Xplornet Launches 50/10 Internet Plan with Unlimited Data

Andreas Milano

Rural internet service provider, Xplornet, announced on Tuesday a new internet plan, offering up to 50 Mbps download and up to 10 Mbps upload speeds, along with unlimited data.

The Xplore 50/10 Unlimited plan is powered by Xplornet’s LTE fixed wireless network it says, and is capable of reaching over 500,000 homes, “enabling rural Canadians to connect to what matters most to them.”

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“With the COVID-19 pandemic having moved so much of our lives online, rural Canadians are asking for Internet services that keep pace with the biggest cities,” said Allison Lenehan, President

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American Rescue Plan funds could help Beaufort County expand broadband internet access

Andreas Milano

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Beaufort County could get about $9.1 million from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Counties can use the money for several benefits including broadband infrastructure.

County leaders said the money is much needed because the pandemic continues to highlight the need for better internet access.

“We live just outside of the city and the internet access is ok but it’s not quite up to speed,” said David Harragin.

Harragin and many other Beaufort County residents have dealt with low internet speeds, and they’re hoping for a change in connection, speed and more providers.

“I would love

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Scott pitches $1 billion plan to invest in housing, broadband and climate

Andreas Milano
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Contractors for Consolidated Communications install fiber optic broadband internet cables on utility poles in Montpelier on April 5, 2021. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday unveiled a plan to spend $1 billion of federal Covid-19 aid on major investments in broadband expansion, affordable housing and initiatives to address climate change.  

If approved by the Legislature, Scott’s proposal would direct $225 million to a broadband plan his administration says would provide high-speed internet to 53,000 Vermont addresses with poor service or none at all. 

The plan would direct $249 million towards affordable housing, bringing 5,000 new units to

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No plan for tiered Starlink internet pricing

Andreas Milano

SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell wants what SpaceX is doing to “reinvigorate the industry,” while also getting “young children thinking about being in the space industry again.”

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SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell does not think the company will add “tiered pricing” for its direct-to-consumer Starlink satellite internet service, which is currently offered at $99 a month in limited early access.

“I don’t think we’re going to do tiered pricing to consumers. We’re going to try to keep it as simple as possible and transparent as possible, so right now there are no

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States Push for Broadband as American Jobs Plan Gains Steam

Andreas Milano

In the meantime, several states have already crafted legislation to address the digital divide.

For example, a Kentucky’s recently approved House Bill 320 will allocate $250 million toward expanding broadband throughout the state, “ensuring broadband access to thousands of underserved and unserved Kentuckians,” Rep. Brian Reed, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, said.

According to the legislation, broadband services will be market-based and will allow electric cooperatives to access federal funding to extend and enhance the availability of broadband to Kentucky residents.

Vermont’s H.360 would direct $150 million toward creating an “accountable, coordinated solution to providing universal access to broadband service

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Cellular home internet: Who offers it and what you should know

Andreas Milano

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Access to a reliable home internet connection has become vital for many households, and a growing number of cellular providers are responding to that need by introducing residential internet plans

Cellular internet works by using a router or hotspot to connect to a provider’s cellular network, just like your cell phone does. The speed you receive depends on how close you are to a network tower, along with network congestion, how many connected devices you have and other factors. Most of the time, those speeds will be a lot lower than what a faster fiber or

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