Key findings The United Nations estimates that as of Dec. 1, 2023, there are over eight billion people in the world. Over five billion of them are using the internet daily to find information, stay in touch with family and friends and keep up to date on events, the most popular reasons everyone is connecting […]
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Robin Layton is an editor for the broadband marketplace Allconnect. She built her internet industry expertise writing and editing for four years on the site, as well as on Allconnect’s sister site MYMOVE.com. Her expertise is in home internet plans, as well as broadband and digital divide news. Robin brought 30 years of experience in journalism and marketing to her Allconnect role, to ensure consumers get a fair and balanced reporting of the state of broadband services to help them understand the process of purchasing an internet service provider that fits their online needs. Her credentials include a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Shepherd University.
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The newest version of the National Broadband Map shows the number of homes and businesses without internet access is going down, reporting 7.2 million locations lack high-speed internet access versus the 8.3 million shown on the May 2023 map. The broadband map was created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and its first iteration went […]
What is 5G internet? 5G is the fifth-generation wireless cellular technology that allows you to connect your calls and texts on your cell phone when your device is within your provider’s network and tower radius. It’s also used as a fixed wireless broadband connection called 5G home internet, with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. It […]
If you spend any time at all connected to the internet, whether via a computer or a mobile device, you’ll have heard of 5G. This fifth-generation cellular wireless technology allows you to use your cell phone and have an internet connection, all from the same tower. The hope for 5G tech is that it will […]
Most Americans – 97% to be exact – own a smartphone of some kind. At an average price of $823, it’s not a purchase to make lightly. If you’re in the market for a new mobile phone, there are better times of the year than others to purchase one. Preorder mobile phone deals While a new […]
Multi-factor authentication, strong passwords and common sense can keep your mobile phone safe.
Cox, Spectrum and Xfinity are the current top 3 internet providers for speed.
Two recent surveys show that Americans are pretty happy with their internet service. According to the latest consumer insight survey from the Internet & Television Association (NCTA), 85% of the respondents gave a positive rating for their internet service, with speed, signal strength, reliability and security all scoring over 84%. With the average internet plan […]
These older cell phone technologies are fading away, but you still need to understand them if you purchase an unlocked phone.
If you aren't a heavy gamer or streamer, getting internet through your phone may work for you.
FCC: The goal is to make internet service transparent and easy for consumers to understand.
Commission also seeks to require ISPs to report outages to them.
Need parental controls? There’s an app for that. Check out the best parental controls on the market for iOS and Android phones.
For a small fee, most internet providers allow you to put your internet, home phone or cable TV service on a temporary hold.
We break it down to explain what that may mean for internet providers and consumers.
Monthly internet stipend to 20 million people may end; some fed funds may be too restrictive to help bridge the digital divide.
Good news, the rain isn't slowing down your Wi-Fi or cable internet.
FCC commits $41M to libraries and school districts for technology and internet access.
Feds seek input on firing up the $9B 5G Fund for Rural America program.
85% of parents want their children to be safe and connected with a cellphone. Follow these steps to add safety controls to your child's first phone.
The channel-blocking standoff between Spectrum’s owner, Charter Communications, and Disney ended on Sept. 11, literally hours before the start of Monday Night Football. The 10-day dispute that left 15 million Spectrum customers without access to Disney’s channels, including ESPN, was resolved with some channels being restored and an option for Spectrum TV Select customers to […]
You have options to catch your favorite shows … and the start of the NFL season.
The devices we use for internet access like smartphones, laptops and tablets are equipped with accessibility features to make use easier for those with hearing, speech, vision or cognitive losses.
From locking your screen to enabling two-factor authentication, every precaution you take can keep your personal information safer from hackers.
The need for internet connections and tech skills is rapidly growing.
‘Internet Air’ debuts in 16 areas across the US.
If you love football and are thinking about switching internet providers, check out this deal.
Traveling to a new country for a short vacation can be stressful enough, but as someone studying long-term in an unfamiliar country, you can face extra challenges, especially when trying to connect to the internet. Nearly a million international students studied in the U.S. during the 2021/22 school year. With internet-based classes and exercises, it’s […]
Our guide to internet speed explains how to check your connection, what speeds you need for your tasks and how to improve Wi-Fi speeds.
To get the best cellphone plan, compare the taxes and fees, data caps and available discounts. You may also save money by bundling with your internet plan.
Internet companies must prove that providing internet to certain areas costs more than the $30/mo. benefit provided by the Affordable Connectivity Program.
Check out these deals on modems, hotspots and Wi-Fi extenders at Amazon's back-to-school sale.
Households with students can get free internet through government programs and public or private hotspots.
“Like electricity a century ago, broadband is a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life.” This was the introduction of the federal government’s 2010 National Broadband Plan. Thirteen years and billions of investment dollars later, that statement still rings true. The 2010 plan’s major goal was very similar […]
Encrypting your signal and updating router passwords are some of the ways to ensure a safe remote work experience.
Internet calling is easy to set up, often plugging right into your modem.
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