August 12, 2015 |
City Council may not be invited to the bargaining table where Philadelphia officials and Comcast Corp. executives are working out a new 15-year franchise agreement. But the legislative chamber is nonetheless making known its wish list of what it hopes Comcast can deliver. Council members want to ask Comcast questions that include: Can the company offer big-time support for the city's tech sector? Can it help public school students becomes America's most "digitally literate"? Can it offer free Internet in Philadelphia recreation centers, prisons, and parks?
August 6, 2015 |
Responding to criticism that its discounted Internet Essentials service was available only to poor families with school-age children, Comcast Corp. said Tuesday that it would expand the $9.95-a-month program to low-income senior citizens. Comcast will begin the project for senior citizens in Palm Beach County, Fla., and expand it to other markets throughout the United States through the fall, said David Cohen, executive vice president at Comcast. The date of expansion into the Philadelphia area will be determined by the success in pilot markets, Comcast said.
July 17, 2015 |
Thousands of low-income families in Philadelphia and Camden will receive free or reduced-cost Internet service under a pilot program announced Wednesday by the White House. Philadelphia and Camden are two of 27 U.S. cities - as well as one tribal nation in Oklahoma - selected for the ConnectHome program, which will provide high-speed broadband Internet in more than 275,000 households, and improve online access for almost 200,000 children, according to the White House. ConnectHome is aimed at closing the "homework gap" between students who can use the Internet at home and their less affluent peers.
June 18, 2015 |
If you're under the impression that only Kim Kardashian's backside can break the Internet, clearly you're not in the know about online happenings. The fashion world's latest cyber-slayer is 18-year-old Kyemah McEntyre of East Orange, N.J., who is dazzling social media Solange Knowles-style in a brilliant red and stained-glass print prom dress made of kente cloth. The series of photos McEntyre posted of her June 4 senior prom at the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts has since been retweeted more than 5,000 times - complete with flaming emojis that represent fiyah (or fire)
June 12, 2015 |
Only in Pennsylvania: Gamblers would not be allowed to register online to open Internet gambling accounts unless they live more than 20 miles away as the crow flies from a bricks-and-mortar casino. Any closer, and they would have to travel to a casino and register in person, under the provisions of a Senate bill in Harrisburg calling for big changes to the state's gambling landscape. The goal is to give the brick-and-mortar casinos a better chance to tap into their local target audience.
May 30, 2015 |
If Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler sways his colleagues, low-income Americans will soon get a "lifeline" to high-speed Internet access, in the form of a monthly subsidy to pay for it. First established in 1985, the Lifeline program now provides a monthly discount of $9.25 to help needy people pay for one landline or wireless phone per household. Under Wheeler's proposal, eligible consumers would choose to accept the subsidy for either phone or high-speed Internet service.
May 18, 2015 |
Tom and Paul Kelly still work in commercial radio, polling listeners and advising such stations as More FM Philadelphia on what music to play. Big Daddy Graham is still happy holding down the overnight schmooze slot at Sportsradio 94WIP. But for more pleasure and maybe their future, these guys are banking on Internet radio - the Kelly brothers are co-operators (with third partner, Al Clay) of the Havertown streaming service iRadioPhilly. And Graham is weekly host of a music party on Wildfire Radio, a streaming Internet radio operation based in Collingswood.
March 26, 2015 |
Internet content, even goofy stuff, has the chance to go viral when it elicits a strong emotion, experts say. So when a distraught young woman is caught with tears streaming down her face as she plays her piccolo - piccolo? - on national TV, it's the perfect formula for a Web sensation. "The more people care, the more they share," said Jonah Berger, associate professor of marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. And people cared about Villanova senior Roxanne Chalifoux because she cared so much about her Villanova Wildcats.
March 18, 2015 |
AUSTIN, Texas - At SXSW Interactive, which has attracted more than 30,000 from all over the world, real business was getting done in conference rooms and hotel bars all around the Texas capital. The SXSW Accelerator, an invitation-only tech start-up competition, took place over the weekend at the Hilton, and it had a decidedly Philadelphia flavor. But on the streets and in the Austin Convention Center, in keeping with the Internet philosophy that anything involving a cute animal will sell, there was no shortage of tech businesses putting a furry face on their clever idea.
March 13, 2015 |
LOOKING FOR a really cheap deal for Internet access to help your schoolkids get their homework done? You can't do better than the free offer Comcast is extending for its Internet Essentials (5GB) Web service to low-income Philadelphia families with school-age children. The deal will deliver a decent broadband connection (5 Mps) to homes for six months for free. After that, the price goes up to $10 a month. The deadline for signing up is May 31. Newly pitched to parents in letters home from the school district and sure to be a burning topic at Wednesday's Family Literacy Night at 440 N. Broad St., helmed by Superintendent William Hite, the offer comes in the wake of Comcast's fourth annual review of the national Internet Essentials program designed to increase computer access and literacy.