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The Biden administration has its $ 45 billion effort to bring affordable and reliable high-speed broadband internet access to everyone in the US by 2030. The Internet for All funding is part of the $ 65 billion earmarked for broadband in the $ 1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Starting today, states and other entities for funding from three Internet for All programs.
“In the 21st century, you simply cannot participate in the economy if you don’t have access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, who is overseeing the distribution of the funds, said. “Thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Americans across the country will no longer be held back by a lack of high-speed internet access. We are going to ensure every American will have access to technologies that allow them to attend class, start a small business, visit with their doctor and participate in the modern economy.”
States could use the funding to install fiber-optic cables, put more Wi-Fi networks in place or even offer some people free broadband internet access. The launch of the program follows that the Biden administration has teamed up with 20 providers to offer subsidized internet service to low-income households.
Most of the Internet for All funding will be available from the . States and other territories will need to file a letter of intent and a budget for planning funds. They'll then receive $ 5 million in planning funds to help them put together a five-year plan detailing how they'll provide comprehensive internet access to all residents.
Each state that takes part in the program will receive at least $ 100 million from the BEAD pot of $ 42.5 billion. After that, funding allocations will be decided in part based on updated broadband coverage maps that the Federal Communications Commission is expected to release this fall.
Under the $ 1 billion , funding will be allocated based on a "technology-neutral, competitive basis" to build, buy or improve infrastructure elements that carry "large amounts of data at high speeds over long distances." As for the $ 1.5 billion , that's designed to bolster adoption and use of the internet with the help of digital literacy training.
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is adding a free, ad-supported tier as it seeks to expand its user base. The option, which is only available in the US for now, to Tidal's entire library of 80 million songs as well as playlists. The service that it's introducing the free tier to "remain competitive" with its rivals, eight months after Square in the company. Tidal says the plan is rolling out on Android and "will be available on all devices in the coming days."
There are some trade-offs beyond occasional ads, of course. The audio quality tops out at 160 kbps, there's no offline listening option and it doesn't appear that you'll have unlimited skips. The later feature is mentioned explicitly as part of the revamped $ 10/month Tidal HiFi plan.
Tidal users on that plan can now listen to music in HiFi quality — up to 1,411 kbps. There are no ads and you'll gain access to more than 350,000 videos. Users can listen to music in HiFi quality on connected devices through Tidal Connect, and they'll be able to track and share what they're listening to via a new activity feed.
In addition, there's a $ 20/month HiFi Plus plan. It includes everything from the HiFi tier, as well as master-quality audio at up to 9,216 kbps. The plan also offers immersive, spatial audio formats, such as Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio, and early access to upcoming features. Both HiFi plans are available in all countries in which Tidal operates.
What's more, the HiFi Plus tier has a couple of new features centered around artists. One of those is direct-to-artist payments, which Tidal is rolling out today. Every month, 10 percent of a HiFi Plus user's subscription fees (i.e. $ 2) will go to the artist they listen to the most. That's on top of regular streaming royalties. It's another way for users to support their favorite artists.
Fan-Centered Royalties will not be aggregated.
Instead, royalties will go to the artists that TIDAL users actually stream, so fans can directly support the artists they love. (What a concept, right?)
This will start in January 2022 at our HiFi Plus tier. pic.twitter.com/Q8z4fleYOc
— TIDAL (@TIDAL) November 17, 2021
Starting in January, Tidal will roll out a revamped artist payment system called fan-centered royalties. Every time a HiFi Plus user listens to one of their songs, they'll receive a per-stream payment than other music streaming services' payouts. Apple Music pays a penny per stream, while artists have long been asking Spotify for a similar rate.
Tidal says "royalties attributed to HiFi Plus subscribers will not be aggregated." Payments will be tied to each individual user's listening activity, but only on that tier. HiFi Plus users will be able to see how those payments are divvied up through their activity feed.
These are bold, but perhaps necessary moves by Tidal as it aims to become more competitive with larger music streaming services. Tidal was one of the first major proponents of lossless audio, but as rivals started offering that option at no extra cost, it more or less had to bring that option to the $ 10/month plan.
Meanwhile, many of Tidal's rivals have long offered ad-supported free streaming options, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer and YouTube Music. At the opposite end of the scale, Spotify in February to roll out a CD-quality audio plan, also called HiFi, in select markets at some point this year. It has yet to do so.
Early this year, India rolled out a groundbreaking new plan to fight spam calls and texts. Unfortunately, it failed miserably — but it still has potential.
