• broadband Feb 7

    Digital Divide: Nearly 1 Million in Va., Md. Have No High-Speed Internet Access

    When high school junior Chloe McMurray logs onto the websites she needs to finish her homework, she usually isn’t at home. “I have to come to the church if I want to write an essay that I can share with my teacher,”  McMurray said. That’s because “homework” at the  McMurray house is done the old fashioned way — on...

  • broadband Feb 7

    Digital Divide: Living Without High-Speed Internet

    The News4 I-Team found roughly 1 million people in our area don’t have access to high-speed internet. Investigative Reporter Jodie Fleischer reports on the impact that has and what local governments are trying to do about it.

  • disney Nov 12, 2019

    Disney Plus Suffers Technical Errors on Launch Day as Company Joins Streaming Fray

    Disney’s brand-new streaming service Disney Plus may be a victim of its own success. The $7-a-month service offering an array of Disney classics and new shows suffered some technical difficulties hours after launching at 3 a.m. E.T. on Tuesday. Users began reporting issues with the service on Twitter early Tuesday morning.

  • DC Nov 12, 2019

    Disney+ Enters Streaming Wars

    The “streaming wars” officially have a major new player. Disney+ joined the fray Tuesday morning, presenting a big, new rival for established players such as Netflix and Hulu.

  • Maryland Aug 20, 2019

    Maryland to Invest $9.9M in Rural Broadband Network

    The state of Maryland is making available nearly $10 million for efforts to bring reliable and affordable internet service to residents of rural communities.

  • Donald Trump Jul 26, 2019

    T-Mobile’s $26.5B Sprint Deal OK’d Despite Competition Fears

    U.S. regulators have approved T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts, in a deal that would leave just three major cellphone companies in the country. Friday’s approval from the Justice Department and five state attorneys general comes after Sprint and T-Mobile agreed to conditions that would set up satellite-TV provider Dish as...

  • Associated Press Jun 10, 2019

    As Homework Moves Online, Millions Lack Home Internet

    With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd’s homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone? On the tiny screen, she switches between web pages for research projects, losing track of tabs whenever friends send messages. She uses her thumbs to tap out school papers, but when glitches keep her from...

  • California May 24, 2019

    SpaceX Launches Rocket With First Batch of Thousands of Satellites

    Hawthorne-based SpaceX Thursday night launched a rocket from Cape Canaveral with the first batch of what could ultimately be thousands of satellites providing space-based internet service around the globe after the mission was scrubbed twice last week.

  • Donald Trump May 23, 2019

    Trump’s Campaign Centered on Fighting Democrats, Not Policy

    President Donald Trump dropped the pretense of working with congressional Democrats on Wednesday and sent a clear message that his re-election campaign will be centered on condemning overzealous investigations rather than advancing a robust domestic policy agenda. Both sides may have feigned surprise at Trump’s angry outburst, in which he said he won’t work with Democrats until they drop their...

  • Donald Trump May 22, 2019

    Trump Stalks Out on Democrats, Demands End of Investigations

    President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, flatly declaring he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel’s Trump-Russia report. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it all “very, very, very strange” and said she was praying for Trump and the nation. Trump...

  • Chicago May 21, 2019

    Comcast Is Working on an In-Home Device to Track People’s Health

    Comcast is working on a device like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, but with a focus on monitoring health at home, and aims to begin pilot-testing it later this year. A team under Sumit Nagpal, a senior vice president and general manager of health innovation at Comcast who previously worked at the consulting firm Accenture, has been working on...

  • Donald Trump Apr 12, 2019

    FCC to Hold Big 5G Auction, Spend $20B for Rural Internet

    The U.S. government will hold a massive auction later this year to bolster 5G service, the next generation of mobile networks. President Donald Trump showcased the announcement Friday, declaring that the race to stand up these faster, more powerful networks is a competition “America must win.” “We cannot allow any other country to outcompete the United States in this powerful...

  • Donald Trump Feb 13, 2019

    Democrats Question Pledges in $26.5B T-Mobile-Sprint Deal

    Democratic lawmakers are challenging a pledge by T-Mobile and Sprint not to raise prices or hurt competition if their $26.5 billion merger goes through. Although T-Mobile says it won’t raise prices for three years, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he isn’t sure that Trump administration regulators are willing to hold T-Mobile to...

  • CEO Jan 21, 2019

    Here’s Some of the Technology Set to Make a ‘Quantum Leap’ in 2019

    From foldable cellphones to high tech burgers, more than 4,500 companies showcased their latest technology at CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics show which took place in Las Vegas earlier this month.

  • Amazon Nov 7, 2018

    Comcast Developing Video-Streaming Platform for Broadband-Only Customers

    Comcast plans to roll out a new product for broadband-only subscribers that will allow customers to aggregate certain streaming apps, including Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube, with a voice-activated remote — a response to the ongoing challenge of navigating video between a variety of sources, according to people familiar with the matter. The product, which will first be a set-top...

  • Donald Trump Oct 1, 2018

    As 5G Wireless Internet Debuts in 4 US Cities, Can It Replace Broadband?

    Cellular companies such as Verizon are looking to challenge traditional cable companies with residential internet service that promises to be ultra-fast, affordable and wireless. Using an emerging wireless technology known as 5G, Verizon’s 5G Home service provides an alternative to cable for connecting laptops, phones, TVs and other devices over Wi-Fi. It launches in four U.S. cities on Monday. Verizon...

  • Donald Trump Sep 14, 2018

    Fact Check: Trump Overstates Risks of Wind Power

    In an Aug. 30 rally in Evansville, Indiana, President Donald Trump made three unsubstantiated claims about wind turbines, which he calls “windmills.”

  • Donald Trump Sep 13, 2018

    Trump Denies Puerto Rico Death Toll From Hurricane Maria

    President Donald Trump denied the updated death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria in a pair of tweets, just as Hurricane Florence was slated to make landfall on the U.S. East Coast. Close to 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from the 2017 storm, according to an independent study commissioned by its government.

  • Governor Aug 15, 2018

    Transgender Candidate Wins Democratic Nomination for Vt. Governor

    A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to be nominated for governor, and she’ll face the Republican incumbent, who survived a bitter backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported.

  • China Jul 26, 2018

    China, Russia and Iran Conduct Economic Spying on US: Report

    Iranian hackers known as “Rocket Kitten” repeatedly target American defense companies in hopes of stealing information to boost Tehran’s missile and space programs. Russian hackers last year compromised dozens of U.S. energy companies. A Chinese cyberespionage group called APT10 relentlessly attacks U.S. engineering, telecom and aerospace industries. While Moscow’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are widely...

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