Lightning struck! Laptop, modem and printer died... Got new WiFi router with broadband. Got new Lenovo laptop with Windows 8. Connected router successful. All lights green for go! Open Google Chrome to connect to my favorites. Refuses to connect to my sites... what now, how do I play my poker tournament, how do I make my EFT payments, how do I read my mail? I can not for ever use my poor mobile for this. Any wise samaritan out there with a solution? Please hear my laptops call!!!

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Hi guys, another internet connection question. What do you think about a 5mbps connection but with 15gb monthly limit? I am currently using 2mbps broadband connection and as far as I know, no monthly usage limit. These two has same monthly bill price of 999.00 PHP. Although 2mbps is good enough here, I just want to try it out but first asking about your opinions. What I usually use: -Facebook (always online when using laptop) -mostly Online Gaming -browsing websites -Google -a little youtube -occasional movie and music downloads (I think this one would be easy to monitor according to …

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According to a new [URL="http://pewresearch.org/databank/dailynumber/?NumberID=1072"]study [/URL]from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 21 percent of American adults do not use the Internet. And of those, 90 percent say they have no intention of using the Internet in the future. Among the non-internet users, 34 percent do have some relationship with the online world, ranging from living in a home with an Internet connection or having used the Internet at some point in the past. As far as reasons, 48 percent say they are too busy or not interested, while 21 percent are concerned about the price and 18 percent …

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I've been a customer of BT for well over 10 years now and had an internet package with them since the days of dial-up. However i've had problems with my connection dropping out sometimes for days at a time and during importent periods such as MS exam prep and uni deadlines. An engineer has been sent out at least 5 time in a year but nothings changed and it's still dropping out (more regularly now). When i've asked alot of people have said they had trouble with BT and switched but others have never had an issue and have good …

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The state of Oregon is holding a series of informational meetings in 20 areas around the state to identify the barriers to bringing Internet resources to their community. While obviously meetings are being held in urban locations such as Portland and the state capital of Salem, they are also being held in rural and remote locations such as John Day and Madras (with 5,078 residents, according to the 2000 census). The meetings are part of a [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story234021.html"]project [/URL] funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus package. Oregon received a $1.6 million Broadband …

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According to [URL="www.thinkbroadband.com/ipv6"]research conducted by thinkbroadband.com[/URL], there is significant confusion amongst broadband providers not only as to whether they support IPv6 but also as to what it actually is. Surprising, when you consider that IPv6 has been available since 1998 and much written about - [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story218110.html"]including here on DaniWeb[/URL] for many years now. Not surprising, when you consider that only a handful of niche broadband service providers actually support it at the moment. That didn't stop several of the sales teams at broadband providers from incorrectly claiming to be supporting it though, while others responded with such remarks as "is …

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hello everyone, any help or insight would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance :) i've been having a problem with my connection recently. since the past two weeks or so i've been having really lousy internet(slow as a snail).although the browsing speed has been ok. the download/upload and streaming speed sucks like hell. right so help me pinpoint the cause of this either 1) someones leeching my internet 2) the internet is slow because of spyware/adware yadda yadda yadda 3) the ISP is faulty well thats all i can think of : SYSTEM SPECS ==> i use a dell latitude …

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The big mystery of what exactly Verizon and Google were talking about behind closed doors was solved this afternoon when about 1:45 p.m. ET, the two telecom companies issued a joint policy proposal, announcing a compromise on net neutrality. Their [URL="http://www.scribd.com/doc/35599242/Verizon-Google-Legislative-Framework-Proposal"]suggestions[/URL] are legislative framework for policymakers, they said. "Google and Verizon have been working together to find ways to preserve the open Internet andthe vibrant and innovative markets it supports, to protect consumers, and to promote continued investment in broadband access. With these goals in mind, together we offer a proposed open Internet framework for the consideration of policymakers and …

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Rumors surfaced today saying Verizon and Google are reportedly close to making a deal that could end net neutrality. The [URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100805/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_google_verizon"]Associated Press[/URL] reported that the two companies, which have been in talks for close to a year, may reach an agreement in the coming days. If such an agreement were reached, it would change the face of the Internet as we know it, giving telecommunications companies the ability to choose the speed and order of content delivery. It could mean faster services, but at a price to both the online sites that want their content to be top-priority and Internet …

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Unless you are a techno-luddite of the first order, the chances are that you would agree the Internet has become an integral part of daily life for those blessed with decent access to the thing. But would you agree that broadband access of no less than 1Mbps is your legal right? If you happen to live in Finland, from today it will be. Yes, Finland has become the first country anywhere in the world to make access to the Internet by broadband a legal right for each and every one of its estimated 5,313,399 citizens. But the good news for …

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There is absolutely no doubt that mobile broadband has been one of those recession bucking sectors which has enjoyed something of a boom in recent years. However, according to new figures from [URL="http://www.Broadband-Expert.co.uk"]Broadband Expert[/URL] that boom would appear to be over. Working on the basis that the number of people using the comparison website to sign up for mobile broadband services equates directly to the popularity of mobile broadband, at least in the UK, the site suggests that consumers are "realising the technology does not live up to the hype" and this accounts for the 57 percent drop it has …

