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Oct
7
2021

It’s Cool to #BeCyberSmart: Simple Tips to Keep You Protected

October is cybersecurity month, an annual collaboration between government and industry to ensure that Americans have the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. This is particularly important during a pandemic when our already tech-driven lives have become even more so, with virtually every aspect of our daily schedules mediated through devices.
a doctor in a telemedicine appointment with a family
Oct
4
2021

The Infrastructure Behind Telehealth

The COVID pandemic has been a once-in-a-century health crisis, upending lives and livelihoods worldwide. With the need for safe access to healthcare during the crisis came a renewed focus on an emerging phenomenon: telehealth, or the use of the internet to provide quality care at a distance. According to a new study, the use of telehealth to treat Medicare patients rose some 10,000% in the first six weeks of the pandemic. This exponential rise underscored a fundamental truth: the life-or-death importance of having a reliable broadband connection. Telehealth, then, is the crossroads between innovation and infrastructure. Let’s explore the latest telehealth trends, and how its advanced technology is being supported by a powerful broadband network.
Issues: America's Wi-FiBroadband InfrastructureRural Broadband
a group of masked workers on a conference call with people working from home
Oct
1
2021

The Future of Videoconferencing: The New Norm is Just the Beginning

Throughout the pandemic, popular platforms such as Zoom, Skype, and Google Hangouts have not only kept us learning, playing, and communicating – they have quite literally kept the world economy afloat. All of this has been made possible by a robust broadband infrastructure that kept the communication going even in the face of increased internet use of up to 40% in general and an amazing 300% on videoconferencing applications. This phenomenon underscores a fundamental point: in today’s society, a broadband connection is no longer an option; it’s an essential. So how exactly has videoconferencing changed our society over the course of the pandemic? And what does a future of superfast internet mean for the further development of these platforms? Let’s take a look.
Issues: America's Wi-FiBroadband Infrastructure
a robot standing next to a window and thinking
Sep
30
2021

Don’t Fear the Revolution: A Robotic Future Will Serve Their Human Masters Well

For many of us, the word “robotics” calls forth an image of laser-eyed humanoids from a sci-fi movie. But reality is not quite so dramatic. In fact, the science of robotics, combined with the power of our broadband infrastructure, has already transformed many of our homes and workplaces into centers of “smart” activity, both inside and out. In today’s post, we’ll look at how advances in robotics are already revolutionizing our lives—and what’s to come in our 10G future.
Issues: America's Wi-FiBroadband Infrastructure
an illustrated diagram of a smart home
Sep
29
2021

How Infrastructure Investment Will Make Homes Smarter

The COVID-19 crisis, with its quarantines, lockdowns, and sheltering in place, has led to a dramatic redefinition of the word “home.” For many of us, what was once a sacred base to relax from work, study, and travel has become, thanks to the pandemic, a full-time living, office, and leisure center rolled into one. The revisioning of our living space prompted by the pandemic has dovetailed with a series of internet-powered innovations that, together, create what is known as the smart home.
Issues: Broadband Infrastructure
a poster of the tv show, born this way
Sep
24
2021

Disability and Television:
Validating Identity and Experience

Every year, television networks and broadband providers converge in New York’s Times Square to celebrate and discuss diversity in their programming and within their companies. A week of conferences and educational sessions focused on a mission of sustaining diversity, equity, and inclusion across the internet, and media industries. Recently, an oft-overlooked area of diversity is gaining more attention in the industry: people with disabilities. 
Issues: Diversity on TV
diverse characters in an animated tv show
Sep
23
2021

Diversity in Children’s TV:
How Disney Is Leading the Way

Representation matters, and the need to increase diversity in programming is a vital priority for television studios. This emphasis has borne fruit in recent years, with top-rated shows such as Insecure, Lovecraft Country, Vida, and Ugly Betty charting an innovative path across genres and networks.  But while these and other advances are welcome, more attention needs to be placed on programming for the most impressionable demographic: children. This is where an industry leader – Disney Junior and Disney Television Animation – is making diversity a daily reality, both on-screen and off.
Issues: Diversity on TV
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Sep
17
2021

What to Watch on TV This Fall

Fall is synonymous with the start of school, the return of football, and most importantly, the release of the fall TV schedule. The pandemic has made television production difficult, but as they say in Hollywood, the show must go on! Television studios have been working overtime to ensure you have plenty of great content this autumn, with both premieres and new seasons of the tried-and-trues competing for our attention. Here’s what we’re keeping our eye on this fall.