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AFRICAN - AMERICANS AND THE INTERNET

A little more than a year ago, one of America's most respected research organizations found that African-Americans had signed up for high-speed Internet service at rates that almost tripled from the previous two years.  The report by the Pew Research Center was profiled in news articles all across the country about African-Americans and the Internet.


The Pew study found that Home high-speed Internet usage among African-Americans is now roughly equivalent to the rate for whites in 2006.  There has been great change, but there is still much work to be done.


In our community, there is a dedicated effort to make sure our folks are not left out of the technology universe.  Folks are now very aware of the importance of being wired to the internet.  They realize it is necessary both economically and socially.  For instance, the majority of black-owned businesses, according to our latest U.S. Census figures are ran out of the homes of these business owners.  Their success or their failures can easily be based on the availability of high-speed internet connection.  As we move into the future and more African-Americans sign on for high-speed connections, it will almost inevitably mean more business opportunities for these forward thinking entrepreneurs. 


On the educational front, it also mandatory that the young people in our community have access to and are afforded every opportunity to succeed in our fast moving and expanding technical world.  Their future success is linked to the viability and growth of not only their community, but our nation as a whole.


The high-speed connections have also opened up a world of opportunities for families such as telecommuting, enjoying sports and other streamed entertainment, distance education, and video chatting with friends across the country. 


So what caused the dramatic turn-around?  One answer is the growing competition among wireless, telephone and cable providers has forced prices down and spurred new deployment into historically under served areas.  Just look at the cost of DSL prices today. They are as low as $15 per month in many areas.  Back in 1999, the same service cost $60 per month or more.


For many African-American families, this cost savings is literally the difference between being a part of the 21st century - with all its economic potential - and being left on the sidelines. 


Another answer: The concern that African American community not be left behind on issues of technology.  There is a very real commitment from every section of the community to do even more.  There is a need, and folks are working hard to make sure those needs are being met.  Our young people deserve nothing less.


So much is going in the right direction.  The inevitable question has to be:  How can we keep this progress going?  First, the competition that brought down prices and spurred deployment must continue.  Nothing should be allowed to interfere with this, especially if it causes prices to rise. 


Second, Congress should strongly oppose efforts by some online companies to pass Net neutrality regulation.  Net neutrality is a legal loophole that will allow huge corporations such as Google and Amazon to avoid paying the full cost of their Internet access.  But if that happens, then the prices rise for everyone else.  This will directly place African-Americans' hard won online success at risk.


Everyone would agree that the Internet should always be free and open, and everyone who uses it should be able to surf the net to get anything they want. 


For the African-American community, the issues are real and straight forward.  The entire community is fully committed to pushing forward with the progress that has been made.  The internet has made education and economic possibilities limitless, and the long term benefits to both the African American community and our nation are too great for any of us to ignore or not support.



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AFRICAN - AMERICANS AND THE INTERNET

A little more than a year ago, one of America's most respected research organizations found that African-Americans had signed up for high-speed Internet service at rates that almost tripled from the previous two years.  The report by the Pew Research Center was profiled in news articles all across the country about African-Americans and the Internet.


The Pew study found that Home high-speed Internet usage among African-Americans is now roughly equivalent to the rate for whites in 2006.  There has been great change, but there is still much work to be done.


In our community, there is a dedicated effort to make sure our folks are not left out of the technology universe.  Folks are now very aware of the importance of being wired to the internet.  They realize it is necessary both economically and socially.  For instance, the majority of black-owned businesses, according to our latest U.S. Census figures are ran out of the homes of these business owners.  Their success or their failures can easily be based on the availability of high-speed internet connection.  As we move into the future and more African-Americans sign on for high-speed connections, it will almost inevitably mean more business opportunities for these forward thinking entrepreneurs. 


On the educational front, it also mandatory that the young people in our community have access to and are afforded every opportunity to succeed in our fast moving and expanding technical world.  Their future success is linked to the viability and growth of not only their community, but our nation as a whole.


The high-speed connections have also opened up a world of opportunities for families such as telecommuting, enjoying sports and other streamed entertainment, distance education, and video chatting with friends across the country. 


So what caused the dramatic turn-around?  One answer is the growing competition among wireless, telephone and cable providers has forced prices down and spurred new deployment into historically under served areas.  Just look at the cost of DSL prices today. They are as low as $15 per month in many areas.  Back in 1999, the same service cost $60 per month or more.


For many African-American families, this cost savings is literally the difference between being a part of the 21st century - with all its economic potential - and being left on the sidelines. 


Another answer: The concern that African American community not be left behind on issues of technology.  There is a very real commitment from every section of the community to do even more.  There is a need, and folks are working hard to make sure those needs are being met.  Our young people deserve nothing less.


So much is going in the right direction.  The inevitable question has to be:  How can we keep this progress going?  First, the competition that brought down prices and spurred deployment must continue.  Nothing should be allowed to interfere with this, especially if it causes prices to rise. 


Second, Congress should strongly oppose efforts by some online companies to pass Net neutrality regulation.  Net neutrality is a legal loophole that will allow huge corporations such as Google and Amazon to avoid paying the full cost of their Internet access.  But if that happens, then the prices rise for everyone else.  This will directly place African-Americans' hard won online success at risk.


Everyone would agree that the Internet should always be free and open, and everyone who uses it should be able to surf the net to get anything they want. 


For the African-American community, the issues are real and straight forward.  The entire community is fully committed to pushing forward with the progress that has been made.  The internet has made education and economic possibilities limitless, and the long term benefits to both the African American community and our nation are too great for any of us to ignore or not support.



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What's up with the Buzz?

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Yahoo is trying to create a "BUZZ" with it's new user controlled news service.  Should be very interesting development.  Check out the pasted links below for more articles and information.


