On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoked all of the designations of Lifeline Broadband Providers and ordered the retraction of multiple reports, including the “E-rate Modernization Progress Report” and “Improving the Nation’s Digital Infrastructure.”
The American Library Association (ALA) is dismayed by these actions to reduce digital opportunity and revise the public record. ALA President Julie Todaro released the following statement.
“The American Library Association (ALA) strenuously objects to recent actions by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). First, the ALA is alarmed by the sudden revocation of the nine Lifeline Broadband Provider designations. Reducing options for Lifeline broadband services is a step back in efforts to close the homework gap and digital divide, and is at odds with Chairman Pai’s stated desire to advance digital empowerment. The 2016 Lifeline modernization order represented a critical milestone in our national commitment to connect low-income Americans to the broadband that powers educational and economic opportunity. ALA and our nation’s 120,000 libraries are committed to advancing digital opportunity for all, and we urge the FCC to increase the number of broadband options available for Lifeline customers.
—  Julie Todaro, Alarming new FCC moves

The Partial Solar Eclipse of March 20th 2015 by Josh Dury
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I’m Louis, She’s Eleanor

I trust you can tell which is which in our photo, :P

We’re newly weds, starting out, just got married in January 2015. We met at our jobs in the Comcast customer service department. That’s right, everybody in America hates us, but we love each other.

As billing reps, we know your pain when it comes to Internet service. Hey, we don’t cause it, we just try to help sort it out and fix it.

Working for Comcast? Well, it has it’s ups and downs. Most people don’t have much of choice beyond the cable company for getting high speed Internet. If you are having a touch time learning your options, you can always check for all local Internet providers by zip code at sites like the Broadband Map or ones we found on this other Tumblr page.

Of course, most of you will still go with cable Internet, since it’s the fastest, but hey, America companies don’t really like competition, now do they?

We’re starting this blog because we want to quit our jobs! We’re starting up a new site about finding broadband Internet providers, reviewing them, and just comparing them against each other and ISPs in other countries. We both know a lot about the inner workings of Internet service providers, so we’ll try to help you understand how to really pick a good one, or at least deal with the bad ones, if you don’t really have a choice, :)

anonymous asked:

So the other day you posted the Honest Trailer for "Love Actually" (ironically the same day as i'd shown it to my dad, who is also a big fan of that movie) and i had a bit of a fangirl moment where i thought "OMG one of my favourite authors watches the same videos as me" (sorry this isn't technically a question D:)

:) I get around.

Seriously: I spend a lot of time online, in a lot of the usual places and a lot of unusual ones. It may be a good thing that our broadband is so terrible, otherwise who knows when I’d get anything done….

Obama Support for Municipal Broadband is Huge Step Forward for Open Internet

Washington D.C. (January 14, 2014) – President Obama today travels to Iowa to announce his support for municipal broadband Internet. Obama will urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to strike down state laws that currently ban local and city governments from investing in broadband deployment. The President will make the announcement in Cedar Falls, a city of 40,000, where – thanks to municipal investment in broadband – businesses and residents benefit from Internet speeds that are among the fastest in the country.

Demand Progress welcomes the President’s announcement and vows to support his proposal.

“When it comes to Internet access many people do not have competitive choices. In most cities, there are only one or maybe two companies that offer broadband services. In many rural communities, there is simply no option, and as of 2013 30% of American adults had no high-speed Internet access at home. When corporations refuse to invest in the Internet, people deserve a public option.” said David Segal, Executive Director of Demand Progress. “If communities are able to invest in their infrastructure there’s fast service, lower prices, and everyone wins.”

Many communities recognize the inherent benefit of high speed access – both to people and to businesses – and would like to invest in building the infrastructure necessary. Yet in 19 states, major corporations like Comcast and Verizon have successfully lobbied state governments to make local broadband development illegal.

“Internet Service Providers lie by claiming that Net Neutrality would slow broadband investment, but cities like Cedar Falls show the truth. The biggest impediment to broadband buildout is the ISPs themselves: They use their massive political power to simply ban cities and local communities from extending fast access at low prices.” added Segal.

“The President’s proposal is good for American communities and their economic vitality. Outside the board of directors at the big ISPs, and the politicians they’ve convinced to do their bidding, no one votes against Internet access.”