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Apagón digital: falla masiva afecta sitios web de empresas

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Miles de páginas web de importantes corporaciones y medios de comunicación en Estados Unidos se quedaron fuera de servicio el jueves.

Entre los sitios afectados estaban los de las empresas Delta Airlines, McDonald’s, FedEx, PlayStation Network, Fidelity, Airbnb, UPS, Home Depot y el del diario Dallas Morning News, entre otros.

Akamai Technologies, una empresa de infraestructura de Internet, reportó en la mañana una interrupción del servicio e informó que estaba trabajando en solucionar el problema, que aclaró posteriormente que no se trataba de un ciberataque.

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Poco después indicó en su cuenta de Twitter que había “implementado una solución” para el problema. “Según las observaciones actuales, el servicio está reanudando las operaciones normales. Continuaremos monitoreando para asegurarnos de que el impacto se haya mitigado por completo”.

“Continuamos monitoreando la situación y podemos confirmar que esto no fue el resultado de un ciberataque en la plataforma de Akamai”, agregó.

Poco después de las 12:30 (hora del este) del jueves, la mayoría de las páginas web afectadas estaban operando de manera normal.

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Comcast participa en programa Beneficio de Banda Ancha del gobierno federal

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Comcast anunció el martes que participa en el programa ‘Beneficio de Banda Ancha de Emergencia’ (Emergency Broadband Benefit) del gobierno federal y lo pondrá a disposición de los clientes de internet nuevos y existentes que califiquen en todos nuestros niveles de servicio, incluido Internet Essentials, cuando entre en funcionamiento.

El programa representan un paso adicional para brindar asistencia directamente a los necesitados durante estos tiempos, con el fin de que puedan acceder fácilmente al poder de Internet para trabajar desde casa, aprender virtualmente, mantenerse informados y entretenerse,  dijo Comcast.

“Felicitamos al Congreso y a la FCC (Comisión Federal de Comercio) por sus esfuerzos para crear el programa y alentamos la colaboración continua con los proveedores de Internet”, agregó la empresa.

Los clientes nuevos y existentes que estén interesados ??en participar pueden recibir un crédito de hasta $50 al mes en su factura de Internet de Comcast (hasta un crédito de $75 en áreas tribales), y pueden visitar www.xfinity.com/EBB para ver qué opciones están disponibles. disponibles para ellos, determinar si califican para el programa y registrarse.

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“Comcast tiene un compromiso de larga data de ayudar a las personas a conectarse y mantenerse conectadas a Internet y este nuevo programa federal promoverá ese objetivo. Este marzo, lanzamos nuestra celebración de los 10 años de brindar a las familias de bajos ingresos acceso de banda ancha en el hogar a través de Internet Essentials”, indicó el proveedor de internet.

Desde su lanzamiento en 2011, el programa ha conectado a un total acumulado de más de 10 millones de personas a Internet en el hogar, la mayoría por primera vez, mientras mantiene su precio de $ 9.95 a lo largo de esta década.

“También dedicamos mil millones de dólares durante los próximos 10 años para ayudar a cerrar aún más la brecha digital y brindar capacitación y subvenciones en habilidades digitales. La FCC citó específicamente Internet Essentials como un ejemplo de un programa de adopción de bajos ingresos para el que sería adecuado el Beneficio de banda ancha de emergencia”, agregó en un comunicado.

Durante el año pasado, hemos redoblado estos esfuerzos. Al inicio de la pandemia en Estados Unidos, actuamos rápidamente para asegurarnos de que las personas dentro de nuestras áreas de servicio que estaban en mayor riesgo de perder la conectividad tuvieran múltiples opciones para conectarse, indicó Comcast.

Por ello habilitaron más de 1.5 millones de hotspots públicos de Xfinity WiFi, la red más grande de su tipo en el país, para todos de forma gratuita, incluidos los clientes que no son de Xfinity.

“Nos asociamos con organizaciones de la comunidad local para poner en marcha cientos de Lift Zones conectadas a WiFi en todo el país, con la meta de 1,000 antes de fines de 2021.
Creamos el Programa de asociación de Internet Essentials para brindarles a las escuelas y otras organizaciones una forma de patrocinar el servicio Internet Essentials para grandes grupos de estudiantes”, añadió la empresa.

Asimismo, Comcast recordó que ofrecieron a los nuevos clientes de Internet Essentials un servicio gratuito durante 60 días y el Programa de Asistencia Xfinity, que mantuvo a los clientes conectados, eliminó los cargos por pagos atrasados ??y estableció planes de pago y condonación de saldo anterior. Todos estos programas continúan actualmente, porque el acceso a Internet nunca ha sido más importante.

