A Cellphone-Only World? Not So Fast

Is the landline “good as dead”? That’s what some media outlets would have you believe from their coverage earlier this year of a report on cellphone-only households. This sensational message makes for eye-catching headlines — but a closer look reveals a different story. Most Americans Still Live in Landline Households Many U.S. households have ditched their landlines and now rely solely on cellphones, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Indeed, the data show …

Will Aereo Revolutionize Broadcast TV, or Kill It?

On April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a lawsuit that some think will determine the future of television – or, at the very least, whether you can watch local TV news and broadcast channels over the Internet, without having to buy a cable TV subscription. The case involves Aereo, a two-year-old New York-based start-up that offers a new way to watch TV. Aereo captures signals from broadcast TV stations on banks of antennas located close to the …

Community Digs Deep for Superfast Broadband

Frustration 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

Trust 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

Affordable 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 …