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New York State Creates $500 Million New NY Broadband Program
The State of New York has announced plans for its new $500 million
New NY Broadband
Program for ensuring its citizens have universal access to high-speed Internet services by 2019. This program will use capital funds from bank settlements to "incentivize the private sector" into expanding 25-100Mbps broadband access in un- and under-served parts of the state. The providers and communities that gain funding are required to provide a minimum 1:1 financial match, as well as minimum 25Mbps-speed services that can scale to 100Mbps "or more." In addition, each of the state's Regional Economic Development Councils will submit a plan to help better identify target areas; aggregate demand across residential, institutional, and business sectors; detail the most cost-effective means for rollout; and leverage state-owned assets, where possible. The New NY Broadband Program is part of
Governor Andrew Cuomo previously announced "Connect NY" model.
Verizon Communications' Adds Guest Wi-Fi Feature to FiOS Quantum Gateway Router
Communications announced that its FiOS Quantum Gateway will now offer features to support Guest Wi-Fi and other wireless "Parental Controls." The router's new Guest Wi-Fi function allows an administrator to assign a unique login and password with full WPA2 encryption for each visitor. This provides an individual user with access to the Internet without having to log in to the standard network. The update also includes features for remotely managing, deactivating, and setting time limits on individual devices' access to Wi-Fi. This feature is available via the MyFiOS app for iOS and Android devices. Verizon's FiOS Quantum Gateway, which supports residential and small business customers, uses the company's all fiber-optic network to deliver dual-band, concurrent technology that separates high- and lower-bandwidth activities. Verizon will automatically push the update through "over the next few days."
Sprint Offering $200 "Instant Trade-In" Offer for T-Mobile Defectors
Sprint announced a new promotion whereby it will provide
T-Mobile US customers who decide to leave their contract with "a minimum of $200 instant trade-in value" in exchange for their existing smartphone with the rival carrier. This offer - which runs through April 9, 2015 - is available to customers who agree to trade in their phone to enter a new contract with Sprint. It can also be combined with Sprint's contract buyout policy, through which it reimburses the user up to $350, via a prepaid or "reward" card, to cover the cost of any balances or early termination fees from their former service provider.
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