cross-screen marketing, and it may be the answer to a long-standing issue: how to target consumers on their mobile devices. While desktop computer activity can be monitored with cookies, this strategy doesn’t apply in the wireless world. One method of mobile advertising that is showing promise is the triangulation method, which attempts to discern whether a mobile and PC user are the same person.
April 17th, 2013
There’s bad news coming out of the internet security front; In the last quarter alone, the average amount of bandwidth used in DDoS attacks had grown eight-fold. In addition, the average duration of attacks grew from last year’s 28.5 hours to 34.5 hours. The fact that DDoS attacks are not only getting more powerful, but meaner have even the best internet provider in my area wondering how to weather the next attack.
This may be more of a challenge to do in the coming quarters, as new techniques for attack were also noted by observers. These techniques go beyond the flooding of sites with traffic using botnets. Instead, attackers are using web servers, which offer more bandwidth. If that weren’t frightening enough, it appears that attackers are being well-financed, perhaps by criminal organizations who also possess the resources needed for such large-scale attacks.
April 11th, 2013
Recent research has revealed an interesting possible trend: that teens may be using their connection from internet service providers in my area for interests other than Facebook. This all comes as the result of a survey, in which most teens could take or leave the now-famous social media network, with only 33% saying it was their top choice. That’s a 9% difference from the fall of 2012. But where are they going these days, if not to Facebook?
Although the numbers aren’t anything to write home about, many teens are heading to Twitter second, Instagram third , Google fourth and Tumblr fifth. Overall, teens said that their purchasing decisions were influenced by various social media sites. Whether or not that will result in a resurgence of teens at Facebook will remain to be seen.
April 10th, 2013
Nine universities are currently taking part in a study which tracks students’ progress as they move through digital textbooks. CourseSmart, the company which created the technology and the digital textbooks, provides learning institutions with early signs of course engagement or disinterest, which could indicate early drop outs. Millions of students now use the company’s digital materials to learn via internet providers.
Information from the textbooks can be individually packaged for each professor, giving them the key data they need to alter the way in which material is presented. Currently, over three million students and teachers are using CourseSmart textbooks. This fall marks when the program will be most broadly introduced to date, with such institutions taking part as Texas A&M University – San Antonio, Clemson and Central Carolina College.