Technology

A Jeffersonian take on the Internet and T

A Jeffersonian take on the Internet and T

Government’s job is leveling the playing field

THE IDEA OF American democracy has its roots in the Declaration of Independence’s affirmation that people are entitled to the benefits of certain unalienable rights – rights that are so integral to the notion of humanity that they cannot be taken away. Jefferson did not list all such rights, but famously named three of them: (...)

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The battle for the last digital mile

Net neutrality is a simple concept: All data are created equally. Or, at least, should be treated equally. It means, at its base, TimeWarner, Verizon, Comcast, or some other broadband provider cannot discriminate in data speed. The Federal Communications Commission implemented the net neutrality regulation – more formally known as Open Internet – as a(...)

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Rage against the machine

Technology has been credited – some would say condemned – for launching the demise of newspapers and other media. Now, the computer industry has been identified as the bogeyman in the problems facing a number of emerging programs at the state and national level. Software and hardware “glitches” are being blamed for an array of failures(...)

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Technology services tax snafu ensnares Democrats

What if Massachusetts levied a tax and no one wanted to pay it?  The business community is in full chuck-the-tea-in-Boston-Harbor mode over the new computer and software services tax.   The 6.25 percent sales tax on “computer system design services” would bring in $161 million annually to help the ailing state transportation sector, according to(...)

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