SpaceX to launch first test satellites to beam Internet across the globe

SpaceX is on a collision course with the world’s biggest telecom and satellite manufacturing companies, as it steps up development of its “Starlink” network of satellites. The company will soon test its first satellites, Microsat 2a and 2b, which are headed for orbit aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, according to …

Tech giants Amazon, Facebook, Netflix and others slam FCC net neutrality u-turn

The vote to roll back net neutrality rules on Thursday was slammed by tech giants like Amazon, Facebook and Netflix. But the move was applauded by internet service providers. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to repeal regulations aimed at protecting net neutrality — rules that ensure internet providers can’t deliberately speed up or …

Charts show broadband internet still too expensive for many Africans

In parts of the continent, monthly broadband packages cost more than national minimum wage. In Nigeria, for example, the $80 average cost of monthly broadband packages is nearly double the national minimum wage of $50 (18,000 naira), data from the broadband pricing league table compiled by Cable.co.uk show. Of the 36 African countries analyzed, only …

BRCK, Vanu And Facebook Bring Free Mobile Internet Access to Rural Rwanda

Rwanda is one of the fastest-growing African countries in ICT development and use, and in fact the country seeks to create an ICT infrastructure comparable to those in the developed world to tap into the opportunities the sector presents. A robust ICT industry can thus create wealth, jobs and entrepreneurs. Therefore we applaud the government’s …

Togo is the latest government to shut down the internet

The QZ reports that Togo is the latest African nation to shut down access to the internet after protests against president Faure Gnassingbé were scheduled to take place this week. Early this year Cameroon imposed a 93-day internet blackout on the country’s Anglophone regions which spoke out their marginalization by the French-speaking government. The blackout …

Over 190 Members of Internet community file comments against the FCC, Net Neutrality Roll back

A group of over 190 Internet engineers, pioneers, and technologists filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission explaining that the FCC’s plan to roll back net neutrality protections is based on a fundamentally flawed and outdated understanding of how the Internet works. Signers include current and former members of the Internet Engineering Task Force and …