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WNYC News

Reports: Comcast + Time Warner Cable = Not Happening

Thursday, April 23, 2015

One of the biggest proposed media mergers ever may be off. Bloomberg News is reporting that Comcast is preparing to drop its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable.

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WNYC News

City Hall Seeks Ideas to Connect the Disconnected to Broadband

Thursday, April 09, 2015

City Hall is putting out a call for innovations to connect more New Yorkers to high speed internet.

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The Takeaway

The Fight Against Digital Dead Zones

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Forget streaming Netflix—many children in Western Massachusetts sit in cars in library parking lots in order to access wifi to complete homework assignments. 

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The Takeaway

Municipally Owned Networks: The Future of The Open Web?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In addition to tomorrow's vote on net neutrality, the FCC will also decide whether or not to intervene in two states that have laws that limit municipally owned internet networks.

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WNYC News

Newark Offers Broadband for Free or Cheap

Friday, January 30, 2015

A pilot to get internet to the unconnected.

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WNYC News

Electeds: de Blasio Kiosk Plan Would Worsen Inequality

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Does a plan to spread free wifi favor rich New Yorkers?

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WNYC News

Google Targets 10,000 NYC Households for High Speed Internet

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

An ambitious pilot program aims to put broadband in poor New Yorkers' homes.

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WNYC News

The Future Payphone: Gigabit Speed and Free Wi-Fi on NYC Streets

Monday, November 17, 2014

Faster than an express train, New York City plans to turn payphones into the largest, fastest (and free) Wi-Fi network in the world.

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WNYC News

Mayor “Concerned” Over Comcast Bid for Cable Subscribers

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Yorkers could be the losers in a mega-merger of two communications giants, according to Mayor de Blasio.

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WNYC News

De Blasio Advisor: Let’s Make a Gigabit Hub

Monday, May 19, 2014

A gigabit innovation center is a possible next step in bringing superfast internet to New York City.

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WNYC News

NYC Struggles to Compete on Broadband

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The city is hosting a grant $14 million grant contest to pave the way for a technology hub on par with Silicon Valley.

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WNYC News

Hanging Up on Payphones

Thursday, May 01, 2014

New York City issues a Request for Proposals to replace more than 7,000 public payphones.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Netflix Pays Up. What's It Mean?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Netflix is now paying Comcast to make sure its streaming service is smooth - so what does that mean for customers (and the other major broadband companies)?

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WNYC News

How de Blasio Can Make 'Affordable Broadband for All' a Reality

Friday, February 21, 2014

Mayor de Blasio wants "universal access" not only for New Yorkers who need childcare, but also for those who don't have a home connection to high-speed internet.

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On The Media

Fighting Telecom Giants

Friday, February 21, 2014

All across the country, communities are fighting to build their own broadband internet networks as an alternative to the services offered by big cable companies. However, these efforts have often been thwarted by legislation lobbied for by, you guessed it, the cable companies. Bob talks with James Baller, president of the Baller Herbst Law group, who has long been leading the legal charge on behalf of municipalities.

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New Tech City

Would You Share Wifi With Your Neighbors?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Should you nix the password to your home wifi and let anyone in range surf the web for free? Tech writer Brian Hall did. Maybe he'll convince you to do the same.

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New Tech City

Safety Nets: Broadband & Wifi in a Post-Sandy World

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

This week New Tech City looks at how New York City's internet connectivity has changed since Sandy knocked out communications for so many New Yorkers.

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New Tech City

NYC Gets 'LEED for Broadband' and More Free Public WiFi

Monday, September 30, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced two initiatives Monday he said will keep New York City's tech sector on an upward trajectory for years to come. 

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The Takeaway

The Fight to Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural America

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Federal stimulus programs have poured more than $7 billion into reaching rural areas, but at least 19 million Americans still lack high-speed internet access. One of those communities still trying to get reliable broadband access is Silverton, Colorado.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC's Broadband Disparity

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Robert Atkinson, Director of Policy Research at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at the Columbia Business School, explains why some New York City neighborhoods have better Internet service than others.

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