Google Signs Deal with Portland Officials to Bring Fiber Internet Service to the City

Google FIber

Some Portland residents will have another alternative for Internet service soon, as this week the Portland City Council has approved a franchise agreement with Google to bring its fiber service into the Northwest locale. Google will apparently offer free Internet service to Portland residents for a one-time $300 fee, a trade-off for the city dropping a three-percent fee levied on rival provider Comcast. Continue reading

Google to Spend Over $1 Billion on Satellites to Increase Internet Access Around the World

Google plans to spend $1 billion on a fleet of satellites to extend Internet access to unwired regions of the world. (Associated Press)

Google plans to spend $1 billion on a fleet of satellites to extend Internet access to unwired regions of the world. (Associated Press)

Google plans to spend more than $1 billion on a fleet of satellites to extend Internet access to unwired regions of the globe, people familiar with the project said, hoping to overcome financial and technical problems that thwarted previous efforts. Continue reading

FCC Chairman says he has Revised his Approach to Net Neutrality Rules

Eleven Senators told Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, that rules allowing companies to pay an Internet service provider for express-lane access to consumers would violate the principle of an open Internet. (Karen Bleier/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

Eleven Senators told Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, that rules allowing companies to pay an Internet service provider for express-lane access to consumers would violate the principle of an open Internet. (Karen Bleier/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

After his proposal to allow Internet companies to charge Web companies for speedier delivery of their content was met with widespread criticism, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is trying to make the case that it is possible to have Internet fast lanes without slow lanes. He first did so in a letter to tech companies on Friday, and the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that he has also revised his approach to net-neutrality rules. Continue reading

Cyber Authorship: Inspired Writing for the Internet Age

Cyber Authorship  Inspired Writing for the Internet Age

In February of 2012, a North Carolina father took a handgun and leveled nine shots into his teen daughter’s laptop, recording the whole event in a YouTube video that went viral on the Internet. The crime? His daughter had posted disrespectful comments (complete with profanity) about her parents and the chores she was being forced to do around the house. This incident has ignited a firestorm of controversy about the situation, but the father, an IT professional, made the point that he intended: Anything that you post on the Internet can have a far greater impact than you realize. Continue reading