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Soldier Stationed Overseas Witnesses Son’s Birth via Broadband

By Wil Payton

Broadband does more than provide faster access to information. This touching story reveals how it can be the tool that keeps families connected. A Minnesota National Guardsman was scheduled to be home in time for his son’s birth, but apparently the baby had other plans. An extract from the MyFox9.com story is below: Those who fight in our armed forces are often away from home during important family moments -- sometimes including the birth of a child. However, new technology can help bridge large distances, and one Minnesota guardsman was able to witness his son's birth via Skype. Jon Anderson was supposed to be home for Emmet's birth, but...

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GSSM Students Study How Technology and Entrepreneurship Impacts Economy

By Wil Payton

Students in our state are seeing first hand the important role that broadband and the fast-paced world of new technology have on the economy. Students from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) recently participated in a program that provided an in-depth look at how entrepreneurship impacts the economy. In January, 12 students from GSSM traveled to Silicon Valley to take part in the TechTrek program. An award winning field-study course open to both undergraduate and graduate students, TechTrek is an intensive elective culminating in a trip to the West Coast where students meet with senior executives at...

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Connect South Carolina Releases USF Mobility Fund Eligibility Maps & Analysis

By CSC Staff

Ensuring ubiquitous availability of next-generation mobile broadband networks is critical to economic development and growth. Recognizing this importance, the Federal Communications Commission later this year will distribute $300 million in subsidies to support the construction of high-speed mobile broadband networks in areas that do not currently have mobile broadband access. Today, Connect South Carolina is releasing an analysis of the FCC’s preliminary list of areas in South Carolina that are eligible for the FCC’s Mobility Fund. On February 10, 2012, the FCC released a list of areas in South Carolina census blocks that it had determined...

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Some Mobile Apps are Gathering Data From Your Address Book

By Wil Payton

Last week, a social networking app called Path came under scrutiny after a programmer discovered a major issue. When you logged into the app on an Apple iOS device — an iPhone or iPad — it automatically uploaded your entire address book to its servers without asking first. Apparently this was done so you could locate your friends who were also using the service. But if you’re never prompted (which is what most apps do) this functionality has the makings for one big privacy dispute. An excerpt from a New York Times article below highlights the concerns many have over this revelation: The address book in smartphones — where some of the user’s...

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