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FCC PLANS #NetNeutrality REPEAL

The Federal Communications Commission Tuesday released plans to dismantle the landmark net neutrality rules put in place by President Barack Obama. Repealing the rules, which ensure equal access to the internet, would clear the way for internet service companies to charge users more to see certain content and would curb access to some websites. (New… read more

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BROADBAND ACCESS PLATEAUS

The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued: It now stands at 67%, down slightly from 70% in 2013. At the same time, more Americans rely only on their smartphones for online access, a new Pew Research survey finds.

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MORE CUTTING CORD ON HOME BROADBAND

Americans continue to shun home broadband and use mobile phones instead for Internet access, survey results released this week by the Pew Research Center finds.  The survey also found that 80% of U.S. adults had Internet access this year, whether through a smartphone or a home Internet connection, up from 78% two years ago.

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TECH UPDATE

Is your internet connection slower than usual at the moment? Blame Christmas. Utility companies have found that Christmas lights can interfere with WiFi signals.

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COMPUTER USAGE

USDA reports 70% of U.S. farmers and ranchers now have computer and Internet access, a 3% jump from 2013. That’s the key outtake from a new survey, Farm and Computer Usage and Ownership, released this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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HOME VALUES AND THE WEB

Real Estate agents across the country say buyers are turning their noses up at homes without fast Web access. A nationwide study released on Monday by researchers at the University of Colorado and Carnegie Mellon University finds fiber-optic connections can add $5,437 to the price of a $175,000 home.

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ONLINE TRENDS

47% of US internet users now utilize ad blocking software. For 18- to 24-year-olds, that number is even higher: 55%. Meanwhile, 26% of US news consumers say that mobile phones are the main way they access news,  a new Reuters study finds.

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ONLINE TRAFFIC

Netflix’s share of Internet traffic is exploding. The streaming service now accounts for 36.5% of all bandwidth consumed by North American Web users during primetime, according to the Canada-based network firm Sandvine.

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INTERNET TRENDS

Two-thirds of a generation into the Internet, there were 2.8 billion users as of 2014, up from 35 million in 1995, according to venture capitalist Mary Meeker in her annual State of the Internet report this week.

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TECH UPDATE

AT&T has signed up 8 automaker partners, including General Motors, Audi and Ford, to hook up cars with Internet access. The goal is to offer free or paid content exclusively for connected car users.

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