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U.S. internet well-equipped to handle work from home surge

The U.S. internet won’t get overloaded by spikes in traffic from the millions of Americans now working from home to discourage the spread of the new coronavirus, experts say. But …


For-profit firm seeking to run .org names makes concessions

A private equity firm seeking to buy rights to operate the internet’s .org suffix said Friday it will cap price hikes and create an advisory board with veto powers to …


Eric Zorn: 3 easy ways to preserve your serenity during the toxic political year ahead

Here’s my three-word prescription, adapted from my own New Year’s resolution to reduce the number of hours I spend on fruitless online wrangles to zero.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

City Council OKs negotiations with TDS, a cable provider that plans to compete with Comcast in Spokane

The city will negotiate an agreement with a new cable provider in Spokane, potentially offering residents an alternative to Comcast for their binge-watching and high-speed downloading needs.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

SpaceX launches 60 more mini satellites for global internet

The Falcon rocket blasted into the morning sky, marking the unprecedented fourth flight of a booster for SpaceX. The compact flat-panel satellites – just 575 pounds each – will join …


FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

The U.S. government will hold a massive auction to bolster 5G service , the next generation of mobile networks, and plans to spend $20 billion to expand broadband access in …


‘A monopoly on information’: Russia closes grip on internet

Russian lawmakers approved Thursday a bill that would expand government control over the internet and whose opponents fear heralds a new era of widespread censorship.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019

Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduces bill to codify ‘net neutrality’ provisions

But the Republican congresswoman continued her criticism of stricter federal regulations for internet service providers, saying consumer protections could be achieved without returning to the regulatory framework Democrats have asked …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019

Stocks rise again as investors hope for trade breakthrough

Stocks rise for the third day in a row, led by industrial, technology, internet and energy companies as representatives from the U.S. and China continue their latest round of trade …


Nationwide internet outage affects CenturyLink

Some CenturyLink customers across the country were without the internet as outages stretched from New York to California.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018

Verizon takes $4.6B charge on internet ventures

Shares of Verizon slipped before the opening bell Wednesday with the company taking a $4.6 billion hit on what’s become an expensive internet foray that’s never panned out.


New California internet neutrality law sparks U.S. lawsuit

California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved the nation’s strongest net neutrality law, prompting an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration and opening the next phase in the battle over regulating …


Froma Harrop: Are low prices always a good thing?

Here’s a question for America’s consumers: Are low prices always in our best interests? And what is the end game should giant online retailers become the only place to shop?


E-commerce sales tax coming to Washington

Washington state will require businesses to collect sales tax for items shipped to out-of-state customers beginning Monday.


Cubans getting early taste of mobile internet in system test

Cubans with cellphones are getting mobile access to the internet in a tentative but significant opening of communications on the communist-governed island.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018

High-altitude balloons to deliver internet access in Kenya

A Google-affiliated company has chosen Kenya as the home of its first announced commercial deal for delivering internet access to hard-to-reach areas using high-altitude balloons.


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018

Gov. Jay Inslee pushes rural broadband access, slams Trump on net neutrality and immigration

The governor said in a wide-ranging podcast interview this week that Washington needs to continue to do more to bring high-speed internet to far-flung areas of the state. The Democrat, …


Detective: Talk to kids about the internet

Lewiston police Detective Brian Birdsell said during a presentation at the Lewiston City Library on Wednesday night that the best defense against things like sexual extortion, revenge porn, blackmail, cyberbullying …


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018

Audio clip spurs social media debate over yanny or laurel

If you haven’t heard about Yanny vs. Laurel, you likely will.


Why the internet is suddenly protesting on net neutrality all over again

Internet activists and tech companies are holding a day of protest Wednesday to draw attention to net neutrality once again.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Ecuador cuts WikiLeaks founder Assange’s internet at embassy

Ecuador’s government said Wednesday it has cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s internet connection at the nation’s London embassy after his recent activity on social media decrying the arrest of …


Spokane explores publicly owned broadband network intended to open up internet services, drive down costs

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs has proposed the creation of a working group that would explore the possibility of the city getting into the high-speed internet industry.


Rick Boucher: Network neutrality needs protection by statute

Across the nation there is an urgent need for massive new broadband investments which will help to usher in the fifth generation of internet services: the technology that will enable …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018

Washington and other states should wait for federal action on net neutrality, advocate says

Washington and Oregon should hold off on passing net neutrality laws for their states and wait for Congress to act on national legislation, an advocate for open internet says.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018

Comast announces increase in internet speeds for Washington customers

Comcast is increasing the speeds of its Xfinity Internet service packages at no additional cost residential customers in Washington.


Submarines give Russia more ways to oppose NATO

Russian submarines have dramatically stepped up activity around undersea data cables in the North Atlantic, part of a more aggressive naval posture that has driven NATO to revive a Cold …


After net neutrality: Brace for internet ‘fast lanes’

Now that federal telecom regulators have repealed net neutrality, it may be time to brace for the arrival of internet “fast lanes” and “slow lanes.”


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017

Tech firm: Thanksgiving-Black Friday sales rose 11.9 percent

Despite holiday deals all month, shoppers still picked up their spending on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, one technology company says.


Wave Broadband brings gigabit-speed internet to all customers in Washington, Oregon, California

More ultra-high-speed internet is coming to a home near you.


Only if it serves the state: North Korea’s online experience

Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online. It’s just not the World Wide Web. This is all done on a tightly sealed intranet of the sort a medium-sized company …