“El compromiso de Comcast con la conectividad nunca ha sido tan fuerte. Alentamos a los gobiernos federales, estatales y locales a que continúen trabajando con socios del sector privado en iniciativas como el programa de Beneficios de Banda Ancha de Emergencia para derribar las barreras a la adopción para que más personas puedan conectarse. Esperamos colaborar con socios públicos, privados y sin fines de lucro para lograr aún más nuestros objetivos de equidad digital colectiva”, dijo un alto ejecutivo de Comcast.

Comunicado de Comcast en inglés:

The federal government’s Emergency Broadband Benefit is a welcome, additional step in getting assistance directly to those in need during this time so they can readily access the power of the Internet to work from home, learn virtually, stay informed and entertained, and much more. We commend Congress and the FCC on their efforts to create the program and encourage continued collaboration with Internet providers.

Comcast is participating in the program and will make the benefit available to new and existing Internet customers who qualify across all of our tiers of service, including Internet Essentials, when the program goes live. New and existing customers who are interested in participating can receive up to a $50/month credit on their Internet bill from Comcast (up to a $75 credit in Tribal areas), and can visit www.xfinity.com/EBB to see what options are available to them, determine if they qualify for the program, and register.

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Comcast has a longstanding commitment to helping people connect, and stay connected, to the Internet and this new federal program will further that goal. This March, we launched our celebration of 10 years of providing low-income families with broadband access at home through Internet Essentials.

Since it launched in 2011, the program has connected a cumulative total of more than 10 million people to the Internet at home, most for the first time, while maintaining its low $9.95 price throughout this decade. We also dedicated $1B over the next 10 years to help further close the digital divide and provide digital skills training and grants. The FCC specifically cited Internet Essentials as an example of a low-income adoption program that the Emergency Broadband Benefit would be suited for.

Over the past year we have doubled down on these efforts. At the onset of the pandemic in the United States, we moved quickly to ensure that the people within our service areas who were most at risk of losing connectivity had multiple options to get online:

We opened up more than 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi hotspots, the largest network of its kind in the country, to everyone for free, including non-Xfinity customers.

We partnered with local community organizations to stand up hundreds of WiFi-connected Lift Zones across the country – with the goal of 1,000 before the end of 2021.

We created the Internet Essentials Partnership Program to give schools and other organizations a way to sponsor Internet Essentials service for large groups of students.

We offered new Internet Essentials customers free service for 60 days.

We stood up the Xfinity Assistance Program, which kept customers connected, eliminated late fees, and established payment plans and previous balance forgiveness.

All of these programs continue today, because access to the Internet has never been more important.

At Comcast, our commitment to connectivity has never been stronger. We encourage Federal, State, and Local governments to continue working with private sector partners on initiatives like the Emergency Broadband Benefit program to break down barriers to adoption so more people can get online. We look forward to collaborating with public, private and non-profit partners to further achieve our collective digital equity goals.

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Chicago to provide free high-speed Internet access to over 100,000 CPS Students

Public, Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leaders Develop $50 Million Program to Provide Free, High-Speed Internet for Four Years

June 25, 2020 – (HINA)- Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced the launch of ‘Chicago Connected,’ a groundbreaking program that will provide free high-speed internet service to approximately 100,000 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students in their households. This first-of-its-kind program will be one of the largest and longest-term efforts in the nation to provide free, high-speed internet over the course of four years to dramatically increase internet access for students and help build a permanent public support system for families in Chicago.

“Reliable, high-speed internet is one of the most powerful equalizers when it comes to accessing information,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “It allows families to access digital remote learning and stay connected to family near and far, especially during COVID-19. It allows families to build career skills, apply for jobs, register to vote, and stay up-to-date on current events. This program is a critical component of our STEP agenda and the efforts to end poverty and a part of our mission to drive improved academic outcomes at CPS.”

The City worked with CPS and philanthropist Ken Griffin to initiate a first-of-its-kind, scalable solution to address the digital equity gap. ‘Chicago Connected’ sustainably tackles the persistent access issue through a public-private investment in broadband, with philanthropic partners bridging the program’s initial costs. ‘Chicago Connected’ is estimated to cost approximately $50 million over the next four years, prioritizing families in need on the city’s South and West Sides.

