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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

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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Connect Puerto Rico Releases USF Mobility Fund Eligibility Maps & Analysis

By CPR 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 Puerto Rico is releasing an analysis of the FCC’s preliminary list of areas in Puerto Rico that are eligible for the FCC’s Mobility Fund. On February 10, 2012, the FCC released a list of areas in Puerto Rico census blocks that it had determined do not...

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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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Happy Valentine's Day! Tell Us: Is Love Easier to Find in an Online World?

By Wil Payton

Ever found yourself looking for love through your computer? Match.com claims that at least 1 in 5 relationships begin online. Since 1997 a substantial number of singles have met partners through online dating sites according to a new study led by Northwestern University Associate Professor of Psychology Eli Finkel. Below is an excerpt of an article by Digital Trends that examines the science of online matchmaking: Ever tried to find love through your computer? Online dating has grown into a large, billion dollar industry over the past 15 years, and has become a mainstream way to meet your future mate. However, a new study, led by...

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