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It’s somehow fitting that our first Cyber Monday deal is for CyberGhost VPN that you can grab a three-year plan at just $ 2.25/£1.99 monthly, with an extra 3 months bundled in on top. With more than 36 million customers worldwide, CyberGhost VPN promises to keep your data safe from prying eyes and unblock geo-restricted websites […]
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Newton Mail is alive, again. The email app (which is honestly pretty good!) has had a very bumpy life that involved a lot of shutting down, being revived, and getting shuttered over and over. Essential took it over at first, but then Essential went down, leaving the future of Newton up in the air. That’s […]
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AT&T Prepaid and Cricket Wireless have launched a $ 15 phone plan that's available for a limited time to both new and existing customers. It comes with 2GB of data, unlimited talk and text and no activation fee — and it's clearly a direct competi…
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T-Mobile has been relatively quiet about any plan changes leading up to its proposed merger with Sprint, but now it looks like they might be using that potential acquisition to build up some goodwill with states and customers alike. They’ve announced a new plan that’s priced pretty cheaply, plus some other discounts for specific customers. […]
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During an update on the SpaceX Starship program, Elon Musk just showed off a brief clip that explained part of the plan for using these vehicles to reach Mars. It involved a Starship in orbit around Earth, meeting a similarly-sized vehicle to refuel…
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We’re featuring Degoo Premium as our deal of the day on Talk Android Deals. Why are you saving everything on your computer or on your phone? Take advantage of what cloud storage does for you, but don’t pay a fortune to do so. Cloud storage is reliable and safe. And right now you can get […]
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Spotify's Premium for Family plan is a good deal: $ 15 a month snags you up to six ad-free accounts on the service, which would normally cost $ 10 each. It's not a surprise, then, that people have been sharing the accounts among friends to save a few b…
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Verizon's latest unlimited plans may have some undesirable… limits, but at least you won't have to pay for the more expensive plan the next time you're on a North American vacation. As of January 25th, the $ 75 Go Unlimited plan will include calling…
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Cricket is well known for their aggressive pricing and promotions to undercut other prepaid carriers, but their newest plan is really something to take a look at. It’s a fully unlimited plan, including talk, text, and data, and it works with four lines for just $ 100. $ 25 per line for totally unlimited usage isn’t bad […]
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Look at T-Mobile’s brand. The vibe you get from its advertisements and social media behavior is exciting. Millennials love that, and they’ve been the largest of the groups flocking to T-Mobile quarter after quarter. It’s not exactly an image built to attract an older crowd, though. So now T-Mobile has a plan made specifically for those […]
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FIFA's Interactive World Cup has been been growing in stature over the years, and its next eSports competition promises to be the most ambitious yet: the organization and EA have unveiled plans for the "largest ever" FIFA competition (using FIFA 18,…
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Cricket Wireless just upgraded its Basic tier for those who need a little more high-speed data. Rather than paying $ 40 per month for 3GB of high-speed data, the prepaid carrier’s Basic tier now comes with 4GB at no extra charge. It’s an increase of 33.3% in data for both new and existing customers choosing that […]
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Verizon offers lots of plans for individuals, your family, and folks who want prepaid service. Here is everything you need to know about Verizon’s plans, from data packages and smartphones to Big Red’s prepaid plans.
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Sprint is rolling out a new benefit that will let postpaid subscribers pay for their loved ones’ plans in Latin America. It’s thanks to a partnership with Telefónica-owned Movistar Mexico and El Salvador.
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Guess peer pressure really works. Or at least, healthy competition among the leading phone service providers does. After enduring what seems like years of ridicule from T-Mobile and Sprint, Verizon is finally back in the unlimited game.
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This week, Japan is trying out some new technology in space designed to help clear up dangerous pieces of debris orbiting Earth. The trouble is, it’s not working properly.
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Like most streaming services, music or otherwise, Deezer has a family plan that offers enough individual accounts to cover your whole household for a significantly discounted price. This particular subscription option, however, was previously exclusi…
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Picking a data plan is tricky, especially if you need lots of data for videos or photos. T-Mobile is trying to take some of the pain out of that with their brand new Smart Fit plans. The concept is pretty simple, and works almost like test driving a car. For $ 65 per month, you’ll get […]
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Sprint has announced it’s moving away from carrier subsidies. As part of the new strategy, it unveiled iPhone Forever, a new smartphone leasing option for new and existing customers.
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Verizon has reportedly signed a deal with NASA to allow the use of its cell phone towers in a proposed air traffic control system for quadcopters and other remotely controlled flying machines.
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