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OneWeb exits bankruptcy and is ready to launch more broadband satellites

OneWeb plans satellite launches in December and throughout 2021 and 2022. JON BRODKIN – 11/23/2020, 3:56 PM OneWeb has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy under new ownership and says it will begin launching more broadband satellites next month. Similar to SpaceX Starlink, OneWeb is building a network of low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites that can provide high-speed broadband with […]

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A brief experiment in a more open Chinese Web

November 12, 2020 David Bandurski No history of China and the internet would be complete without reference to what in retrospect must be one of history’s poorest metaphors. In March 2000, President Bill Clinton famously noted that “the internet has changed America” and that it would likely do the same to China regardless of the “Great Firewall” it […]

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Trudeau promises to connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed internet by 2026

Announcement comes as Canadians spend more time online due to the pandemic CBC News · Posted: Nov 09, 2020 8:05 AM ET | Last Updated: November 9 1720 comments After some pandemic-related delays, the Liberal government says it’s now on track to connect 98 per cent of Canadians to high-speed internet by 2026. The announcement comes as more […]

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Now That More Americans Can Work From Anywhere, Many Are Planning To Move Away

October 30, 20206:05 PM ET ADEDAYO AKALATwitter As many as 23 million Americans are planning to relocate as telework becomes the new normal, according to a new survey.Ken Wramton/Getty Images As coronavirus cases continue to spike and working from home seems permanent, many Americans are planning to set off to live in new places. An astonishing 14 […]

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Partnering to combat the digital divide with a searchable, interactive Wi-Fi map

American Connection Project organizations launch an interactive tool for users to locate more than 2,300 free Wi-Fi locations in 49 states ARDEN HILLS, MINN. (October 20, 2020) – Several partner organizations today announced the launch of the American Connection Project (ACP) interactive Wi-Fi map. The map provides a free resource to help the public locate more than […]

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New $2M US Ignite project seeks ideas to fix digital divide

Written by Ryan JohnstonOCT 5, 2020 | STATESCOOP The National Science Foundation will fund an initiative to develop five proof-of-concept internet connectivity projects over the next year, informing federal researchers on how to approach the construction of a national broadband strategy. The initiative, called Project OVERCOME, or cOnnectiVity for undERserved COMmunitiEs, was announced on Monday by US […]

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Online Learning Guidelines Issued to Help Protect Student Privacy and Reduce Data Breaches in Schools

September 16, 2020 | 3:20 PM GMT+0800 Last Edit: September 17, 2020 Before webcam-supported online discussions are recorded, schools must consider getting the consent of the parent or legal guardian of students below 18 years old, according to guidelines that a group of public and private universities and colleges across the country has issued. The presence […]

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The FCC Says It Is All About Closing the Digital Divide. How Is It Doing?

 You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. Round-Up for the Week of September 21-25 The Federal Communications Commission’s top priority is closing the digital divide. In its latest inquiry into […]

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A novel proposal to help millions of kids struggling with online school

By Valerie StraussReporterSeptember 23, 2020 at 1:13 p.m. EDT Millions of students across the country are once again going to school from home, as they did last spring when the novel coronavirus arrived in the United States. Experiences with online learning this year have sparked concerns that many students are falling behind academically — not only because virtual […]

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Why Puerto Rico is still struggling to get online

Kyle Daly Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios Internet connectivity remains a weak link for the disaster-wracked U.S. territory Puerto Rico, and some experts fear a new tranche of Federal Communications Commission subsidies set aside just for the island might not help the people most in need of a broadband connection. Why it matters: Puerto Rico is locked out […]