Internet Access

November 6, 2013, 12pm PST
Could Los Angeles get a private company to spend $3 billion to $5 billion to connect every residence and business in the city to a fiber broadband network? City leaders seem to think so, and are planning to move forward with an RFP.
Ars Technica
August 22, 2013, 9am PDT
Though the Obama administration poured billions of dollars into expanding broadband access across America (98 percent of homes now have access), reducing digital inequality has been a far greater challenge.
The New York Times
June 4, 2013, 6am PDT
With the privacy concerns that've arisen with its questionable data gathering, many people are unlikely to welcome the idea of a Google blimp floating overhead. But the billion people the company wants to connect to the Internet may feel differently.
The Wall Street Journal
July 27, 2012, 11am PDT
Calling it the "next phase of the Internet", Google announced the details of the roll out of its ultrahigh-speed Internet network this week, which will offer speeds 100 times faster than typical broadband connections to residents of Kansas City.
The New York Times
March 28, 2012, 1pm PDT
Michael Coren examines the influence of internet connection speeds on economic production and the reasons why he believes "broadband will become the interstate highways of the 21st century."
Fast Company Co.Exist
September 7, 2011, 7am PDT
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Fast Company's Boyd Cohen writes how New York City's preparedness for Hurricane's should include enhancing infrastructure in things like the Internet and transit.
Fast Company
July 7, 2011, 5am PDT
With a growing demand for wireless internet, mobile communication networks may encroach on public space, writes Michael Chen, adjunct assistant professor at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture.
Urban Omnibus
November 4, 2010, 7am PDT
A six month trial will bring Wi-Fi Internet access into test locations within the London tube system, part of an effort by the city to bring Internet access to the entire system in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
BBC
Blog post
March 30, 2010, 7am PDT
Even when the circuitry is beyond us mere mortals, DIY comes to the rescue 

In town meetings we use the Internet for a wide variety of uses, from photo walls to display images collected during our WalkShop tours, to brainstorming and voting with ourAnyWare suite of tools, to collecting ideas using Google Docs or Google MyMaps at round tables.  The latest WiFi cards are making connecting to the Internet possible in places where the Internet normally is not available.

Ken Snyder
January 14, 2010, 10am PST
This article from <em>Government Technology</em> looks at the idea of municipal Wi-Fi Internet access and why it has struggled to take off.
Government Technology
June 18, 2009, 11am PDT
The City of Sherwood, Oregon has invested $1.55 million in broadband fiberoptic cable, promising internet access for all and a system that would pay for itself. So far, it hasn't quite worked out that way.
The Oregonian
January 3, 2009, 5am PST
As President Elect Obama delivers his weekly address via YouTube, half of all Americans don't have the broadband access necessary to watch.
Business Week