Slow or unreliable internet access is a reality for millions of Americans.
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing people to study and work online. It's also sparked a need for news and information. That's a challenge for the 24 million Americans who lack broadband internet access.
wfh, but will I be able to connect?
Only 3 million UK homes have fibre broadband which will aid their working from home to counter coronavirus spread. But those with copper ADSL or bad connections on mobile 4G may struggle.
Connecting every house to a fibre network is expensive and time-consuming.
A breakdown of the infrastructure and operating costs, as well as the market impact of giving free full-fibre broadband to the whole country.
Communities across the U.S. are taking network construction into their own hands.
A recent federal court ruling lets big telecom companies censor the internet in ways that boost their own profits – but also allows local and state governments to outlaw censorship if they wish.
Living in an urban centre is no guarantee for new NBN technology.
Around half of homes in three major Australian cities only have access to very old technology: hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC). For them, access to the NBN fibre network remains only a fairy tale.
The NBN is on the path to being privatised after construction finishes.
The NBN is on track to be privatised after the infrastructure is completed, but there are a number of other options that would retain the benefits of its disruption of the telecommunications market.
Ongoing cost, technology and customer service problems have damaged the NBN brand.
Malcolm Turnbull may be happy with his NBN connection, but many Australians aren't. And with an increasing number of alternatives on offer, the NBN could become a white elephant in Australian cities.
Telecommunications wires stretch along a rural Kansas road.
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Many people in rural America don't have access to fast, affordable internet access. How might those communities connect to the global exchange of goods, services and ideas?
Telstra will compensate more than 42000 customers for slow NBN speeds.
Australia's problems with the national broadband network run deeper than what can be solved through an investigation or more monitoring. Maybe we were just too optimistic.
Is it time for Congress to act?
As the issue of an open and free internet again comes up for public debate, Congress could participate – and help regulators devise a workable set of policies.
FirstNet could relieve emergency workers of having to carry multiple radios and other communications devices.
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A multibillion-dollar effort is just beginning to build an all-new nationwide wireless broadband network for emergency responders. How will it work, why do we need it and how will it last 25 years?
Is America’s digital economy facing a stormy future?
The digital economy in the US is already on the verge of stalling; failing to protect an open internet would further erode the United States’ digital competitiveness.
Some Americans have fast internet, but many still lag behind – especially in rural areas.
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The Trump administration's proposed budget suggests it will continue to spend federal dollars on expanding broadband internet access. But the rules governing internet traffic matter too.
The national broadband network promised by the incoming Rudd government was politicised from the start.
The highly politicised nature of the NBN has led to a lack of transparency that makes it even harder to fix the mess that has been made of this vital national infrastructure.
Which links are most important in road and information networks?
When planning major infrastructure investments, it's important to know which road, freight and information networks are most important – and which proposals might make things worse, not better.
Qantas is currently trialling its new satellite broadband inflight service.
Customers on land and in the sky are placing increasing demands on Skymuster satellites for broadband Wi-Fi delivery - can NBC Co deliver?
There’s still a lot of the U.S. waiting to be wired up.
President Trump has touted infrastructure investment as a way to boost the U.S. economy. At the moment, he's missing a key opportunity – expanding broadband internet service.
How to get the best result from a £1.1 billion bet on football.
The National Broadband Network comes to Hobart.
The NBN could offer faster broadband to more people if it could widen its planned Fibre to the Curb rollout.
How many people are trying to connect America’s cities?
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World-class fiber-based internet service is available in less than a quarter of Los Angeles County. By contrast, it's almost ubiquitous in Stockholm and Paris.
Using the internet is what matters.
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Giving rural residents the option of using broadband access isn't enough to boost their community involvement. To really improve civic engagement, rural dwellers need to use the internet.
Which NBN plan should you use to connect to the internet?
As more people gain access to the National Broadband Network, so more plans are on offer. Here's how to pick the best plan for your needs.
Bailey Brooks, who lives on her family’s station 400km south of Alice Springs, won nbn Co’s national drawing competition with an illustration of the SkyMuster satellite. But is the satellite enough for her family?
A new coalition of bodies representing regional Australia is calling on the government to help guarantee better access to the internet and the networked economy.
The FCC has the power to save us from slow, expensive internet service.
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The Federal Communications Commission has broad power to support fast, affordable internet service reaching every home in the U.S. What are its limits – and its possibilities?