Donate
The Week in Internet News: $1,200 a Month for Internet Service? Thumbnail
‹ Back
Technology 2 December 2019

The Week in Internet News: $1,200 a Month for Internet Service?

Grant Gross
By Grant GrossTechnology Reporter

Gold-plated Internet access: Ulukhaktok, a small town in Canada’s Northwest Territories, is exploring ways to build its own broadband network after complaints of slow speeds and data caps, Vice.com reports. The price for exceeding the 10 GB data cap cost one resident $1,200 for the month. As part of the community-led effort, several residents have completed training on community networks with the Internet Society, which is supporting the project.

Editing ordered: Singapore’s government has ordered Facebook to “correct” a user’s post that contained accusations about the arrest of a supposed whistleblower and election rigging, in the first use of the country’s fake news law, Reuters says. The government called the allegations “false” and “scurrilous” and ordered blogger Alex Tan to issue a correction. But Tan does not live in Singapore and says he is an Australian citizen, and he refused to comply.

China joins in: Meanwhile, the Chinese government is targeting fake news and deep fake videos under new Internet content rules, Reuters reports. In addition, any use of AI or virtual reality needs to be clearly marked in a prominent manner in the government’s efforts against deep fakes. Failure to follow the rules could be considered a criminal offense, the Cyberspace Administration of China said.

Connections for students: A U.S. lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at providing students more Internet access to assist them with homework, QNS.com says. Representative Grace Meng has introduced the Closing the Homework Gap Through Mobile Hotspots Act, which would create a $100 million grant program for schools, libraries, and federally-recognized Native American tribes to purchase mobile hotspots.

The Internet is for everyone. Learn more about community networks and join the global movement to help close the digital divide!

‹ Back

Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

Related articles

Digital Development Is the Way Forward: The Suusamyr Community Network Launches at CNX
Digital Development Is the Way Forward: The Suusamyr Community Network Launches at CNX
Community Networks31 October 2018

Digital Development Is the Way Forward: The Suusamyr Community Network Launches at CNX

Asylbek Sanarbekov, a social worker in the village of Suusamyr, Kyrgyzstan, can often be seen standing outside of his office...

The Week in Internet News: China and Russia Target ‘Illegal’ Content
The Week in Internet News: China and Russia Target ‘Illegal’ Content
Technology14 October 2019

The Week in Internet News: China and Russia Target ‘Illegal’ Content

Content crackdown: China and Russia plan to sign an agreement to crack down on what they consider “illegal” Internet content,...

The Week in Internet News: Massachusetts Town Says 'No Thank You' to Broadband Network
The Week in Internet News: Massachusetts Town Says 'No Thank You' to Broadband Network
Technology7 January 2019

The Week in Internet News: Massachusetts Town Says ‘No Thank You’ to Broadband Network

Build your own: A Massachusetts town has declined an offer from a major ISP to build a high-speed broadband network...

Join the conversation with Internet Society members around the world