Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The company signed up 41,000 families in five months and is looking to offer more services.
Comcast’s new Internet access program, which is designed to offer affordable Internet to low-income families, is expanding. The company has signed up 41,000 households in the first five months of the program. David Cohen, Comcast’s executive vice president, announced Tuesday that the company was expanding the $9.95 “Internet Essentials” plan to families of children on reduced school lunches. The plan previously targeted only children who were on free school lunch plans. He estimated that the expanded plan would increase the reach of the program by about 10 percent to nearly 3.2 million families in Comcast’s coverage area. “It is impossible for me to overstate the huge amount of work … to make this program operational,” Cohen said of the …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Wikipedia is 'blacking out,' today, while Google has blacked out its moniker on the popular site.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
In protest of a proposed federal law, many popular websites, including Wikipedia, are "blacking out" today to raise awareness. The House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate's Protect IP (intellectual property) Act (PIPA), are bills meant to stop copyright violations, but critics argue it goes too far and may interfere with free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment and "threaten the basic functioning of the Internet," according to the Huffington Post. Patch, AOL and The Huffington Post are not participating in the 24-hour protests. "As written, we cannot support the bills. We believe an open Internet is critical for innovation, job creation, and the sustained growth of Internet businesses. We are in the process of …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Finding great rib recipes is a smart use of technology.
Technology is wonderful. I love being always on, always connected, knowing that I can send a text to my kids when I hear a siren with the word, "siren," and they will immediately text back that they're OK. When my husband travels to the UK, I can shoot an email asking where the gizmo is that goes in the pool, and I have an answer faster than it takes me to actually look for the gizmo. I love the Internet most of all. I remember the old days when—if you wanted to look something up—you had to go to the library and hope it had the information you needed. If it didn't, you had to request the information and go home and wait or go to a bookstore and buy it. Now you just type a few words into a search box and get a million hits. Of course, half…
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Mark Juliano, 52, of Sonoma, Calif., also received three years' probation.
A former Sewickley man and Internet entrepreneur was sentenced in federal court this week and ordered to pay restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh. Mark Juliano, 52, of Sonoma, Calif., formerly of Orchard Place in Sewickley, on Monday received three years' probation and was ordered to have no contact with his ex-wife and their four children. In a separate hearing Tuesday, Senior U.S. District Judge Alan N. Bloch ordered Juliano to pay $62,000 in restitution to his ex-wife for attorney fees and home security upgrades. In May, Juliano pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to the United States government. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Juliano made a fraudulent claim to the government …
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
One of the goals of Internet Essentials is to help close the digital divide that separates American families, Comcast says.
Comcast Corp. this week launched Internet Essentials, what is calls “an ambitious and comprehensive broadband adoption experiment” — providing monthly Internet access for $9.95 for qualifying families. According to a release, it’s the first program to address three of the primary barriers to broadband adoption that research has identified: 1. A lack of understanding of how the Internet is relevant and useful 2. The cost of a home computer, and 3. The cost of Internet service. Available to low-income families in the Pittsburgh area with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program, the goal of Internet Essentials is to help close the digital divide and ensure more Americans benefit from all the …