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May, 2017


Teens spend an average of nine hours a day on electronic devices, much of that on social media networks. Their embrace of wireless devices is one reason for the broad increase in internet network traffic nationally. But what’s the impact of all that social media use on a teen’s psyche?


USTelecom’s seventh annual report on broadband investment numbers will be finalized soon, but our initial analysis strongly suggests that investment in 2016 continued to trend downward following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) adoption of the 2015 Open Internet Order.


As the Internet of Things (IoT) flourishes, ISPs are racing to ensure these connected devices   have the broadband infrastructure necessary for a seamless consumer experience. This year, there are 8.4 billion connected devices – that’s a 31 percent increase since 2016 alone. Estimates are there will be more than 20.4 billion connected devices by 2020.


With the global ransomware assault  as a backdrop, cybersecurity experts from around the country gathered in Washington for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) workshop on updating its cybersecurity framework, which is a guide for federal agencies and private industry on how to secure critical cyber infrastructure.


For the first time, more than half of older Americans have broadband at home, according to a recently released report from the Pew Research Center. The report found that 51 percent of Americans age 65 or older now have broadband at home. Roughly 67 percent of seniors use the internet and 42 percent— more than triple the amount in 2013—now own a smartphone, according to the report.


While women’s voices are widely used in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies— just listen to Siri or Alexa—women are underrepresented in the AI industry. By 2018, the number of enterprises using AI is expected to reach 62 percent, according to a survey by Narrative Science, a company that has created AI-powered language generation software.


Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the tremendous sacrifices made by members of our armed services.

A long-standing priority of the U.S. military is ensuring that service members are able to stay in touch with loved ones no matter where they are deployed. Fortunately, new technologies and high-speed broadband service now makes it much easier for solders to stay connected with loved ones back home.  


Last year, an estimated 1.6 billion people worldwide purchased goods online, while 72 percent of Americans have at some point used a shared or on-demand service.  That’s thanks to the so-called “platform economy,” which connects consumers and producers online.