“Internet connectivity is a lifeline to education and opportunity – extending learning beyond the classroom and opening pathways for development and wellbeing,” said Ken Griffin, Founder, and CEO of Citadel. “With ongoing access, every student and their family – regardless of economic circumstance – will be better positioned to pursue a brighter future. I hope ‘Chicago Connected’ will inspire other communities across the country to come together to eliminate the digital divide.” The first two years of ‘Chicago Connected’ will be majority funded by philanthropic partners, including $7.5 million from Ken Griffin, $5 million from Crown Family Philanthropies, $2.5 million from the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund (through Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago), $2 million from Illinois Tool Works, $1.5 million from the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, $500,000 from The JPB Foundation and $250,000 from the Joyce Foundation. An additional joint commitment of $750,000 from President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust to the Children First Fund (CFF), the independent partnership and philanthropy arm for Chicago Public Schools, will support efforts by community-based organizations (CBOs) on the South Side.

“Inequitable access to the Internet is a nationwide issue and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that internet service can no longer be viewed as a luxury,” said CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “To build on our students’ academic progress, we are launching an unprecedented effort to provide stable, high-speed internet access to 100,000 CPS students over the next four years. This ambitious and critical undertaking would not be possible without the generous support of the philanthropic community.”

These generous commitments, along with $5 million of CARES Act funding from the City of Chicago, will fund years one and two of the program. CPS will fund the program in years three and four of the initiative.

Providing Reliable High-Speed Internet Access to Students who Need it Most

According to Census data, an estimated 100,000 students lack access to high-speed internet in Chicago, which is defined as 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload by the Federal Communications Commission. ‘Chicago Connected’ will provide high-speed internet for households for four years by directly paying for internet service for families that are most in need, using six priority indicators and data from Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to identify eligible households for the initiative. Priority indicators include students eligible for free lunch, students identified as having special needs, students experiencing homelessness, and students living in communities with the highest hardship based on the UIC hardship index. Further, Chicago Connected will prioritize students who are enrolled in summer school who are also eligible for the program.

‘Chicago Connected’ will begin outreach to families next week with the goal of connecting as many of the 100,000 students as possible prior to the 2020-21 school year. While Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools remain committed to making every possible effort to get students back in the classroom this fall, what next school year looks like and how many students will be able to return is dependent on the trajectory of the virus and guidance from state and local health officials.

“The pandemic has not made the internet indispensable, but has revealed that it always has been,” said Daniel Anello, CEO of Kids First Chicago, a parent advocacy organization that has supported the push for broader access to high-speed internet for families. “Increased internet access will provide a plethora of telehealth, economic, and other ancillary benefits, in addition to closing the digital divide which contributes to a significant racial equity gap in our city.”

While phase one of ‘Chicago Connected’ will primarily focus on providing wired internet access, Chicago Connected will also extend existing mobile broadband hotspot service for eligible students in temporary living situations (STLS) for up to four years.

Groundbreaking Initiative Made Possible by Generous Support from the Philanthropic Community

“Michelle and I want every kid in Chicago to grow up knowing even better opportunities than we had – and that requires full and equitable access to the best tools and resources. We’re happy to help Chicago Connected reach every kid in the city. This is where I found a purpose and a family – and it’ll always be our home.” – President Barack Obama

“No student or family should be cut off from opportunities to learn, connect, and thrive— especially at this moment when our devices have become our classrooms, doctors’ offices, and more. Chicago Connected represents a critical step on the path to equity for students citywide.”– Barbara Goodman Manilow, Crown Family Philanthropies’ Board Chair

“This terrible pandemic has made it crystal clear that access to high-speed internet is a critical element of our social safety net. Sadly, too many young Chicagoans and their families lack access to this powerful tool which improves educational, economic, social, and health outcomes. The Pritzker Traubert Foundation is proud to support this vital program that will help connect nearly 100,000 of our young people to the many benefits that connectivity and collaboration can deliver.”– Penny Pritzker, Trustee, Pritzker Traubert Foundation and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Critical Partnerships to Support Program Goals

‘Chicago Connected’ will provide connectivity by directly paying for a low-cost, high-speed internet service plan for families through Comcast and RCN. In order to help facilitate the payments and various program components, ‘Chicago Connected’ has enlisted United Way to serve as its fiscal agent to help administer the funds and monitor the program. By having United Way pay ISPs directly means that families will not receive a bill.

“Comcast launched Internet Essentials in 2011 because we understood the importance of digital equity across all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods and across the nation. Since then, Internet Essentials has helped thousands of Chicagoans cross the digital divide and gain access to the Internet at home, many for the first time,” said Matthew Summy, Comcast’s Regional Vice President of External and Government Affairs. “We’re proud to partner with Mayor Lightfoot, the City, CPS and all the other ‘Chicago Connected’ stakeholders to connect thousands more students and continue to help them succeed in school.”

‘Chicago Connected’ will also enlist the support of various Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to support enrollment in the program, digital literacy and skills development training, and connect families with other critical resources. To support this effort, CFF — which will act as a fiscal agent for the work with CBOs — will launch an RFP process for CBO selection; more information will be available at cps.edu/chicagoconnected.

