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CenturyLink Accepts $506 Million in Connect America Funding
CenturyLink has joined the list of telecom companies signing on to the
Federal Communications Commission's
(FCC's) latest phase of the Connect America program. The company has accepted the largest amount of funding for any participant so far in this round, $506 million. These funds will be used to bring broadband networks and services to customers in rural sections of the US that would have been financially unfeasible to develop without the FCC's aid. The developed networks must meet the program's requirements, including having installation completed by 2020, as well as providing minimum download speeds of 10Mbps, and minimum upload speeds of 1Mbps. The states where CenturyLink plans to distribute its network include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
AT&T Trialed Injected Ads at Two Airport Hotspots
AT&T was found to be injecting online ads into the browsing sessions of users connected to its Wi-Fi hotspots at a pair of airports,
PC World discovered. The carrier, which has since confirmed the "trial program," used a third party company to overlay ads on the Web pages of users connected to its hotspots at Dulles and Reagan National. AT&T claims the trial program has now ended, and that it was undertaken as "part of an ongoing effort to explore alternate ways to deliver a free Wi-Fi service that is safe, secure and fast." Although the ads in this case appear to have relatively benign, PC world notes that these types of injected files can pose a security threat by circumventing many protection measures designed to catch malicious actors originating from the public Web. In order to mitigate risks such as these, PC world recommends downloading and installing security extensions like the
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF's) HTTPS Everywhere, or using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service when connected to public Wi-Fi.
Lenovo to Move All Mobile Device Operations Under Motorola Umbrella
Lenovo revealed plans to fold its existing smartphone operations into the
Motorola brand name. Since Lenovo acquired Motorola Mobility from Google, the company has been releasing devices under both its primary brand name, as well as under the Motorola flag. However, the Chinese manufacturer now revealed that it will move its existing operations into the Motorola business, and will eventually abandon the Lenovo Mobile brand. The company also hinted that it will tighten its overall focus on the mobile space, following this transfer of assets. It plans to offer a smaller selection of mobile devices, with each being customized for a singular market.
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