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I am running Windows xp service pack 2. I recently got a broad band connection via Wimax,I want to share this connection with 3 computers on my LAN I have already installed the extra NIC and configured it to(IP 192.168.0.1 gateway:blank dns:Same as the one given by my ISP).The computer indicates this connection is fine. The problem starts when I try to enable Internet connection sharing on the NIC connected to the WIMAX IDU,I am notified that when connection is shared my Lan adapter will be set to 192.168.0.1. On clicking YES it then goes "An error occured when ICS …

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UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has just sat down after speaking for an hour to deliver the coalition Government's 'Emergency Budget' to a crowded and noisy House of Commons - and it's not good news for the games industry. Of interest to those in the IT industry in general are the following announcements: The proposed [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/mar/24/budget-2010-video-games-tax-relief"]video games industry tax relief[/URL] announced by the previous Chancellor earlier in the year, and worth an estimated £1 billion a year to games developers, has been abolished. The [URL="http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/landline-levy-will-fund-superfast-broadband-for-all-16062009.html"]landline levy[/URL] which was also proposed in that same previous budget, estimated to cost …

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Martha Lane Fox, who co-founded lastminute.com, has [URL="http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/latest-news"]been appointed[/URL] as the new UK Digital Champion by Prime Minister David Cameron. As part of the coaltion Government's drive to increase transparency and accountability, the Internet entrepreneur will be tasked with encouraging as many people as possible to go online, and improving the convenience and efficiency of public services by driving online delivery. She will be supported in this endeavour by the Cabinet Office. Lane-Fox will also sit on the Efficiency Board, which is co-chaired by Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, and which oversees …

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At the State Opening of Parliament, the Queen has been giving her annual speech on behalf of the UK Government. Written by the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition Government itself, much of the speech was devoted to the inevitable cost cutting exercises, the 'Big Society' concept and reform in terms of both the electoral system and Parliament itself. However, one thing amongst an otherwise predictably boring speech came, thankfully, near the start, when Her Majesty stated that "my government will support the [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2010/03/23/looking-beyond-the-broadband-budget/"]introduction of high speed broadband[/URL] access" for the UK. Unfortunately she did not mention that her government will repeal …

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All of the applications for the second round of broadband stimulus funding have been posted -- sort of. In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus package, Congress appropriated $7.2 billion for broadband grants, loans, and loan guarantees to be administered by the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). There are two programs: RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). BIP will make loans and grants for broadband infrastructure projects in rural areas, while BTOP will provide grants …

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One might have titled this story "Beware of government bearing gifts." We should be exceedingly wary whenever law makers begin dabbling with something that's been working exceedingly well for decades. Today that thing is the Internet, perhaps the least-regulated industry in the U.S. today. This week the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering a set of new (and as yet unpublished) rules that would impose regulations on how broadband service providers are allowed to maintain their networks. Shrouded in the innocuous veil of "Network Neutrality," the potential restrictions are anything but neutral, and could tie the hands of service providers …

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Awards from the first round of broadband stimulus grants are coming under criticism for duplicating existing infrastructure. "Now as the government awards the money, some phone and cable companies complain that not all of it is being used to bring broadband to places that lack it," said Joelle Tessler in a [URL="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iex_PENgwcwmc4mHV6f0LQOfbT8wD9F0L9800"]story [/URL]for the Associated Press. "Instead, these companies say, much of the money will fund new networks in places where they already offer service." The criticisms arose during a March 4 [URL="http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20100304/transcript.03.04.2010.cti.pdf"]hearing [/URL]on Oversight of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Broadband, by Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.). "In addition …

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In response to criticism of the way it was testing broadband Internet speeds, the Federal Communications Commission, following up a [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story267741.html"]promise [/URL]it made last month, [URL="http://blog.broadband.gov/?entryId=359987"]announced [/URL]it had hired a vendor to help it perform more accurate tests. "In a couple of weeks, we will be asking for consumers from across the country to voluntarily install hardware in their homes (on an opt-in basis) that is capable of measuring broadband performance," said the FCC's Dave Vorhaus, an expert advisor in economic opportunity, on the FCC's blog. "The measurements will give us results across a broad swath of providers, service tiers …

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Well thanks for that O2, my iPhone was as much use as a chocolate teapot from lunchtime yesterday thanks to the pay monthly data network suffering a monumental failure. There I was, sitting in a (without wifi) Costa Coffee about to start an informal meeting with a potential client. I needed to check my email to confirm something with him, but wait, what was that my iPhone was telling me: unable to connect to the O2 data network? Surely some mistake. But no, a very embarrassing 30 minutes passed during which time I was unable to access the all important …

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I have [I]Clear.com[/I] 4G Mobile USB "WiMax", which I use with my laptop. It's a USB transceiver and looks like a big flash drive with a hinge. A friend told me I could "bridge" the WiMax with my internal Wi-Fi and/or an ethernet connection. Is this possible? If so, would my bandwidth be increased or only as fast as the fastest connection? And how is this done in Windows 7? For instance, the main library here sits on top of the T3 backbone of the city -- 100 megabit pipeline and speeds are great when I plug in the ethernet …

