Keeping Tabs on the Digital Divide

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Weekly Wrap-Up, February 13, 2015

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New Networks Institute’s Bruce Kushnick does the math on Time Warner Cable’s profits, showing the company to be earning a 97 percent profit margin. This, he argues, is a reason why its merger with Comcast should be stopped. Though, according to Katie Benner in the Chicago Tribune, the merger is already dead.

Earlier this year, Marriott made headlines for blocking guests’ Wi-Fi. The FCC has officially ruled that Wi-Fi blocking is not allowed.

India looks like it’s set up to be the next playground for Internet innovation. This week, Facebook announced a partnership with Reliance Communications to launch Internet.org in the country. Google is also reportedly bringing Project Loon to India by 2016.

AOL released its 2014 earnings, and as Dan Frommer reports in Quartz, the company still has some 2.2 million dial-up customers.

Cox Communications announced that, through a grant from the James M. Cox Foundation, it will be providing 500 Connect2Compete-subscribed families in the Southeast with free computers.

AT&T is prepared to file a lawsuit if the FCC proceeds with its net neutrality proposal, but the FCC isn’t worried, says Jon Brodkin in Ars Technica. Not everyone at the FCC is happy with the proposal though. In Variety, Ted Johnson reports on Commissioner Ajit Pai’s less than enthusiastic response. The new ruling could also potentially create some difficult circumstances for Internet companies like Google and Facebook, points out Richard Waters in Financial Times.


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