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FCC to propose $1.7 billion plan to subsidize internet access

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to propose a $1.7 billion plan to offer subsidized broadband internet access to low-income families.<p>The New York Times reports that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will outline the plan today. It involves making changes to Lifeline, a 30-year-old …

Internet

Why This Government Official Wants to Give Smart Phones to Poor People

The Federal Communications Commission, concerned about the high cost of broadband, wants to put cell phones that can access the Internet in the hands …

Almost half the world's population will have internet access by the end of 2015

Internet penetration will cover 44% of the world population by the end of 2015, according to a UN report based on present data and trends.<p>The …

Net Neutrality

The digital divide goes mobile: Teens without smartphones are falling behind

In this digital age, we have assumed that smartphones and apps are the new normal for youth.<p>A recently released Pew Research Center report on teens and technology further corroborates this belief by showing that 88% of US teens have access to a mobile phone. Of these, 73% have smartphones and 15% …

Demographics

The many dimensions of Africa's digital divide

With the African Internet Summit under way, the continent still awaits a revolution that could be critical for providing economic opportunities<p>Internet access is essential to unlocking Africa’s future and opening up the economic and social opportunities that this global network of networks can …

What the Internet of Everything will do for Africa

As Africa’s leaders gather for the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, one of the most important discussions will be about the impact of …