Frustrated local internet users in an uproar over days-long service disruptions caused by tropical storm

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Irate internet users, some without service for days, say they’re caught in a web of service provider incompetence.



a group of people walking in front of a brick building: Downed trees block a road in a Brooklyn neighborhood as Tropical Storm Isaias churns its way up the East Coast on August 04, 2020 in New York City.


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Downed trees block a road in a Brooklyn neighborhood as Tropical Storm Isaias churns its way up the East Coast on August 04, 2020 in New York City.

Customers of both Verizon Fios and Optimum vented angrily Saturday on Twitter about phone calls left on hold, disconnected or ignored in the days since Tropical Storm Isaias knocked them off the internet. Others were simply waiting for their televisions to turn back on.

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“My internet has been out for 5 days!” began one frustrated Optimum user in a typical tweet. “What are you doing? It took until today to get a live person to schedule someone to help.”

Others complained they were unable to work from home without internet access, while small businesses dependent on internet payments found

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Editorial: SC education, economy depend on internet access, and we’ve got a long way to go | Editorials

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With $50 million in federal funding, S.C. officials have been moving quickly to provide students with internet service before classes resume and to expand high-speed service to unserved areas. So far, they’ve signed up 57,000 student households for free hot spot service through Dec. 31 at a cost of about $8 million.

That’s remarkable progress, considering that the state’s funding plan for the first three months of this year, which authorized the spending, was just signed into law June 25.



SC students will get Wi-Fi hot spots in time for school's start, but gaps will remain

On Tuesday, Nanette Edwards of the Office of Regulatory Staff told a legislative panel she expected about 150,000 Wi-Fi hot spots to be distributed by mid-fall and to still have about $4 million left over from the $20 million budgeted for student access. That money might be needed for filling gaps that arise before the end of 2020, the federal deadline for spending the money.

The hot spot

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New interactive map helps Arizonans access the internet statewide

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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) — Arizonans without Wi-Fi at home with soon be able to find hot spots through a new program launching this week.



Most modern routers can set up a "guest network" that's separate from your main network.


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Most modern routers can set up a “guest network” that’s separate from your main network.


The website will feature an interactive map with free hot spots and Wi-Fi available across the state, in hopes of better helping students stay connected to their studies through virtual learning, according to a news release from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

The program comes from a collaboration between Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, School Connect, Common Sense Media and the AZ Broadband Stakeholder Network to help bridge the broadband network gap that so many Arizonans face.

The website is available in English and Spanish and gives step-by-step instructions on how to access a hot spot as well as free

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Explore possibility of restoring 4G internet service in certain areas: SC to J&K

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Explore possibility of restoring 4G internet service in certain areas: SC to J&K



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The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration to explore the possibility of restoring 4G services in certain areas. The Jammu and Kashmir administration sought time to take instructions on the restoration of high speed internet service, saying a new Lt Governor has been appointed in the Union Territory.

Manoj Sinha has been appointed the new LG of Jammu and Kashmir after G C Murmu resigned from the post. High speed Internet service in J-K has been suspended since August last year when the Centre had announced revocation of its special status and bifurcation of the state into

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‘To bridge the digital divide’: Here’s why New Orleans officials are pushing for citywide internet | Local Politics

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As New Orleans students prepare for a school year that will start with lessons conducted over the internet instead of in a classroom, city officials said Wednesday they are pursuing a plan that could eventually provide wireless internet service across the city.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration is planning to roll out a pilot program in the next 90 days that would offer WiFi service in a park or recreation facility, according to Jonathan Rhodes, director of Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s Office of Utilities, as part of a test aimed at evaluating the feasibility of a citywide network.

Even if successful, the city’s plan won’t be in place in time for students this year. But the pilot could serve as a template for a program that could be in place a year later, Rhodes said.

