Comcast to Begin Offering Broadband Internet to Low-Income Families

Cable and Internet provider Comcast is launching a new program that will provide discounted Internet service and computers to low-income families. The program, called Internet Essentials®, will provide “low cost access to the Internet and affordable computers as well as digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program,” according to Comcast’s blog.

Internet service provided through the program will feature download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps. The plan will cost $9.95 per month, plus tax. Families who want to get the plan must live in an area where Comcast is already available, have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program, must have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service in the last 90 days, and do not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.

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Global Internet Traffic Expected to Quadruple by 2015

Global Internet Traffic increase

According to data provided by Cisco, global Internet traffic is expected to quadruple between 2010 and 2015. By that time, nearly 3 billion people will be using the Internet – more than 40% of the world’s projected population. For each person on earth, there will be more than two Internet connections available – this is because of the proclivity for people to own and use web-enabled mobile devices.

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UN Report: Access to the Internet is a Human Right

While most people probably think of the Internet as a luxury or privilege, the UN has declared it a human right that should be protected by governments around the world.

“The unique and transformative nature of the Internet not only enables individuals to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression, but also a range of other human rights, and to promote the progress of society as a whole,” reads a report titled “Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression” by Special rapporteur Frank La Rue

“Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states.”

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Robots To Get Their Own Internet


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Should Robots have their own internet?  Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich seem to think so. They are busy working on RoboEarth, a repository for files, information, and instructions for things robots have learned that can be shared independently.

RoboEarth researcher, Dr. Markus Waibel says that a lack of standardization keeps robots isolated and ineffective at helping humans day to day.

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