Improving Internet Access for Low Income Families

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in High Speed Internet |


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Once upon a time, having broadband Internet was considered a luxury, but now it’s required to compete in this fully Internet, technological age. Of course, households who are well off, can afford high speed Internet. They can get all kinds of top of the line software, the fastest Internet speed, the largest gigabytes, and other things, without struggling to maintain service every month. Nevertheless, the lower income class bracket must have some advantage as well, to be able to compete in an age, where sufficient Internet capabilities are required.


The US Government


On March 31, 2016, the FCC approved low-income Internet subsidizing. Some Republican Commissioners were primarily against the idea- wanting to keep the budget limit at $2 billion per year. However, they now see that they can approve this change, that will go beyond the $2 billion budget.


In this program, one subsidy is limited per household. Rather landline or wireless phone, this program will be available for millions of working class households. As a matter of fact, the cost for these households with this subsidy would be only $9.25 each month on their phone bill. With this small amount and a great opportunity, millions of families with incomes lower than $25,000 per year can have high speed Internet, without having any struggle to maintain it. They will be able to use this as a bundle with data and voice package, or use this Lifeline subsidy with broadband service only.


The Difference of Lifeline Today


Since the inception of the Lifeline program in 1985, a growing controversy has surrounded them, due to increasing numbers of fraud and abuse. However, now the FCC has made it possible for a significant amount of reduction in abuse, fraud, and waste, which significantly will reduce this negative reputation off of the Lifeline program. With this said, the FCC took different steps to eliminate abuse, fraud, and waste in the program, which includes taking determinations of eligibility away from those companies, and giving that to an independent, third party appointee.


The Scheduled Dates of Effective Change


The schedule dates and allowances of this program would start on December 1, 2016, and it would be for mobile/data services of 500 minutes and 500MB. And by 2018, 1000 minutes and 2GB would be allowed for the recipients/households of this program.


This is an exciting and great opportunity for anyone that has not been able to have Internet service. Having high speed Internet is no longer a luxury, but it’s a definite requirement, especially when it comes to education. Everyone deserves a chance to a fair chance of competition. And with this subsidy, households can have high speed Internet, without having any struggle to maintain it. They will be able to use this as a bundle with data and voice package, or use this Lifeline subsidy with broadband service only.

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Twitter Takes NFL Streaming Deal

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in High Speed Internet |

In a surprise move, Twitter beat out competing media giants Amazon and Verizon to get the rights to livestream NFL Thursday night football. The move takes aim at a younger demographic less interested in traditional television formats, but now it’s just one more way that viewers can enjoy the Thursday night NFL games. The deal was valued at 15 million dollars, though Twitter reportedly paid less than 10.

Some younger viewers never tune into media programming via an actual television set. But it is very popular to be able to stream NFL content online, and Twitter saw this move as way to stay relevant to younger viewers, who may be football fans, but not necessarily TV fans. It is just one of the ways to get the sort of content they might want to view live stream as it is happening. This NFL feed is targeted to those 18-24.

This “media coup” is strategic as Twitter has been steadily losing users and money. Since there is a huge segment of the “Millennial” generation that never watches broadcast television, the deal is something that should satisfy younger viewers. Twitter did this deal in order to stay relevant and hoping to recapture some of the users that have over time abandoned them. CBS and NBC have their own broadcasting rights for the games and already have some broadcasting options with Verizon so consequently, the NFL gets to sell these games twice. Since Verizon already has some of the broadcasting rights to some of the NFL games and that deal is going nowhere.

The NFL is the big winner in this deal as they get to sell the rights to broadcast these games twice. Twitter is the only site that will stream 10 of next fall’s 16 Thursday night games — the same 10 games CBS and NBC will broadcast.

The popularity of the Thursday night games will never disappear, and in the upcoming NFL season we can expect all fans to be back in full form. The new Twitter feed is a great way for young people to look forward to football.

The initial bid was less than 10 million for these options but the final was bid from Twitter apparently was not disclosed. Look for league negotiators to be patting themselves on the back for this one.

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5 Tips For Choosing The Right Internet Service

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Deals & Promotions, High Speed Internet, Home Automation, Mobile Internet, Networking Devices |

Choosing the right internet service provider is not easy, but hopefully these steps will help you choose the right Internet service provider and make the most of it. Ultimately, we all know that we need to use the Internet, but with so many offers it can be difficult to choose the right one. Here is how you can make that choice a lot easier on you and choose the right Internet service provider.

  1. Consider The Prices

The first thing you have to consider is definitely the price. At the end of the day, it can be rather difficult to set aside large sums of money every month just to pay your Internet services. If you can find an offer that is suitable for you, make sure you also consider the price at which you were getting this Internet service pack. In addition to that, you should also consider your finances and how much money you are willing to pay for Internet services, as well as how much money you can set aside for this purpose. Moreover, if you constantly use the Internet, and if it is something you use for your job as well as entertainment, were if more people in your household use the Internet, then it’s okay to spend a little bit more money on the Internet pack, but you will still have to make sure you don’t spend more money than you can afford.

  1. Consider The Offers

As it has been mentioned previously, there are numerous offers out there, and it’s really your job just to pick the best one. Therefore, try your best to ask around and consider all the offers. Choose the one which is most suitable for you and your family, and only then consider to committing to a certain Internet service provider and an Internet service pack.

  1. Ask Around

In addition to that, if you have friends who have had experience with Internet service and Internet service providers, make sure you ask them about their opinion. You never know when someone could advise you or suggest an alternative that could ultimately save you money and time dealing with Internet service.

  1. Think About What You Need

In addition to that, you really have to think about what you need. There are numerous Internet service packs to choose from, and yes you can take the one which has the best offer, but that doesn’t mean that you really need what you’re getting. Make sure you keep yourself grounded, think about your needs, do not spend too much money and make the best choice.

  1. Make A Choice

Once you make a choice it’s really important that you stick by it. By making the right choice you will not get into a situation where are you would like to change your Internet service provider or get a different Internet service pack. This is precisely why this decision is really important even though some people see it as trivial.

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