March 7, 2013 |
Comcast Corp. says 5,700 low-income families in the Philadelphia area are now participating in a discounted Internet service the cable giant agreed to offer as part of its merger with NBCUniversal. Throughout the nation, 150,000 families have gone online with the program, Comcast said Tuesday. The service costs $9.95 a month, and participants can buy computers for $150. Comcast says 15,000 customers have bought them. Internet Essentials is available to parents with children who qualify for the federal free-lunch program, though families with past-due Comcast bills may not participate.
June 28, 2001 |
It's too bad about Ricochet, the wireless Internet service with transmission speeds approaching 128 kilobits per second - more than twice as fast as a dial-up connection. After testing the service, my techie husband and I found Ricochet worked remarkably well in its service areas. There were glitches, of course: The modem sometimes lost the signal, forcing us to log on again. The battery didn't warn when it was running low. The service wasn't available everywhere. But considering the problems I've experienced with the other wireless service I use - my cell phone - Ricochet worked well.
March 22, 2012 |
PHOENIX - US Airways announced Wednesday that it would be expanding in-flight Internet access, saying that 90 percent of its mainline domestic airplanes will offer WiFi service to passengers by mid-2013. The airline, which is the dominant carrier servicing Philadelphia International Airport, also said it would launch a streaming-video service that will allow passengers to watch movies and television shows or download audio books on their own laptops, mobile phones, or iPads. The new services are another way for the airline to collect additional revenue as it battles rising fuel costs.
February 28, 1996 |
AT&T Corp. yesterday began offering local telephone dial-up access to the Internet. It jump-started the new service with a free, one-year, limited trial for residential customers. "The company that brought everyone the phone now will bring the Internet to everyone," AT&T chairman Robert Allen said. The AT&T WorldNet Service, available to businesses since September, will be available to long-distance home customers through regular phone lines. Under the trial offer, home users who enroll this year will get their first five hours a month of Internet use free for a year, with no minimum subscription fee. Unlimited access is available to all AT&T customers, including businesses, for a flat monthly rate of $19.95.
December 16, 1997
Big long-distance phone companies are playing games over their deal to make it possible for needy schools, libraries and hospitals to access the Internet. As part of last year's massive deregulation of the telecommunications industry, giant companies got much of the freedom they sought to wheel and deal and to market information - freedom that could be worth billions. In return, they agreed to support steeply discounted Internet connections through a fund totaling $2.25 billion a year for schools and libraries and $400 million for hospitals.
March 19, 1997 |
After an informational meeting to address residents' concerns about Pennsbury School District's new technology plan, district officials hope to move forward and upgrade the district's outdated technology. The meeting was to answer questions about the $7 million proposal that was presented to the school board last month. It calls for incorporating new technology into curriculum changes. Internet access will be provided to all students. Besides hundreds of new computers, all schools in the district would be linked to one another.
July 29, 1999 |
In Philadelphia to receive an award yesterday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson played down the idea that a racial gap divides Americans. Instead, he said, resources, such as Internet access, are the larger problem. "There is a digital divide among Americans," Jackson said. "When the playing field is even . . . all can compete on the same basis. Now the challenge is to gain access to capital and close the digital divide. " Jackson spoke at a news conference yesterday at the Philadelphia Marriott, during the National Bar Association's 74th annual convention, where he received the group's Humanitarian Award.
January 24, 2002 |
Fed up with that cranky DSL connection? Tired of waiting for cable-modem service? Maybe it's time to put up an antenna, because the future of high-speed Internet access is wireless. At least that's how folks such as David Pugh, the chief executive officer of Sting Communications in mostly rural Lebanon County, see it. "We've got a tiger by the tail," Pugh said of his fledgling venture, which beams the Internet to 200 business customers from 40 two-way radio transceivers set on towers, buildings and silos across central and eastern Pennsylvania, including Langhorne and Bensalem.
July 18, 1996 |
In the context of war, "ethnic cleansing" and the thousand ills that plague the nations of the former Yugoslavia, the idea of getting Internet access to the Balkans may seem like a futile luxury, let alone a logistical nightmare. But an ardent group of Philadelphia-area university students and professors is bent on widening the battle-scarred information superhighway into Bosnia as part of the rebuilding process in that strife-torn region. Project Bosnia, begun this spring by students at Villanova Law School, has collected 150 used, Internet-ready computers to ship to Bosnian schools and legal institutions.
September 6, 1998 |
When students in Susan Darmo's sixth-grade language arts class at Memorial Middle School wanted to know more about Aranka Siegal, whose novel Upon the Head of the Goat depicts her survival of the Holocaust, they went straight to the main source for information. Using the Internet, one student found Siegal's e-mail address, and with a click of a mouse the class sent her their questions and got a quick response from the author. Although the author merely sent back information about her bookstore appearances in the area, Darmo describes the experience as a valuable lesson made possible by reaching out of the classroom through technology.