Yahoo Puts the Buzz in Social News

Yahoo launches Digg clone called Buzz

Yahoo! lets users vote on the news



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What's up with the Buzz?

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Yahoo is trying to create a "BUZZ" with it's new user controlled news service.  Should be very interesting development.  Check out the pasted links below for more articles and information.


Yahoo Puts the Buzz in Social News

Yahoo launches Digg clone called Buzz

Yahoo! lets users vote on the news



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Who Controls the Internet?

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Truly the concept of control on the Internet is a very fragile thing.  Just read about the recent problems faced by YouTube.

"How Pakistan knocked YouTube offline (and how to make sure it never happens again)"




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Who Controls the Internet?

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Truly the concept of control on the Internet is a very fragile thing.  Just read about the recent problems faced by YouTube.

"How Pakistan knocked YouTube offline (and how to make sure it never happens again)"




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No Keyboard Needed

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The evolution in our technology world continues. 
 

No Keyboard Needed

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The evolution in our technology world continues. 
 

Watching the Internet

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In another sign of the times, you will now be able to see full episodes of old TV shows on the Internet.  Old school TV show's such as the A-TeamKojak, and others will now be available online.  For those of you who grew up watching these show's it a good way to go back down memory lane.
 
These are truly remarkable times.  My Mother, always told me that in this life, "Everything old is new, and what new is already outdated".  I truly understand those words now!  :-)


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Watching the Internet

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In another sign of the times, you will now be able to see full episodes of old TV shows on the Internet.  Old school TV show's such as the A-TeamKojak, and others will now be available online.  For those of you who grew up watching these show's it a good way to go back down memory lane.
 
These are truly remarkable times.  My Mother, always told me that in this life, "Everything old is new, and what new is already outdated".  I truly understand those words now!  :-)


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Talk . . . Talk . . . Talk . . .

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Can you believe it?  UNLIMITED mobile phone minutes.  It seems that the mobile phone minute price war will be a good thing for those folk who use there phones all the time.  The fact that all the

BTW, how many minutes do you have left on your plan this month?  :-)


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Talk . . . Talk . . . Talk . . .

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Can you believe it?  UNLIMITED mobile phone minutes.  It seems that the mobile phone minute price war will be a good thing for those folk who use there phones all the time.  The fact that all the

BTW, how many minutes do you have left on your plan this month?  :-)


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Good Bye 8-Track, Hello Blu-Ray

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I still love and have access to my father's 8-Track collection (my personal favorite, "Little Anthony & the Imperials"), but I was the first of my buddies to switch to cassette tape.  And I liked the Beta, but the first video player that I played was VHS.  Honestly, I didn't pay much attention to the HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray DVD battle.  Sony's Blu-Ray has won. This is great for PlayStation 3 owners.  So don't throw out all of your HD-DVDs just yet, they may be worth a few bucks on E-Bay down the road.
 
Check out some interesting background and stories on this shift to Blu-Ray:
 
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Good Bye 8-Track, Hello Blu-Ray

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I still love and have access to my father's 8-Track collection (my personal favorite, "Little Anthony & the Imperials"), but I was the first of my buddies to switch to cassette tape.  And I liked the Beta, but the first video player that I played was VHS.  Honestly, I didn't pay much attention to the HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray DVD battle.  Sony's Blu-Ray has won. This is great for PlayStation 3 owners.  So don't throw out all of your HD-DVDs just yet, they may be worth a few bucks on E-Bay down the road.
 
Check out some interesting background and stories on this shift to Blu-Ray:
 
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Turn on the Lights, Brother!!!

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Since February is Black History Month, I am highlighting Black Folk who have and who continue to breakdown barriers in the technology field.

So have you ever heard of Lewis H. Latimer?  "He is considered one of the 10 most important Black inventors of all time."  He invented the technology that allowed light bulbs to last longer. You have him to thank for lights in your house and on your street.

Also please read this written tribute about Mr. Latimer and a call for more support for minority entrepreneurs by U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.

Happy President's Day!!!




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Turn on the Lights, Brother!!!

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Since February is Black History Month, I am highlighting Black Folk who have and who continue to breakdown barriers in the technology field.

So have you ever heard of Lewis H. Latimer?  "He is considered one of the 10 most important Black inventors of all time."  He invented the technology that allowed light bulbs to last longer. You have him to thank for lights in your house and on your street.

Also please read this written tribute about Mr. Latimer and a call for more support for minority entrepreneurs by U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.

Happy President's Day!!!




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"Blogging means joining Technorati"

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"Blogging means joining Technorati"

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"Computer Politics"

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This is not my political site (i.e. PoliticalJones.com), but this article was much too funny not to post.

From the New York Times:
"Is Obama a Mac and Clinton a PC?

So are you a Mac or a PC?
 
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"Computer Politics"

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This is not my political site (i.e. PoliticalJones.com), but this article was much too funny not to post.

From the New York Times:
"Is Obama a Mac and Clinton a PC?

So are you a Mac or a PC?
 
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"WI-Fi World"

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Do you remember dial up internet service?   The sound and the speed?  I was always told that the one thing you can count on in this world is change and innovation.  Folks are always looking for new ways to make the wheel turn faster and safer.  We are living in a Wi-Fi world now.  Clearly if you stand still you will fall behind.
AT&T and Starbucks are taking our growing use of Wi-Fi to the next level. 
 
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"WI-Fi World"

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Do you remember dial up internet service?   The sound and the speed?  I was always told that the one thing you can count on in this world is change and innovation.  Folks are always looking for new ways to make the wheel turn faster and safer.  We are living in a Wi-Fi world now.  Clearly if you stand still you will fall behind.
AT&T and Starbucks are taking our growing use of Wi-Fi to the next level. 
 
For more please check out the links pasted below:
 
 
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