• The top underreported tech stories of 2008

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 12:56 pm

    There's a huge amount of noise out there, and it often obscures the quiet little stories that could help IT work more efficiently and more profitably. Here are seven important IT stories that you might have missed in 2008.
  • Cable repairs set back by second undersea break

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 10:22 am

    Efforts to restore normal communications between Europe and Asia have suffered a setback after an important undersea cable broke for a second time, this time at a much greater depth.
  • 12 ways porn has changed the Web (for good and evil)

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 3:28 pm

    The adult entertainment industry has helped shape the Internet as we know it today, even if it has also been at the forefront of a number of less savory innovations. Let's take a look at a not-entirely-dirty dozen.
  • Best practice: Choosing a satellite Internet service provider

    Posted December 18, 2008 - 1:52 pm

    A reliable Internet connection is a must-have for business continuity for small businesses. This offers dos and don'ts from one company on how to select the right plan. One thing not to be overlooked - getting your own IP address.
  • Verizon aims for LTE deployment in 2009

    Posted December 10, 2008 - 5:35 pm

    Verizon Wireless expects to begin deploying next-generation LTE wireless broadband within a year, a top executive of the carrier said Tuesday.
  • Waiting and waiting and waiting for Fios

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 2:56 pm

    With the U.S. economy in a recession, and low broadband sign-ups during the past two quarters, you'd think broadband providers would be eager for new customers. In my case, it seems like not so much.
  • Obama: Broadband, computers part of stimulus package

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 12:08 pm

    President-elect Obama includes broadband and computers for schools in a massive economic recovery package.
  • Live BBC streaming hits broadband usage caps

    Posted November 28, 2008 - 12:10 pm

    Home broadband customers planning to watch the BBC's new online streaming service have been warned they may exceed their ISPs' download limits.
  • U.S. needs more broadband competition, expert says

    Posted November 21, 2008 - 3:03 pm

    The U.S. broadband market may see lower prices and faster speeds with more competition, one expert says.
  • Top 10: Obama wins, e-voting questions, WPA crack

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 5:34 pm

    Senator Barack Obama was elected the first African-American president of the U.S. While Obama huddled with advisers to talk about the economy and other policy issues, we began to focus on what his election is likely to mean for IT. And the aftermath of Election Day also brought questions about what it will take to further reduce electronic-voting problems that cropped up yet again. There also was plenty of IT news unrelated to the election, including word that researchers have developed a way to partially crack the WPA encryption standard used on many wireless networks.
  • My tech-related wishes for the Obama administration

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 2:51 pm

    The new national administration in January will have the opportunity to set the direction on many fronts. Here are the top 10 technology-related areas where I think a new direction is needed.
  • Dell to offer 'white space' connectivity in laptops

    Posted November 5, 2008 - 10:24 pm

    Dell will add a new wireless option to future laptops by installing radio chips that provide connectivity over the unused television spectrum known as white spaces.
  • Four Reasons Why You Should Care About White Space

    Posted November 5, 2008 - 4:36 pm

    When the television broadcast spectrum turns digital in February, a massive amount of unused "white space" will open up, making way for a multitude of new opportunities for consumers and manufacturers.
  • US FCC approves rules allowing white-space devices

    Posted November 4, 2008 - 9:36 pm

    The FCC approves rules that would allow the operation of white-spaces devices in unused TV spectrum.
  • Are taxpayer-funded networks a good idea?

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 8:01 pm

    Every now and then another municipality tries to put up its own ISP infrastructure. The latest to try -- Palo Alto, Calif. -- may fare as poorly as most previous U.S. cities and towns have, but if it manages to succeed, its approach could be a prototype for bringing high-speed Internet service to communities.
  • Cox to build its own cellular network

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 4:31 pm

    Cox Communications is building its own cellular network to eventually offer mobile voice, data and entertainment in all markets it serves across the U.S., the cable operator said Monday.
  • Where the candidates stand on tech issues

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 3:52 pm

    Here's a look at the candidates' stances on five issues of interest to the nation's IT leaders: telecommunications, national security, privacy, IT jobs and innovation.
  • Mega-church steps up criticism of white spaces plan

    Posted October 7, 2008 - 4:36 pm

    Joel Osteen, senior pastor of the huge Lakewood Church in Texas, has asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to reject a request by several tech companies to allow proposed wireless broadband devices to operate on spectrum now occupied by wireless microphones and television stations.
  • FCC offers new proposals to auction public-safety spectrum

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 5:08 pm

    The FCC has proposed new rules for auctioning a block of spectrum intended for police and fire departments -- with many of the rules similar to the first failed attempt at selling the spectrum.
  • Commission calls for broadband access for all Europeans

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 9:40 am

    Broadband access to the internet should be a universal service for all European Union citizens, the European Commission said Thursday as it launched a debate on the issue with policy makers, industry and the public.
  • Google's Page: White spaces test was unfair

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 5:04 pm

    Google cofounder Larry Page blasted as unfair recent interference tests of prototype devices that would deliver wireless broadband on unused television spectrum.
  • Iridium merger could enable satellite broadband

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 9:02 am

    Satellite-based mobile operator Iridium Holdings took a step toward building a new, faster network on Tuesday by agreeing to merge with an investment company.
  • Groups call for US national broadband policy

    Posted September 16, 2008 - 4:54 pm

    The U.S. Congress must set goals for broadband rollout and speed, and increase financial incentives for broadband providers to expand and improve their networks, witnesses at a U.S. Senate hearing said Tuesday.
  • BSA: US IT industry is losing its edge

    Posted September 16, 2008 - 11:32 am

    The U.S. has the world's best environment for a competitive IT industry, but other countries, including Taiwan, Sweden and Denmark are quickly catching up, according to a new study sponsored by the U.S.-based Business Software Alliance (BSA).
  • Group calls for broadband policy debate cease-fire

    Posted September 9, 2008 - 4:51 pm

    People concerned about broadband adoption and policy in the U.S. need to back off from a largely partisan and bitter debate and instead focus on the country's needs, a tech-focused think tank said.
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