Sussex swaps lease for ownership of Georgetown’s fiber ring

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County is exchanging a leasing agreement to full ownership of the fiber communications ring that wraps around Georgetown. County council by a 4-1 vote Tuesday for just over a half million dollars approved the purchase of the Georgetown Fiber Ring — approximately 10 miles of fiber ring that serves several county facilities […]

FTC fines Facebook $5B, adds limited oversight on privacy

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators have fined Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations and are instituting new oversight and restrictions on its business. But they are only holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible in a limited fashion. The fine is the largest the Federal Trade Commission has levied on a tech company, though it won’t make […]

State looking to fill in rural broadband gaps

DOVER — Even though Delaware has been consistently recognized for having some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country, even this diminutive state has its share of significant broadband “deserts” in rural areas of Kent and Sussex counties. James Collins, chief information officer for the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI), said the […]

Middle schoolers race solar-powered cars to the future

HARRINGTON — Drag racing legend John Force doesn’t have anything on the dozens and dozens of middle school-aged students that participated in the 2019 Junior Solar Sprint model car competition at the Delaware State Fairgrounds on Thursday. After all, Mr. Force and other NHRA drag racers can burn up to 15 gallons of nitromethane fuel […]

Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth target of ‘ransomware’ attack

DOVER — Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth Inc. — the largest not-for-profit provider of psychiatric services for children and their families in the state — was the target of a “malware-ransomware” attack on Christmas day last year. Although declining to get into specifics of the attack, the agency noted in a letter sent […]

California’s tough net neutrality bill prompts US lawsuit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation’s toughest net neutrality measure Sunday, requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online. The move prompted an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration. Advocates of net neutrality hope the new law in the home of the global technology industry will have national implications […]

SEC seeks to oust Tesla CEO Elon Musk over go-private tweet

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. securities regulators are asking a federal court to oust Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk as chairman and CEO, alleging in a complaint that he committed securities fraud with false statements about plans to take the company private. The Securities and Exchange Commission says in the complaint filed Thursday that Musk falsely claimed […]

COMMENTARY: Expanding access to high-speed internet will increase opportunities for Delawareans

Applying for a job, or recruiting talented employees for your business. Taking a college course. Reading a book. Helping your kids with math homework. More and more, these are tasks that Delawareans are completing online  —  to further their education, acquire new skills, and compete in an economy that is evolving every day. My most […]

Take steps to avoid Facebook data breaches, state’s AG warns

DOVER — More than one-fifth of the state’s population may have had personal data exposed as part of a Facebook breach. The Delaware Department of Justice issued a release Friday urging Delawareans to take steps to reduce the amount of information available about them on Facebook. According to media reports and Facebook, Global Science Research […]

COMMENTARY: SESTA/FOSTA: The real internet censorship threat

In a particularly Orwellian example of the arguments for “Net Neutrality,” the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times preemptively complained that the Federal Communications Commission’s Dec. 14 repeal of the two-year-old rule “sacrifices the free and open Internet on the altar of deregulation.” In fact, the “free and open Internet” did just fine — […]