• broadband Feb 7, 2020

    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.

  • broadband Feb 7, 2020

    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...

  • 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 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 Jan 9, 2018

    Trump Takes Victory Lap on Taxes With Rural Americans

    Connecting with rural Americans, President Donald Trump on Monday hailed his tax overhaul as a victory for family farmers and pitched his vision to expand access to broadband internet, a cornerstone of economic development in the nation’s heartland. “Those towers are going to go up and you’re going to have great, great broadband,” Trump told the annual convention of the...

  • United States Jan 4, 2018

    Adams Morgan Hotel Aims to Give a Local DC Experience

    Tommy McFly gives you an exclusive first look at The Line, a new Adams Morgan hotel that aims to give guests a truly D.C. experience.

  • D.C. Jun 11, 2018

    GRAPHIC: Where Net Neutrality's End Could Be Felt the Most

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to end net neutrality rules, which that have prevented internet service providers from playing favorites with websites. The change won’t affect everyone in the United States the same way, according to data compiled by mapping firm Esri. By and large, cities are more likely to be impacted by changes than rural areas, according to...

  • Donald Trump Aug 23, 2017

    Warming Arctic Spurs Battles for Riches, Shipping Routes

    As climate change pushes the ice a little farther north each year, it is spurring talk of a gold rush in the remote Arctic for abundant natural resources, prized shipping routes and business opportunities in tourism and fishing. The Arctic, including the fabled Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific, is among the last regions on earth to remain...

  • Donald Trump Jul 11, 2017

    Microsoft Eyes Buffer Zone in TV Airwaves for Rural Internet

    Microsoft wants to extend broadband services to rural America by turning to a wireless technology that uses the buffer zones separating individual television channels in the airwaves. Microsoft plans to partner with rural telecommunications providers in 12 states stretching from Washington to Maine to get about 2 million rural Americans connected to high-speed internet over the next five years. It’s...

  • United States Apr 6, 2017

    Cable Giant Comcast Announces Cellular Plans on Verizon Network

    The cable giant Comcast will start selling cellphone plans called Xfinity Mobile in the coming months, using a network it’s leasing from Verizon. Many subscribers will save money, especially if they don’t use a lot of data. The catch: Only Comcast internet customers can sign up. Comcast, which has nearly 25 million high-speed internet customers, said its wireless service is...

  • United States Jul 15, 2016

    Regulators Pave Way for Speedy Next-Generation 5G Networks

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to open nearly 11 gigahertz of high-frequency spectrum for the roll out of “5G” mobile, flexible and fixed-use broadband wireless applications and networks. The move by U.S. regulators makes the United States the first country to set aside an ample amount of airwaves for lightening-fast fifth generation wireless technology. New 5G...

  • Asher Klein Mar 12, 2016

    Obama Addresses South by Southwest Technology Festival

    President Barack Obama spoke at the South by Southwest Interactive tech festival Friday to encourage civic engagement and the use of technology to solve problems, like helping needy families get diapers for their children. Obama’s appearance at the festival in Austin, Texas, is the first by a sitting U.S. president. “With all the talent that’s out there, our government’s not...

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