U.S. census prepares for a digital count

Aug 12, 2019
The 2020 census will be the first to seek information online on a wide scale.
Forms for the 2010 census.
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Homework is much harder when you can't get online at home

Apr 4, 2019
What it's like to try to graduate high school without easy internet access.
Larry Brown gets online at the library or a friend’s house when he needs a good connection, bigger screen and keyboard to do homework. Like many New Orleans students, he doesn’t have internet service at home.
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Why smartphones are "revolutionary" for India

Nov 1, 2018
The technology is bringing people online in a way that's "unprecedented in the world," says author Ravi Agrawal.
Indian men check their smartphones outside the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai in October.
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The Federal Reserve is taking on the digital divide

Oct 8, 2018
Almost 40 percent of rural America doesn't have access to broadband internet or reliable mobile service.
A reel tender helps install fiber-optic cable onto telephone poles in Louisville, Colorado, in 2001.
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Slow internet? Fast internet? You might be paying the same price

Aug 15, 2018
You and somebody across town might be paying the same fee, but getting very different service.
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An end to bypassing China's great firewall?

Mar 30, 2018
Ever thought of a life without access to Twitter, Facebook or even Google? For years, residents in China have used virtual private networks, or VPNs, to bypass the government’s strict regulation on internet usage. Recently however, the Chinese government has…

States join the fray over net neutrality repeal pushback

Jan 26, 2018
This week, Montana and New York made moves to counter the federal repeal of net neutrality that the Federal Communications Commission enacted last month. And so far 21 states and the District of Columbia have sued to overturn the FCC…

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Ajit Pai on Congress' role in the net neutrality debate

Sep 5, 2017
The FCC chairman wants to see Congress, not individual administrations, take control of the issue long term.
Federal Communications Chair Ajit Pai, in his office in Washington, DC.
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Net neutrality explained: "Imagine internet is pizza ..."

Jul 10, 2017
Because we all need a refresher.
Debate on net neutrality can get a little tangled, like these network cables.
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Why net neutrality rules are in danger

Apr 26, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai signaled a rollback of restrictions on internet service providers.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai talks about rolling back net neutrality rules at the Newseum today in Washington, D.C.
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