“The most important thing is how can we bridge the digital divide,” said Rhodes on Wednesday. “We

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YouTuber Slayy Point Has Convinced the Desi Internet That Everyone is ‘Binod’

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YouTuber Slayy Point Has Convinced the Desi Internet That Everyone is ‘Binod’

In a stand-up gig back in February, Anubhav Singh Bassi had famously said, “Koi sense hai iss baat ki? (Does this even make sense?)” and the comedian had pretty much summed it all.

2020 is a year of bizarre trends and if the Internet had already convinced you that everything around you is cake, think again.

Because a month later following the weird dessert trend, everything and everyone now is Binod.

Who is Binod, you ask?

Slayy Point, a famous YouTube channel run by Abhyudaya and Gautami recently went down the rabbit hole that is the Indian comments section in one of their videos and a meme was born.

Both Abhyudaya and Gautami gave us a glimpse of what really goes on in the “filthy” comments section of videos where the commenters leave

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Avanci Launches 5G Licensing Platform for the Internet of Things

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New automotive licensing program reviewed by U.S. Department of Justice

DALLAS, July 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Avanci, the one-stop platform for licensing wireless technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT), today launches its 5G automotive licensing program. This important step comes as the auto industry works to develop the next generation of connected vehicles, ensuring that this technology can be shared efficiently and affordably. 5G connectivity will deliver significant value to the automotive sector, building on the use of previous standards in connected vehicles. This program, part of Avanci’s new 5G IoT platform, will enable patent owners and IoT and automotive companies to share 5G standard essential wireless patents in a single license.

Avanci launches 5G Licensing Platform for the Internet of Things. This new automotive licensing program, part of Avanci’s new 5G IoT platform, will enable patent owners and IoT and automotive companies to share 5G standard essential

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The Internet Has Mixed Reactions To PS Plus Free Games For August

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Sony’s PlayStation Plus is a fantastic subscription service that offers the ability to play multiplayer games online, the option to chat in a party with your friends and two free games to download every month. And though that is one hell of a deal – whether you pay the full $60 a year for the membership or find it on sale during the holidays – it somehow never stops some people from complaining about the games they’re receiving for free. And unfortunately, that’s exactly the case with August’s recently announced offerings.

For some gamers, the prospect of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a real bummer. Many are upset that the remastered version of Modern Warfare 2‘s campaign is free so soon after its initial release, causing them to feel as though they wasted $20 when they bought it at launch,

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Internet Archives Fires Back in Lawsuit Over Covid-19 Emergency Library

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In a brief filed in a New York district court on Tuesday night, the Internet Archive fired back in response to a lawsuit brought against it by five of the world’s largest publishers. The lawsuit seeks to shut down an online National Emergency Library started by the Internet Archive during the Covid-19 pandemic and levy millions of dollars in fines against the organization.

“The Internet Archive does what libraries have always done: buy, collect, preserve, and share our common culture,” the brief said. “Contrary to the publishers’ accusations, the Internet Archive and the hundreds of libraries and archives that support it are not pirates or thieves. They are librarians, striving to serve their patrons online just as they have done for centuries in the brick-and-mortar world.”

Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Internet Archive in

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Vancouver comic an internet sensation, in India

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a woman smiling for the camera: Vancouver comic Ambika Vas was born in Newfoundland but has lived all over the world.


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Vancouver comic Ambika Vas was born in Newfoundland but has lived all over the world.

Stuck in her apartment during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vancouver comic Ambika Vas started producing satirical news videos and posting them on YouTube .

Out of the blue she was contacted by Bombay comedian Cyrus Broacha , who has a satirical TV show in India called The Week that Wasn’t.

“It airs on the CNN channel in India,” said Vas , who is of Indian descent. “It’s like the Daily Show , but a little bit closer to Saturday Night Live, because there’s more sketches.”

Broacha asked her to become the “foreign correspondent” for the show. So for the last 11 weeks she’s been beaming fake news items across the globe, from the comfort of her living room.

Her instant celebrity is reminiscent of the rise of Sarah Cooper , the American comedian

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