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BROADBAND EXPANSION — Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael briefs lawmakers Tuesday on broadband expansion projects slated to launch later this month.

Innovations in telecommunication technology has been substantial in the last few years. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, people mostly youngsters and adults are relying on their smartphones due to the reason that it is easy and convenient to use the internet on smartphones wherever you are. The report shows that the number of mobile phone users in the US is about 294.15 million, as this number is increasing day by day, the number of smartphone-only internet users will also be increased simultaneously. 5G has also made it very easy to use the internet on smartphones.

According to the data of

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But there’s a catch. You can get the EBB discount on your home Internet or cellphone bill only if you sign up. I’ll show you how. Just know it may require some patience: So many people are applying, the government’s website to prove you’re eligible for the EBB went down for some people on Wednesday morning.

The program reflects one clear lesson from covid-19: An Internet connection has become just as important to American life as electricity and water. Watching many people struggle to go to school, consult the doctor or work online during the pandemic helped Congress realize that

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Plateau Pediatrics in Crossville combines an information-filled website, digital tools such as electronic medical records, and traditional face-to-face visits to provide quality patient care. Donna Summerford, owner of Aunt Dee’s Soaps & Lotions, successfully used the internet to first establish an outlet and then to expand the business she built in her rural DeKalb County home. The renovated and recently renamed Macon Community Hospital in Lafayette uses high-speed internet to offer telehealth, allowing patients access to a greater range of physicians and services.

None of this would be possible without access to high-speed broadband internet. However, the harsh reality

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New York is among the cities targeted by Microsoft’s Airband Initiative. 

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This story is part of Crossing the Broadband Divide, CNET’s coverage of how the country is working toward making broadband access universal.

Many Americans can’t afford internet service at home. Microsoft wants to change that. The software giant said Wednesday that it’s expanding its Airband program, which was initially designed to connect rural areas, to eight cities: Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, El Paso, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee. 

These are locations where broadband infrastructure largely exists but where “the connection and devices to

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo., May 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Starting today, Boost Mobile is helping make broadband access more affordable under the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. Boost will provide qualifying customers access to free high speed mobile internet via two connectivity options:

  • Mobile Phone: Customers can take advantage of 35 GB/ month free data and unlimited talk and text on a smartphone. Users who select this option can bring their own device, or purchase a device from the Boost website or their local retail location.
  • Mobile Hotspot: Customers can purchase a mobile hotspot for a one-time
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