Is your broadband internet service always up to speed when you need it?
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Ensuring that billions of dollars of federal funding for broadband service are well spent – and that consumers get what they pay for – comes down to knowing the actual speeds internet users experience.
The sun is setting on 3G networks.
As the wireless telecommunications companies ramp up their 5G rollouts, they are beginning to pull the plug on their 3G networks. 2022 is the end of the line for the venerable cellphone service.
The FAA raised concerns that new, full-speed 5G cellphone services near airports could interfere with aircraft operations.
Airplanes use radio waves to determine how far off the ground they are. New 5G cellphone services come close to the same frequencies the airplanes use. Here’s how that can be a problem.
Telehealth gives patients at home access to doctors miles away, a huge benefit when resources are limited and travel is dangerous.
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The use and support for telehealth has never been higher in the US. Hospitals and patients are flocking to adopt the technology but regulatory roadblocks remain.
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.
There are different rules for ads on TV versus online.
This election season, the public is closely watching how social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are handling political ads.
Chris Wallace interviewed White House adviser Stephen Miller about the impeachment investigation.
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Why do TV news shows book interviews with people who lie or obfuscate? Dogged interviewer Mike Wallace was an example of how to do it right. But on live TV, it’s almost impossible to do what he did.
Optical fibres carry data from the web, these cables were previously neutral containers – but not anymore.
Until last December, Internet service providers were required to respect the principle of web neutrality. This is no longer the case in the United States. What are the consequences?
No problem, I can talk….
Phones’ functions go far beyond making calls these days. Here’s the basics on why you can use some features and not others – and why planes may someday soon be filled with passengers yakking on phones.
Sinclair Broadcast Group is under fire, following the spread of a video showing anchors at its stations reading a script criticizing ‘fake’ news stories.
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It’s worth looking at how local news stations have traditionally operated.
If access to information online becomes more difficult, then it will be the communities on the fringes that lose out.
Many are calling for government to step in to stop bots and the spread of fake news on sites like Facebook and Twitter. A media expert explains why this is a slippery slope.
Are we really headed for a two-speed internet?
There are other more pressing problems when it comes to internet regulation.
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.
Not so private any more.
The Trump administration has decided to challenge the rules of protection of personal data imposed by the previous administration on ISPs.
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As the Trump administration settles into office, regulators and lawmakers have big plans for shifting the country’s media landscape, with potentially profound effects on the public.
The US is set to rollback the rules that keep internet companies on a level playing-field. It could make services slower and more expensive.