Networks

Community Digs Deep for Superfast Broadband

Posted on 01/22/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute | TechnologyFrustration with sluggish, expensive or unavailable broadband has prompted a growing number of communities to find other options. Some 89 cities and towns in the U.S. have launched their own fiber-to-the-home networks, which many experts say is the fastest and most reliable way to access the Internet. The result: Places such as Chattanooga, Tenn., Bristol, Va., and Lafayette, La., now offer Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second,  or about 100 times faster than today’s average broadband speeds. …

Making Communities More Welcoming to People of All Ages

Posted on 11/20/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingTrust me, you don’t want to have problems getting around and be in Venice, Italy. Venice is an amazing city — the culture, the architecture, the food and the canals. But there are more than 400 bridges — many of them footbridges. You’re walking to yet another lovely square and, guess what? All of a sudden there are steep steps up and down if you want to continue on your way.  Good luck if you’re not up to the task — …

High-Speed Networks Give Communities an Age-Friendly Advantage

Posted on 09/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteAffordable access to high-speed Internet networks provides communities with a powerful platform to help meet the challenges — and take advantage of the opportunities — associated with an aging population. This approach to community development deserves more attention from supporters of both age-friendly communities and community broadband networks. High-speed Internet connectivity enables a growing array of applications and services that create and enhance opportunities for health, participation and independence for older Americans.  A recent AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) report …

VA—Easy Target for Foreign Hackers?

Posted on 06/5/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Kevin Freking of The Associated Press At least eight foreign-sponsored organizations have hacked into computer networks at the Veterans Affairs Department in recent years or were actively trying to do so, a former VA computer security chief told Congress on Tuesday. Jerry Davis, who served as the VA’s chief information security officer until February 2013, said in written testimony to a House subcommittee that the VA became aware of the computer hacking in March 2010 and that attacks continue …