“RCN’s mission statement includes the belief that we should take care of our customers and take care of each other. Because of our strong roots in the community, partnering with ‘Chicago Connected’ not only strengthens our commitment to Chicago but allows us to extend our best-in-class internet to those families that are in most need. We are proud to be a part of this innovative program that not only removes obstructions in the learning process for the students but will enhance the overall well-being of these families,” said Tom McKay, SVP and General Manager, RCN Chicago.

CPS currently provides hotspots through T-Mobile to many of the district’s Students in Temporary Living Situations without a permanent home address. T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon are also helping develop potential solutions in areas where traditional ‘wired’ access is not a viable option. This component of the program will take shape over the coming weeks in parallel with the launch of the wired initiative.

“Broadband is a lifeline for many students from marginalized communities, and lack of access has repercussions that go far beyond the ability to complete homework assignments,” said 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas. “If you have a reliable Internet connection, you have the opportunity. I thank Mayor Lightfoot for this investment that ensures CPS students can all engage in connected learning, and I look forward to our continued work to enact inclusive connectivity policies that center on communities of color.”

Chicago’s Larger Vision for Digital Equity

The first phase of ‘Chicago Connected’ is centered on digital equity and internet connectedness as a way to lay the foundation for success for students by increasing access to online learning, college applications, training and workforce development, and other critical government services.

“As Chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Education and Child Development, I have been a longtime proponent of improving the lives of all of Chicago’s children,” said 24th Ward Alderman Michael Scott. “Delivering broadband access to our students will have a profound impact on bettering the lives of our youth and their families.”

Expanding access to CPS households who need it the most represents the first phase of a larger effort by the City of Chicago to expand internet access more broadly. The City is evaluating additional ways to improve internet infrastructure investments in communities in need beyond CPS families and is dedicated to further exploring how to broaden ‘Chicago Connected’ to connect more families citywide.

“In 2020, giving young people access to the internet is necessary to provide them access to the classroom,” said 36th Ward Alderman Gilbert Villegas. “This is an awesome next step, and I feel confident that students, parents, and teachers will see the result when school starts in the fall.”

Entra en vigor polémica derogación de la neutralidad de Internet

La polémica derogación de las protecciones de la neutralidad de la red de la era Obama oficialmente entró oficialmente en vigencia el 11 de junio, a pesar de los esfuerzos constantes de miembros del Congreso, funcionarios estatales, compañías tecnológicas y grupos de defensa para salvar las reglas.

La Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones liderada por los republicanos votó en diciembre para derogar las normas, que tenían la intención de evitar que los proveedores de Internet bloqueen, aceleren o ralenticen el acceso a servicios en línea específicos.

La orden requirió la aprobación de la Oficina de Administración y Presupuesto, que la FCC anunció recibir el mes pasado. En una declaración en ese momento, el presidente de la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC), Ajit Pai, enmarcó la próxima derogación como la eliminación de regulaciones onerosas.

“Ahora, el 11 de junio, estas regulaciones innecesarias y dañinas de internet serán derogadas y el enfoque bipartidista y liviano que sirvió al mundo en línea durante casi 20 años se restaurará”, dijo Pai en un comunicado el mes pasado.

El 11 de junio es significativo porque será la primera vez en más de 15 años de batalla por la neutralidad de la red que la FCC no tendrá ningún papel en la preservación de Internet abierta y la supervisión del mercado de banda ancha”, dijo a CNN Gigi Sohn, consejero del ex presidente de la FCC. Tom Wheeler y un acérrimo defensor de la neutralidad de la red.

La preocupación entre los defensores de la neutralidad de la red es que la derogación podría dar a los proveedores de Internet demasiado control sobre cómo se entrega el contenido en línea. También puede hacer que sea más difícil para la próxima generación de servicios en línea competir si tienen que pagar para colocarse en el llamado carril rápido de Internet.

“Esos ‘carriles rápidos’ pondrán a quienes no pagarán o no podrán pagar en el carril lento, haciendo que internet se parezca mucho a la televisión por cable”, dice Sohn.

Sin embargo, hay quien piensa que esta medida no cambiará de inmediato debido al litigio pendiente por esta medida y la posible legislación para resolver el problema.

Decenas de senadores enviaron una carta al presidente de la Cámara, Paul Ryan, instándolo a programar una votación sobre el tema.

Una colección de grupos de defensa ha pedido “acciones masivas en línea” el 11 de junio para llamar una vez más la atención sobre el tema y presionar al Congreso para que actúe.