Thursday, January 21
GigaOm highlights a new report from research firm Informa that finds fixed-line broadband subscribers will reach 500 million worldwide within the next four years, with developing countries leading the charge.
Wednesday, January 20
A new study from the Phoenix Center finds that broadband users are 50% less likely to give up searching for a job. The Hill examines why this is important:
Discouragement has been cited by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as a reason for an expected increase in the jobless rate this year. As of December, a large number of workers have quit looking for work because they think no jobs are available.
“Our study also shows the enormous potential benefit of community broadband centers for those who are not connected at home,” said Lawrence Spiwak, president of the Phoenix Center. “While broadband use at home delivers significant benefits, shared facilities can be a valuable solution to connectivity gaps in unserved and underserved communities.”
Online video giant YouTube wants to get in the business of streaming live sporting events, and they’re starting with Cricket. Specifically, the Indian Premier League.
On a (loosely) related note, here’s a list of Cricket terms courtesy of Wikipedia.
The White House has released an official iPhone app, offering news and even live video streaming of events such as the State of the Union address on January 27th.
Good news to travelers who find themselves trapped in Boston. Six years after installing Wi-Fi throughout Logan Airport, the Massachusetts Port Authority has recouped its initial investment and will now offer free access to passengers.
Faced with falling ad and circulation revenues, the New York Times has announced it will start charging a fee to read the paper online. Reports, fittingly, the New York Times:
Starting in early 2011, visitors to NYTimes.com will get a certain number of articles free every month before being asked to pay a flat fee for unlimited access. Subscribers to the newspaper’s print edition will receive full access to the site.
But executives of The New York Times Company said they could not yet answer fundamental questions about the plan, like how much it would cost or what the limit would be on free reading. They stressed that the amount of free access could change with time, in response to economic conditions and reader demand.
Tuesday, January 19
Via the UK Independent comes the story of a weather delay, a frustrated traveler, and a misguided Twitter post that led to an arrest and a lifelong ban from an airport.
As the NTIA and RUS continue to sift through a mountain of broadband grant applications, they’re seeking to simplify the rules for applying in the future. Reports Wireless Week:
According to a statement by RUS Administrator Jonathan Adelstein, the application process has been streamlined to “make the process easier for applicants and target our resources toward ‘last-mile’ broadband connections to homes and businesses.” Both the NTIA and RUS received widespread complaints about the application process after the first round of funding when businesses became frustrated with a lack of transparency and the complexity and length of the application.
At the Huffington Post, Navarrow Wright, President of Maximum Leverage Solutions, has a must-read post breaking down the negative effects net neutrality could very well have on minorities and the urban poor:
The FCC is playing a dangerous game here, and the people who have the most to lose are already the socially and economically disenfranchised members of our national community - low-income, rural, urban, non-English speaking, tribal, minority, underserved and underserved populations. Neither the Commission nor the American people can rightly afford to preoccupy themselves with corporate interests over the greater priority interests of people. As responsible citizens, we have an obligation to speak out for and protect the interests of those who are not already digitally connected. I applaud the minority elected officials, the civil rights leaders and the consumer groups who are making their voices heard. I encourage the FCC to listen to the people.
Monday, January 18
More than one-fourth of 150 internships posted on UrbanInterns.com, a site that connects small businesses with part-time workers, are labeled virtual, where the work typically involves researching, sales, marketing and social-media development.
Jonnelle Marte, “An Internship From Your Couch,” Wall Street Journal. September 29, 2009.
More facts about broadband.