Space Force finalizing plan to procure broadband from low-orbit satellites

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The Space Force is interested in LEO broadband for its fast speeds and low latency.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force last week asked satellite internet companies for updates on the performance and capabilities of their networks. This information is intended to help the government decide how to go about buying broadband services from operators of low-orbit satellites. 

A request for information was posted March 24 by the U.S. Space Force Commercial Satellite Communications Office, an organization that acquires satellite-based communications services on behalf of the Defense Department, other federal and state agencies, and governments of allied nations. 

The office

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How to use a Google speed test to check how fast your internet speed is

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You can use Google’s search engine-based speed test to find our how fast your internet is.

  • To test your internet speed, Google “internet speed test” and click the blue “Run speed test” button under the first result.
  • You have a good internet speed if you are at or above 25 Mbps for downloads.
  • To make your internet faster, move closer to your router, regularly disconnect and update your devices, or buy new equipment.
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If you’re looking to change your internet provider, or are considering increasing your internet speed, it’s a

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Rural internet users say Ontario’s broadband funding plan a long time coming

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People in rural areas say Ontario’s budget commitment to spend an additional $2.8 billion on improving internet access across the province by 2025 is welcome but long-awaited news, as the pandemic has only exacerbated the decade-old issue.

“We have areas where we have fairly decent broadband, and then we have areas where there’s absolutely none,” said Debbie Robinson, warden of the county of Renfrew and chair of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, reacting to the budget released Wednesday.

“There’s a lot of haves and have-nots.” 

The caucus advocates for eastern Ontario’s rural areas, and Robinson says greater broadband access is

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Without internet, vaccine appointments are hard to schedule

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At his first news conference, President Joe Biden doubled his administration’s vaccine goal to 200 million shots by late April.

For many, scheduling a shot has become a high-stakes, intense undertaking — refreshing laptop screens, setting alerts. And it’s largely done online.

But what about those without internet access? What are their options?

Vivian Ho, a professor of health economics at Rice University in Houston, Texas, said a colleague of hers found out a member of the building’s cleaning crew didn’t have reliable internet access at home. So, Ho’s colleague pulled out a laptop and signed that person up then

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Add a VPN to Surf the Internet Safely

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By monitoring your internet browsing activity, identity thieves can steal personal information and use it to hack into your financial accounts. And ID theft has spiked during the pandemic. The number of cases more than doubled from 2019 to 2020, to nearly 1.4 million, according to a recent report by the Federal Trade Commission.

One way to protect yourself is by using a virtual private network. With a VPN, your connection is encrypted, which means anyone trying to monitor it will see nothing more than an unintelligible sequence of letters and numbers. A VPN also hides your IP address from

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New Hampshire Senate OKs grant distribution plan for broadband projects

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The state would provide matching grants using federal money to build out broadband internet service in rural communities if a bill passed unanimously by the New Hampshire Senate on Thursday becomes law.

Senate Bill 85 does not appropriate any money, but it does instruct the Office of Strategic Initiatives to set up a fund and competitive grant process to provide a 50{0793a87f845eb44b99477bd66e6e65c596d083bdd527c3ff91552a70105bd9eb} match with federal funds that the state receives, be it from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan or an even larger infrastructure plan that Congress is currently debating.

The American Rescue Plan doesn’t provide for municipal or regional

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