Article: Opinion: Wi-Fi should flow just like water

Civil Society, Hardware

Opinion: Wi-Fi should flow just like water

President Biden pledged billions of dollars in his new infrastructure package to help expand broadband. That’s a welcome commitment, but merely laying more fiber won’t fully solve the problem. Even in places where high-speed internet connections are available, many Americans can’t afford them.

In 21st century America, internet access is as essential as electricity and running water. It’s time to make broadband accessible and affordable to everyone, by treating internet like an essential utility rather than a luxury good.

Fast home internet is necessary to work, learn, play, and live in the 21st century. We won’t have a just society until it is accessible — and affordable — to all.

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Article: A People-Centric Approach to Securing Cyberspace

Civil Society, Cyber-Security

Colonial Cyber Attack, Ransomware Impact Raises Alarm About Internet FutureA People-Centric Approach to Securing Cyberspace

Resolving these competing visions of the digital future will be key to reining in cybercrime and defending data privacy from governments and Big Tech, but it will require the same kind of global response that precipitated the rise of the climate change activism. The truth is, if we want to save the internet from becoming the hunting ground of criminal bandits, dictators, demagogues and wealthy tech dilletantes with a political axe to grind, the public itself is going to have to take radical action.

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Article: Open Access Fiber to Improve U.S. Internet Connectivity

Dark Fiber, Hardware, Open Source

Open Access Fiber to Improve U.S. Internet Connectivity

With Democratic control of the House, Senate, and White House and widespread support for an infrastructure bill, the United States has a narrow opportunity to catch up to the rest of the world on last-mile fiber deployment. Assuming that the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act will be the basis for any legislation included in the infrastructure bill, the act should be revised with open access infrastructure (including open conduit and dark fiber that are subject to government oversight) as its central tenet.

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Article: Development of Dark Fiber Optic Networks Accelerates Data Center Alley Connectivity

Autonomous Internet, Dark Fiber

Development of Dark Fiber Optic Networks Accelerates Data Center Alley Connectivity

The continued growth and evolution of the digital economy remains a driver for strong data center growth and development throughout Virginia. As reported in a March 2021 Virginia Business article, a new dark fiber network is expected to expand opportunities for data center development in strategic Virginia locations.

This new 680-mile regional fiber optic network will connect the large concentration of existing data centers in Northern Virginia to the Virginia Beach cable landing station and, in turn, provide access to the subsea, intercontinental high-speed internet cables running to Europe and South America.

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Article: Blockchain Comes Under Data Privacy Scrutiny

Blockchain, Cyber-Security, Data

Blockchain Comes Under Data Privacy Scrutiny

Blockchain will increasingly change how businesses operate in various industries and sectors, but this disruptive technology will undoubtedly continue to face legal and regulatory challenges as it becomes more widely accepted.

Smart contracts and DApps, in particular, will face an increase in legal scrutiny as the Federal and state government begin to establish legal standards. Blockchain, as a whole, will likely experience an added level of scrutiny as states around the US establish their own state data privacy laws like California (CCPA) and Virginia.

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Article: Dark fiber optic network coming to NoVa

Autonomous Internet, Dark Fiber

Dark fiber could be the future of school networkingDark fiber optic network coming to NoVa

“It’s going to be a game-changer for us,” because of the speed, scale and expansion possibilities, says Victor Hoskins, CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “The ability to grow is immense. … What’s so incredible about this one is that it’s connecting to the submerged cables that connect across the ocean, that come up in Virginia Beach.”

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Article: How dark fiber can support flexible networks for local government

Dark Fiber

How dark fiber can support flexible networks for local government

Instead of relying on commercial internet services providers and sharing fiber infrastructure with other entities, dark fiber gives counties the opportunity to use and manage their own, private broadband infrastructure.

This is relevant for counties that want to make sure their network connections and communications are secure, said Rebecca Hunter, a corporate strategist for Crown Castle, one of the United States’ leading providers of raw fiberoptic cable.

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