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  • Franken urges revamp of net rules
    Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota criticized a draft set of Internet traffic rules Friday, portraying the Federal Communications Commission proposal as a threat to unfettered access to online applications and content.December 10, 2010
  • Many Minnesotans cutting the cord and going cell only
    The traditional telephone is looking more and more like a dinosaur. Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans are "cutting the cord" and dropping their landline phones and relying exclusively on cell phones.December 8, 2010
  • Jon Gordon on the Comcast DNS server outage
    Comcast customers in and around the Twin Cities, Chicago and Detroit should have had their internet access restored today. An outage that lasted about four hours last night kept people from getting online.December 6, 2010
  • Comcast customers use social network to cope with outage
    Many Twin Cities customers of Comcast's Internet service found an effective workaround to a widespread outage that lasted about four hours Sunday night.December 6, 2010
  • Verizon's 4G network to launch Sunday in Twin Cities
    Verizon, the nation's largest wireless carrier, says it will roll out its 4G high-speed data service in the Twin Cities and 37 other markets this Sunday.December 1, 2010
  • Fiber optic to farm: Should farmers pay more?
    Residents rural central Minnesota have launched started a conversation, not just about whether to build a fiber optic network that would give them world-class Internet access, but about how to share the cost burden between town and farm.November 18, 2010
  • High-speed 4G networks coming to Twin Cities
    Wireless companies are in an arms race to upgrade their Twin Cities networks to deliver much speedier Internet connections for mobile phones, iPads, and laptops. The biggest networks already offer what's called 4G service, or promise to make it available in a matter of months.November 10, 2010
  • The phone wars heat up
    Rumor has it that Verizon will provide iPhones this January, whereas now an iPhone user can only use the AT&T network. Some experts argue that it's too little too late to compete with Google's highly successful Android phone.Midmorning, October 11, 2010
  • Verizon bringing 4G wireless to Twin Cities
    Verizon announced it will offer the next generation of wireless service -- known as 4G -- in dozens of metropolitan areas, including the Twin Cities.October 6, 2010
  • Grant will wire Arrowhead with nation-leading broadband
    More than $80 million in federal broadband grants announced today will bring high-speed communications to virtually every home in Lake and Cook Counties and parts of eastern St. Louis County.September 13, 2010
  • Rural broadband projects a boon for Duluth
    Three broadband projects will connect through Duluth -- increasing Duluth's total fiber communications capacity and creating new redundancies that can help prevent future phone and internet outages.September 2, 2010
  • Broadband summit asks how to close rural digital divide
    A new survey out this week shows that a majority of rural Minnesotans have access to faster Internet connections. But a digital divide remains, and age and income are key factors that define it.August 24, 2010
  • To be, or not to be, connected
    Computers and mobile devices have in many ways made our lives easier, but some would argue they also hinder our ability to focus, maintain relationships, and find true fulfillment. Author William Powers says we don't have to give up on technology to find the right balance in our lives.Midmorning, August 13, 2010
  • Feds give $40M to Minn. companies for rural broadband
    Five rural Minnesota telephone systems will be splitting more than $40 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grants to expand access to broadband internet.August 4, 2010
  • Hutchinson Tech to trim costs, cut more jobs
    Disk-drive components maker Hutchinson Technology says it is cutting costs by $25 million. The company said it expects to cut 80 jobs in Minnesota.July 27, 2010

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