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Windows 10 Is Coming

Microsoft has been working hard on a new Windows operating system release that will be made available later this year. Windows 10 is currently in the final stages of preparation and should be ready for roll-out to 190 countries this summer.* Early indications are that Microsoft will make a Windows 10 upgrade available at no cost to users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. Their hope is to garner early acceptance of this new OS among their corporate clientele, moving them from ver. 7 straight to ver. 10. Opting to skip version 9 to go straight to version 10 was more than a marketing decision for Microsoft. The less than stellar acceptance of Windows 8 and 8.1—designed more for touch screen use in tablets and smartphones than desktop computers—have caused the company to reemphasize their core business, the corporate...

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FCC Votes to Regulate Internet Access

In a vote of three in favor and two opposed, the FCC voted to approve regulating Internet service like a public utility, prohibiting companies from paying for faster lanes on the Internet. In other words, net neutrality won out over the objection of major carriers (AT&T, Verizon, ComCast, et.al.). A brief video explaining net neutrality is featured below: Rather than inhibit Internet infrastructure expansion, I believe that creating a level playing field for everyone will foster greater growth and fuel the necessary expansion accordingly. Republicans had signaled their opposition to FCC regulation but, according to the New York Times, it appears unlikely they will attempt legislation to block it. This is a big win for most users. Now we have a more equitable framework in which to coexist with large corporate interests. Users will also have a forum through...

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What is Broadband and why is it important?

Broadband is simply a word used to identify a high-speed connection to the Internet. Whether you are using a computer (desktop or laptop), a smartphone or tablet, your device will send and receive data via a connection to Internet. Broadband speeds are much faster than dial-up where the user connects via a standard telephone modem that dials a number in order to connect. The FCC’s initial designation of minimum broadband speed was 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. This week, the FCC changed the designation of minimum broadband to 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. The designation Mbps = millions of bits per second (1 bit = 1/8 of a character, symbol or number). Most telephone companies currently have DSL plans that range from 4-6 Mbps download speed and 1-1.5 Mbps upload speed. Many cable television companies have...

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