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Starbucks Partners With Google to Offer Faster Wifi

If you love Starbucks, but hate how slow their Wi-Fi can be, then you’ll be pleased to hear this: According to an announcement earlier this month, Starbucks will be partnering with Google to increase the connection speed in over 7,000 of their US cafes. The project is scheduled to take about a year and a [...] Read more »

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FCC to Significantly Improve Wi-Fi Connections with New Spectrum Expansion

Even if your home has a powerful Internet connection, you’ve likely experienced some occasinal Wi-Fi clogs if you share your broadband. A few tablets, smart phones and computers can prevent you from achieving consistently fast Internet speeds, but according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), that’s about to change. At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, [...] Read more »

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Google Introduces the Largest Free Wi-Fi Network in NYC

Google’s high-speed Internet services gained a lot of attention in 2012 thanks new Fiber networks in Kansas City, Missouri. However, the company hasn’t forgotten about its hometown. In 2013, the company will expand its role as an ISP, starting with a new Wi-Fi network surrounding Google’s headquarters in New York City. The network is the [...] Read more »

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Google Fiber Gives Start Up Businesses New Resources in Midwest Markets

Google’s Fiber program is certainly ambitious. The program seeks to drastically increase high-speed Internet access across the United States, giving homes and small businesses unprecedented access. Google Fiber is about 100 times faster than standard broadband connection technologies and is available in a number of Midwestern markets. The company’s ventures in Kansas City, Missouri had [...] Read more »

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Comcast’s Low-Income “Internet Essentials” Service Fails to Attract Subscribers

Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, a low-cost Internet subscription option available to low-income households, failed to get far off the ground over the last year. The company claims that many low-income households fundamentally misunderstand the nature of the Internet and refused to take advantage of the service, which offers high-speed Internet access for only $9.95 per [...] Read more »

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Understanding the Wires that Carry the Internet

Andrew Blum believes that wired people should know something about the wires that run their lives. Most of us use the Internet every day, and we interact with some people electronically more than we interact with them in real life. Despite the undeniably enormous role that the Internet has played in human communication over the [...] Read more »

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Cable Companies to Install 50,000 New Wi-Fi Hot Spots

Cable giants Comcast, Cablevision Systems, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have announced plans to double the current number of free Wi-Fi hotspots available to the companies’ broadband Internet subscribers. In May, the four providers began sharing their combined 50,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces. “We really look at [the public Wi-Fi hotspots] as [...] Read more »