Continental US’ Most Isolated Tribe Gets Internet

The ultra-remote Havasupai reservation, which sits at the floor of the Grand Canyon, remains inaccessible to cars, trains and, until now, broadband internet. Thanks to Oakland-based non-profit MuralNet, seven Havasupai families from the 450-member tribe can finally use cell phones and connect to the web. With help from Flagstaff-based Niles Radio, MuralNet installed “microwave hops” at the rim of the canyon that transmit signals down …

Net Neutrality Wins

In an expected 3-2 vote, the FCC has elected to reclassify the internet as a “telecommunications service,” effectively banning throttling, blocking and paid prioritization. The new rules level the playing field for all internet entities and prohibit cable providers like Time Warner Cable or Comcast from requiring websites to “pay to play” for faster online speeds. This open internet format will treat smaller sites the …