Rural Areas May Soon Get High-Speed WiFi Over Unused TV Bands

If you live out in the less densely inhabited regions of America, chances are very good that high-speed internet in your area is pretty hard—if not impossible—to come by. That could soon change thanks to a team from Rice University who have hacked currently unused, Ultra High Frequency (UHF) TV spectrum into a… » 9/10/14 3:45pm 9/10/14 3:45pm

What's the Best Visualization of the Internet You've Ever Seen?

All the cables and servers that make up the internet may be actual, physical things, but the data they send zipping all over the world is a bit harder to put into perspective. Many have tried—quite a few have failed—but every once in a while, creativity and genius combine to form the perfect picture of the internet… » 9/08/14 12:31pm 9/08/14 12:31pm

How to Yell at the FCC About How Much You Hate Its Net Neutrality Rules

Though it's been a few months since the FCC voted to move forward with its horrible net neutrality rules, we're now getting close to the finish line. The (extended) public comment period ends September 10, and the future of the internet is at stake. In fact, it's up to you. "But how do I comment?" you ask, "How do I… » 9/08/14 8:34am 9/08/14 8:34am

What Would Happen to the Internet if Mankind Disappeared?

Parts of it would die within a couple of days; if your access to it remained operational, some of it might remain partially usable for a year or two. All large complex systems require constant maintenance by huge staffs of intelligent people, and the internet is no exception. Like you've seen in future-dystopian… » 9/05/14 11:00am 9/05/14 11:00am

The Weirdest, Angriest, and Most Heartfelt Comments on Net Neutrality

The FCC currently has over a million comments on net neutrality. They range from touching, to weird, to apocalyptically angry. We've plucked out a few superlative comments to highlight here, but the FCC extended deadline to September 15th so there's still time for you to send a profanity-laced response. » 8/30/14 12:54pm 8/30/14 12:54pm

Microsoft's First Website From 1994 Looks Delightfully Ancient Today

In 1994, there were just a few thousand websites on the internet. HTML was still new, and the concept of web publishing was still embryonic. It was the year that Microsoft launched its own website—and today, to celebrate its 20th anniversary on the web, the company dug that old website up and put it back online. » 8/07/14 5:49pm 8/07/14 5:49pm

A New Underwater Internet Cable Directly Connects Crimea And Russia

Russia's connection with Crimea is an unsolved geopolitical quandary, but the physical connection to the Russian mainland just got a bit stronger: Crimean ISPs have transitioned over to a new 28.5-mile-long underwater cable connecting directly to Russia, bypassing the old connection through Ukraine. » 8/01/14 12:14pm 8/01/14 12:14pm