Internet

The Source - December 2, 2014
5:16 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

The Source: "The Black Box Society"

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There is a lot of information out in cyberspace about you. You don't know who has it. Largely you don't understand how they got it. You don't know how they intend to use it. You don't know if it is accurate.

Your life will increasingly be affected by that data. Will you get that job? Will you be able to get on the airplane?

What is the future of your digital self? What can we do to better regulate the use of our data?

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All Tech Considered
9:14 am
Mon November 10, 2014

The White House Is Backing Strong Open Internet Rules

The White House is backing the Internet.
Martin Bureau AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 2:34 pm

On the same morning net neutrality demonstrators showed up at FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's house to protest a plan that could let broadband providers charge for "fast lanes" to the Internet, the demonstrators found unexpected support from the White House.

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Online Safety
10:33 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Middle School Students Get Online Safety Lessons From Google

Students at Vale Middle School hold up colored signs to indicate if they believe a statement on online privacy is true or false
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Internet safety has become the new "stranger danger" among middle school students. This week, Google gave a lesson to students at Vale Middle School on how to secure their information, and protect themselves from involuntarily going viral with an embarrassing images or videos. The company's Online Safety Roadshow is designed to teach kids the risks of weak passwords, giving out too much information, and sharing photos. Google spokeswoman Jamie Hill says the pre-teen and early teen years are the best ages to target students for online safety.

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The Source - July 22, 2014
4:33 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The Source: Why The Comcast/Time Warner Deal Still Scares Us

As the Time Warner Cable/Comcast mega-deal continues through the regulatory gauntlet of the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC public commenting period has opened. In line with several surveys of consumers, the reviews are not positive.

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The Source - July 10, 2014
10:58 am
Thu July 10, 2014

The Source: This Week In Government Spying

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The Source - June 5, 2014
10:51 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Source: The Impact Of The "Right To Be Forgotten"

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The European Union has compelled U.S. companies to allow their citizens to delete links to information, including public records, from showing up on their search engines. Google lost a case in May that cemented the EU's data protection policy that leaders call the 'right to be forgotten.'

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Community
2:15 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Councilman Nirenberg Seeking Policies To Expedite Private Sector Broadband

Dist. 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg is seeking recommendations from city staff members on a policy to expedite private sector broadband access in San Antonio.
Credit Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook Page

The federal government is flexing its muscles to expand broadband access across the country. Locally, city council members are busy working on policies to expedite the broadband options in San Antonio.

Google Fiber and AT&T are two of the private sector options that may put San Antonio on the broadband map to connect residents to super fast internet speeds.

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The Source - May 20, 2014
11:28 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The Source: Mega Media Mergers & Net Neutrality

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  Last week the Federal Communications Commission voted to move forward on new rules governing broadband internet service providers (ISPs) that would allow for "fast lanes," or the ability for providers to sell higher speeds of delivery for their content. The internet was awash in laments for the death of the web. 

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Science & Technology
3:21 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

San Antonio On AT&T List Of Possible High-Speed Internet Cities

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

AT&T is firmly in the high-speed Internet race with Google as the company announced it is exploring a network expansion for its GigaPower service, which offers speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second.

Renée Flores, regional VP of external affairs at AT&T, said San Antonio is one of 25 metro areas the company is looking at for the expansion.

"The gigabit speeds would allow you to download 25 songs in one second, your favorite TV show in three seconds, and a high-definition movie in just under 36 seconds," Flores said. 

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High-Speed Internet
9:46 am
Thu April 24, 2014

San Antonio Leaders Take Field Trip To Look At Austin's High-Speed Network

Former Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna, who is pushing for the San Antonio Broadband Network (SABN), will attend the field trip to Austin with other city leaders.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio city leaders are heading to Austin today to study the Greater Austin Area Telecommunications Network (GAATN).

It connects places like schools, police stations, libraries, and universities to a fiber network for large information sharing abilities.

GAATN is very similar to the Alamo City's proposed San Antonio Area Broadband Network, or SAABN.

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