Cox resumes internet data caps amid COVID pandemic

After months of working from home, some Nevadans are receiving their first notices that they are approaching their monthly internet data plan limits.

Cox Communications, the state’s largest internet provider, lifted its internet caps at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. It provided unlimited data to all customers at a time when many organizations shifted to working from home and students adjusted to remote online learning, and doctors and medical professionals used video service platforms to consult with patients.

Cox said Monday it resumed placing monthly data caps on Southern Nevada customers’ broadband use July 15.

The company told the Review-Journal it also raised the monthly usage limit from 1 terabyte to 1.25 teraybyte — equivalent to 1,000 hours of videoconferencing and 430 hours of Netflix high-definition streaming, Cox said.

“After reviewing data consumption during this time period, we know that nearly 90 percent of customers would not have exceeded

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Still without internet, Cedar Rapids family unsure how students will learn virtually by first day of school

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – The Cedar Rapids Community School District is in a race against the clock, trying to get all of its approximately 16,000 students connected to the internet before the first day of school next Monday.

a girl looking at the camera: Whitley Hudson, an incoming first grader, colors at her home in Cedar Rapids on Sept. 15, 2020.

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Whitley Hudson, an incoming first grader, colors at her home in Cedar Rapids on Sept. 15, 2020.

The school district estimated about 2,000 of its students did not have internet access at home before the Aug. 10 derecho, but they now believe that number has increased since the storm as providers continue to make repairs, according to CRCSD Executive Director of Digital Literacy Craig Barnum.

“I’ve been in education 27 years, and this is the most difficult challenge that I’ve ever faced, the hardest I’ve ever worked,” Barnum said.

Among the group of families whose internet has recently gone away is the Hudson family

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Saudi Arabia professors use lasers to create “Aqua-Fi” for underwater internet

Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology said they created one of the first wireless connections for underwater devices.


An illustration of how Aqua-Fi works.

Image: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

When it comes to communicating under the seas, humans have long struggled to find suitable tools. Radio and sonar systems are typically used but they suffer from a variety of downsides. Researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, put their heads together and came up with a new solution: Aqua-Fi. 

A team of scientists at the university recently developed a system that was able to place a brief Skype call while underwater—a breakthrough in a field that had only been able to send small snippets of data in the past. Aqua-Fi leverages a combination of lasers and off-the-shelf components, such as a Raspberry Pi computer as the modem,

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Board of Education adds funding for Utah students internet


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah State Board of Education has added $1 million to extend a competitive grant program intended to connect more households to the internet as more students are learning remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.

The board voted Thursday to add funding from its state coronavirus relief funds to extend the grant program, bringing broadband access or hotspots to families with K-12 students, KSL-TV reported.

Board Director of Strategic Initiatives Sarah Young said the funding would supplement $5 million previously allocated to the agency by the Utah Education and Telehealth Network, increasing available funds to $6 million for the 2020-2021 school year.

Competitive grants would reimburse school districts or charter schools for costs associated with bringing internet access “to the household level,” Young said.

“That’s going to look different depending on the community. Some of them are looking

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UNICEF And ITU’s Giga Initiative Aims To Connect The World’s Schools To The Internet

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the largest disruptor of education in history, exposing widening inequalities.

When schools shut down around the world, many switched to remote instruction. And yet one-third of students — at least 463 million globally, according to a new UNICEF report — were unable to access it. 

UNICEF got to work, keeping children learning through TV, radio and other innovative delivery methods. The flexibility and interactivity of online instruction makes it the more popular alternative to in-person classes, but it requires internet access. And far too many students lack that connectivity. 

Closing the digital divide requires global cooperation, leadership and innovation 

Even before the appearance of COVID-19, UNICEF recognized the need to address

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