December 23, 2015 |
In a surprising shift, adults appear to be choosing wireless smartphones for Internet access over Comcast and other wireline broadband providers, according to a study released Monday. The Pew Research Center report described both a national decline in traditional broadband homes and a growth in smartphone-only households. Nationally, broadband-wired homes fell to 67 percent this year from 70 percent in 2013, the study said. Smartphone-only households rose to 13 percent from 8 percent over the same two years.
October 25, 2015 |
Is your child ready for a cellphone? There's no way around it. Sooner or later, most parents will confront the issue of whether to let their children have cellphones, and if so, when? The good news is there's lots of expert advice available. The not-so-good news is none of it provides the answer. That's because no one answer is right for all parents and all kids. On this question you're on your own - and, unlike the age for legally driving and buying alcohol, there aren't any laws to back you up. One thing is sure: It shouldn't be based on the number of times your daughter tells you, "All of my friends have one. " Or, for that matter, how many of your friends have given their kids' phones.
October 16, 2015 |
Camden officials on Wednesday launched ConnectHome, a federally funded program that will provide high-speed broadband service to low-income families and seek to improve computer literacy among residents. The kickoff event, in the city Housing Authority's community center on Boyd Street in East Camden, included demonstrations of new technology provided to the city as part of the program, like interactive kiosks where residents can search for and apply for jobs, and computer curriculum tailored to pre-K students.
October 6, 2015 |
Rutgers has unintentionally become the site of an experiment for the 21st century: How does a university operate without Internet, email, or course-management systems? Students and faculty were forced to find out last week when a cyber attack disabled Rutgers' networks for most of a work day. A psychology graduate student, just days from defending his master's thesis, resorted to reading tiny PDFs on his phone. Undergrads taking economics depended on documents downloaded to personal devices - at the beginning-of-the-semester urging of their professor.
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 30, 2015 |
President Obama's recent announcement of a new program to extend broadband Internet into low-income homes couldn't have come at a better time. That's especially true in cities like Philadelphia, where the gaping digital divide has left so many families without a reliable online connection. ConnectHome will initially provide free or discounted broadband access to families in 28 communities nationally, including Philadelphia and Camden. The Department of Housing and Urban Development will partner with private Internet service providers to target families with school-age children living in publicly subsidized housing.
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.
April 29, 2015 |
Growing up in the Palpa district of Nepal, Rina Lama remembers childhood holidays spent at her father's home in a remote farmland village. She recalls walls covered in pictures, and family heirlooms. Afternoons spent chasing animals on her farm, and working around a house that meant "more to us than gold. " On Saturday, that house - one that was home for seven generations of Lama's family - collapsed, crushing and killing her aunt. Lama, from her home in Philadelphia, learned that the woman was among at least 16 other relatives believed to have died in the earthquake that killed thousands - and left millions homeless and confused.
April 29, 2015 |
The collapse of Comcast's megamerger with Time Warner Cable disappointed company executives and a host of hometown politicians who rooted for the deal. The trouble for Comcast starts with how many fans it can count among those who get its services but not its campaign contributions. Not long after the $45 billion deal was proposed last year, the company's notorious customer service army proceeded to produce a series of ill-timed public-relations debacles. Given that the nation's largest cable provider was planning an alliance with the only company that ranked even lower on last year's American Consumer Satisfaction Index, such setbacks were somewhat predictable.
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.