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Mobile virtual network operator

Not having regular Internet at home, I'm not really up on the net neutrality debate. I guess it's something that the techies are into.

On the other hand, I'm a big fan of mobile virtual network operators on the cellphone networks. I think more competition has helped to drive down costs and make smartphone service more available and cheaper. Shouldn't cable companies be required to allow any company to hook in for to their last mile? Rather then buying Internet Service from Time Warner Cable, you should be able to choose from many different providers. While Time Warner would ultimately install the physical line to your house, the backbone and all service would come from your choice of providers. Many countries already do this, and in New York we do this with electricity -- everybody gets the electricity delivered from their local utility but people are free to choose their supplier.

It seemed after about seven or eight years that the Time Warner Cable and Verizon had given up on trying to get me to sign up for Cable Television and Internet. And then I got another advertisement in the mail just this week. I chucked it in the paper recycling bin. And sighed. I am quite happy not having Internet at home, especially because with my new 4G Smartphone that can do about 90% of the stuff I need to do on the Internet. When I need larger files or something I can only do on my laptop, I walk down to the library or the park, which both have fast, free Internet which I can use. I also bring my laptop to work, and can connect to the wireless guest network they have there.

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I don’t plan on ever having Internet at home. It just seems like an unnecessary expense, not to mention an unnecessary distraction. By walking or driving down to the library, it is a good way to limit your time on the ethers of the World Wide Web, although, honestly, most of that same stuff can be done with a modern smartphone. I don’t want a connected home or the ability of hackers to enter my living space, I’m quite happy building my own dream cabin with 12 volt power, LED lighting, controlled by automotive relays and maybe an Andruino. Don’t get me wrong, I like technology. I blog, I like the Internet. It would be cool to have the LED lights come on in my home at 6:30 with a bright blue colors to wake me up on a cold winter morning. With cellphone service in more and more places, and the StraightTalk data service cap ever growing, it seems like I have all the connection I need to our modern society, without the wires tying everything on in.

Don’t fear the iframe.

I had gotten away in iframes in years past, but I’ve started to use them more on the blog, because they really are the best way to include maps, charts, and other content without having to override stylesheets. They also encourage caching and make coding much easier. Embeded iframes are totally hidden on modern browsers, and widely used on other social media platforms, including Youtube embeds.

Google Maps: Broadband Availability By Municipality – Fiber Optic Service Availability

Broadband Availability By Municipality - Fiber Optic Service Availability

New York State has just completed a broadband mapping program as part of the national broadband mapping program funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the US Department of Commerce. Information about the availability of high-speed Internet services, commonly called Broadband, was collected from broadband provider companies regarding the technology type and speed of services offered. The data was updated every six months for five years, and is shown on the NYS Broadband Map at as well as the National Broadband Map at The data on the map depicts broadband availability at the Census Block level. This table summarizes the information for each municipality (town, city, village, Indian Reservation) in New York State.