#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Doubling down on fake news
Doubling down on fake news

Some of the internet’s biggest players are doubling down on fake news, making adjustments & finding ways to promote facts over fiction in current events. Three major efforts began rolling out this week – by Google, Facebook & Wikipedia – to help internet readers lacking common sense or basic skills of critical thinking discern truth […]

It’s the new Google Earth
It’s the new Google Earth

It’s the new Google Earth – and we’re just livin’ on it. Seriously, the new Google Earth is nothing short of spectacular and destined to become an even bigger time suck than it’s been over the __ years since it was launched. Warning: let your family know you’re headed on a Google Earth voyage. They […]

Time to rethink passwords
Time to rethink passwords

It’s time to rethink passwords – past time, really. The way we’ve been thinking about internet passwords is all wrong and it’s time to seriously evolve the way we keep our online data world secure. At least that’s what a U.S. government committee of nerds suggested March 31 when it issued a draft of new […]