#GigCity is still an open market
#GigCity is still an open market

Despite claims and threats of Big Telcom providing internet service as a public utility does not reduce competition and #GigCity is still an open market. Sure, Chattanooga, TN., provides internet service – speed as much as 10 gigabytes-per-second, if you’re willing to pay for it – as a public utility through its city-owned electric utility […]

Public utility as a communications system
Public utility as a communications system

Sure: water & sewer, electricity, telephone service: but in the 21st Century some communities think of a public utility as a communications system. It’s certainly that way in Chattanooga, Tennessee where the city-owned public utility for electric power also supplies a 600-square-mile area with cable television, landline phone and, mostly importantly, a full 10-gigabytes of […]

Internet as a public utility – #GigCity
Internet as a public utility – #GigCity

Internet as a public utility – #GigCity You may know the city better as it’s identified on maps: Chattanooga, Tennessee. And Chattanooga is known for many things: a rich and storied history, a pivotal turning point in the U.S. Civil War, the launching point for the shameful Trail of Tears ethnic cleansing of Cherokee people, […]

Despite threats, people crave digital connection
Despite threats, people crave digital connection

Despite threats, people crave digital connection. At least that’s the clear suggestion emerging from a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand, connecting more and more devices to the interconnected digital world, the threat of hacks and potential for real damage also expands but those […]

Age of computing power & human potential
Age of computing power & human potential

If you didn’t know it by now, we have fully entered the age of computing power & human potential combining to drive the world’s civilizations. At least that’s one of the major messages to be drawn from the always highly-anticipated annual summation of internet trends delivered by acclaimed analyst Mary Meeker. Prior to the 18th […]

We ain’t doin’ so great
We ain’t doin’ so great

Thought I was feelin’ just fine; happy, diggin’ the summer and the digital spaces but, apparently, we ain’t doin’ so great according to academic studies. It’s weird, I know. I coulda sworn life was pretty darn good. The weather is terrific. I’m in love. I’m healthy and keepin’ busy with lots of projects, staying in […]

Facebook is expanding Fundraisers
Facebook is expanding Fundraisers

Facebook is expanding Fundraisers beyond nonprofit organizations to a wide range of causes, community groups and endeavors, individuals. Through a Fundraiser on the social media behemoth, individual residents of Facebookistan can ask friends to donate to specific events, causes, community events, community sports teams, medical expenses and students can ask for help with tuition and […]

Show support for Net Neutrality
Show support for Net Neutrality

The time has arrived for Americans to show support for Net Neutrality. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ¬†formally opened May 23rd the public comment period on its plan to eliminate a fair and open internet by eliminating Net Neutrality. The all-important communications regulatory panel published its 75-page draft proposal, tentatively adopted May 18, which […]

Twitter is getting more all into you
Twitter is getting more all into you

Like most – nearly all – online companies and social media networks Twitter is getting more all into you with its updated privacy policy. Everyone’s favorite micro-blog announced two days ago it will start keeping more data about you and keep it longer in an effort to sell more advertising and try to salvage its […]

Americans support Net Neutrality
Americans support Net Neutrality

Americans support Net Neutrality by a wide margin – 61 percent – and this coming from a poll pushed by major companies seeking to control the internet. The joke, as it turned out, is pretty much on the major telecommunications companies who pushed the poll and geared questions and results hoping to show Americans do […]