June 30, 2016
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Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton wants every home in the United States to have access to high-speed internet, and she has a comprehensive plan for how to make that happen. Here’s more from IT News:
Currently 30 percent of American households do not have a broadband connection, particulary amongst low income homes.
Clinton has pledged to continue the broadband rollout, aiming to achieve speeds “sufficient to meet families’ needs”. She said a Clinton government would consider a full range of technologies to complete the program, including fibre, fixed wireless and satellite.
A statement issued by her campaign said Clinton strongly supports the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules requiring broadband providers to treat all data equally, rather than giving or selling access to a so-called web fast lane.
She will increase research and development budgets of the National Science Foundation and similar entities and will launch an initiative to train up to 50,000 computer science teachers, the statement said.
“Hillary believes the government has an important role to play in laying a foundation for broad-based innovation and economic growth – by reducing regulatory barriers to entry, promoting healthy competition, and keeping the internet free and open,” it said.
While there are plenty of benefits to this plan, a cynical look at it could reveal that Clinton is proposing this and other parts of her tech agenda in order to engender support from the tech sector in Silicon Valley. As yet she has only received a total of $2.7 million from Silicon Valley, as opposed to the more than $13 million Obama received in his re-election campaign in 2012.
June 29, 2016
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NBC and its related networks have covered the Olympics for years, with the major constant complaint about the networks’ coverage being that it doesn’t show enough in the way of live sports. NBC has responded to this complaint by saying that this Summer Games will feature the most live coverage of any Olympics that has ever happened, with 6,755 hours over many channels, most of them on cable TV. Here’s how it breaks down:
- NBC – Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Beach Volleyball, Diving, Gymnastics, Swimming, Track & Field, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball Gold Medal Games
- NBCSN – Team USA Soccer, Team USA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games, Track & Field, Archery, Boxing, Cycling, Fencing, Field Hockey, Judo, Open Water Swimming, Rugby, Shooting, Soccer, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling
- Bravo – Tennis
- CNBC – Basketball, Volleyball, Archery, Beach Volleyball, Cycling, Rugby, Water Polo, Wrestling
- Golf Channel – Golf
- MSNBC – Men’s Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball, Water Polo
- USA Network – Women’s Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Cycling, Men’s Basketball, Rowing, Synchronized Swimming, Volleyball, Water Polo
- NBC Universo/Telemundo – Mexican National Team Soccer and Various Sports with Spanish Language Coverage
- Specialized Channels – There will be specialized channels for basketball and soccer
Enjoy the games, and thanks to Awful Announcing for the information.
June 22, 2016
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The state of Alaska seeks to bring high speed internet service to all of its rural communities, allowing far-flung areas to remain in contact and up to speed with the rest of the state and the rest of the United States as well. Now, ten new communities in the Northwest Arctic Borough and the Norton Sound areas will have high speed internet by the end of the year from GCI.
More from ADN.com:
The broadband service — GCI’s Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska or TERRA network – provides high-speed data streaming that the company says will allow high-quality video conferencing in schools and health care settings.
The technology for the project is being developed through Ericsson, a technology and communications company that has worked with GCI for 10 years.
Under the latest expansion, Buckland, Kiana, Noorvik, Selawik, Koyuk, Elim, Golovin, White Mountain, Stebbins and St. Michael will have access to high-speed telecommunications through TERRA by the year’s end, GCI said.
They join 72 other rural communities from Akiachak to Unalakleet that already receive the service, according to GCI.
Check back often to the TV, Internet and Phone Blog as we cover rural expansion for high speed internet in the USA.
June 16, 2016
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The Copa America soccer tournament has been a ratings hit for Fox Sports 1, with the match between the United States and Paraguay last Saturday setting a high water mark for soccer ratings on the channel. The quarterfinals are upcoming, with eight teams remaining, games starting today. Here is the schedule and TV listings (all times Eastern) for the Copa America Quarterfinal matches, via CBS Sports:
||Thu., June 16
||Fri., June 17
||Sat., June 18
||Sat., June 18
FS1 airs on channel 219 on DIRECTV; FX is channel 248. Enjoy the games.
June 8, 2016
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Eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian Region in general have suffered major setbacks with the decline of the coal industry, leaving many jobless. A new initiative, Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) wants to bring high speed internet infrastructure to Eastern Kentucky in order to make the area more attractive for startup companies and other technological ventures, creating a “Silicon Holler”.
More from the Washington Times:
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says 34 percent of houses in rural Kentucky can’t access internet service without the minimum federal broadband standard download speed of 25 megabytes per second. Leaders hope to change that by bringing cable and high-speed network poles to the region.
Officials further hope high-speed internet can help supplant lost coal jobs. The group Bit Source employs former coal miners and teaches them to code.
Coal production in the area is at its lowest point since the Great Depression, so changes do need to be made. Will high speed internet access be a quick cure-all? Probably not. But it couldn’t hurt.
June 2, 2016
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Charter Communications is now the second-largest cable TV provider in the United States, serving areas in 26 states. The recent upgrade to Charter’s services, Charter Spectrum, has improved Charter TV, Charter Internet, and Charter Voice in a number of ways. In addition to adding more high-definition channels and On Demand options for the largest HD lineup from any cable TV provider at all price points, Charter Spectrum TV now allows customers to get free DVR services for up to 4 televisions in their homes.
Charter Spectrum DVR allows TV watchers to automatically record single shows, set series recordings so they’ll never miss an episode of their favorites, stop, pause and rewind live TV. Charter Spectrum DVR allows you to store your favorite recorded movies forever to watch over and over again, skip commercials on broadcast shows you record, and a lot more that makes TV watching more convenient than ever before.
Charter Spectrum DVR, free as an addition, is available with Charter Gold TV (featuring the most HD channels overall, including all the available premium channels), Charter Select TV (the basic package featuring basic cable channels at an affordable low price) and Charter Spectrum Silver TV, which splits the difference between Select and Gold.
June 1, 2016
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After a long regular season and some hard fought playoff rounds, the NBA Finals matchup is finally set, with the favorites in both conferences reaching the finals for a rematch of last year’s matchup, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. While much of the playoffs was aired on cable TV, the Finals will be on ABC (in conjunction with ESPN, as both are owned by Disney), with the Warriors and their record-setting regular season owning the home court advantage.
Here’s the schedule, via ESPN.com:
- Game 1 – Thursday, Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. on ABC
- Game 2 – Sunday, Cavaliers at Warriors, 8 p.m. on ABC
- Game 3 – June 8, Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. on ABC
- Game 4 – June 10, Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. on ABC
- Game 5* – June 13, Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. on ABC
- Game 6* – June 16, Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. on ABC
- Game 7* – June 19, Cavaliers at Warriors, 8 p.m. on ABC
Though they set records in the regular season, the Warriors had some trouble with the Oklahoma City Thunder in their Western Conference Finals matchup, having to come back from being down three games to one in order to keep their hopes for repeating the title alive. The Cavaliers had a much easier road to the finals, losing only two games in the first three rounds. Unlike last year, the Warriors will have to deal with a Cleveland team that’s at full strength and firing on all cylinders. It should be a hard fought series. Enjoy the games.