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Applications for the second round of U.S. broadband stimulus funding are starting to become publicly available on a federal [URL="http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/applications/search.cfm"]website[/URL]. Approximately 870 applications had been posted to the database as of Saturday, [URL="http://www.stimulatingbroadband.com/2010/04/update-broadband-stimulus-round-ii.html"]according [/URL]to Stimulating Broadband, a website dedicated to tracking broadband stimulus funding. In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus package, Congress appropriated $7.2 billion for broadband grants, loans, and loan guarantees to be administered by the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). There are two programs: RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) …

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Just six weeks after Google [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story259442.html"]announced [/URL]its plan to build a gigabit fiber network for a city, more than 1,100 cities have applied, the company [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/next-steps-for-our-experimental-fiber.html"]said [/URL]on Friday. In addition, more than 194,000 individuals responded, Google said. The company has put a map up on its corporate blog showing which cities have the most response. Unfortunately, the company appears to be looking primarily at raw numbers and not responses per capita; with such a scoring system, large cities will certainly have an advantage over smaller ones. Google said that for the rest of the year, it will be looking at …

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In preparation for releasing its national broadband plan tomorrow (which is already coming under [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/business/media/13fcc.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1268658134-LNz+NNwd7fnSKyovP4YlZw"]criticism[/URL]), the Federal Communications Commission has started collecting data from users on their broadband [URL="http://broadband.gov/qualitytest/"]performance [/URL]-- a test that is also coming under criticism. Like [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story219530.html"]similar [/URL]testing a couple of years ago, the broadband.gov testing suffers from one glaring flaw: it is self-selected. It's reporting the results from a self-selected group who knew about the speed test, had the time and interest and ability to take it -- and who had Internet access in the first place so that they could. But the people most likely …

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Announcements for the first round of broadband stimulus grants and loans have slipped a bit; while all the announcements were supposed to be made by March 1, they are now expected to be made by March 15, according to an [URL="http://www.stimulatingbroadband.com/2010/03/broadband-stimulus-pipeline-usda-says.html"]article [/URL]on the Stimulating Broadband website. In the first round [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story231771.html"]alone[/URL], $28 billion in requests was made for $7.2 billion in funding. Awards started being announced in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story247325.html"]December[/URL]. In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus package, Congress appropriated $7.2 billion for broadband grants, loans, and loan guarantees to be administered by the USDA’s …

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The Federal Communications Commission asked Congress this week for a one-month extension to its Feb. 17 deadline for a [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220560.html"]report[/URL] on a national broadband plan, according to an [URL="http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100107-707117.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines"]article[/URL] in the [I]Wall Street Journal.[/I] The agency said it needed more time to fully brief commissioners and key members of Congress, to get additional input from stakeholders, and to digest the exhaustive record. "Broadly, the plan is expected to suggest that the U.S. overhauls its $7 billion annual federal phone-subsidy program to cover broadband lines and that FCC needs to reallocate some airwaves for wireless carriers to offer broadband instead," the …

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A recent [URL="http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1448/latinos-internet--usage-increase-2006-2008"]survey[/URL] by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that the percentage of Latinos who use the Internet has jumped, and that a larger percentage of Latinos than blacks now use the Internet. From 2006 to 2008, Internet use among Latino adults rose by 10 percentage points, from 54 percent to 64 percent. In comparison, the rates for whites rose four percentage points, from 72 percent to 76 percent, and the rates for blacks rose two percentage points, from 61 to 63 percent, during that time period, Pew said. All three races showed a leveling off in …

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The federal government today [URL="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/vice-president-biden-kicks-72-billion-recovery-act-broadband-program"]made[/URL] the first awards aimed toward improving broadband access in the U.S. In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus package, Congress appropriated $7.2 billion for broadband grants, loans, and loan guarantees to be administered by the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The deadline for applications for the first round was earlier this year. At an event at Impulse Manufacturing in Dawsonville, Georgia, with Governor Sonny Perdue (R-GA), Vice President Joe Biden announced an initial $183 million investment in …

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Jumping the queue for BT Broadband is possible, it would seem. Possible, but not easy - unless you happen to be the Chairman of BT that is. Imagine you've been living without broadband for years because BT cannot supply it to your rural residence. Now imagine if the chairman of BT moves to your village, and you discover that he is actually getting a broadband service - from BT. Oh what a PR disaster that would be. Imagine no more, that's exactly what has happened in Hambleden, Oxfordshire. Sir Michael Rake arrived in the village, one of the 'broadband not-spots' …

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In addition to funding [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story231771.html"]broadband projects[/URL] in the states, particularly in rural areas, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus package, includes funds for [URL="http://www.ntia.doc.gov/press/2009/BTOP_mapping_090701.pdf"]collection of state-level broadband data[/URL], as well as state-wide broadband mapping and planning. The project, which will also help create a national broadband map, is being managed by the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program, announced on July 1, is a competitive, merit-based matching grant program that will provide approximately $240 million in grants to assist states or their …

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The End.