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Looking for Speedy Internet? Bypass the U.S. for Romania

The United States lags behind many nations in internet access and speed, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

In many areas the United States has the advantage over Romania—workers rights, child welfare, lack of former repressive dictators—but the internet is not one of them. Specifically our access to it, and its speed. The latest State of the Internet report, a quarterly review of online trends and digital data from cloud service Akamai, ranked the US at only No. 17 in the world, far behind Japan (No. 4), Israel (No. 5), and yes, Romania (No. 6).

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Will High-Speed Internet Turn College Towns into Tech Start-Ups?

Some universities are hoping that offering super-high speed internet will create an attractive environment for startups.

Twenty-nine universities have teamed up to build ultra-high-speed computer networks in the communities surrounding them, in the hopes that the new technology will attract high-tech startups in fields like health care, energy and telecommunications to towns in Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri. We're not just talking regular wireless—these internet speeds would potentially be hundreds of times faster than the typical household's laptop, fast enough to download HD movies in less than a minute.

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Rahmcast: Chicago Mayor Partners with Media Giant to Bridge the Digital Divide

Rahm Emanuel and Comcast have teamed up to provide discounted computers and internet access for the city's low-income students.

Is Chicago eliminating the digital divide? On Tuesday Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new partnership between the city and the media conglomerate Comcast to provide computers and web access to the city's 330,000 low-income public school kids and their families. "Internet Essentials" will provide each family with a $150 voucher from Comcast that can be put toward the cost of a refurbished computer valued at up to $500. The company will also provide heavily discounted internet service for $9.95 a month and train families on digital literacy.

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